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by brogine
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Irenic
Replies: 2
Views: 4842

Re: Irenic

I remember William F. Buckley using this word once, causing a bit of frustration for Gore Vidal.
“Why didn’t you just say ‘peaceful’?
“I wanted the extra syllable.”
by brogine
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Solecism
Replies: 8
Views: 7977

Re: Solecism

Ooh, ooh! another one, courtesy of “Call the Midwife”.

In addition to the garment, ‘garibaldi’ can refer to a popular British ‘biscuit’ something like a fig newton, although I think it’s a brand name, so maybe that doesn’t count.

Now I think of it, it’s more like a two-dimensional Pop Tart.
by brogine
Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Convergent Evolution
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Re: Convergent Evolution

Thinking back to the ‘Old West’, it would appear that ‘savvy’ is another example, in use in England at least as early as 1686.
by brogine
Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Convergent Evolution
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Convergent Evolution

The use of ‘pronto’ in America certainly comes from Spanish heard in the southwest, yet the word was in use earlier in Britain (in a musical context), and borrowed from Italian ! Know any other examples of convergent evolution? Speaking of language in the Old West, I always associated ‘newfangled’ w...
by brogine
Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: Mean This Does What?
Replies: 2
Views: 667

Mean This Does What?

How about a reverse dictionary section? Taking requests for when one is looking for a word that means . . . . Right now I’m looking for a something - analogous to onomatopoeia - for words like ‘velvet’ or ‘cantankerous’. A word suggesting the tone of the meaning although it has nothing to do with so...
by brogine
Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: formidable
Replies: 6
Views: 9763

Re: formidable

You won’t find for-mid’-able in older dictionaries, or in the OED in this moment. It’s given, where it is, to reflect widespread ignorance.
Before you get all exercised, remember that ‘ignorance’ means ‘lack of knowledge’, not ‘stupidity’.
by brogine
Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Conjunction
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Re: Conjunction

According to the OED, the first known use was Chaucer’s reference to
“ . . , Þe coniunccioun of god and of man”. Circa 1374 CE.

A simple conjunction, if you will, meaning “together joining”.

Etymonline gives no citation in support of its contention.
by brogine
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: This Theory . . .
Replies: 3
Views: 19916

Re: This Theory . . .

Begging your leave to bring this up again. I find this kind of general rule quite interesting. If such it is. Apart from ‘propers’ (Thai, etc.), I can think of only one exception, ‘through’.
Please, sir, I want some more.

Any opinions on the verb/noun thing . . . ?
by brogine
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Eponym - Denim & Jeans
Replies: 6
Views: 10481

Re: Eponym - Denim & Jeans

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I do understand you, but traditionalist me . . . I do follow the OED somewhat slavishly. As another example of my finicky nature, I shun referring to shorthand like say, NAACP, as an ‘acronym’, as opposed to ‘initialism’, although ‘acronym’ is almost always used ...
by brogine
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Palindromes
Replies: 4
Views: 10329

Re: Palindromes

Equal to ‘Able was I . . .’ in aptness (if not word separation) is:
A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!’
The ‘man’ might be any of several or no one in particular. Most of the palindromes you see are forced and kind of silly.
by brogine
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Eponym - Denim & Jeans
Replies: 6
Views: 10481

Re: Eponym - Denim & Jeans

Traditionally, the ‘eponym’ is the person. See OED. However, things change. But they’ll have a hard time pulling this old stick out of the mud. Has anyone ever entertained the idea that people with a math and/or science background are more particular about precise meanings (comprise, reticent) and r...
by brogine
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: A New to Me -ology
Replies: 3
Views: 4198

Re: A New to Me -ology

Anyone still out there? The OED lists 760 headwords ending in ‘ology’. Looking for the shortest, and thinking ‘oology’ would be a word - it is - I stumbled upon jes’ plain ‘ology’, yes, listed as a word, not just a suffix, albeit ‘colloquial’. Go know.
by brogine
Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Alternative spellings
Replies: 3
Views: 90292

Re: Alternative spellings

I’ve always thought ‘theatre’ to be British, while ‘theater’ is American. That certainly accords with similar variances. The former is frequently adopted here by people putting on airs. It’s an apt area of discourse. They will probably also pronounce ‘futile’, ‘agile’, etc. with the posh UK long i. ...
by brogine
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: Which is correct?
Replies: 2
Views: 923

Re: Which is correct?

OED has ‘Veterans Day’ or ‘Veterans’ Day’.
by brogine
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Don’t look at me, I didn’t vote for it!
Replies: 0
Views: 993

Don’t look at me, I didn’t vote for it!

It would appear that ‘e-lec-tor’-al’ is the new pronunciation. At least we’re hearing it a happy context!

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