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by MTC
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pagan
Replies: 9
Views: 926

Re: Pagan

“(H)eathen [refers] to uncivilized idolaters, such as African tribes.”

Channel Kipling much?
by MTC
Tue May 09, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Acuminate
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: Acuminate

In the morphology of leaves, "acuminate" is less pointed than "acicular" which means needle-like. For a complete list of leaf (or leaflet) shapes including acuminate and acicular see: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_leaf_morphology#List_of_leaf_.28or_leaflet.29_shapes...
by MTC
Tue May 09, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Acuminate
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: Acuminate

Like the head of a certain American president... :D
by MTC
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Recrudescence
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: Recrudescence

Recrudescence of a revenant?
by MTC
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Recuse
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Re: Recuse

Judges aren't the only ones who recuse themselves because of conflicts of interest. Members of the Executive Branch do too. It has been suggested (only half seriously) that Trump recuse himself from the presidency because of the many conflicts of interest his global business interests create. Trump'...
by MTC
Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stylites
Replies: 3
Views: 519

Re: Stylites

"We are happy that Monroe Thomas Clewis suggested this bizarre item...."

Thanks. I specialize in bizarre items. I've been in deep space for some time now, but my eccentric orbit has finally swung me back toward Planet Good Word.

MTC
by MTC
Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Factitious
Replies: 4
Views: 1278

Re: Factitious

"Factitious" has found its way into the psychiatric vocabulary. According to the Cleveland Clinic, "Factitious Disorder is a mental disorder in which a person acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when, in fact, he or she has consciously created their symptoms. The nam...
by MTC
Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Jesuitical
Replies: 7
Views: 1870

Re: Jesuitical

No discussion of "Jesuitical" would be complete without a discussion of "casuistry" because it was the alleged misapplication of casuistry by the Jesuits which brought about the pejorative "Jesuitical." Cause and effect. According to Wikipedia (consistent with other sou...
by MTC
Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:47 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Curtilage
Replies: 3
Views: 1251

Re: Curtilage

"Within the curtilage" is a legal expression. According to the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University Law School: Curtilage includes the area immediately surrounding a dwelling, and it counts as part of the home for many legal purposes, including searches and many self-defense l...
by MTC
Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Egregious
Replies: 6
Views: 1881

Re: Egregious

Having nothing to do with egregious, but of interest to word lovers, color-coded maps tracing word origins in Europe:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/fascinati ... 10187.html
by MTC
Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Batrachomyomachy
Replies: 1
Views: 993

Re: Batrachomyomachy

The Battle of the Frogs and Mice (just a typewritten page or two) is available online here: (http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/homer/frogmice.htm) Sharing a laugh with the ancient Greeks in The Battle of the Frogs and Mice brings me closer to them than the classics it mocks. I had to laugh when a mou...
by MTC
Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rambunctious
Replies: 3
Views: 1312

Re: Rambunctious

The Temperance Ladies were an intemperate lot, and "rambunctious" is a very intemperate word. Google Ngram Viewer shows usage of "rambunctious" slowly beginning to take off in appx. 1880 with notable surges at the outset of WWII and the late sixties. Correlation with periods of s...
by MTC
Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Snickersnee
Replies: 5
Views: 1923

Re: Snickersnee

Thanks. Perry. I straggle in from the desert, apocrypha notebook in hand.
by MTC
Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Snickersnee
Replies: 5
Views: 1923

Re: Snickersnee

"One, two! One, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back."

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
by MTC
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Reprehend
Replies: 6
Views: 2332

Re: Reprehend

I suspect the "is" is not extra, cal copse, but two other words are missing from the beginning of the sentence: "The reason I visit so seldom, mother, is because...."

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