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by David Myer
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earmark
Replies: 7
Views: 156

Re: Earmark

And in response to those who object to dog-earing of books (and at the risk of exposing myself to vitriol and then a life in Coventry) you might enjoy this article with which I have some sympathy. https://www.bustle.com/p/11-things-people-who-dog-ear-books-will-never-understand-about-people-who-use-...
by David Myer
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earmark
Replies: 7
Views: 156

Re: Earmark

Thanks Audiendus. I feared as much. It suggests that from its origins as an identifier of cows, it has moved to be an identifier of anything, including an identifier of future success. A quote from your freedictionary: "An identifying feature or characteristic: a novel with all the earmarks of succe...
by David Myer
Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Trap
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Trap

From an ancient past participle of trip, perhaps?
by David Myer
Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oppugnant
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: Oppugnant

Having been thoroughly oppugnant in my comments under 'Earmark", I should comment on this one. I have always seen those rather ugly little dogs, pugs, as vaguely oppugnant. I wonder if the words are related? Of course it might not be oppugnant specifically from which the name might have been derived...
by David Myer
Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earmark
Replies: 7
Views: 156

Re: Earmark

Have I overdone my emphaticalness? It appears I have intimidated other voices on this. I meant only to provoke a response and I am perfectly willing to be educated. Does anyone have an opinion?
by David Myer
Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Long 'i' in -ind
Replies: 7
Views: 46425

Re: Long 'i' in -ind

Ah, but it is short in Christmas, Christopher and Christian. So maybe it is lengthened simply to give it more weight or gravitas; so when it appears at the end of a sentence it can be a stressed syllable. Maybe the exception 'wind', to the long i in find, mind etc is because the short i in the noun ...
by David Myer
Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Ever Heard This?
Replies: 3
Views: 1448

Re: Ever Heard This?

Nice line. What novel was it in?
by David Myer
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mantra
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: Mantra

Of course, if we were to be strictly correct, perhaps persontra would be sweeter. I know, I know, it's not that sort of man. Didn't we have a discussion somewhere in the Agora on the death of the word 'niggardly', which for political (although not semantic) correctness has been banished from the lan...
by David Myer
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tenor
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Tenor

Careful, Barbara, you may fall into a nostalgic torpor.

I can't sing tenor eleven, Philip, but I do admire my own falsetto in the shower.
by David Myer
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tenor
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Tenor

Careful, Barbara, you may fall into a nostalgic torpor.

I can't sing a note, Philip, but I do admire my falsetto in the shower.
by David Myer
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Necromancy
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Necromancy

Thanks for the advice, Philip. I will beware.
by David Myer
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Reprise
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: Reprise

I think you may be a little harsh on yourself, Philip. As the good Dr says, this is a French word and the 'ease' pronunciation is surely a direct lift from the French. But of course it has been in use for years in English so my vote is that there is no shame in anglicising it. And we have to remembe...
by David Myer
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earmark
Replies: 7
Views: 156

Re: Earmark

Indeed, gratitude to Jeffrey. It is an interesting word. But in relation to meaning 3. I say emphatically "Surely not!" At least if it is in use, it is surely only in error. A car does not display the earmarks of a classic, does it? It displays the hallmarks of a classic. There is no sense of owners...
by David Myer
Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gobsmacked
Replies: 7
Views: 385

Re: Gobsmacked

Umm... I think there may be more to that story, Philip, than is explained here. Not sure what a cockney Australian is, but that anyone should make such an evil threat to a gentle soul such as yourself, indicates a story worth telling.
by David Myer
Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: balk
Replies: 5
Views: 3612

Re: balk

There is an element of 'obstacle' in most of the meanings of balk (baulk in my language). So having just read this debate from 2013, I wonder if somehow 'bulwark' is related? I can't find anything connecting them, but both German in origin. Incidentally, as well as the baulk line on a billiard table...

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