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by David Myer
Sun May 09, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: grawlix (&*@#^+)
Replies: 3
Views: 2516

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: 538

Re: Mediocre

Excellent story, George. I have passed it on to my friend on the Supreme Court bench here in Victoria.
by David Myer
Wed May 05, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Cheugy
Replies: 1
Views: 307

Cheugy

Well, this article in today's The Age in Melbourne introduces us to a very useful new word. Cheug or Cheugy. https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/what-is-cheugy-only-the-latest-gen-z-vs-millennial-tiff-20210505-p57p7f.html I am not a cheug because I am not still hanging on to a...
by David Myer
Wed May 05, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mediocre
Replies: 8
Views: 538

Re: Mediocre

Ah, Slava, you would remember Garison Keilor's fictitious town, Lake Woebegone, "where all the girls are good looking and all the boys are above average." Certainly not mediocre.
by David Myer
Wed May 05, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Alible
Replies: 3
Views: 1759

Re: Alible

There was a fad in the late 80's for use of the Pritikin Diet. It was always recommended for heart disease patients, amongst whom was my father. After a few weeks on the diet, Dad observed that the diet was easily interpreted as "You can eat anything you like as long as it is not nourishing." He mig...
by David Myer
Wed May 05, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hygge
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: Hygge

Excellent contribution, mrdoe. I do like your Gaelic testicle story. English generally is short of words in this area - perhaps because life was so hard in the early days. But German gemütlich is a much richer concept than the dictionary translation "pleasant" or "cheerful". Of course when you imagi...
by David Myer
Wed May 05, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Excrescence
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: Excrescence

Yes, it's a useful word to add to the repertoire. Two of my goldfish have developed excrescences and I have been calling them weird growths. Excrescences is a much better description. Curiously they continue to get bigger and are increasingly disfiguring, but the fish don't seem in the least distres...
by David Myer
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Parse
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Parse

This from today's New York Times: ...the data is too thin to parse because India is performing too little genomic sequencing. Is this really a minor abuse of English? As I see it, to parse means to break into its component parts ('deconstruct' is a horrid modern way of saying the same thing). Doesn'...
by David Myer
Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Drastic
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Drastic

Don't mention laxatives. We are in the middle (end) of the most abundant fig season I can recall. The bats, rats and birds have eaten 90% but 10% is way beyond my consumption capabilities.
by David Myer
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Drastic
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Drastic

I wonder if others have been operating under the same misunderstanding as I have all my life? I thought drastic was necessarily a bad thing. But when I read today that before the recent surge in cases in India there had been a drastic drop in the number..., I was moved to look it up. I didn't believ...
by David Myer
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yearn
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Yearn

While reading this one, I idly wondered whether 'yen' might be related to yearn. So I looked it up. It appears not! Yen in the sense of yearn comes from the Chinese word for a craving for opium. Although... But it is difficult to see that the Chinese might have come from the same PIE root. Have I mi...
by David Myer
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Forthy
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Re: Forthy

Oh I do like this one. I like also to think that I am fairly forthy, although which end of the very wide spectrum of nuanced meanings I belong should perhaps be left to others to judge. Am I merely open and affable or am I forthright or even presumptuous? I am not seriously asking here. I should may...
by David Myer
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: DOPPELGANGER
Replies: 3
Views: 2858

Re: DOPPELGANGER

I was once mistaken for Hugh Heffner - even though he is 20 years older than me and actually dead. But the mistaker was probably judging from an out of date picture.
by David Myer
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ramadan
Replies: 6
Views: 3402

Re: Ramadan

Enjoy your weekends, Doc. Well-earned,
by David Myer
Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Umarell
Replies: 6
Views: 1035

Re: Umarell

Surely, if it is real enough to make it into Wikipedia, it has sufficient existence to qualify for the Agora? :wink:

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