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by Audiendus
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: blizzard
Replies: 0
Views: 1381

blizzard

blizzard

A storm of strong wind and snow.

This word seems to have originated in the US in the 19th century, but its etymology is obscure.
by Audiendus
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bagatelle
Replies: 1
Views: 351

Re: Bagatelle

Word History: This is obviously a French word, one borrowed from Italian bagatella , diminutive of dialectal bagata "little property". Whence bagata , no one knows. It has been posited by some that it comes from Latin baca "berry". This is a highly unlikely source, since it leav...
by Audiendus
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Alternative spellings
Replies: 0
Views: 6083

Alternative spellings

Below are some alternative spellings. For each pair, which one do you prefer? In some cases, the older spelling (given first) has largely been replaced by the newer one; in other cases, the two forms co-exist. There may be differences between British and American usage. barbecue / barbeque doughnut ...
by Audiendus
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoi Polloi
Replies: 9
Views: 1106

Re: Hoi Polloi

We normally refer to mountains as "Mount ___" or a foreign equivalent (e.g. "Mont Blanc"), or by their name alone (e.g. "Everest"). However, we refer to mountains in German-speaking countries as "the ___" (e.g. the Matterhorn, the Eiger, the Jungfrau, the Gros...
by Audiendus
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dean
Replies: 0
Views: 544

Dean

dean

A senior official of some kind in a university, college, cathedral, church etc.

From Latin decanus, a person in charge of ten people. (Surprisingly, the English word deacon does not come from this root.)
by Audiendus
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: fell [adjective]
Replies: 1
Views: 1393

fell [adjective]

Fell

Evil, cruel, wicked, deadly, fierce. E.g. "a fell deed".

Usually found nowadays in the expression "in/at one fell swoop" (originally from Shakespeare's Macbeth).
by Audiendus
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Extrinsic
Replies: 0
Views: 562

Extrinsic

extrinsic (adjective)

Not part of the essential nature of something; originating or operating from outside it.

(A rarer word than its opposite, intrinsic.)
by Audiendus
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Dismissed the service
Replies: 2
Views: 9797

Re: Dismissed the service

Yes, only quotes 1 and 2 are applicable here. I think one could use a different (but related) noun, e.g. "he was dismissed the army/navy/force", but the construction only works with the verb "dismiss", and only in the passive. (The active form "to dismiss the service" i...
by Audiendus
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Colonel
Replies: 9
Views: 1355

Re: Colonel

Here is etymonline 's explanation: https://www.etymonline.com/word/colonel It seems the English could not make up their minds between the French 'r' and the original Latin/Italian 'l'. It is an interesting question how spelling and pronunciation can go different ways like this, and why some language...
by Audiendus
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Take
Replies: 3
Views: 1586

Re: Take

But then, if 'take' is the opposite of 'give', a care giver (sometimes called a carer) suggests that a caretaker is the recipient of care - a caree, if you like. But he or she is not. I think we have two different senses of 'care' here. To take care is to take on a burden (responsibility or attenti...
by Audiendus
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Dismissed the service
Replies: 2
Views: 9797

Dismissed the service

"He was dismissed the service." The above sentence, often used in a military context, is grammatically rather odd. What grammatical role does "the service" play here? Is there a particular name for this construction? Are there any other examples of it? One can, of course, altern...
by Audiendus
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Catachresis
Replies: 0
Views: 608

Catachresis

Catachresis An unconventional use of a word, either through error (e.g. mitigate instead of militate ), or deliberately for effect (e.g. the weeping of the clouds), or in order to create a new expression (e.g. soap opera , disc jockey ). Malapropisms (e.g. 'philanthropy' for 'philately') and single...
by Audiendus
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: 'Zh' sound in English
Replies: 5
Views: 37732

Re: 'Zh' sound in English

Thank you. That is very detailed and informative.
by Audiendus
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Sweat
Replies: 3
Views: 1094

Re: Sweat

I can't think of another word in English ending in -eat that is pronounced -et. There is "threat". Incidentally, if the re- in repeat means again, surely peat is a word? Not as in peat bogs; that's different of course. But peat as in do or say something. Is there a history here? "Rep...
by Audiendus
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Rococo
Replies: 0
Views: 1092

Rococo

rococo (noun or adjective)

A highly ornamental style of furniture and architecture, found in continental Europe in the late Baroque period (18th century).

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