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by misterdoe
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pediment
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: Pediment

How is this related to impediment?

I was wondering the same thing...
by misterdoe
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Globaloney
Replies: 5
Views: 614

Re: Globaloney

There might be a hint of baloney's transformation to mean "nonsense" in Oscar Mayer's old slogan: "Real baloney, not phony baloney." Maybe it started out as just rhyming slang?
by misterdoe
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Am
Replies: 4
Views: 4448

Re: Am

The great I am. Hmm. In Australia (and it may not be unique to here) we had a senior businessman with an over-inflated ego. He was known as Fig Jam - an acronym for "Fxxk I'm great. Just ask me". I wonder if the concept was created here or is widely used elsewhere as well? I've actually heard that ...
by misterdoe
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vituperate
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Re: Vituperate

Three words I always associate with one another are vituperation, vitriol, and invective. I've seen other forms of the first two but never any other form of invective, though, and I've very rarely heard it, only seen it in print. :?
by misterdoe
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Toodle-oo
Replies: 2
Views: 1225

Re: Toodle-oo

Never heard or saw toodle-pip before. I've heard and seen, to paraphrase an old cartoon, "toodle-oo, pip-pip, cheerio, and all that rot" many times before. :D
by misterdoe
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Turkey
Replies: 2
Views: 1270

Re: Turkey

I'm inclined to believe that the Portuguese name for the bird, peru, comes from some sound the bird makes other than gobbling... but I'm no expert. :?
by misterdoe
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mosey
Replies: 2
Views: 1112

Re: Mosey

My South Carolina-born dad used to love to say things like "time to mosey on out of here."
by misterdoe
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Factotum
Replies: 2
Views: 1148

Re: Factotum

The first time I heard this word was in an office where I used to work. I was at least a generation younger than almost everyone else there, and one older gentleman described himself as a "supernumerary and general factotum." He really was a jack-of-all-trades. I guess he counted himself as a supern...
by misterdoe
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cahoot
Replies: 1
Views: 866

Re: Cahoot

I was reading an article on Arabic-derived words in English and Spanish, and came across this definition of the Spanish word alcahuete (pronounced ahl-ca-weh-teh ): alcahuete : Accomplice, a person who helps another in a love affair, specially an illicit one; gossipy person. Alcahuete comes from His...
by misterdoe
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Burke
Replies: 8
Views: 2671

Re: Burke

I was about to say I've never heard of "Burke" but I know "berk," and now I see from your note that apparently it's the same term just a different spelling.
by misterdoe
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Chutzpah
Replies: 1
Views: 672

Re: Chutzpah

Love the story explaining/demonstrating the word. :lol:
by misterdoe
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Svelte
Replies: 1
Views: 1017

Re: Svelte

I would have guessed a Scandinavian origin for this. :?
by misterdoe
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Remunerate
Replies: 1
Views: 1001

Re: Remunerate

Are you sure municipium wasn't just a city that took its residents' money through fees, taxes, and such? :lol: :?
by misterdoe
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Thigmotropism
Replies: 8
Views: 2238

Re: Thigmotropism

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: 1517

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. :)

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