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by William Hupy
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Interdigital
Replies: 0
Views: 44

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: 421

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.
by William Hupy
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Herrenvolk
Replies: 0
Views: 328

Herrenvolk

I noticed this word in an article of the Atlantic. The two parts, herren and volk, mean, respectively, men’s and people. Somehow when slammed together, they mean master race. This, of course, is from the Nazi era of Germany.
by William Hupy
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Prone
Replies: 0
Views: 166

Prone

I looked. There are many good word suggestions for prone. I see three meaning.
by William Hupy
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Filly
Replies: 0
Views: 419

Filly

Is it just coincidence that a young mare is so close in pronounciation and spelling to the French word for a young girl, fille?
by William Hupy
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Par
Replies: 0
Views: 246

Par

This simple word might come in handy when you are desperate enough to resort to three letter words in Scrabble. It comes from Latin, meaning equal.
by William Hupy
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mull
Replies: 1
Views: 978

Mull

As a verb it means to pulverize and to ponder. There are two separate senses of the noun. Three if you count the island off the coast of Scotland. A fine soil or a fine cloth.
by William Hupy
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ultimatum
Replies: 0
Views: 185

Ultimatum

I only went back as far as Medieval Latin, but I think this has PIE roots. Latin: ultimus, meaning final. A threat usually Issued by a stronger to a weaker adversary.
by William Hupy
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Metastasize
Replies: 0
Views: 884

Metastasize

For 19 years I have held a cheesecake contest on the last day of the year. Inevitably, bits of cake fall to the floor and with the crowd of people sampling the cakes, the sticky, gooey contents spread across the floor unless I deligently clean up. Is it wrong for me to borrow this word from the medi...
by William Hupy
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Omertà
Replies: 0
Views: 910

Omertà

This word is from Sicily, meaning code of silence. The Oxford English Dictionary traces the word to the Spanish word hombredad, meaning manliness, modified after the Sicilian word omu for man. According to a different theory, the word comes from Latin humilitas (humility), which became umirtà and th...
by William Hupy
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Battle
Replies: 0
Views: 592

Battle

I recently noticed that the Italian word for battle is Battaglia, and naturally figured a Latin parent, which is battuere, meaning to beat. From there to old French, where we grabbed it. What is unusual about this word is that the ancient Latin speakers may have borrowed this from Gaulic and not a d...
by William Hupy
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Scant
Replies: 0
Views: 666

Scant

From Middle English scant, from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr (“short”), from Proto-Germanic *skammaz (“short”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱem- (“mutilated, hornless”).
by William Hupy
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Coitus
Replies: 1
Views: 634

Coitus

This originally meant come together, until it took on the predominately sexual sense. But it’s PIE and Latin roots were simply “come with”. Co + ire.
by William Hupy
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Applique
Replies: 0
Views: 916

Applique

From French, from Latin. A material applied over another.
by William Hupy
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Jostle
Replies: 0
Views: 771

Jostle

Originally justle. To knock against as in joust. This originally meant “to have sex”. As I recall jazz originally meant the same. There is no end to verbs for that activity.

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