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slang To engage in a spoken-word contest with someone else in which both people trade boasts about themselves and insincere taunts about each other. Most common in African-American communities. A white friend of mine signifying with us at a party one time, but he left in a huff because he took all the insults to heart. Learning to signify with my friends and classmates was as big a part of my education as a school was when I was growing up.

signify

1. in. to cause trouble for fun; to stir things up. (Black.) What are all these cats signifying about anyway?
2. in. to try to look more important than one really is; to brag; to strut one’s stuff. (Black.) See that dude signify like somebody important?
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Two concepts of signifier and signified have a key role in Laclau and Mouffe theory (2002).
It is beyond the scope of this paper to pursue a detailed reading of the notion of the empty signifier, which has undergone abundant discussion in recent years, and has attracted attention from scholars from social theory, philosophy, education, etc.
To use a Lacanian expression, painting performs the littoral proper to writing, which shapes the borders proper to the body inasmuch as the signifier, thanks to its imaginary dimension, allows the creation of the form of a bodily totality: "La lettre n'est-elle pas...
Then the gradual list of signifiers, like 'a big house', 'Pajero', 'the impressive driveway', and last but not least in this list the influential father is also masking the reality of the signified as it is 'a good appearance' that discriminate him from his friend's life.
From a semiotic view, the move from traditional linguistic signifiers to ideogramic signifiers can be interpreted as regressive.
Thus, his very surname acted as a signifier without referring to a signified.
It is worth considering, in turn, the ways in which Lacan's early reflections on the relationship between the logic of the signifier and the Real extend this double logic of Imaginary into a general economy of a psychoanalytic ontology predicated on the overdetermination of the Real.
"Model partnership" as an empty signifier, instead, carves out an empty space for Turkish-American relations where it is impossible, under the present conditions, to define or found the bilateral relationship.
With the contemporary loss of the paternal function, Verhaeghe suggests that we are slowly losing our collective symbolic anchor and, thus, emerging as a kind of psychotic society, for without recourse to the phallic signifier that grounds symbolic exchange, our western society is going the way of the psychotic individual: like the psychotic, our society is overcome with a limitless jouissance that threatens its very existence.
In comparing Isaac's classical novel Maria, Justo Sierra O'Reilly's La hija del judio (1848), and Alfred Dias Gomes's O Santo Inquerito (1966)--which portray Jewish fathers with daughters who convert to Christianity--with a pair of novels portraying Jewish male converts, Heitor Carlos Cony's Pessach: A travessia (1967) and Mario Vargas Llosa's El hablador (1987), she asks; "What is it about the female body that makes it an easily convertible signifier? ...
The discussion of examples taken from Badiou of public signifying acts, in contrast, suggests a potential for social change in statements lacking sense in the context of existing discourse because they have 'no representation in the political, or the state' (151), for instance Marx's declaration 'There is a revolutionary movement' (150), or French migrant workers' statement, 'We want our rights' (152), or the introduction of the signifier 'grace' in St.
The point of the enigmatic signifier in an agnostic age is to be carefully suggestive, a distinct trace rather than a conventional denotation, an allusion rather than a clear sign.
For better or worse, virtuous aggression is the signifier of heroism in our culture.
A pow-wow drum, which Eno calls "signifier of the earth's heart-beat," is central to the Jaffrey event, www.fusiondanceworks.net
Hurston and Miller read this story as an example of a woman's subversion of (western) patriarchy, using the goat--which the two authors would have recognized as a signifier of blackness--as a vehicle of deception.