Dr. Goodword wrote:• polyamorous •
Pronunciation: pah-lee-æ-mê-rês • Hear it!
Part of Speech: Adjective
Meaning: Advocating or involved in polyamory, multiple love relationships.
Notes: Today's Good Word is the adjective of polyamory, mentioned in the Meaning. It can also serve as a euphemism for terms like philandery and infidelity. Since it also applies to footloose and fancy free singles, it has a more positive ring to it. A polyamorous person is a polyamorist.
In Play: Casanova was perhaps the most well-known polyamorous figure in Western history. However, polyamorous life-styles, covert and overt, have been around for ages: "Are you sure you want to marry someone who spent the 70s in a hedonistic, polyamorous commune in the state of California?" For some reason, we Easterners associate polyamory more with California (remember those bumper stickers of the 70s: 'Don't Californicate my state'?)
Word History: We discussed the prefix poly- recently, so let's concentrate on the stand-alone adjective, amorous, today. English borrowed amorous from the French, who inherited it from Latin amorosus, the adjective of amor "love". This noun was derived from the verb amare "to love", which etymologists presume came from a metathesized variant of mama, i.e. amma. You can see it also in Latin amicus "friend", which is still alive today in Portuguese and Spanish amigo, Italian amico, and French ami, not to mention the English borrowing, amicable.
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A missing GWoTD from 3/16:
- Grand Panjandrum
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Do I perceive correctly that you, Slava, have some sort of official connection to the agora? At times you post for Dr G, but you seem to be in NY, while he's in PA. I'm aware that Dr G had a stroke awhile back, but functions better now. Can you rip back the curtain to reveal the underlying structure of the site?
Nope and nope.Perry Lassiter wrote:Do I perceive correctly that you, Slava, have some sort of official connection to the agora? At times you post for Dr G, but you seem to be in NY, while he's in PA. I'm aware that Dr G had a stroke awhile back, but functions better now. Can you rip back the curtain to reveal the underlying structure of the site?
I don't know how the thing's set up at all, to tell the truth. It's just that on occasion the Dr. repeats a word but doesn't re-post it. I just copy the old one and make a new entry for it. If you go back to some of the very early posts, you'll see that others did this previously, but they've gone by the wayside. I'm just a guy with enough time on his hands to help out.
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