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by beck123
Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Rupicoline
Replies: 72
Views: 23665

I wonder how this is related to saxitoxin (STX,) a non-protein poison produced by marine microorganisms. It's one of the deadliest poisons around (if you don't include the protein-based poisons,) and it is the agent that produces paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans. The distinction is made with ...
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Manicule
Replies: 43
Views: 22212

"Dingbat" is also an architectural term for small, boxy, two-story homes in which the ground-level floor is not enclosed and is used for parking or storage. I've always called it a beach house, but it's a dingbat.
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Manicule
Replies: 43
Views: 22212

saparris wrote:
And that heart-leaf thingie: what do you use it for??
I use it for bling in brochures and such. I'm sure it has a name, but I don't know what it is.
It looks as though if you were to examine it closely enough, you'd see a poorly-executed "MOM" in the middle of the heart.
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: BOXING DAY
Replies: 27
Views: 10967

Good suggestion, S.
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Spades
Replies: 1
Views: 1412

Playing cards have a mottled history. Before sighting land on the first crossing, Columbus's crew members discarded theirs (I almost said "their decks," but that would have been a poor choice of words,) fearing for their lives that the cards were sinful, offended God, and were the source of their mi...
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Infucate
Replies: 3
Views: 2044

The good little angel on my left shoulder will not allow me to respond to the example you've given in a way that would satisfy the little devil on my right shoulder. Let's just say that this is probably the most carefully-pronounced of all synonyms for the verbs "to paint" and "to daub." Are there a...
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Manicule
Replies: 43
Views: 22212

I blush at my faux pas , naming line 2, item six as an anachronistic symbol. (Oops. I wasn't paying attention to sparris's avatar.) I think line 2, item 6 actually represents a nib for a quill pen, such as were (and still are by the hypodigital) used for graphics and calligraphy. I've wielded one fr...
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: pregnant
Replies: 6
Views: 4440

The only thing that should have been used on TV in the early days was a heavy mallet. Today, too.
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Manicule
Replies: 43
Views: 22212

saparris wrote:The most well known are Zapf Dingbats, created by Hermann Zapf of Germany.
Of course he's from Germany. Where else would a "Hermann Zapf" be from?

They must be fairly old, because I doubt if most Americans today would recognize line 2, item 6 for what it is if it were presented out of context.
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:51 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Manicule
Replies: 43
Views: 22212

In researching something outside this forum, I just learned that today's manicule would be considered a "dingbat," which is a printer's term for small non-alphanumeric symbols. The name, dingbat, still appears in the list of fonts on our computers.
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: FAIR
Replies: 3
Views: 2010

FAIR

Inspired by Slava's "pretty." 1. (n.) a marketplace or showcase: the county fair 2. (adj.) not unsightly; pretty: My Fair Lady 3. (adj.) mediocre; middle-of-the-road: Despite all her work, she earned only a fair grade on her project. 4. (adj.) considerable (amount); more than a little: he was left w...
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Pretty
Replies: 8
Views: 3266

When did we begin using this word as a diminutive "very?" I think that among adults, that is currently the more common meaning: "This is a pretty common word." I can see the relationship to "fairly," which has the same "very" meaning, just as "fair" can mean "pretty" (well, it used to until recently...
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Turducken
Replies: 14
Views: 13517

Maybe its origins should be displayed more honestly:

Tur'duck'en.

At least the "turd" is eliminated, if only visually.
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: pregnant
Replies: 6
Views: 4440

All of the associations make good words in themselves:

Fertile, fecund, ripe, natal (pre- and post-,) partum (pre- and post-,) parturition - a fertile area, ripe for investigation. Any takers?
by beck123
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SEMPITERNAL
Replies: 27
Views: 10563

Or semi-paternally, as the case may be. Good night, Dave.

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