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by Audiendus
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Long 'i' in -ind
Replies: 6
Views: 45157

Re: Long 'i'

Can anyone explain why the 'i' in 'Christ' is long?
by Audiendus
Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Math v Language
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Math v Language

The relevant sentence of the study (in the section headed "Life Cycle Analysis") states: "This resulted in an overall carbon footprint for Fast Track VFA-SAF of -55 g CO 2 eq/MJ, which is 165% lower than fossil jet fuel (85 g CO 2 eq/MJ)." Note that the reduction is from plus 85 g to minus 55 g. So ...
by Audiendus
Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: If not/Unless
Replies: 5
Views: 683

Re: If not/Unless

#4 is definitely off, but can we establish exactly why? What do you think about #5/6? (4) I would go out now unless it were cold. (5) I would help you now if you did not object. (6) I would help you now unless you objected. What if we omit the 'now'? I wonder if this is a semantic rather than a gram...
by Audiendus
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: If not/Unless
Replies: 5
Views: 683

If not/Unless

Consider the following sentences: (1) I will go out tomorrow if it is not cold. (2) I will go out tomorrow unless it is cold. (3) I would go out now if it were not cold. (4) I would go out now unless it were cold. We can replace (1) with (2) without changing the meaning, but we cannot replace (3) wi...
by Audiendus
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Client
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Client

client

This word has an interesting etymology. It is derived from the idea of "relying ('leaning') on someone".

https://etymonline.com/word/client
by Audiendus
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hew
Replies: 6
Views: 1187

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: 1187

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: 424

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: 874

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: 2457

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: 2409

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: 2247

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: 2180

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: 1821

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: 2246

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.

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