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    Default envy

    Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings rather than your own

    Is "art" naturally used here? What does it mean?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Default Re: envy

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings rather than your own

    Is "art" naturally used here? What does it mean?

    Thanks!

    Jason
    Yes.

    Art
    2. the exercise of human skill (as distinguished from nature )
    10. method, facility, or knack: the art of threading a needle ; the art of writing letters
    12. artfulness; cunning
    13. getsomething down to a fine art to become highly proficient at something through practice

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/art
    Last edited by Raymott; 21-Apr-2013 at 05:16.

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    Default Re: envy

    So in this case, envy means "the exercise of human skill", doesn't it?

    Thanks again!

    Jason
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes.

    Art
    2. the exercise of human skill (as distinguished from nature )
    10. method, facility, or knack: the art of threading a needle ; the art of writing letters
    12. artfulness; cunning
    13. getsomething down to a fine art to become highly proficient at something through practice

    Art | Define Art at Dictionary.com

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    Default Re: envy

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    So in this case, envy means "the exercise of human skill", doesn't it?
    Certainly not!

    It's 'art' that means the exercise of human skill (as distinguished from nature ).

    And this wasn't the meaning of 'art' that Raymott highlighted.

    Rover

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    Default Re: envy

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Certainly not!

    It's 'art' that means the exercise of human skill (as distinguished from nature ).

    And this wasn't the meaning of 'art' that Raymott highlighted.

    Rover
    Actually the bolding was in the original. For some reason jasonlulu is not applying the definitions where they belong.

    jason:
    If Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings rather than your own AND
    'art' means the exercise of human skill, THEN
    Envy is the
    exercise of human skill in counting the other fellow's blessings rather than your own.

    Envy is the
    method, facility, or knack
    of counting the other fellow's blessings rather than your own.

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    Default Re: envy

    I suggest that the word "art" is used a bit ironically, since being "good" at envying others is not generally considered something to set as a goal for yourself.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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