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by Audiendus
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dessert
Replies: 1
Views: 100



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: 901



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: 200



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: 2564

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: 789


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: 1109

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: 633

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...
by Audiendus
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Forms of Address
Replies: 2
Views: 13587

Re: Forms of Address

I suppose Last Name just wants to ensure that you get his gender right when communicating with a third party. Perhaps he doesn't like being called 'Mr'.

Or is Last Name a woman who likes to be referred to by masculine pronouns? (Unlikely!) :?
by Audiendus
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Corny
Replies: 1
Views: 2593



(1) Trite, banal, hackneyed, feeble.
(2) Mawkish, sentimental.

Often refers to jokes.
Related noun: corn.
by Audiendus
Sun May 12, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Inoculate
Replies: 4
Views: 917

Re: Inoculate

I've not seen (or maybe noticed) this with a single n spelling before - it's normally innoculate in the UK at least. Unless I'm going mad, quite possible. You may be thinking of innocuous . However, I found this mention of innoculate , relating specifically to computing: https://encyclopedia2.thefr...
by Audiendus
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: blizzard
Replies: 0
Views: 1770



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: 525

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 leaves open the question...
by Audiendus
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Alternative spellings
Replies: 2
Views: 30931

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: 10
Views: 1730

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 Grossglockner). Then there is the strange ca...
by Audiendus
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dean
Replies: 0
Views: 720



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.)

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