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by call_copse
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Antics
Replies: 0
Views: 902

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: 8
Views: 698

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: 279

Re: Oomph

Adam West, brown bread last year IIRC. The best of the many batmen in many important ways ;-)
by call_copse
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Intemerate
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: Intemerate

Is there a good antonym for intemerate? As in totally blemished / defiled? I think that would work better for many politicians on your side of the pond. Ours are generally more plain incompetent, but they are working on it.
by call_copse
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hone
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Hone

Aaron Spelling being the source of the problem? Everybody loved Charlie's Angels surely?
by call_copse
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lollygag
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Lollygag

When I am on this site, I am commonly lollygagging, as I am drinking a coffee I'll let myself off.
by call_copse
Wed May 23, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: School
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: School

I hadn't heard the last sense before. Not that I'm likely to need it or anything!
by call_copse
Wed May 09, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ameliorate
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Re: Ameliorate

I'd see it as specifically to mitigate negative effects, rather than general improvement.
by call_copse
Wed May 09, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Pegorative
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Pegorative

Is that a mis-spelling of pejorative?
by call_copse
Wed May 02, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Razee
Replies: 0
Views: 523

Razee

To shave a ship of the line down to a smaller vessel, typically a frigate. I thought of this because HMS Indefatiagable, popularised by CS Hornblower, had such undertaken. Could be a discussion of loan word usage type stuff?
by call_copse
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gimcrack
Replies: 5
Views: 674

Re: Gimcrack

So if someone tells me that 'Jim is a crack head' does this mean he is a superior thinker?
by call_copse
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Alabandical
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

Re: Alabandical

Though for scrabble, it would need band to be played in a suitable location, at the same time you happened to have ALAICAL as your tiles. Sorry, I'm both a pedant and a keen scrabble player :D
by call_copse
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Punctilious
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Re: Punctilious

I always enjoy your post Mr K and this one didn't disappoint. Interesting perspective, I'll remember that.
by call_copse
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Alabandical
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

Re: Alabandical

I'm not sure we need this one - there are plenty of more colourful descriptions for this state that people know, and some they don't if that's needed too. In his cups, sozzled, banjaxed, tipsy, legless, wellied, paralytic, hammered, battered, sudsy, lit up etc etc, all have a better specific meaning...
by call_copse
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Quietus
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: Quietus

It's also an excellent music and arts online magazine in the UK. It's pop culture oriented, but intelligent. A really good read if that's your thing.

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