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by fmyers
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Depravity
Replies: 0
Views: 1592

Depravity

Sometimes events in the public sphere bring this word to mind. This is one of those times, hence I recommend it as a GOOD WORD of the day.

Frank Myers
by fmyers
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Good word suggestion: Hunker
Replies: 0
Views: 3833

Good word suggestion: Hunker

In today's news about the coronavirus we are all told to "hunker down". The word "hunker" seems strange. It rhymes with "clunky" and it's hard to grasp what this word has to do with isolation, although it seems to suggest crouching or even hiding. But even without understanding it very well I like t...
by fmyers
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 0
Views: 1376

Deterrence

The current confrontation with Iran brings to mind a word that was in frequent use during the Cold War: Deterrence. Perhaps the time is now ripe for it to be discussed in Word of the Day. I'd like to learn more about the history of this word.
by fmyers
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Smug
Replies: 0
Views: 653

Smug

"Smug" is a good, short, punchy word that refers to a quality we should all avoid. I hope I'm not guilty of it when I assume that it would be a good topic for Word of the Day.
by fmyers
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Encroach
Replies: 0
Views: 662

Encroach

"Encroach" occurred to me as a viable candidate for the Word of the Day when my next door neighbor began building a fence that veered into my back yard. I don't think that it's ever been discussed by you, so here it is.
by fmyers
Wed May 16, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Word of the Day Suggestion: Debacle
Replies: 1
Views: 1205

Word of the Day Suggestion: Debacle

Dear Dr. Goodword,

Rudy Giuliani's recent foray into national television to defend Trump against the Stormy Daniels challenge brings to mind the word "debacle". If you haven't analyzed this word before, I suggest that it merits your attention now.
by fmyers
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Harass
Replies: 7
Views: 3795

Harass

Dear Alpha Agora, I think now is the appropriate time for a discussion of the verb "harass" and the noun "harassment". It seems to be the word of the day and your wit and vast knowledge will make for most useful daily analysis. I suggest you devote a discussion to this word while it is still on ever...
by fmyers
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Good word suggestion
Replies: 1
Views: 1129

Good word suggestion

Dear Dr. Goodword, First let me express my gratitude to you for your good humored contributions to my mailbox which invariably brighten the day. The word I wish to suggest to you is "SMUG". It's short, pungent and apt in several situations. Although I have been one of your steady readers for years, ...
by fmyers
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: crapulence
Replies: 3
Views: 11337

Re: crapulence

Thanks for this very helpful reply. There is some evidence, however, that "crap" is an eponym referring to Thomas Crapper, who headed a plumbing firm in England and whose name was printed on flush toilets before the first world war. The story goes that American soldiers in England at that time saw t...
by fmyers
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: crapulence
Replies: 3
Views: 11337

crapulence

A character Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel THE SYMPATHIZER is called "the Crapulent Major". The dictionaries I've consulted trace this rather ugly word to a Latin word for drunkenness. What is its lineage beyond this? How is it distinguishable from the Latin word linked to inebriation??
by fmyers
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ALLAY
Replies: 11
Views: 4938

Re: ALLAY

Regarding whether or not "abate" is transitive, here is a sentence from Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (1791): "The moment you abate anything from the full rights of men each to govern himself, and suffer any artificial, positive limitation upon those rights, from that moment...
by fmyers
Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: masher
Replies: 1
Views: 1573

masher

Can anyone tell me the origin of the word "masher" to refer to a man who pursues women a bit too avidly? Thanks.
by fmyers
Thu May 20, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Word of the Day
Replies: 1
Views: 1612

Word of the Day

I suggest the word "hustings" as the Word Of The Day. It is associated with today's word "psephology", but is possibly heard even less.

Frank Myers
Stony Brook, NY
by fmyers
Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Word suggestion: PURDAH
Replies: 8
Views: 3601

Word suggestion: PURDAH

In Britain, the parliament has stopped meeting until after the upcoming election. The House of Lords still sits, but there is not much agreement about what it can actually do. Members of the House of Lords call this situation being in PURDAH. I wonder if Dr. Goodword could explain this word and its ...
by fmyers
Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:07 am
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: Latin's descendants
Replies: 115
Views: 116877

Latin Descendents

I remember reading an essay by Robert Graves on this topic in which he spoke of the rise of various forms of what he called "camp Latin", as the language of the Roman army and other Roman officials mixed in with the various local languages throughout the Roman Empire. This was probably facilitated b...

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