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by Audiendus
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Congeries
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: premises

premises (meaning a specific area of real estate, as in "the premises is the headquarters of a tech company") I would use a plural verb here. "The premises are the headquarters..." "These [not 'this'] premises are the headquarters..." However, both "this headquart...
by Audiendus
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Congeries
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: Congeries

So, a 'curve' word is one that isn't what it seems to be. Contumely "arrogant rudeness" is one of my favorites, a noun that seems to be an adverb. Congeries seems to be a plural noun but it isn't; it is singular though it may be used unchanged in the plural. 'Congeries' is similar in form...
by Audiendus
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lachrymatory
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Lachrymatory

Word History: Lachrymatory comes to us from Middle French or Medieval Latin lacrymal from Medieval Latin lacrimalis, the adjective from Latin lacrima "tear". Etymonline refers to "the Medieval Latin practice of writing -ch- for -c- before Latin r- ", and states that "the -y...
by Audiendus
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Street
Replies: 0
Views: 897

Street

street https://www.etymonline.com/word/Street A rare example of a word derived from Latin through Old English. From Latin (via) strata , "paved road". Ultimately from PIE root stere- , "to spread", from which many English words are derived. Street is related to stretch and, more...
by Audiendus
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: The man on the Clapham omnibus
Replies: 4
Views: 13679

Re: The man on the Clapham omnibus

Slava wrote:Does "see how it flies in Peoria" work?

Yes, that seems to be a similar idea.

A rather different kind of character is Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.
by Audiendus
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Besmirch
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Behead

Etymonline states that the earliest use of "head" as a verb meant "behead". So it seems that the "be-" prefix does not change the meaning; the privative sense belongs to "head" itself.
by Audiendus
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: The man on the Clapham omnibus
Replies: 4
Views: 13679

The man on the Clapham omnibus

A recent visit to the London suburb of Clapham reminded me of this quaint British phrase. Originally a legal expression originating in the 19th century, it means 'an ordinary, reasonable person'. It is now mostly used humorously as a mock archaism. It is probably the only context in which 'omnibus' ...
by Audiendus
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Plyometric
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Plyometric

It apparently comes from the Greek plio- meaning 'more' or 'greater'. (Compare 'Pliocene' in geology.)

http://dictionary.com/browse/plyometrics

http://dictionary.com/browse/plio-
by Audiendus
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Halo
Replies: 0
Views: 472

Halo

Halo From Greek/Latin halos , signifying roundness: originally "threshing floor with a circular path", then "disk of the sun or moon", then "ring of light around the sun or moon", and finally (in English) "ring of light around the head". There does not seem t...
by Audiendus
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Quincunx
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: Quincunx

Quincunx is also used in astrology to mean an aspect of 150 degrees (five-twelfths of a circle) between two planets.
by Audiendus
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Frolic
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Frolic

LukeJavan8 wrote:I enjoy how we add that 'k' to a number of these words.

Yes - magic/magicking, mimic/mimicking, panic/panicking, bivouac/bivouacking etc. But usually arc/arcing (arcking is a less common alternative).
by Audiendus
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Cognate
Replies: 2
Views: 1293

Re: Cognate

Here are some examples of false cognates in English (words that have some degree of similarity in both form and meaning, but are etymologically unrelated):

isle/island
prodigal/prodigious
Passover/Paschal (discussed here).

Can anyone think of other examples?
by Audiendus
Fri May 20, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oust
Replies: 2
Views: 1090

Re: Pakistan

The etymology of the name 'Pakistan' is explained here.

It literally means 'Land of the Pure' in Urdu and Persian, but it can also be thought of as an acronym of the constituent regions.
by Audiendus
Wed May 04, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: just like that . . .
Replies: 2
Views: 15056

Re: all of a sudden

The origin of the phrase 'all of a sudden' is mentioned here . It dates back to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew . 'Sudden' could formerly be used as a noun, hence the archaic alternative on a sudden . 'Of' in 'all of a sudden' seems similar to the temporal 'of' seen in the phrases of late and ...
by Audiendus
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: common or garden
Replies: 1
Views: 1038

common or garden

'Common or garden' is a mainly British idiom meaning 'ordinary'. It need not have anything to do with gardens (e.g. "a common or garden computer"). It is always used before a noun, and may be hyphenated (common-or-garden). Its general use dates back to the 1880s. I am interested to know ho...

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