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by William Hupy
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Omertà
Replies: 0
Views: 487

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: 297

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: 338

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: 317

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: 612

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: 543

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.
by William Hupy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hindrance
Replies: 0
Views: 386

Hindrance

It appears this is strictly of Germanic origin. To repress.
by William Hupy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Grotto
Replies: 0
Views: 256

Grotto

From Greek to Latin to Italian. Then to us. It can reference either a natural or artificial cave.
by William Hupy
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Idea
Replies: 0
Views: 609

Idea

The idea occurred to me when studying Italian, idea. The word for idea in german is similar: idee. I reckoned that since both the Germanic and Romance languages have variations of this same theme, there must be a PIE origin. Sure enough. *wid-es-ya-, suffixed form of root *weid- "to see."
by William Hupy
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: lapsarian
Replies: 0
Views: 785

lapsarian

I saw this word in an article in Atlantic, but used in a non biblical sense, which made sense...the belief in the fall of man from innocence.
by William Hupy
Thu May 24, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Stint
Replies: 0
Views: 510

Stint

I was surprised that the Germanic origin of this has a PIE heritage.
by William Hupy
Wed May 09, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ply
Replies: 0
Views: 618

Ply

One would think that this simple word has an Anglo Saxon origin. However, it is Latin based, from plicare, to fold. I like how the many senses of the verb and the noun, not without reason, evolved from the root.
by William Hupy
Wed May 09, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Pegorative
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Pegorative

Yes.
by William Hupy
Tue May 08, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ameliorate
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Ameliorate

Make better.
by William Hupy
Tue May 08, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Pegorative
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Pegorative

Make worse.

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