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by fmyers
Wed May 16, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Word of the Day Suggestion: Debacle
Replies: 1
Views: 108

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: 1815

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...
by fmyers
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Good word suggestion
Replies: 1
Views: 333

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 f...
by fmyers
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: crapulence
Replies: 3
Views: 6712

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 ...
by fmyers
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: crapulence
Replies: 3
Views: 6712

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: 3096

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, f...
by fmyers
Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: masher
Replies: 1
Views: 968

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: 1058

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: 2203

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: 83064

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 fac...
by fmyers
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Theory
Replies: 5
Views: 16081

Theory

I have heard conflicting accounts of the word "theory". One account asserts that the "theo" is related to the Greek word for god, and that theory originally referred to the reports made by an observer of Greek religious rites. Another account that I've heard suggests that the wor...
by fmyers
Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: New word: MYRMIDON
Replies: 1
Views: 1350

New word: MYRMIDON

In the Guardian (London) of June 2, 2007, Martin Amis refers to Prime Minister Tony Blair's "inner circle of brainstormers and media-wise myrmidons." I would like to know all there is to know about this word.

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