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by David Myer
Tue May 01, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: semble
Replies: 1
Views: 263

semble

Does this word exist? Has it ever existed? What did it mean? The only references I can find are to an obscure piece of legal jargon that bears no semblance to to the words with a prefix: Assemble, resemble, dissemble, ensemble and probably others. So presumably it has existed and the others are deri...
by David Myer
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yonder
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: Yonder

I believe there is a language (is it a North American Indian one?) that has lots more words for 'there'? A bit like the perhaps apocryphal 27 words for snow in Eskimo. Near, there, further, further still, further still and out of sight, and lots more. Can anyone enlighten us?

David
by David Myer
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: We are on the new e-mail server
Replies: 13
Views: 2736

Re: We are on the new e-mail server

Splendid. Normal service has been resumed. Very excited.

David
by David Myer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: Entertaining article for linguists
Replies: 2
Views: 12137

Entertaining article for linguists

Today's The Conversation in Australia has a splendid piece on the linguistic issues (in Australia) that cause pedants like us to frenzy (is that a verb?) Anyway it is fun and so are most of the added comments for those that have time. https://theconversation.com/the-horror-and-pleasure-of-misused-wo...
by David Myer
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Droll
Replies: 5
Views: 1449

Re: Droll

We don't talk in Oz; we drawl. That's drawl, not droll or even drole.
by David Myer
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Droll
Replies: 5
Views: 1449

Re: Droll

Bravo George. I like the story of the theatre ad.

But I am interested that the good Dr has not offered drole as an alternative spelling. Certainly it is widely used with that (original?) spelling in England. Not so much in Australia, but then neither is droll! We have a smaller vocabulary here.
by David Myer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Spruik
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Re: Spruik

I like your idea Slava of spiv being the opposite of VIPs. There is some joy in that. The Suspected Person idea is surely just a fun and fanciful idea. But I'd love to get to the bottom of the real origins.
by David Myer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Excelsior
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Re: Excelsior

Well, well, well. What a funny lot the Americans are. This is an extraordinary one. Excelsior means higher. There can be no question of that. So saying it means wood wool seems preposterous to an Anglo. It's like saying ford means car and no longer a place where people can wade across a creek. On th...
by David Myer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Cafe/restaurant
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Re: Cafe/restaurant

I see the origin of restaurant is from the French word for 'restore' - presumably in the sense of restoring oneself to equanimity following a meal. And as others have pointed out, you have to have a meal in a restaurant but can manage with just a cup of coffee in a cafe. Amazing though, how restorat...
by David Myer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Paradise
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Paradise

I have just returned from a holiday in Fiji where a major road contractor calls itself Paradise Digging Services Ltd. I thought that was a lovely concept - digging up paradise. Again, the word is ancient and apparently means an enclosed park. How important are our parks! And the main City one here i...
by David Myer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Drib
Replies: 0
Views: 192

Drib

As in dribs and drabs. Can it be used in the singular, I wonder and can it be used without its partner drabs?
by David Myer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: ziggurat
Replies: 2
Views: 479

ziggurat

I like this one if only because we need more words starting with Z. Difficult to see how we can use it metaphorically and probably not an everyday word. I came across it today for the first time. I think the author was showing off.
by David Myer
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Peon
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Peon

So if pajamas (more commonly spelt pyjamas in Australia and in UK) are leg garments then when we talk about 'pajama bottoms', I guess we are committing a tautology. Incidentally a pedantic semantic friend of mine with whom I shared today's entry, suggested that 'the hoi polloi' is also a tautology ,...
by David Myer
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hamburger
Replies: 8
Views: 858

Re: Hamburger

Well spotted Perry. I could try to suggest that it was a deliberate mistake designed to check to see if anyone ever reads my comments, but that would suggest that I feel the need to be read, which is nonsense of course. So I will now independently give thanks to you for pointing out my ignorance. We...
by David Myer
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hamburger
Replies: 8
Views: 858

Re: Hamburger

And very best wishes to the Good Doctor for what sounds like a splendid Thanksgiving Day in Boulder (always loved that town's name; also Rock Hudson and Pebble Flintstone). Of course, in Australia, we have a town called Manly. Sadly, no Womanly yet.

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