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by William Hupy
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Quonset
Replies: 5
Views: 2319

Re: Quonset

Here’s what I found: The place name is from a southern New England Algonquian language and perhaps means "small, long place."
by William Hupy
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Progue
Replies: 0
Views: 289

Progue

Scottish. To goad.
by William Hupy
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Uxorious
Replies: 0
Views: 39

Uxorious

I know this has been submitted previously. However, I can’t resist, as someone I corresponded with used this ancient Latin word appropriately. Unusually fond of or submissive to a wife. I don’t know if the root had traction in any other language. As far as I know, which isn’t far, no Romance languag...
by William Hupy
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: review
Replies: 1
Views: 107

Re: review

To me a review is NOT a thorough examination. Peruse is.
by William Hupy
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dessert
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Re: Dessert

Ah, those Frenchies have the first and last word regarding cuisine. Gotta love em.
by William Hupy
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ambergris
Replies: 0
Views: 62

Ambergris

The word ambergris comes from the Old French "ambre gris" or "grey amber". It is whale vomit and used to fix the scent compounds in perfume.
by William Hupy
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Resfeber
Replies: 0
Views: 215

Resfeber

The restless race of the traveler's heart before the journey begins. Swedish.
by William Hupy
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Sclerosis
Replies: 0
Views: 739

Sclerosis

From PIE, skelro, the root is skele, to parch, wither, harden. Root also found in skeleton. Figurative meaning of sclerotic in 1961.
by William Hupy
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Clemency
Replies: 0
Views: 260

Clemency

Disposition to be merciful. From Latin, clemencia, for calmness. However, the PIE root, klei, means to lean. How this evolved is anyone’s guess.
by William Hupy
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Toupee
Replies: 0
Views: 480

Toupee

From French, toupet, who received it from German, topf, meaning tuft of hair, which also gave us top.
by William Hupy
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: cortège
Replies: 1
Views: 476

cortège

The PIE stem produced an abundance of useful words: Court, cohort. Even the stem of the stem, hortus, meaning garden.
But cortège, itself refers to a solemn procession.
by William Hupy
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: stead
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Re: stead

In good standing. Of Germanic origin and thus PIE, stand. Also in German Stadt, and Dutch, Stad, for town.
by William Hupy
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Immiserate
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Immiserate

To impoverish.
by William Hupy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Potable
Replies: 0
Views: 470

Potable

From Latin, to drink, according to one dictionary. we pilfered it from French. But now I am confused, as I see from today’s Goodword that the verb for to drink in Latin is bibere. Is there a subtle distinction I am missing?
by William Hupy
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ferrous
Replies: 2
Views: 863

Re: Ferrous

Nice one call copse.

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