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by damoge
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Luthier
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: Luthier

David, in the US, Anthony is TH, but his nickname is Tony.
When referring to Cleopatra's love, it is spelled Antony.

You have to accommodate the very literal (though often illiterate) US mind.
by damoge
Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Periapt
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Periapt

thank you for your gentle reminder to check HERE first...
by damoge
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Periapt
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Periapt

"Buzz wears a gimcrack on a leather shoestring ..."
Gimcrack? Hard or soft G?
Never heard this one-- synonyms?
by damoge
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Limbic
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Re: Limbic

David, I agree. I would say that that course of action is called "teaching". I think tone of voice and body language are more important than the word used. If I see a look of confusion, I ask if clarification is needed of the word, or the concept. While I wouldn't suggest trying it in every possible...
by damoge
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Limbic
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Re: Limbic

I don't know if I truly never saw it before, or just skipped over it, but I was not aware of the military definition of "limber" till recently. I assume it is from the same source, given the definition. According to Wikipedia (not my usual "go to" for definitions) it is: "A limber is a two-wheeled c...
by damoge
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kidnap
Replies: 6
Views: 432

Re: Kidnap

Thank you so very much!
by damoge
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Complicit
Replies: 1
Views: 175

Re: Complicit

"Plek- came to English through its Germanic ancestors as flax."

This begs the question, does it not mean that along with "...all words containing -plex, -plicate, or -plicit..." we find words like
flex and flexible as well?
by damoge
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kidnap
Replies: 6
Views: 432

Re: Kidnap

BJN, Thank you very much for all that! I'm still wondering if the "kid" in "kidnap" had anything to do with stealing children. I know that many of the people "shanghaied" were young. The stories were often of getting sailors drunk and then having them awake on board at sea, but there were also stori...
by damoge
Sat Aug 22, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kidnap
Replies: 6
Views: 432

Re: Kidnap

Three more questions...
When did "kid" start to be used for children?
Where did "kid" come from at all?
Is/was the "kid" in "kidnap" related to children?
by damoge
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Caper
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Re: Caper

David, thank you. Very nice!
by damoge
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Embonpoint
Replies: 3
Views: 574

Re: Embonpoint

Male point of view, Iain?
The general use is how I've always heard it and known it, even though I've seldom heard it applied to men.
Always thought of it as the gentile version of zaftig.
by damoge
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pediment
Replies: 6
Views: 674

Re: Pediment

David, I had never heard the word "mense". Do you know where it comes from?
by damoge
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mask
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: Mask

Iain, the Good Doctor is quoting the president. What the Doctor meant is clearly as you indicated. A lot of people got a good snort out of hearing the Pres. use it as a compliment to himself. Others were just left scratching their heads.
by damoge
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Zounds!
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: Zounds!

While we're at it, how did "swear" come to mean both "take an oath" and "take the Lord's name in vain". Opposites, no? When did "taking the Lord's name in vain" encompass using vulgarisms? What difference exists between profanities and vulgarisms? And, Dear Doctor, while I am old enough to take the ...
by damoge
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Epithet
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Epithet

Does that mean the domesday book of 1086 was so named just because every one was to be put in it?
I always wondered about that one!

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