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by William Hupy
Sun May 03, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dimication
Replies: 1
Views: 1735

Re: Dimication

Not much on this, except this: Latin dimicatio, from dimicare to fight.

Unfortunately, it is labeled obsolete.
by William Hupy
Fri May 01, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Bureau
Replies: 2
Views: 2013

Bureau

Originally a coarse brown cloth covering a desk, burel. From Latin for either red or wool. Since offices were filled with desks, bureau became associated with government agencies. The chest of drawers Meaning appears to be American English only usage. In French, a bureau is office and in German Büro.
by William Hupy
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Uliginous
Replies: 1
Views: 9197

Re: Uliginous

I like this word. Not much on it. This from Webster: Latin uliginosus, from uligin-, uligo moisture, marshiness, from udus, uvidus damp, moist.

Did any Latin daughters adopt this word?

Since 2017, Washington has become more uliginous.
by William Hupy
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Berserk
Replies: 2
Views: 1689

Re: Berserk

From old Norse. A warrior clothed in bear skin.
by William Hupy
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Rue
Replies: 2
Views: 1462

Re: Rue

No. The French rue is from Latin and the regret sense from german. Close but different PIE roots.
by William Hupy
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Scrum
Replies: 2
Views: 1971

Scrum

I read this description of trump’s press conferences: Analysis of a trump press briefing: The briefing is a pity party, a patriotic pep talk, a media scrum, a tantrum, a sermon, a mood ring, an infomercial, an airing of grievances, a rally without ralliers, a wrestling match without chokeholds, a gl...
by William Hupy
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gaffe
Replies: 5
Views: 2769

Re: Gaffe

Why single out Biden? Trump trumps Biden’s gaffes by light years.
by William Hupy
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Covidiot
Replies: 1
Views: 2674

Covidiot

Brand new word, meaning a person who doesn’t take the current pandemic seriously.
by William Hupy
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Bovine
Replies: 0
Views: 1787

Bovine

Eschew obfuscation. I was perplexed why we use The word vaccine, which comes from vacca, meaning cow in Latin, when as I erroneously recalled bos is the word for cow in Latin, thus bovine. Faulty memory, bos in Latin is ox in English.
by William Hupy
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Regimen
Replies: 1
Views: 2703

Regimen

I hadn’t bothered, until now, to examine if regimen and regiment are related. They are. From Latin, regere, to rule. A regimen is a course of diet or exercise for the sake of health. We can easily see how an army regiment required rules and discipline.
by William Hupy
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: scotch
Replies: 2
Views: 3746

scotch

Not capitalized and as a verb, this means to put an end to, crush, stamp out. As a noun to cut, score or slash. Where does this come from and how does it relate to that beloved country north of England?
by William Hupy
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 1
Views: 4316

Celibacy

From the Latin, state of being unmarried, caelebs.

Given the current pandemic, some of us are in forced celibacy.
by William Hupy
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Analysand
Replies: 1
Views: 3359

Analysand

Simply: a person undergoing psychoanalysis.
by William Hupy
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Demiurgic
Replies: 1
Views: 2990

Demiurgic

I encountered this word in an article reviewing a book about Cromwell and how the book is a testament to the author’s demiurgic imagination. I had to look this up. I received:

one that is an autonomous creative force or decisive power.
by William Hupy
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: cretinous
Replies: 1
Views: 5134

cretinous

Foolish.

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