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by Pattie
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fell
Replies: 3
Views: 407

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: 1243

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 ...
by Pattie
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Agonistic
Replies: 2
Views: 533

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: 503

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: 783

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: 757

Re: Caesura

See my post, Perry.
by Pattie
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Caesura
Replies: 5
Views: 757

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: 1672

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: 979

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...
by Pattie
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: querulant
Replies: 5
Views: 988

Re: querulant

With, as Perry says, the oo sound barely there: kwer uh lent. As with querulous.
by Pattie
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: querulant
Replies: 5
Views: 988

Re: querulant

I would go with kwer oo lent.
by Pattie
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: querulant
Replies: 5
Views: 988

querulant

Hello, Dr G, I would like to share this excellent new (to me) word which I came across in the course of my work this week - not a frequent occurrence since I am a Hansard (like the Congressional Record) editor charged with rendering the utterances of politicians into recognisable English. This word ...
by Pattie
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Uncanny
Replies: 7
Views: 2504

Re: UNCANNY

Imogene Ettesis? Oh ha ha, Dr G, very droll!
by Pattie
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Balm
Replies: 3
Views: 794

Re: Balm

Bring on the soma!
by Pattie
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Balm
Replies: 3
Views: 794

Balm

In these wearisome and worrisome days of 'alternative facts' (at least they know enough not to say 'alternate facts'), my mind has been churning with words like 'flagitious' and 'meretricious'. Will someone please provide some linguistic balm by suggesting a gentler, more fragrant word. Petrichor, o...

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