Sunday, July 30, 2006

Vocabulary: "Onus"

Picture: Atlas, and his big onus

I came upon the word "onus" the second time while reading DITH's excellent post on her blog, on how bringing up a child is analogous to flying a kite. Perplexed by what such a word could mean, I decided to investigate. According to dictionary.com and various other online dictionaries the word Onus is a noun that means:
1. A burden; an obligation; a disagreeable necessity.
2. a: A stigma. b: Blame.
3. The burden of proof.

It's derived from the Latin word "Onereus" which means "burden". A few examples on how the word "onus" could be used in a sentence:
  1. The prisoner decided to share his onus with his fellow in mates.
  2. "Onusly, I didn't do it."
  3. The prime minister has a heavy onus.
Urm DITH, were my sentences grammatically correct? ... and did I use the word correctly?

32 comments:

orangkilang said...

Usually the sentence would be "The onus is on us guys to prove that the music from Brokeback was used in ways it was not supposed to be used."

etc..etc..

mynn said...

The onus is on Nnydd to find the right woman to marry. Come on nnydd, you have to relieve that onus!

mynn said...

This is the onus of doing nights oncall: I'm starting to feel sleepy ......

kenakelayan said...

To Nnydd:

He who hesitates, loses.

And before he counters with 'deliberations is of the Muslims and haste is from the Devil', allow me to remind him of that aphorism contained in the song...

'Jangan tunggu lama-lama.. nanti lama-lama.. '

:D

kenakelayan said...

onus - taklif?

:D

fm said...

KKL n nnydd - 'nanti lama lama.. either corruption occur or lost of interest

yes onus=taklif, a bit change to 'takaffala' will means- to undertake/ to guarantee (read to undertake the onus) :-)

dr in the house said...

Mynn-

I like sentence number 2, I like most...hehe...onusly! Tak caya ke? or try this, "PMS is onusly devoted to Mynn" I hope I have used it correctly!

KKL- I love that song when I was in year one at uni....at that age, such song gives a succinct meaning to our young 'searching' hearts! hehe

FM- ini yg bagus ni, dapat tahu makna Arab sekali.

crimsonskye said...

Pernah dengar this onus word, tapi baru tau rupanya boleh jugak letak -ly kat belakang tu.. onusly.. hehe.

Taklif tu byk kali dgr.. tapi tak tau2 pun what does it mean exactly.

Mynn said...

eh crimsonskye sorry to mislead people, tapi tak boleh letak -ly kat belakang. it's just a joke. onus is a noun. please don't blame me if your English lecturer gets angry, but i could not accept that onus!

nnydd said...

KKL,
I recall the wise advice of a great teacher, 'Marriage is a Sunnah, but marriage to a person without adab and amanah is not from Sunnah.' People in haste is from the Devil, and there is no loss in losing them.

nnydd said...

For Saghah and Amar to ponder,

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2006/07/23/the_last_ones_standing/?page=full

kenakelayan said...

Nnydd,
True, very true. But once there is certainty, how can one turn one's back from it and drag your heels? That is called procrastination, and last I heard, also another one of the Devil's little tricks.
Spookily enough I just read that article before coming to this blog. Hmmm.

nnydd said...

Now, there is a woman with some intelligence!

BTW, on closer inspection the 'camping torch' is actually a dynamo-generated emergency disaster kit; radio, flashlight, warts and all. Hmm, they are equipping me for Palestine!

Now, who has promised me to be sent there?

:) said...

It is time for nnydd to find himself an onus woman to marry..

crimsonskye said...

mynn: hehe.. don't worry. No onus upon you :)

hiyoshi said...

It was such an onus for me to read the comments whilst not inter-changing the word 'onus' for 'anus'.

OK said...

hahaa... anyway.. that woman is taken

:) .... said...

i graduated with onus

kenakelayan said...

Hehehe I shall nitpick and point out that he said 'some' intelligence... huhuhu.
Alhamdulillah 'ala kulli haal.

*will need all the intelligence I have (and don't have to complete this PhD! Please Allah grant me openings from the 'Arifin..*

I think the word onus has been repeated too often that I have forgotten what it means!

mynn said...

i onusly hope you'll complete the PhD with onus KKL.

kenakelayan said...

I onerously hope so too, Mynn. :P

Now I still have not been diverted from my self-appointed task (an onus I chose to undertake) of getting as many people married off as possible. But at the moment I am diverted by my highly onerous task of fininshing up and flying back home. The onus is upon me to finish up and you people (you know who you are) to quit slacking and get married already!

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