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puh ren thuh sis

  • n  either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
  • n  a message that departs from the main subject

  • Original section names from the magazine appear in gray text in parenthesis beside the article's headline.
  • Berlusconi's failed reelection bid in 2006 meant a two-year parenthesis of somewhat cooler Washington-Rome relations, as center-left Prime Minister Romano Prodi, an opponent of .
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  • “The future is medieval”
    What follows is an interview and discussion I had in Odense, Denmark, with Thomas Pettitt and Lars Ole Sauerberg, two scholars at the University of Southern Denmark, who made a splash in digital media circles with their theory of the “Gutenberg Parenthesis,” the idea that the digital age, rather than solely a leap into the future, also marks a return to practices and ways of thinking that were ...
    June 7, 2013 - Columbia Journalism Review

  • Jake Plummer in Seattle Times
    It will be fun to throw the ball to him,quarterback Jake Plummer said. "I'll be in the parenthesis for some records, if he's not breaking any more, but just to set some more and extend them."
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in International Herald Tribune
    ...Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said that while the developed world is struggling with economic recession, it will eventually recover - "it will be a parenthesis, a long and bitter one ...... but it will come to an end."
  • Pope Benedict XVI in Catholic News Agency
    During his talk, Benedict XVI noted that educating the youth in society necessitates that teachers "negotiate the obstacles placed in our way by relativism, by a culture that puts God within parenthesis and discourages all truly committed choices,...

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