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by Audiendus
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Burke
Replies: 8
Views: 855


I don't understand how burke and berk can be regarded as versions of the same word. Burke is derived from William Burke and means 'cover up' or 'suffocate'; berk comes from 'Berkshire (or Berkeley?) Hunt' and means 'fool'. Different origin, different meaning.
by Audiendus
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Standard
Replies: 0
Views: 186


standard (noun or adjective) Here is a word with many meanings. The military sense, of a raised banner carried in battle, seems to be the original one. How it acquired its other meanings is not clear. A standard may be a measure of excellence, or on the other hand it may refer to something that is ...
by Audiendus
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Iron
Replies: 1
Views: 883



This word has an interesting etymology, as described here. Note the anomalous pronunciation, and the various different meanings.

It is unrelated to irony (with pronounced 'r') and ironic.
by Audiendus
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Cappuccino
Replies: 0
Views: 818


cappuccino Originally from Italian cappuccino meaning 'Capuchin monk'. The monks (who wore light brown robes, similar to the light brown of the drink) were named after the Italian word cappuccio , meaning 'hood'. According to Wiktionary, the Italian word for the monk was borrowed by Viennese German...
by Audiendus
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Imbue/imbrue
Replies: 1
Views: 13509


imbue, imbrue How closely are these two words (with similar meanings) etymologically related? They are apparently both connected to the Latin verb bibere (to drink), but do they have any closer connection than that? I was unfamiliar with "imbrue" until I found it on the list of Good Words just now ...
by Audiendus
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: English plurals: a poem
Replies: 6
Views: 48182

Re: English plurals: a poem

An additional couplet could be included somewhere in my poem:

Sometimes, to confuse the reader,
German forms are used, like Lieder.
by Audiendus
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Random
Replies: 0
Views: 527



Originally part of the phrase "at random", literally "at high speed", from the earlier word randon, 'speed', 'impetuosity'. The idea is that of rushing about aimlessly.

It is related to the word 'run'.
by Audiendus
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flaccid
Replies: 5
Views: 943

Re: Flaccid

Dr. Goodword wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:21 pm
Notes: Today's word is anomalous because it is the only word with a double C, both of which may be pronounced soft, like S.
It seems likely that the pronunciation was influenced by placid.
by Audiendus
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dessert
Replies: 1
Views: 359



The last course of a meal, from French desservir, to 'dis-serve', i.e. to clear away (the previous course(s)).
by Audiendus
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Stationery
Replies: 0
Views: 1171



Articles (books and paper) sold by a stationer, i.e. one who sells from a fixed location rather than an itinerant peddler.

The word is thus related to stationary.
by Audiendus
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Adequate
Replies: 0
Views: 407



From Latin adaequare, to equalize, from aequus, equal.

Used in the sense of 'equal to what is needed'.
by Audiendus
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Replies: 0
Views: 2819

Eine kleine Nachtmusik

The name of this famous work by Mozart is usually rendered in English as "A Little Night Music" (the name of a well-known musical by Stephen Sondheim). But it should really be translated as "A Little Serenade". Nachtmusik is a countable noun in German, and kleine means 'little' as in 'small', not 'l...
by Audiendus
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Anacoluthon
Replies: 0
Views: 955


anacoluthon A discontinuity in the sense or grammatical structure of a sentence. It may involve a simple switching from one thought to another, or it may be the result of faulty syntax. Examples: If it rains – but I don't think it will. When winter comes, and it grows cold, and the nights are long,...
by Audiendus
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Sarcopenia
Replies: 2
Views: 1390

Re: Sarcopenia

tkowal wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:22 am
The first root appears also in sarcophagus!
Also sarcasm – figuratively 'tearing/stripping the flesh' (with a 'cutting' remark).
by Audiendus
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vinegar
Replies: 5
Views: 918

Re: Vinegar

As a dabbler in verse, these words with no rhyming partners are very frustrating. Or have I missed some? Integer I suppose, works but is certainly nothing to do with sour. And spinnaker is a near miss but good enough for a limerick. I cannot think of a proper English rhyme for vinegar , but there i...

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