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by David Myer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MacGuffin
Replies: 4
Views: 110

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: 3
Views: 1437

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: 9
Views: 9119

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: 2
Views: 63

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: 11
Views: 213

Re: Orange

I think I like her.
by David Myer
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Orange
Replies: 11
Views: 213

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: 136

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: 11
Views: 213

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: 3192

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 ...
by David Myer
Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paramour
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: Paramour

Remarkable, Slava. I must say that I always translated para as a prefix to mean alongside or beside. So paramedics work alongside medics. Parallel bars are alongside each other. A paramour on that basis would be a lover on the side. Surely not illegal or even illicit if your 'main' lover approves?
by David Myer
Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Peregrination
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Peregrination

Lovely imagery, Barbara. Of course peregrine falcons are known for their travel, and hence the name, but their journeys are far from meanderings - indeed, they are very purposeful. Incidentally, we too have a high-rise building in Melbourne that is home to a nest of peregrines. https://www.youtube.c...
by David Myer
Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paramour
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: Paramour

Good question Slava. And in the same way, is a paramour necessarily illicit? There is nothing illegal (except perhaps in some religions) in having a lover with whom you are not married, is there? It is not illegal in the sense of state or national law to have pre-marital sex, is it? It certainly isn...
by David Myer
Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Modicum
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Modicum

Lovely clip, Philip; I much enjoyed it. But there is big difference between moderation and temperance.
by David Myer
Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paramour
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: Paramour

There's a challenge, Philip! Within what you say, lies an implication that anyone who comments must have knowledge. Perhaps that's why the thread appears to have dried up.

Of course, I am unable to comment.
by David Myer
Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cinereous
Replies: 3
Views: 1042

Re: Cinereous

And is it widely used in cooking Philip? What does it taste like - apart from smokey? Is it a true sage?

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