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by Perry Lassiter
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Emetic
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: Emetic

And then there is the emesis basin, one of those platic jobs they stick you with (in the sense of foisting on you willy-nilly) in the hospital.
by Perry Lassiter
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hooligan
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Hooligan

Hooligan has been discussed informally as you can see by typing in the word in the search blank at the top. But I don't find it as a word of the day. I did find a discussion today in a Quartz news release about soccer. They trace the term to Irish names, either Hoolihan (Hot Lips?) or O'Hoolihan. At...
by Perry Lassiter
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fiasco
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Fiasco

Yes, welcome janedoe. I've never got Greek coming up automatically. On what device?
by Perry Lassiter
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mic
Replies: 2
Views: 1381

Re: Mic

Thanks. Both are great articles. A lot I didn't know. But no one has yet dealt with the change in spelling from mike to mic, both from microphone, of course. I believe I've seen the word used in other amplified speech settings besides dropping it.
by Perry Lassiter
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fungible
Replies: 2
Views: 2008

Re: FUNGIBLE

I was going to suggest this as a good word, since I am seeing it so frequently, but Doc has already done it well twice. So I'm commenting to bring it to the top in case someone else needs reassurance of its usage. With the current bitcoin fad, I wonder whether we will find that specie fungible with ...
by Perry Lassiter
Mon May 28, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mic
Replies: 2
Views: 1381

Mic

I saw it again today, this time on Jeopardy. The form "mic" showed up for "mike" as short for microphone. For the last year or two, that spelling has been popping up more and more, perhaps popullarized by the expression "drop the mic," which seems to mean finishing. Any...
by Perry Lassiter
Sun May 27, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: School
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: School

call_copse, Around here school has become a slang verb meaning to teach someone a lesson. It's often used in athletics to refer to an excellent player demonstrating his skill at outplaying another. "Our all-conference goalie schooled our opponent's high scorer today so he got zero points."
by Perry Lassiter
Sun May 27, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pawn
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: Pawn

Thanks for connecting pawn with peon, pedestrisn, and pioneer. I would emphasize that, while the human pawn may be passive in allowing himself to be manipulated, there is usually a conscious and active, even evil, person doing the manipulation.
by Perry Lassiter
Sun May 27, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Posse
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Posse

Used more lately as your accustomed group of friends, your gang, as it were. Webster: efinition of posse 1 : a large group often with a common interest 2 : a body of persons summoned by a sheriff to assist in preserving the public peace usually in an emergency 3 : a group of people temporarily organ...
by Perry Lassiter
Sun May 20, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: pseudepigraphy
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: pseudepigraphy

Not necessarily, Slava. Only if the text was copied. There is a large collection of pseudepigrapha of New Testament books. Those are the ones advertised with a gasp as the "Hidden books of the Bible" and the books the church didn't want you to know about. The recent "Gospel of Judas&q...
by Perry Lassiter
Sun May 20, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tuxedo
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Tuxedo

Is the pic from James Thurber?
by Perry Lassiter
Sun May 06, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Banish
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Banish

The etymology George posted for banns as deriving from ban, meaning proclaim suggests the word banner also came from that root.
by Perry Lassiter
Thu May 03, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Banish
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Bannish

I think one of the makn purposes of posting the bans was to prohibit poligamy. Also the reason for the cringeworthy line in old ceremonies, "If anyone can show just cause why this man and this woman should not now be united in holy matrimony, let him speak now or forever hold his peace." E...
by Perry Lassiter
Thu May 03, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hash
Replies: 9
Views: 1190

Re: Hash

I grew up with the resulting dish, a meal in itself, called hash. It would be sort of like a stew without the liquid, perhaps including hashed meat, potatoes, onions, etc.

Currently hashmarks or pound signs are a strong communication tool whose meaning ois dependent on context. #thanx
by Perry Lassiter
Thu May 03, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: People named after colors.
Replies: 2
Views: 8531

Re: People named after colors.

Thanks Slava. An excellent site.

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