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by David Myer
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stationery
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: Stationery

I don't really get this discussion. Why do you have to teach tricks? Teach them that a stationary vehicle is stopped and stationery is the stuff you buy at the stationers for writing and such. I'm not sure this one is actually a problem. Yes people get it wrong but that's because they have never bee...
by David Myer
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Umpire
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Umpire

Well, fancy that! Another word that has lost its N to the indefinite article. And what an interesting etymology. This from a website called Quick and Dirty Tips. www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/how-a-napron-became-an-apron? A Noumpere Becomes an Umpire Another less common example is “ump...
by David Myer
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Quibble
Replies: 0
Views: 190

Quibble

Beautiful word of course and adding richly to the language because it fills a gap in meaning between petty quarrel (where did petty come from? Perhaps direct from French petit?) and and a stronger argument. The thing about a quibble it seems to me is that it may be only a small point, but it is ofte...
by David Myer
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Caconym
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: Caconym

Poor Percy! Sounds like workplace harassment to me.
by David Myer
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stationery
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: Stationery

I'm not sure that it can't be used figuratively.

For example "take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves". For me, look after the pounds; the pennies are mere stationery.
by David Myer
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: cortège
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Re: cortège

And presumably corsage shares the same horticultural origin?
by David Myer
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Wheelbarrow
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Re: Wheelbarrow

Let me tell you, the Ambarrow at my British boarding school was a great deal more than a mound, especially if you had to run up it in a cross-country race, as we did. It was a monolithic mountain.
by David Myer
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: augury
Replies: 4
Views: 3099

Re: augury

Today I read in an august newspaper the word augur as a noun, presumably (from the context) meaning omen. "The augurs are not good". Here is the dilemma. Should I write to the author and explain that the word they want is augury and that augur already has a clear meaning - seer, or prophet? Or do we...
by David Myer
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Anacoluthon
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: Anacoluthon

I will be interested in others on this question, but I think these examples are a different anomaly. In them, the problem seems to be that it is not immediately obvious which word is the verb. I recall a local newspaper headline: Ducks Walk Flats Out. In this case there is no verb or at least only a...
by David Myer
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Anacoluthon
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: Anacoluthon

We spell cumquats with a c in Australia. But of course the original word was Chinese so you can spell it any way you like.

And we don't eat them off the page. We turn ours into a delightful zesty marmalade.
by David Myer
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Snog
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: Snog

Perhaps all related to the Yiddish schnozz.
by David Myer
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sibling
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: Sibling

Or for those of more of an Old Testament bent, Cain and Abel. Or Esau and Jacob?
by David Myer
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Anacoluthon
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: Anacoluthon

I suspect Phillip, that your anacoluthation has not been a life-long feature of your conversation. If you are anything like me, the problem gets worse as I age (I think that's an example of the first meaning of the word - in my view, it is bad English). I start a sentence, and before I finish it, I ...
by David Myer
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Anacoluthon
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: Anacoluthon

I like this one. It doesn't quite fit the bill but is close enough to remind me of my father's verbal invention of a quasi-non-sequitur. It's a clause that doesn't strictly follow its predecessor, but you vaguely know what they mean. Dad's main example was "The peaches are not for the children becau...
by David Myer
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Snog
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: Snog

Yes, smooch is an important omission. But well before my time, of course. I do like the suggestion that it might have a Scottish origin. It all reminds me of a girl I knew who had been propositioned (in the 60s) by a young Scotsman with the words "Hoo aboot a bash of the pash?" I don't think she too...

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