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by Audiendus
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hew
Replies: 6
Views: 594

Re: Hew

Etymonline has this to say on the question: "Seemingly contradictory sense of "hold fast, stick to" (in phrase hew to), 1891, developed from earlier figurative phrase hew to the line "stick to a course," literally "cut evenly with an axe or saw."" Thanks. So it seems that the similar double meaning...
by Audiendus
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hew
Replies: 6
Views: 594

Re: Hew

Both 'hew' and 'cleave' have the same two opposite meanings of 'cut' and 'adhere (to)'. But I note that the two meanings of 'cleave' have different etymologies. How can the similar dual meaning of 'hew' be explained? Could the 'adhere to' meaning of 'hew' have been subconsciously influenced by 'clea...
by Audiendus
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Leviathan
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: Leviathan

"Not to mention..." is an example of a rhetorical device called apophasis, whereby one refers to something while claiming not to refer to it.

http://alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/apophasis
by Audiendus
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: prosody
Replies: 0
Views: 388

prosody

prosody

1. The study of metre, rhyme and versification in poetry.
2. The patterns of stress and intonation (pitch) in speech.
by Audiendus
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:32 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hobby
Replies: 2
Views: 2146

Re: Hobby

In addition, I wonder about the link to the eponymous football game Subbuteo
The name of the game 'Subbuteo' is a pun on the word 'hobby' (the bird/a pastime).

'Buteo' is Latin for 'buzzard', so 'subbuteo' is an 'under-buzzard', i.e. a small buzzard.
by Audiendus
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Zetetic
Replies: 2
Views: 2160

Re: Zetetic

Is there any difference in meaning between 'zetetic' and 'empirical'?
by Audiendus
Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Verily
Replies: 13
Views: 1433

Re: Verily

The sense of very changed in the 15th century to "greatly, extremely", but that of the duplicated adverb verily remained true to its roots.
We still use very as an adjective in such expressions as "the very thing I wanted" and "the very devil of a problem".
by Audiendus
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: Traffic drop
Replies: 9
Views: 1491

Re: Traffic drop

Everything on the site is working OK for me. No problems. With regard to David Myer's posts above, another regular member we lost some years ago was Saparris, with whom I used to write 'Group Poems' (see Res Diversae). I don't know about Daniel Obertance – he is not in the List of Members, and there...
by Audiendus
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Luthier
Replies: 8
Views: 1247

Re: Luthier

Most Americans say "th" when speaking of the German airline "Lufthansa" and I am OK with that. I suppose the "proper" pronunciation of "Neanderthal" also requires a "t" not a "th," but I don't feel like a caveman because I pronounce all the letters in the word. In the UK we pronounce "Lufthansa" wi...
by Audiendus
Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Back in the day
Replies: 3
Views: 1748

Re: Back in the day

Thanks a lot for the information. I suspected that this idiom is of recent origin. It seems to have caught on quickly.
by Audiendus
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Back in the day
Replies: 3
Views: 1748

Back in the day

Back in the day (A long while ago, especially at a time of which one has happy memories) This, as a complete expression (rather than "Back in the day when...") seems to be a fairly new idiom. I would be interested in any views about its use, and date and place of origin. Is it a specifically Britis...
by Audiendus
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Avenue
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Re: Avenue

'Avenue Road' (something of a tautology) and 'The Avenue' are very common street names. Don't you hate those ridiculous computer programs that ask for the street name and want the word 'street' or whatever in the next field and they offer all the alternatives the silly programmer could think of? Usu...
by Audiendus
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Avenue
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Avenue

avenue From Latin via French. Originally 'approach' or 'way of approach', then 'approach road to a country house', then 'wide road lined with trees', then any wide street, then used randomly for the names of residential streets. Still used to mean 'approach' in a non-physical sense, e.g. 'avenue of...
by Audiendus
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Cockeyed
Replies: 1
Views: 1134

Cockeyed

cockeyed

Crooked, absurd, drunk, or having a squint.
by Audiendus
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Palindromes
Replies: 4
Views: 10320

Re: Palindromes

It is, of course, more difficult to make the spaces as well as the letters symmetrical. The best I can do at present is the following:

No pay? God, pets! I spot Bateman. No tub, but on nametab tops I step. Dog, yap on!

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