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by damoge
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Drove
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Drove

Couldn't the people be "driven" by circumstances? Just as the snow flakes may be driven by a high wind or gentle breeze, surely the speed at which they travel is not the salient factor? Besides, if the group driven is large enough there could often be impediments to travel that would slow progress. ...
by damoge
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Berk
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Berk

Thank you, Good Doctor. That was the rhyme I came up with, based mostly on your decorous reticence to state it. While I applaud your sensitivity, surely this site, if no other on the 'net, should be open to ALL words. They are, after all, just sounds. I know they can be used as weapons. I know that....
by damoge
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Burke
Replies: 8
Views: 868

Re: Burke

I am no poet, and slow to get the gist sometimes, but have been wondering since the note appeared what the rhyme would be.
Does it include a change of gender?
by damoge
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lb
Replies: 5
Views: 596

Re: Lb

When and where did "pound" get attached to lb? Or pence to denarii? I can almost stretch shilling back to solidi, but it is a real stretch...

help?
by damoge
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Foy
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Foy

didn't realize till today that my comment sounded snarky. I meant it as an alternative.
I heard offering a foy for an action as an end to a sequence. I wanted to encourage the action, and assumed that plying with drink and kudos would do so.
by damoge
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Foy
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Foy

We hope ever to drink a foy to Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira, one of our Good Word editors, so long as he suggests interesting words like today's Good Word.
by damoge
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Knave
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

Re: Knave

Dr. Noname? really?
Awww c'mon. Nickname or you forgot his name?
by damoge
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Heterography
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: Heterography

I admit freely and happily to being a pedant. I would be most unhappy if our spellings were made consistent. The uncomfortable mix is a history lesson. Where did that word come from? "eau" -- french "ough"-- german Lots more, but no need to beat this horse. I used to happily spend my summers in Belg...
by damoge
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Knave
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

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: 662

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: 424

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: 409

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: 684

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: 684

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: 712

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...

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