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by misterdoe
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Unguent
Replies: 3
Views: 289

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: 3
Views: 174

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: 4136

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: 272

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: 2
Views: 350

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: 362

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: 475

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: 789

Re: Hamburger

Someday I'm gonna hunt down this Cheeseburg (or Käseburg :roll:) place and see what other interesting foods they have. :lol:
by misterdoe
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Internecine
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Re: Internecine

Because I've seen internecine so often used for discord within an organization or group (civil war, family feud, office cliques, etc.) I always assumed the origin had something to do with family or relationship.
by misterdoe
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tarnation
Replies: 11
Views: 1085

Re: Tarnation

So I guess I've been uncleing for twenty-eight years? Or is it uncling? I think I like it better with the "e"; without, it looks like "un-cling." :)
by misterdoe
Thu May 11, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hapax legomenon
Replies: 9
Views: 849

Re: Hapax legomenon

Some years ago there was actually a Google "game" similar to this, finding terms or phrases that return exactly one result in Google searches.
by misterdoe
Wed May 10, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nauseous
Replies: 11
Views: 2452

Re: Nauseous

Slava and Philip: is that malaprop-ism or just malaprop? :?
by misterdoe
Wed May 10, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nauseous
Replies: 11
Views: 2452

Re: Nauseous

I just say queasy. :?
by misterdoe
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Artisan
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: Artisan

The "hipster" crowd in larger cities overuse the idea of artisan and artisanal, though; a friend in Philadelphia told me of seeing a shop selling "artisanal water." :roll:
by misterdoe
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bight
Replies: 1
Views: 551

Re: Bight

I've seen an area of the sea off the coast of West Africa called the Bight of Benin and wondered about the word, but never looked it up. Thanks for including this Good Word. :)

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