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by misterdoe
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Thigmotropism
Replies: 8
Views: 1180

Re: Thigmotropism

David Myer wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:37 am
If I burst into tears (as I do) at the first scene of sentimentality in a movie, does that make me thigmotropic? I am certainly moved by touching things.

:D
by misterdoe
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nihilism
Replies: 4
Views: 809

Re: Nihilism

I read a description once that a nihilist will look on passively while the world collapses around him, but move his food dish two inches and he'll cry bloody murder. :)
by misterdoe
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tranche
Replies: 2
Views: 375

Re: Tranche

Never heard this one before, at least I don't think so. :?
by misterdoe
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Caconym
Replies: 3
Views: 643

Re: Caconym

A few years ago I had a coworker, a temp actually, who everyone called Percy. I assumed his name was Percival. Not exactly a caconym but quite unusual these days. Our manager "outed" him when she came around asking, "Has anyone seen Pericles?" :o
by misterdoe
Mon May 27, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Charivari
Replies: 8
Views: 1589

Re: Charivari

Learned a new word! :) Some time ago, going through my Dad's music as I used to do from time to time :mrgreen: I found a Grover Washington Jr. album with a song called "Shivaree Ride." I had no idea what a shivaree was, but now I know it probably referred to the sounds of cans and such attached to a...
by misterdoe
Mon May 27, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Soliloquy
Replies: 2
Views: 610

Re: Soliloquy

The q-u-y letter combo looks odd, probably because it's uncommon in English. :?
by misterdoe
Mon May 27, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rinky-Dink
Replies: 1
Views: 481

Re: Rinky-Dink

Whenever I see the word rinky-dink it brings to mind an old Dave "Baby" Cortez instrumental. Not "Rinky-Dink," strangely enough, but "The Happy Organ": https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=tcpel ... ture=share :)
by misterdoe
Mon May 27, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Usurp
Replies: 1
Views: 442

Re: Usurp

I can relate to the bedroom usurpation. My living room (and television, and refrigerator) have been usurped. :| Good word, though! :)
by misterdoe
Mon May 27, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Raucous
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Re: Raucous

I commented awhile back about Johnny Carson's reporting on an argument at a political gathering in the 80s, calling it a "raucous Dukakis caucus fracas." :)
by misterdoe
Sat May 04, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Julep
Replies: 2
Views: 598

Re: Julep

Julep also reminds me of "One Mint Julep," a great instrumental by Ray Charles. :)
by misterdoe
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fussbudget
Replies: 3
Views: 1330

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: 665

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: 868

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: 629

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: 701

Re: Voracious

As a child I was a voracious reader, always leaving the library with as many books as I could safely carry.

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