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by William Hupy
Thu May 24, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Stint
Replies: 0
Views: 345

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: 417

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: 233

Re: Pegorative

Yes.
by William Hupy
Tue May 08, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ameliorate
Replies: 1
Views: 201

Ameliorate

Make better.
by William Hupy
Tue May 08, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Pegorative
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Pegorative

Make worse.
by William Hupy
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Din
Replies: 0
Views: 552

Din

If you are as inept at Scrabble as I am, you appreciate three letter words in abundance. It should be no surprise that this is strictly of Germanic origin. Capitalized, interestingly as DIN, it is the acronym for Deutsche Industrie- Norm, German Industrial Standard.
by William Hupy
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Temulent
Replies: 6
Views: 1535

Re: Temulent

Thanks for the word Grogie. I saw this word and I knew immediately that it was submitted by you. I am also a Michigander.
by William Hupy
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Onerous
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Onerous

From Latin, onus, through French to English. Burdensome.
by William Hupy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Parallax
Replies: 0
Views: 321

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: 339

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: 335

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: 227

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: 292

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: 323

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: 297

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.

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