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by Pattie
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Diadromous
Replies: 1
Views: 306

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: 526

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: 489

Re: Caesura

See my post, Perry.
by Pattie
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Caesura
Replies: 5
Views: 489

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: 1274

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: 763

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: 721

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: 721

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: 721

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: 2222

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: 613

Re: Balm

Bring on the soma!
by Pattie
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Balm
Replies: 3
Views: 613

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...
by Pattie
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Re: Are you receiving GWs by e-mail now?
Replies: 33
Views: 9337

Re: Are you receiving GWs by e-mail now?

p.s. I, too, like Damoge, feared some terrible banishment from which there was no return. That or that some harm had befallen the doc which, indeed, turns out to have been the case. Keep us posted, doc, we missed you.
by Pattie
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Re: Are you receiving GWs by e-mail now?
Replies: 33
Views: 9337

Re: Are you receiving GWs by e-mail now?

Oh, hallelujah! Vest was the first GW I've received in what seems like aeons and I'm delighted to be reconnected with my fellow verbophiles of this site. Very sorry about the heart attacks, Dr G, and hope that you are on the road to a swift and complete recovery.
Happy 2017 to all.
Pattie
by Pattie
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rascal
Replies: 5
Views: 1170

Re: Rascal

Seems that a little twist into pidgin English has taken rascal back closer to its ancestry. Wikipedia tells us: "Raskol gangs are criminal gangs in Papua New Guinea, primarily in the larger cities, including Port Moresby and Lae. Raskol is a Tok Pisin (Pidgin English) word derived from the Engl...

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