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by William Hupy
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Binary
Replies: 0
Views: 530

Binary

Late Latin binarius, from Latin bini two by two.
by William Hupy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: South African "original" language - bushmen
Replies: 2
Views: 9932

Re: South African "original" language - bushmen

Agreed. Is it one of the “click” languages? I often thought that the first languages were probably imitations of sounds humans heard in the woods and savannah and thus the bushmen clicks.
by William Hupy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Impervious
Replies: 0
Views: 846

Impervious

From our old buddy Latin. The Latin roots translated to English are: not, through, and road. In other words, not penetrable.
by William Hupy
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ferrous
Replies: 1
Views: 418

Ferrous

From Latin, meaning iron. In English
: containing or consisting of iron. A person who shoes horses is a farrier.

Here’s an interesting bit of speculation: the Latin is possibly of Etruscan origin from Semitic. If so, there was substantial trade in the prehistoric Mediterranean.
by William Hupy
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ingenue
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Re: Ingenue

William HUPY. NOT Tupy.
by William Hupy
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ingenue
Replies: 0
Views: 1578

Ingenue

This looks French and is. It means an innocent young woman.
by William Hupy
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fetid
Replies: 0
Views: 298

Fetid

This appears to be Germanic in origin, but is not. From Latin.
by William Hupy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Apothecary
Replies: 0
Views: 628

Apothecary

From Greek for storehouse, then into Latin and then us. Not too Difficult to imagine how this is a place where drugs are stored. In German the word for pharmacy is Apotheke. Odd that English speakers are more in line with the Romance languages.
by William Hupy
Thu May 30, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Intrigue.
Replies: 0
Views: 179

Intrigue.

This word should intrigue you. No matter how you cut it. From Latin, then Italian, to French and then English it’s had an intriguing journey.
by William Hupy
Mon May 27, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Spalted
Replies: 0
Views: 658

Spalted

This is a new arrival to our language. From the 1970s. But it has nothing to do with hip hugging pants or psychedelic drugs or music. It is the unique coloration found in wood caused by fungus. Spalted maple is highly prized by woodworkers.
by William Hupy
Mon May 06, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Loophole
Replies: 0
Views: 2633

Loophole

An embrasure hole. A hole in a wall from which arrows could be shot. Now, a flaw in the law.
by William Hupy
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Zetetic
Replies: 0
Views: 1114

Zetetic

Direct from Greek. It means proceeding by inquiry. Might come in handy for Scrabble.
by William Hupy
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Epaulet
Replies: 0
Views: 990

Epaulet

Interesting that this word meaning shoulder patches in uniforms, come from the French word for shoulder, which came from the Latin spatula, for flat piece of wood.
by William Hupy
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Interdigital
Replies: 0
Views: 177

Interdigital

Direct from Latin to you. Inter, between, and digit, fingers or toes. A person with interdigitated fingers has crossed his fingers. There’s more: you can interdigitate cultures, plants, animals.
by William Hupy
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fond
Replies: 0
Views: 587

Fond

Let’s get to the bottom of this word. Get it? But it appears this word is strictly English. Fond in old English meant foolish, then it morphed into meaning affection. I guess when you are fond of someone you do act foolish.

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