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Dispositive: Directed toward or effecting a disposition (as of a legal case); relating to a disposition of property; providing a final resolution (as of an issue), having control over an outcome, settlement.
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From one “bum” word to another. Artwiculate served us up another bit of legalese as WOTD and loud were the cries of protest.

I shall skip over the more repetitative of these (having picked better, alternate tweets from the wailing authors).

The following, were the absolute best of the protests:

RT @Squawkingalah Dispositive is a dry word. It is dessicated. You need to blow the dust off it before you pick it up.

RT @Eridanus 6° of Propinquity: 1° Dispositive 2° Can’t start there! 3° Oval 4° It’s not cricket! 5° Samantha smiles 6° Mornington Crescent!

(And that reference is going to be lost on a whole swath of people, but I got it and laughed.)

Some people were happy with the WOTD, though for different reasons:

RT @mazpowles Vocab has really improved in my class since we’ve been playing artwiculate. Someone changed the sign on the bin to dispositive receptacle.

RT @ajeanne It was only the dispositive clock that saved us from more callipygian-themed Twitter icons. Thank you, Clock! 🙂

I went off and looked up the WOTD myself and found the Concise Oxford (from about 1930, I guess) has “Obsolete?” Well, is clearly isn’t.

It’s alive and well and living in legal terminology. Something many Artwiculati picked up on.

RT @harrarp How many lawyers does it take to make a dispositive haiku?

RT @OpelDHell the lascivious lawyer found the judge’s motion dispositive-ly appealing #artwiculate

RT @urbanascetic Friendly court, dispositive finding ~ Justice served? #sixwords #poetry #artwiculate

RT @lithiumzombie “I’ve had a dispositive childhood.” / “Why, were your parents divorced?” / “Yes – and they were both lawyers.”

RT @lomnoir if the question is moot, the answer is dispositive.

RT @lawyergirl3 To err, is human. To blame it on someone else, dispositive. #artwiculate

I reason, if anyone is using this word correctly then @lawyergirl3 must be 🙂

RT @treesahquiche I imagine Thoth and Anubis as the afterlife’s jury, examining every dispositive detail of your life and weighing it all on a scale.

RT @TiddK King Solomon’s judgement: “Cut the baby in two, each have half”. The real mother was dispositive. “SHE can have him.” She won.

RT @helacious The motion created a wave of dispositive antifeedback,causing an unprecedented acoustic event dat forced d courtroom 2 implode

RT @JonPowles The committee joined a dispositive motion with a pronegative order, but the mood remained far from electrifying.

RT @MaryJenkins Judgment affected by dispositive notions/Life unbalanced like ships in the oceans/She wants to appeal but just goes through the motions #Art

RT @SJHatzi Dispositive Action: The retweeting parties hereby move to heretofore abrogate any & all repugnant locutions from lexical competitions.

(Most appropriate legal avatar Silia!)

At some point @mazpowles checked and discovered that “Shakespeare never used” the WOTD. According to my OED, though, Chaucer did.

I’ve been unable to find an example. All I know is, he didn’t use it in artwiculate’s sense. Some of us, on the other hand, have tried:

RT @TinaNguyen The chess master’s dispositive cry: checkmate! #artwiculate

RT @corpofcorpseskk Packing up my bags/A dispositive action/I glance at the door #artwiculate #haiku

RT @jonahhphoto is it bliss / writing / dispositive memoirs / fixing an unhappy life #artwiculate#micropoetry

RT @lagadu123 Recommendations made to adolescent offspring are more likely to be disregarded than dispositive. Save your breath.

RT @baccatum The Dispositive Musketeers: “All for one, and Once and for All!”
[This was the dispositive tweet – the one that settled the matter and won @baccatum the crown. Though actually Scott shared the title with @agezoko (tweet not featured here).]

RT @ariandalen Will the finale of “Lost” be dispositive? #artwiculate

RT @mwartwiculate Dispositive suppository. Now that really is the end of the matter. #artwiculate

RT @LorcanDesperado Ninjitsu often / yields dispositive results / quite quickly attained. #artwiculate #ninja #haiku

Which leaves us with a small collection of desperate malapropisms, puns and mispronunciations:

RT @brightmatrix Charges of [an] aggravated battery: “Look here, it’s friggin easy: dispositive, disnegative. Got it?!” #artwiculate

RT @Haiku_Master The electron was dispositive. #artwiculate

RT @dmriver Forget the negative square route, try dispositive imaginary i.

RT @californiakara Mom: You’re sure? Toddler: Yes. Mom: You’re positive? Toddler: Yes! Mom: How positive? Toddler: DISpositive Mom!

From the mouths of babes and sucklings (transmitted via @californiakara)!

Let’s draw a veil over this sorry word and hope for better things tomorrow.

A few quick words of greeting to newcomer @jonahhphoto and player of 10 days standing @corpofcorpseskk,

Greetings also occasional players @brightmatrix and @helacious, and to @lawyergirl3 who I think I’m RT’ng for the first time.

So, for @TheSupercargo’s doppelganger, that disposes of the matter for today. Glad I managed a round-up. Till next time, chums!

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Artwiculate is a game played on Twitter. Visit http://artwiculate.com for more information. The winning tweet and the most popular runners up for today’s word are listed at http://www.artwiculate.com/words/dispositive (And, for addicts, don’t forget Salon ArtWois at http://www.salonartwois.com/ )