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by call_copse
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lendrumbilate
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Lendrumbilate

Sorry, I'm not lendumbrilating 8)
by call_copse
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Freshet
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: Freshet

I'll use this one I think, thanks. A good friend of mine has been out of his house for 6 months after a freshet caused his house (on the side of a hill) to flood through the drains. Nasty stuff.
by call_copse
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1122

Re: Question

by call_copse
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fancy
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: Fancy

Hmm, may have to queue up the White Album, always good, though some 'rockier' patches than some of the albums (never exactly terrible but perhaps a bit dated).
by call_copse
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fancy
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: Fancy

British usage is to indicate a 'liking' for someone - 'She fancies him' or similar. A slightly different case from those presented.
by call_copse
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1122

Re: Question

I think there are two uses of begging the question: a) To "beg the question" is to put forward an argument whose validity requires that its own conclusion is true. b) An informal usage that seems to mean 'this brings up the question'. An example of a) would be: The order and magnificence o...
by call_copse
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Heel, Heeling
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Heel, Heeling

I've always wondered why sailing boats heel rather than tip, tilt or lean. Heel, otherwise is associated with controlling a dog or mending shoes...
by call_copse
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Sweat
Replies: 3
Views: 502

Re: Sweat

Nice word. Great is even weirder IMO :?
by call_copse
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nonpareil
Replies: 6
Views: 372

Re: Nonpareil

FWIW I use the French pronunciation in the UK. It's not frequently used, I guess I'd translate to unparalleled just by the sound of it. I might use it for an ironic flourish. If I did most people would probably not realise that I was being ironic and just think I was pretentious.
by call_copse
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Articulate
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Articulate

Well put George, thanks. “Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart —you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, ...
by call_copse
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Antic
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Re: Antic

Nice,thanks Doc. I hadn't considered the singular.
by call_copse
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kompromat
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Re: Kompromat

I'll be honest there seems little other explanation for some behaviours than that such kompromat exists. However if it does exist it must be truly horrifying, as the purported subject certainly has no shame when it comes to things that might mortify us little folk.
by call_copse
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Antics
Replies: 0
Views: 1988

Antics

This is almost exclusively used as a negative comment on sporting behaviour over here. For instance:
"Neymar's antics are "a shame" for football, said Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio after their 2-0 defeat by Brazil on Monday."

Any background? I can't find an entry.
by call_copse
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bon mot
Replies: 14
Views: 1425

Re: Bon mot

David Myer wrote : But why on earth are we using a French word/expression when there is a perfectly satisfactory and well-established English (Greek) one? Epigram is surely an exact synonym? I agree the two words may be synonyms. But that does not end the conversation. There is nuance among synonym...
by call_copse
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oomph
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Oomph

Adam West, brown bread last year IIRC. The best of the many batmen in many important ways ;-)

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