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by David Myer
Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:42 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Enthuse
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Enthuse

I do think the 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 disc...
by David Myer
Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mattress
Replies: 5
Views: 131

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: 3344

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: 220

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: 154

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: 2
Views: 185

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: 1
Views: 71

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: 284

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: 288

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: 134

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: 252

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...
by David Myer
Thu May 20, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Audacity
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: Audacity

Yes, I think there is also an element of gall or cheek in Audacity. It is almost as though you should have no hope of getting away with it, but somehow you do. It's not as outrageous as Chutzpah, of course, but certainly more than just bold or even daring. Or is it just the way I use it?
by David Myer
Thu May 20, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Traffic drop
Replies: 11
Views: 2894

Re: Traffic drop

Thanks Doc. That explains a lot. Did you consider my suggestion? "Maybe they are unaware of the facility? The 'Discuss Today's Goodword' link is a bit lost under the Privacy Policy. Maybe invite comment in the body of the acknowledgement at the end of the daily narrative? Put the link in with the gr...
by David Myer
Sun May 09, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: grawlix (&*@#^+)
Replies: 3
Views: 2728

Re: grawlix (&*@#^+)

For anyone who is interested, this article on the matter is quite entertaining.https://shadycharacters.co.uk/2021/04/m ... 0-grawlix/
by David Myer
Thu May 06, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mediocre
Replies: 8
Views: 948

Re: Mediocre

Excellent story, George. I have passed it on to my friend on the Supreme Court bench here in Victoria.

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