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by David Myer
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Seldom
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Seldom

Fabulous! Thank you. I didn't really expect an answer, and to get such a thorough one is indeed a joy. Cheers
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Seldom
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Seldom

I like this word because it doesn't follow a structure or pattern. I think this generally suggests it is a proper English word from antiquity. Perhaps it is a portmanteau originally, or composite of sel meaning ??? and dom meaning ??? And of course it's counterpart or opposite, 'often' that falls in...
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cachexia
Replies: 9
Views: 1559

Re: Cachexia

Wow! That is an impressive medical history. We are honoured to have you still with us. But do keep away from that there Covid thing. We should continue to enjoy you for some time to come
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Saucy
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Saucy

A bit stronger than just cheeky then? Very much at the impertinent end of the Good Doctor's Meaning.
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Orange
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: Orange

Yes, I once had a girlfriend who was prone to exposing, loudly and strongly, pretension of any kind. It was always embarrassing but huge fun. I think she might have been described as a Virago. As for your Great Aunt-in-law, I fear she was over-egging the pudding, perhaps spurred on by the image of A...
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Virago
Replies: 10
Views: 9168

Re: Virago

Viagro. Yes, I like it - although probably not him. And come to think of it, Viagro is a more macho word than Viagra. I wonder why the marketing people chose to feminise it?
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MacGuffin
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: MacGuffin

I have done a modicum of research. The lion is rampant dexter if it is facing left. And sinister if it is facing right. Now we know that sinister means left. So it turns out that it is not the viewer that is of concern here. It is the bearer of the coat of arms or whatever. He (and it is almost alwa...
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cachexia
Replies: 9
Views: 1559

Re: Cachexia

So is it better to have a sound mind in a decrepit body, or a withered mind in a fit body?
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Virago
Replies: 10
Views: 9168

Re: Virago

Interesting George. Perhaps as well as Elizabeth the First, we could add Joan of Arc and possibly also Boadicea, warriors both. And it is surely "he" who has written history, not "she". I do like the good Doctor's view that whether Virago is a pejorative term depends on your perspective, largely whe...
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Saucy
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Saucy

Presumably, Philip, just a corruption of pronunciation - saucy, sassy?
by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Orange
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: Orange

I think I like her.
by David Myer
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Orange
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: Orange

And in Australia, we have a town in central New South Wales called Orange. It was named by the explorer Thomas Mitchell because in the Peninsular war, he had fought under the Duke of Wellington with William Prince of Orange. So it does look as though most of the connections trace back to the Netherl...
by David Myer
Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Peregrination
Replies: 5
Views: 181

Re: Peregrination

I expect we have them in Australia - peregrinating parrots, I mean.

I just checked that idea in case there really was such a beast, and it seems that Falcons are more closely related to parrots than they are to hawks for example. So a peregrine parrot is not that far from the mark.
by David Myer
Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:20 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Orange
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: Orange

Extraordinary story, Philip. I thought the modern teaching was that no-one is right or wrong on pronunciation if it is merely a regional accent. Your professor needs to 'modern up' so to speak. He may be past that sort of personal development. Now back to orange itself. Is this not one of those word...
by David Myer
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Glom
Replies: 7
Views: 3217

Re: GLOM

Barbara, I think the conglomeration comes from glomus, Latin for a ball. A balling together - perhaps like forming an uncooked meat ball? I guess not connected to this Scottish root. I did like MTC's glomming in the gloaming. Perhaps this is a polite word for poaching - as in poaching fish from the ...

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