So, I keep seeing this word used IG/IC. I had not heard of it before so I investigated (that's what teachers do, I suppose). I find the following information:
noun: cynosure; plural noun: cynosures
1 capitalized : the northern constellation Ursa Minor; also : north star
2 one that serves to direct or guide (in this case his "committment" was his "cynosure")
3 a center of attraction or attention <turned an="" eyesore="" into="" a="" cynosure="" —="" catherine="" reynolds="">(in this case, something ugly became beautiful, and thus, the center of attention)
Yet the usage I'm seeing IG/IC does not reflect the above information. For example:
…It is said even Roger Clement of Shylock's, protected by cynosure and hardened by the vagaries of Old Town, lives in daily terror of the tiefling entering his establishment.
We can speak under cynosure in Shylocks.
Cynosureis upheld. ~Citizen, The Plebian Court~
Will the status of cynosure continue, if neutrality is maintained in regards to the Mains…
It seems that the word is being (mis)used as a synonym for some banner of "truce" or "neutrality". And maybe it's because I'm a teacher that this bothers me. So if someone could explain why it's being used this way, I'd appreciate it. Maybe there's some sort of reference I'm not getting?