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by fmyers
Tue May 25, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Brouhaha
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Brouhaha

I hope it wouldn't create too much ado if this word, which I like, is selected as a Good Word.
by fmyers
Wed May 05, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Nidus
Replies: 1
Views: 815

Nidus

I know this is a medical term, but I'm sure the Doctor can suggest ways in which it could become handy in other contexts.
by fmyers
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lustration
Replies: 1
Views: 788

Lustration

This word is coming up in the newspapers lately. It's a new one to me. I offer it as suggested Word of the Day.

Frank
by fmyers
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Problematic
Replies: 0
Views: 1079

Problematic

According to my imperfect recollection, this word seems to have shifted its meaning over the years from "questionable" or "dubious" to definitely "wrong beyond question". I suggest that it merits discussion as a Word of the Day.

Frank Myers
by fmyers
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Limbic
Replies: 1
Views: 1217

Limbic

In her New York Times column today (online) Michelle Goldberg has this sentence: "Shaggy, pretentious and endlessly cynical, Bannon presented himself as a man with a limbic connection to Trump’s base." I have always regarded "limbic" as a medical term. I think her use of it merits Word of the Day tr...
by fmyers
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Depravity
Replies: 1
Views: 3202

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: 1
Views: 4777

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: 1
Views: 2293

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: 1343

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: 1
Views: 1528

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: 2121

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: 17793

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: 2068

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: 13371

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: 13371

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??

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