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by misterdoe
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fussbudget
Replies: 3
Views: 552

Re: Fussbudget

Wasn't that one of the names Linus Van Pelt used to call his sister Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip? :)
by misterdoe
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Troth
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Re: Troth

I seem to recall some interaction in school where someone commented on a teacher's use of the word betroth, and made a joke about someone pledging their trough. :lol:
by misterdoe
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Coalesce
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: Coalesce

Was this the original source or inspiration for the word coalition? :?
by misterdoe
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Emergency
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: Emergency

A wordy but now-retired coworker used to refer to emergencies as "emergent situations." :) (He once told me I should use my leave time so as to give myself a "restorative break." He could have left out the last four syllables. :lol: )
by misterdoe
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Voracious
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Re: Voracious

As a child I was a voracious reader, always leaving the library with as many books as I could safely carry.
by misterdoe
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wanton
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Re: Wanton

So... Heidi Fleiss was tried in the court of public opinion (and others) and found wanton? :o
by misterdoe
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoyden
Replies: 3
Views: 593

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: 429

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: 467

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: 733

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: 412

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: 653

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: 684

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: 673

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: 625

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:

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