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by Perry Lassiter
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Temperate
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: Temperate

Aristotle's "Golden Mean" always implied to me there must be an excess here and there above and below the line, not a boring flatline of death...
by Perry Lassiter
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paean
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Paean

No paean toa peon?
"The plowman homeward plods his weary way..."
by Perry Lassiter
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rectitude
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: Rectitude

PS I believe the Aussies pronounce it strite?
by Perry Lassiter
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rectitude
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: Rectitude

I note that three of the definitions are -ght- words: righteous, straight, upright, to which can be added right. These have always troubled me, but I suppose they derive from reg through German -ct- and back with no extra charge for the H.
by Perry Lassiter
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Armistice
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Armistice

It reads better and more impressively omitting the indefinite article. "I sing of arms and man. "
by Perry Lassiter
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Colonel
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: Colonel

I second that motion. I do have the impression that somewhere in the British Empire at sometime the word Was pronounced with three syllables including the L. I may be wrong.
by Perry Lassiter
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Words from WW2
Replies: 1
Views: 4408

Words from WW2

Anyone see this?

https://mentalfloss.com/article/58233/2 ... um=website

I know most of these, but some I have never heard. Be interested to see the response from various countries.
by Perry Lassiter
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Take
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Re: Take

Thumbing through my list of foreign languages here...
by Perry Lassiter
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Coitus
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Re: Coitus

You might call it a con job, but there are quite a few con- and co- words used for sexual congress: conjugal, copulate, and from another direction entirely, the ever ambiguous intercourse and intimacy.
by Perry Lassiter
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dunandunate
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Re: Dunandunate

Or merely a treehugger?
by Perry Lassiter
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dunandunate
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Re: Dunandunate

Logophile? One who stacks wood for the fireplace?
by Perry Lassiter
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Slough
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Slough

In South Louisiana there is a village named Ville Platte. One might expect it, especially being in the heart of Cajun country, to bepronounced romantically as Veal Plah. Nah. It's vill plat, rhyming with hill flat. Gross!
by Perry Lassiter
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Brilliantine
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Brilliantine

There is, or used to be, A commercial cleaning pad, steel wool with embedded soap, called Brillo. I would guess the intent was to scrub pots and pans until they shone brilliantly?
by Perry Lassiter
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kindle
Replies: 2
Views: 370

Re: Kindle

I respectfully disagree with the good doctor hear about the frequency of using the word kindling. Surely there are in the fireplaces across America that use kindling daily to start fires. True, many have gas or electric fire starters, but not directly on logs. Around here, many hunters and families ...
by Perry Lassiter
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Slough
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Slough

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the word was an essay that was in in English lit book my freshman year in college. It was an example of a student essay to show us what with the approval of faculty. I think it was entitled AHole in the Ground. Regarding pronunciation, around here we w...

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