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by misterdoe
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoyden
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Hoyden

Sounds like one of those words Professor Frink made up on The Simpsons :D
by misterdoe
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wreak
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: Wreak

That German relative is pronounced "rekken," no? :?
by misterdoe
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lollygag
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Lollygag

Whenever I see or hear the word lollygag I'm reminded of an episode of The Flintstones where Fred proactively ended the feud with his country cousins the Hatrocks, then unwittingly reinstated it. :D
by misterdoe
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fiasco
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: Fiasco

I have to wonder: if the word comes from a Germanic root, maybe it came from the Germanic tribes that invaded southern and western Europe during the Migration Period? :?
by misterdoe
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Abet
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Re: Abet

Once again I turn to the words of Homer J. Simpson: "Have you forgotten what you promised at our wedding? To love and cherish, to aid and abet?" :D
by misterdoe
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Moab
Replies: 3
Views: 559

Re: Moab

"Massive Ordinance Air Blast"? I always thought -- and since we're talking about the military there may be something to this -- that it stood for "mother of all bombs." :o Somewhere, in fiction at least (if nowhere else), there must be a Moab Airlines, with a photo of planes capt...
by misterdoe
Mon May 21, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tuxedo
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: Tuxedo

Several European languages (German, French, Russian, Polish, ...) use the English word smoking for tuxedo. Tuxedoes were considered similar to smoking jackets . Interesting that French uses the English word to represent a tuxedo, since France actually has a government watchdog agency to "safeg...
by misterdoe
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Unguent
Replies: 3
Views: 574

Re: Unguent

Unguentous ? :? I prefer the related unctuous , though I guess that "oilyness" is more metaphorical. :) I saw the word in a nostalgic article about the Isley Brothers in reference to lead singer Ronald, calling him something like "maybe the most unctuous of the soul balladeers."
by misterdoe
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Clickbait
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Clickbait

The kind of clickbait I don't like is the type like Luke described, where the link teases info about a person who is not included on the target website, or a "photo" of an event that never actually happened. :roll:
by misterdoe
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: alphaDictionary.com IS NOW "MOBILE-FRIENDLY"!
Replies: 5
Views: 4502

Re: alphaDictionary.com IS NOW "MOBILE-FRIENDLY"!

Thanks Doc! I've always been able to see the site on my tablet OK, but I'd have to turn the phone sideways to see it, and then replying was a chore because the reply box would take up most of the screen. This helps greatly.
by misterdoe
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Erewhon
Replies: 3
Views: 449

Re: Erewhon

Is Erewhon anywhere near Waikikamukau (pronounced "why-kick-a-moo-cow")? That's New Zealand's "middle of nowhere." :)
by misterdoe
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Harass
Replies: 3
Views: 598

Re: Harass

Doc, you posted two possible pronunciations of this word: the one I always thought was correct ("her ass" :)), and the one I seem to hear all the time from the media ("Harris" :roll:). Are both actually acceptable?
by misterdoe
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Scofflaw
Replies: 3
Views: 532

Re: Scofflaw

Don't hold your breath, George! :D
by misterdoe
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yacht
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: Yacht

This etymology intrigued me enough to go and look up Jägermeister , which based on "yacht" I expected to have something to do with a high-ranking pirate. I was way off. Here's what I found: Curt Mast, the original distiller of Jägermeister and son of the founder Wilhelm, was an enthusiasti...
by misterdoe
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hamburger
Replies: 8
Views: 1013

Re: Hamburger

Someday I'm gonna hunt down this Cheeseburg (or Käseburg :roll:) place and see what other interesting foods they have. :lol:

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