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by Audiendus
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earnest
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Earnest

It is also used idiomatically as a noun in the phrase 'in earnest'. This phrase is an idiom because it can't be tampered with. If you tamper with it you have to use the active noun, 'in all earnestness'.
We can say 'in deadly earnest', as an alternative idiom.
by Audiendus
Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: placate
Replies: 3
Views: 1900

Re: placate

I pronounce the first 'a' in both placate and placatory as a schwa. As in abate and narrate.
by Audiendus
Thu May 13, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Like
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Re: Like

Time flies like a banana.
I think that should be:

Fruit flies like a banana.
by Audiendus
Thu May 13, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: But Isn’t Any More?
Replies: 4
Views: 352

Re: But Isn’t Any More?

He/she may be dead.

"President Eisenhower was a former military commander."
by Audiendus
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Long 'i' in -ind
Replies: 6
Views: 46292

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: 476

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: 1087

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: 1087

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: 463

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: 1575

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: 1575

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: 651

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: 1028

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: 2673

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: 2610

Re: Zetetic

Is there any difference in meaning between 'zetetic' and 'empirical'?

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