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by Pattie
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Toodle-oo
Replies: 2
Views: 1358

Re: Toodle-oo

Not forgetting, please, that literary classic, Snoopy's "Toodle -oo, Caribou: a tale of the frozen north".
by Pattie
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vituperate
Replies: 3
Views: 1865

Re: Vituperate

"The incensed priests . . . continued to raise their voices, vituperating each other in bad Latin." I guessing that this followed the phase of the argument where they all hurled incense at each other?
by Pattie
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Midriff
Replies: 1
Views: 1218

Re: Midriff

Often mispronounced 'midrift' which, when paired with 'bare' seems apt enough - a 'rift' in the middle of one's clothing.
by Pattie
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Drove
Replies: 5
Views: 1943

Re: Drove

Drover isn't quite the only child of drove. Here in Australia, where the grazing of mobs of cattle or flocks of sheep in the 'long paddock' ie, the road, was a reasonably common practice in the past, people used to 'go a'droving', as in the Banjo Patterson poem, Clancy of the Overflow: `Clancy's gon...
by Pattie
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Schadenfreude
Replies: 1
Views: 825

Re: Schadenfreude

Don't forget the wonderful 'firgun' - taking pleasure in another's success; exact opposite of schadenfreude, and so much better to cultivate.
by Pattie
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cassation
Replies: 1
Views: 1166

Cassation

Hello, Dr G, I was at a concert the other night where, among other musical offerings, I heard played "Leopold Mozart - Cassation in G for Orchestra and Toys" - very enjoyable, of course, but it left me wondering about 'cassation', which I've only ever come across in a legal sense before, as in a cou...
by Pattie
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fell
Replies: 4
Views: 1957

Re: Fell

Or, as is often said here in Australia, 'one foul swoop'. Which, during magpie breeding season, would be better expressed as 'one fowl swoop', given the propensity of these otherwise benign and amusing birds to attack unfortunate passersby. Prime subjects for the 'fowl swoop' are joggers and cyclists.
by Pattie
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: mudita
Replies: 3
Views: 2734

Re: mudita

Hello, Agorites, don't forget about the Hebrew word, "firgun": "to have a generous, unselfish spirit and a joy in the accomplishment of someone else". Now, if that isn't the opposite of schadenfreude, I don't know what is. Wishing everyone joy and firgun for the upcoming festive season.
by Pattie
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Agonistic
Replies: 2
Views: 1444

Re: Agonistic

Lovely word, agonistic, not used nearly often enough. Were commentators and pontificators equipped with better vocabularies, it could have had a thorough airing during the past week of political turmoil here in Australia, but I digress. And let me digress a little further to Piazza Navona in Rome, f...
by Pattie
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Diadromous
Replies: 1
Views: 1236

Diadromous

Hello, fellow frequenters of the αγορά. I came across a wonderfully obscure word the other day - obscure to me, that is (perhaps not to a coastal piscator): diadromous, meaning able to live in either salt or fresh water (the article where I met the word was about bull sharks). I can think of very fe...
by Pattie
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cognate
Replies: 3
Views: 1900

Re: Cognate

Here's another use for cognate: in the ratified little world of parliamentary activity that occupies my working week, cognate usually refers to related bills that may be debated together although are, procedurally, dealt with separately.
by Pattie
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Caesura
Replies: 5
Views: 2291

Re: Caesura

See my post, Perry.
by Pattie
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Caesura
Replies: 5
Views: 2291

Re: Caesura

So, little Julius's mother, having incurred a caesura in her person, opined: what better reminder of the woes attendant on the birth of this infant than to append the word to his name.
by Pattie
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tarnation
Replies: 11
Views: 4017

Re: Tarnation

Thanks for the verb 'to aunt', Dr G. I've been doing it since I was six years old and now do a bit of great-aunting as well.
by Pattie
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Firgun
Replies: 4
Views: 2214

Firgun

Dear Dr Goodword, I have come across a truly wonderful word: firgun, which is Hebrew and means a genuine delight in the accomplishment of someone else; sort of the antonym of schadenfreude. I first met it, of all places, in a sports article in the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/science/comment...

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