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by William Hupy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Parallax
Replies: 0
Views: 138

Parallax

Is this merely another way to say binocular vision? Interesting evolution of this word from Greek.
by William Hupy
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Interim
Replies: 0
Views: 161

Interim

I believe this word comes to the English speaking world unaltered in spelling and meaning. We grabbed it during that great migration/theft/borrowing of Latinate words in the 16th century. Meaning, meanwhile.
by William Hupy
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cocktail
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Re: Cocktail

Is a bob tailed horse the same as a cocktailed or docktailed horse?
by William Hupy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Miscible
Replies: 0
Views: 53

Miscible

Capable of being mixed, as water miscible oil paint. From Latin miscere for, to mix.
by William Hupy
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Alexithyma
Replies: 0
Views: 121

Alexithyma

Literal translation: no words for mood. People with this sub clinical disorder, which is about 10% of the population, are unable to identify and describe emotions in themselves.
by William Hupy
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Pathological
Replies: 0
Views: 122

Pathological

This is so commonly associated with liar, as in he is such a pathological liar. The root is disease, so that a pathologist is NOT a medical doctor who lies, but one who studies disease. Someone who lies frequently it appears does so as if diseased.
by William Hupy
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: modus operandi
Replies: 0
Views: 142

modus operandi

Mostly shortened to MO, or method of operation. It should come as no shock that this is direct from Latin, but came to English in 1600s. Modus is much more ancient, from PIE, med, to take appropriate measures.
Seems to me MO was commonly use in film noire. I think it is going out of favor.
by William Hupy
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Duodecimal
Replies: 0
Views: 189

Duodecimal

I uncovered this word while researching why it is that Germanic languages use singular words to 12 and thereafter add the teen for ten. I am not entirely convinced by the range of ideas, such as Proto german started as a base 12 system due to having three joints in each of the four fingers or that t...
by William Hupy
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Calligraphy
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Calligraphy

This simply means beautiful writing, which comes from Greek meaning the same: Callisto + graphein.
by William Hupy
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Profuse
Replies: 0
Views: 483

Profuse

It appears this word comes to us directly from Latin, profusus, meaning to spread out, lavish, which, in turn, received it from the PIE root, PER, forward + fundere.
by William Hupy
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Insidious
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Insidious

Yet another word...surprise, surprise...that graces English from Latin via French.
by William Hupy
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Viable
Replies: 0
Views: 299

Viable

We grabbed this from French, which inherited this from Latin...but wait, there’s more. The PIE root gwei, means, not surprisingly, to live.
by William Hupy
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Efficacious
Replies: 1
Views: 474

Efficacious

This is from Latin. It’s earliest known usage is 1528. Meaning: having the power to produce a desired effect. I’m not certain how different this is from effective.
by William Hupy
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Attrition
Replies: 0
Views: 120

Attrition

The meaning of this word changed little from its Latin root, meaning to wear down by rubbing. Then there are acts of attrition and wars of attrition.
by William Hupy
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Trumpery
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: Trumpery

Hmmm, reminds me of someone who has been in the news frequently...

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