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by damoge
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Knave
Replies: 1
Views: 388

Re: Knave

"US politics is sprinkled with knights and knaves in approximately equal number."


My! Doesn't that bring back fond memories of yesteryear.
by damoge
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pumpkin
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: Pumpkin

Yes. It is a way to create a diminutive. The same holds in Dutch--
either kin or ken depending I think on the age of the word, sometimes the spelling changes with time.
There are, of course, other words where that syllable has altogether other meanings and origins.
by damoge
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tempest
Replies: 1
Views: 244

Re: Tempest

"...and tetanos "stiff, rigid" (which things tend to become when stretched), Latin tenuis and Russian tonkii "thin, slender, fine"." and are the two that seem obvious correctly sourced here? tetanus, lock jaw certainly fit the "stiff, rigid" category tenuous, leaves one holding by a thread "thin, sl...
by damoge
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Queasy
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: Queasy

"...suggesting a relation to Swedish (a Germanic language related to English) kwäsa "to humble, stifle, suppress"..."

Does that make it related to "quash"?
by damoge
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Snuck
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Snuck

I'd tell you I'd like to move to the UK to get away from the way English is spoken here, but ... Aside from the all too obvious parallels of decline in politics and politeness in our two homelands, there is, for example, the problem of substituting F for TH that has become popular (pardon the pun) o...
by damoge
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Snuck
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Snuck

Oh, please, no.

Soooooo ugly.
Soooooo unnecessary.
by damoge
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Periphery
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Re: Periphery

My maiden name is Ferran. Most of what my father told me about our family history seems to me to be more legend than fact, but I could accept his assertion that we were Ferrans because we had "always" been farriers, iron workers. According to him, he was the first first son never to have shod a hors...
by damoge
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ductile
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Ductile

apologies, all. As soon as I read your response, I understood what it must be without even going back to look.
and dawn comes (slowly) over Marblehead... (so says the native of Massachusetts)
by damoge
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ductile
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Ductile

George, were you hacked?
If there is a correlation here, I'm at a loss to spot it.
by damoge
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stationery
Replies: 12
Views: 1206

Re: Stationery

Awww, Luke! Thanks! You reveal yourself to be a true teacher. I was dismayed when my then 3rd grader showed me the computer program that was supposed to teach him math. The steps between question and answer were all so small that the response to each was, appropriately, "of course." I was not surpri...
by damoge
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Whip
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: Whip

Is whiplash really a thoracic spine injury? Not cervical?
A bit confused here.
by damoge
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stationery
Replies: 12
Views: 1206

Re: Stationery

We were taught to remember the difference by remembering that "stand" had an a, as does "stationary", so the OTHER one was to write on.
Seems a good idea to me to teach both.
by damoge
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Whelm
Replies: 5
Views: 1372

Re: Whelm

and did you feel overwhelmed, Luke, by the enormity of the job before beginning? and perhaps underwhelmed by the praise heaped upon you afterwards?
by damoge
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Imbibe
Replies: 1
Views: 335

Re: Imbibe

And then there is the "Michelin man", mascot of Michelin tires, the chubby smiling pile of walking tubes. He was known as Bibendum, or more familiarly as Bibi. Spring forward a bit and some saw a general resemblance between Bibi and Benjamin Netanyahu. Since Bibi (mascot) is named for the phrase Nun...
by damoge
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Swiftboat
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Swiftboat

On the other hand, we could simply call what is now happening a new definition of "trumping". To aid in making it clear that the definition is not the one we're used to, perhaps it should be written "Trumping".

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