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by dougsmit
Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tittle
Replies: 22
Views: 5674

Re: Tittle

"Somewhere over the years that followed, "to a tittle" was apparently confused with the phrase, "cross all your Ts (and dot your Is)," which also referred to exactitude." Are you telling me now that "exactitude" allows you to omit the apostrophe in forming plu...
by dougsmit
Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:24 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dystopia
Replies: 16
Views: 4839

Re: Dystopia

How do we determine that utopia is derived from ou = not rather than eu = good (as in euphemism, eugenics and eulogy)? If the word was made up in modern times I'd prefer a perfect concoction to retain the diphthong (eutopia) which would not change the pronunciation and mean 'perfect place' rather th...
by dougsmit
Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Theory
Replies: 5
Views: 12872

three years

Three years have passed since this post but the Feb 1 2011 Good Word on "Theory" was not posted on the Alpha Agora by the time that the next day's word appeared so one has to wonder why. I have trouble seeing why Dr. Goodword would post anything on a word starting with 'theo' without menti...
by dougsmit
Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ALREADY
Replies: 7
Views: 2478

We will have to disagree on this one. When you get a past due notice for a bill that you have previously paid and the notice requests another payment, you say that the bill was 'already' paid. No one is suggesting that the bill was paid early or late; the question is whether the bill has or has not ...
by dougsmit
Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:56 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Defenestrate
Replies: 12
Views: 13988

In 2007 when this thread was new a Google search produced 600 hits on the word. Today that number was 3890 including one on the first page discussing ventilation of basements, several medical uses and this page on which we discussed the word. While we are here revisiting the past, I disagree with th...
by dougsmit
Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ALREADY
Replies: 7
Views: 2478

I either disagree with meaning one or need a fourth. I see 'already' as a way to emphasize the pluperfect rather than comment on expectations. When we say Marian Kine is already married we are saying she is off the market now but not how long it took her to get that way. Marian could have been singl...
by dougsmit
Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:44 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: LEEWAY
Replies: 3
Views: 1630

Lord Kelvin

One of the reasons some of us frequent the Alpha Agora is the opportunity to be reminded that language is 'kewl'. Allow me the leeway of honoring Lord Kelvin inventor and namesake of the system of temperature measurement defining absolute zero (and a few other things - he was an interesting guy): ht...
by dougsmit
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PHOTOSHOP
Replies: 4
Views: 1498

'not a verb'

Adobe is fighting this adoption of their trademark into the vulgar language: http://www.adobe.com/misc/trade.html Adobe has a better grasp on the concepts of photo editing than on those of language development. Note the section over halfway down the page: "Proper use of the Photoshop trademark ...
by dougsmit
Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: VERMIFORM
Replies: 2
Views: 1390

Lets not forget 'vermin' and 'varmit' which come in useful when referring to the 'low down' aspect of being a worm rather than the slender.
by dougsmit
Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: VICTORY
Replies: 3
Views: 1660

word spacing

The Romans were never convinced one way or another about spaces (or dots) between words. Sometimes they help; sometimes not. " It is present invanquish and invincible, which come ultimately from the present tense stem of vincere, but not in today's Good Word, which comes from the past participl...
by dougsmit
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SCROOCH
Replies: 11
Views: 4068

and scrunch

If we are to take the side trip to scooch might we not as well journey over to 'scrunch' which not only offers a meaning of make compact but allows a transitive option "scrunch the foil into a ball". If scrouge was a relatively new form in the day, what was Dickens saying when he named his...
by dougsmit
Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: inextricably
Replies: 2
Views: 1955

inextricably

Used in the Barack Obama acceptance speech 28 August...
or extricable, extricate as you see fit
While discussing this, it might be good to touch on a similar work 'inextirpable'
by dougsmit
Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:56 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: JURY-RIG
Replies: 8
Views: 4390

another folk etymology

Some days we learn more than others. I am in the camp of those confusing jerry and jury in this sense but I always associated the concept of make-shift repairs with the political term 'gerrymander' named for its inventor, Mr. Gerry. This stems from the word not being one used in written form as ofte...
by dougsmit
Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Defenestrate
Replies: 12
Views: 13988

unfenestrated

As a matter of fact, "unfenestrated" gets a Google rating over 600 including a few refering to walls lacking windows. I found humor in one hit for "exfenestrate" in the sense of switching a computer away from Windows.
by dougsmit
Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Defenestrate
Replies: 12
Views: 13988

windowless

Once again I'm missing something here. Do I read it correctly that the use of defenestrate to mean removal of windows is just a suggestion and not documented? It would seem that architects might choose to have windows in their designs and are free to call that 'fenestrate' but a lack of windows woul...

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