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by misterdoe
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vituperate
Replies: 3
Views: 451

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: 242

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: 546

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: 481

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: 496

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: 342

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: 1034

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: 223

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: 567

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: 530

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: 1444

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: 987

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: 483

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: 798

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: 1845

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...

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