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by David Myer
Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Enthuse
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Enthuse

That'll do nicely.
by David Myer
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Enthuse
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Enthuse

Splendid, Philip. We don't use the term Attaboy here in Australia, but I am an avid collector. And sadly the issuance of profane explicatives against me far outweighs the issuance of Attaboys. Yours is desperately welcome.
by David Myer
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gobsmacked
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: Gobsmacked

I too am stonnied. That there might be such a charming abbreviation not yet picked up in Australia (which specialises in charming abbreviations), is gobsmacking.
by David Myer
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Measly
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Measly

Thanks Philip. I give thanks that it is possible to respect someone with whom you disagree. Certainly, I respect the Good Doctor. And i am not actually disagreeing - just hypothesising that maybe there is an additional explanation. But don't worry, I will certainly vote for you if you stand for elec...
by David Myer
Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:42 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Enthuse
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Enthuse

I do think that enthuse as a verb is a useful addition - even if it is frowned on by purists. When I enthuse someone I do more than encourage them, I get them excited too. I don't think there is another word for this verb in English. If you find disapproving purists, send them my way for a brief dis...
by David Myer
Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mattress
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Mattress

https://www.geofabrics.co/products/maccaferri%C2%AE-reno-mattresses%C2%AE Not to be confused with gabions. Back in my dark civil engineering days, gabions were stackable wire baskets filled with rocks to reinforce banks and stop erosion. Mattresses were simply flat versions to serve as a base. Also...
by David Myer
Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ratatuille
Replies: 4
Views: 3371

Re: RATATOUILLE

Looks good, Slava. But I prefer the Italian equivalent, caponata. I think the capers and the sweet and sour approach give more depth and interest.
by David Myer
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nidus
Replies: 3
Views: 240

Re: Nidus

I don't want to cause a political furore, but isn't there now some debate (or conspiracy theory) suggesting that the nidus of Covid is a laboratory in Whunan? Or at least a wet market there? Where is the point of origin of development? In the body somewhere or where the body gets it from? Are they e...
by David Myer
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Repartee
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Repartee

Not far from the other day's other French word, Badinage. But certainly a little different in some respects. I did once overhear a loud conversation between a sales manager and one of his sales team who had returned to the office late from lunch having had a haircut. "What do you mean having your ha...
by David Myer
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gobsmacked
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: Gobsmacked

Nice one Barbara. Only four degrees of separation in there:

Gob - sailor - navalpower - spinning yarns - mouth. I like it!
by David Myer
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Measly
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Measly

There seems to be a fair amount of speculation in this etymology so I feel relaxed enough to offer an alternative hypothesis with absolutely no scholarly evidence. Here we go: No connection between measles and measly in the sense of the first meaning. Measly might be a corruption of miserly which is...
by David Myer
Tue May 25, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Concinnity
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Re: Concinnity

And interesting to consider this contribution from a friend of mine: "I wonder if it’s related to being consonant with something? That too means (according to Miriam Webster) 1 : being in agreement or harmony : free from elements making for discord The decision was consonant with the … and the simil...
by David Myer
Tue May 25, 2021 1:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Riddle
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Riddle

And here is another specialist use, a coal riddler: https://www.meisterdrucke.uk/fine-art-p ... 1860-.html.

David
by David Myer
Tue May 25, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Guffaw
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Guffaw

Well, the etymological explanation for this apparently Scottish word is that it is onomatopoeic. My, how the Scots laugh!
by David Myer
Thu May 20, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Badinage
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: Badinage

There is not enough Badinage around these days. I fear people are too busy. It takes some measure of relaxation to do it properly. I well remember many years ago in UK. I drove a considerable distance down a long country road and came to a petrol station. Needing directions as well as petrol, I stop...

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