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by Audiendus
Sun Aug 01, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Cryptic crosswords

I have always been a fan of cryptic crosswords. I often do the ones in the British Daily Telegraph and the London Evening Standard . Some of the clues are really ingenious! Here are a few cryptic clues (not from crosswords) that I have made up myself. Can you solve them? It's rapid, but no longer al...
by Audiendus
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Ironic Misapprehension
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Re: Ironic Misapprehension

This makes me think of the expression 'uncalled for'.

"I know the service was slow, but throwing a fork at the waiter was uncalled for." As if the person had been under the misapprehension that it was called for (i.e. required).
by Audiendus
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: wit
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: wit

Now come with us that we may have
Your wits about us where we live.
'Have your wits about you' is a common idiom, but the idea of having someone else's wits about you is new to me!

We can also say "He didn't have the wit (i.e. intelligence, common sense) to see the solution to the problem".
by Audiendus
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Seldom
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: Seldom

Wiktionary has these entries: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/seldom http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/often Seldom and often come from Proto-Germanic seldane and ufta/ufto respectively. The final 'n' of often was added by analogy with Middle English selden . does seldomtimes exist? Yes: http://en.wiktion...
by Audiendus
Thu Jul 08, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Palaver
Replies: 3
Views: 2039

Re: Palaver

In British English, palaver usually means a long, tedious, unnecessarily complex procedure, a rigmarole.
by Audiendus
Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Abject
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Abject

"Abject shamelessness" comes up 356 times on a Google search. Apparently, it sounds OK to a few others.
Sounds like an oxymoron to me. 'Abject shame' would be OK.
by Audiendus
Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Long 'i' in -ind
Replies: 8
Views: 47096

Re: Long 'i'

Can anyone explain why the 'i' in 'Christ' is long?
The Online Etymology Dictionary has the answer:
Pronunciation with long -i- is result of Irish missionary work in England, 7c.-8c.
by Audiendus
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Trap
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: Trap

The connection seems to be "something on/into which one steps":

http://etymonline.com/word/trap
by Audiendus
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earmark
Replies: 7
Views: 624

Re: Earmark

But in relation to meaning 3. I say emphatically "Surely not!" At least if it is in use, it is surely only in error.
It's in the dictionaries:

http://thefreedictionary.com/earmark
by Audiendus
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earnest
Replies: 3
Views: 447

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: 2191

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: 528

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: 748

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: 8
Views: 47096

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: 700

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 ...

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