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by tcward
Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: CURMUDGEON
Replies: 2
Views: 4127

I look forward to being a curmudgeon some day. ;)
by tcward
Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: purport
Replies: 10
Views: 4197

Everything old is new again! ;)
by tcward
Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fascinate
Replies: 2
Views: 2045

Yes, both fascinating and ecstatic have been watered down somewhat over the years.
by tcward
Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: fastener
Replies: 4
Views: 2734

The phrase fast friends was used in the not too distant past on a fairly regular basis.

And (to the point about marriage) I believe there are certain religions today that call their marriage ceremony a hand-fasting...?
by tcward
Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:38 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lectotype
Replies: 3
Views: 2929

From the nether-regions of the Internet: There are many terms used to describe other example specimens of a species called biological types: • Paratype, A biological specimen other than the holotype used for the development of the original description. • Isotype, A duplicate specimen of the holotype...
by tcward
Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: VAGITUS
Replies: 4
Views: 2372

Funny how uagh looks both like ugh and wah...
by tcward
Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PREROGATIVE
Replies: 2
Views: 2088

Right. Roger that.

I'd love to know how the word transformed over the centuries to Spanish pregunta...
by tcward
Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: CLOY
Replies: 5
Views: 2259

I'm also caught up in all the ways that 'claw' and 'nail' share their linguistic roots...

And I reckon there is a connection to enclave and cleave...?
by tcward
Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Zeugma
Replies: 4
Views: 3442

Awww mannn.... and I didn't even get credit for the suggestion! ;)

I think placing commas between the words that form the zeugma would allow the expression to be understood more easily. But maybe that's just me...
by tcward
Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Aphesis
Replies: 3
Views: 1906

aphetic 1880, from aphesis , coined by OED editor Sir James A.H. Murray (1837-1915) for "gradual and unintentional loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word" (as squire from esquire ), from Gk. aphienai "to let go, to send forth," from apo - "from" + ...
by tcward
Thu May 20, 2010 12:49 pm
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: Latin's descendants
Replies: 115
Views: 84669

There is a town not far from my home called Cornelius, like the rooster on Kellogg's Corn Flakes.

The locals pronounce it K'neeyus.

Gotta love English. :)

-Tim
by tcward
Thu May 20, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: FREELANCE
Replies: 6
Views: 3076

Thanks, Slava! :)
by tcward
Thu May 20, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: FREELANCE
Replies: 6
Views: 3076

FREELANCE

I suggest 'freelance' as an interesting WoTD. I became re-interested in this word through an advertisement for a website that outsources professionals, called elance.com... The website name made me think of some medical site rather than a 'find work' website, but after I realized what they were goin...
by tcward
Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:55 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: KILTER
Replies: 2
Views: 1977

I can't read 'kelter' without thinking about helter-skelter...
by tcward
Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:50 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: LOGORRHEA
Replies: 10
Views: 4633

Re: Double Rs

Dr. Goodword wrote:It might have been just for looks: that is how rime became rhyme, just to look more Greek and worthy of being used in the same sentence as rhythm.

But why the Rs are doubled, I've never heard or read.


Initially, I'd say this is a quirk of Greek compound words.

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