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by William Hupy
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Grifter
Replies: 0
Views: 505

Grifter

A swindler. Maybe a combination of grafter and drifter? Since grafter also means con man, maybe a grifter is a rootless swindler.
by William Hupy
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dysmorphic.
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Dysmorphic.

Is it proper to use this word to describe a dysfunctional legislative body as opposed to, say, a congenital disorder of the human body?
by William Hupy
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: antigen
Replies: 1
Views: 121

antigen

This is timely. A substance that causes production of an anti body. French loaned this to german.
by William Hupy
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Prickly
Replies: 0
Views: 746

Prickly

An adjective with an LY ending? But can’t this be used as an adverb? “He became prickly when asked about the phone call.”
Where does this come from? German: prickle.
by William Hupy
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Abseil
Replies: 5
Views: 1081

Abseil

From German, down plus rope. In English this means to descend a near vertical cliff face.
by William Hupy
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lofty
Replies: 0
Views: 383

Lofty

It occurred to me that this may be derived from German, luft, meaning air. Turns out to be correct. It appears in other German languages, but seems to have no PIE origin. Just wondering if other Indo-European languages took it.
by William Hupy
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Apricity
Replies: 1
Views: 152

Re: Apricity

Definitely worth adding to a collection of winter related words. Here are others:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-a ... nter-words
by William Hupy
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Irenic
Replies: 0
Views: 1172

Irenic

It’s not ironic that this word caught my eye during this season. From Greek for promoting peace, but alas I am not the first to suggest this word. At least two others promoted it previously.
by William Hupy
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Riprap
Replies: 0
Views: 378

Riprap

I don’t know if this is strictly a local word, but it is timely with lake levels rising and home owners concerned about fending off flooding basements and yards. It apparently comes from a nautical term meaning rippling water caused by elevated land.
by William Hupy
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Liaison
Replies: 0
Views: 359

Liaison

Is this now an English word? Is general usage of a foreign word the only criteria for it being “officially” adopted? What about voila and rendezvous? The fact that spell check helped me with all of these words should indicate something.
by William Hupy
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Pharmacy
Replies: 0
Views: 252

Pharmacy

From French, from Medieval Latin from Greek. A preparer of drugs and poison and a sorcerer. Not dissimilar to present day.
by William Hupy
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Homunculus
Replies: 0
Views: 417

Homunculus

The ending produces the diminutive, causing Homo (man) to become little person.
by William Hupy
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Iron
Replies: 1
Views: 961

Re: Iron

Interesting that. Also that the Latin ferro, may have a Semitic origin.
by William Hupy
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Prebendal
Replies: 0
Views: 389

Prebendal

Where did this come from?
by William Hupy
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Township
Replies: 0
Views: 407

Township

Seems like an oxymoron...how can a town be a ship? However, from my limited research the suffix appears to denote quality, condition, position. The PIE root for town has many progeny, all meaning or alluding to hill fort.

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