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What does EXACTLY the prefix “para” mean? I have difficulty translating “para-theatre”.
Sweetie, you're reading postmodernists again, aren't you. (speedwell grins)
Dictionary.com entry here is the best one I found: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=para-
Since there are so many possible definitions, it's impossible to decide which one applies unless we see it in context, along with its surrounding text.
My stab-in-the-dark guess, based on several purely subjective factors, is that the writer felt that their subject was beyond, or more advanced than, "mere" theater. But again, it's impossible to tell just from the word itself.
June 2, 2004, 8:30am
Not quite postmodern, but I'm troubled with a beardy Polish man, named Jerzy Grotowski who once said "I said yes to past". However, he had a research program known as the paratheatre. Do you know anything about him? The thing is that I gotta translate this term to Persian. Any suggestion? :)
June 3, 2004, 3:18pm
Yeah. Found this...
Relevant quotation from the page: "Grotowski also developed the „Paratheater“ or as he called it „project-events“ and „active culture“ , a form we today refer to as „events“." Nice mix of Continental and U.S. punctuation there. :)
June 3, 2004, 4:29pm
That qoutation ain't really hitting nothing about Grotowski, I should say.Check out the "tata, hoho" post, by the way
June 3, 2004, 5:05pm
The most common usage I've come across is simply "pertaining to".
i.e. paratrooper - pertaining to trooper; paramedical - pertaining to medical.
July 11, 2004, 8:42am
u r a bunch of sad geeks, but thanx for the info
August 25, 2004, 12:27pm
Speedwell is NOT an UNHAPPY GEEK.
Speedwell is a HAPPY NERD CHICK.
August 25, 2004, 12:32pm
Technically, "para" means "beside." A paralegal is not a lawyer, but works with a lawyer. A paramedic is a not a doctor, but works with doctors. Think "paraphrase."
December 4, 2004, 6:40am
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