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Fowler: The parties to a tryst now call it a date. I don't think that "tryst" is archaic, as the Good Doctor says, it now has a sense of a secret meeting for romantic purposes, where as a "date" feels more open and public. I wonder if this "new" meaning of "tryst" is not influenced by the name "Tris...
- Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:24 pm
- Forum: Grammar
- Topic: The second sentence of a colon
- Replies: 10
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the rule is simple: If the material following the colon is a complete sentence, it begins w ith a capital letter. Questions on Colons I didn't know this one either: I have never capitalized (except the pronoun "I") after a colon, even if it was a complete sentence. Thanks for asking, lazuliangel! A...
n., pl. -goes.
An assortment or a medley; a conglomeration: “their special farrago of resentments” (William Safire).
[Latin farrāgō, mixed fodder, hodgepodge, from far, farr-, a kind of grain.]
Interesting, Andrew! I hear the above "of" phrases all the time, usually pronounced, "-aa" or "-a'a" ('a' representing a schwa here)! "That ain't that quicka route." "That ain't that quicka'a route." "It ain't that bigga deal." "It's not that bigga'a deal." But this form doesn't work well with the n...
Thanks, Andrew, for pointing me in the right direction on this word!
phrontisterion: fron'tis-te-rion, n. a Think-tank [Gr. from phrontes a thinker; called by Aristophanes to school of Socrates]
Exactly my experience, gailr, -onry-, accent on the first syllable, "on-" like the preposition "on" and "-ry" like the "re-" in repair, although them what could read a bit might every now and then mispronounce it as ornery, like some book-learned word or like school marm.
I think that omphaloskepsis is in the eye of the onlooker. It is true that I think alot of speculation and "contemplation" is a bunch of nonsense, but then we all have our own lists of important things for someone else to think about, and our own lists of things that we think are a total waste of ti...
- Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:10 pm
- Forum: Good Word Suggestions
- Topic: Glottocide? Glossocide?
- Replies: 16
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I think that "glottocide" refers to both the killing and the attitude of repression of languages, just as "genicide" refers to both the killing and the attitude of elimination, even when the elimination of a race is not complete!