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by gwray
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: periodic/timely/regular
Replies: 3
Views: 2367

Re: periodic/timely/regular

I am not sure that a word is missing because I think any of the words will serve. Rather, I think that all of the words have shades of meaning that might convey more than is intended. Other words that could be used are 'frequent' and 'occasional', but these too have shades of meaning that might conv...
by gwray
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: periodic/timely/regular
Replies: 3
Views: 2367

periodic/timely/regular

To my ears—I am an engineer—periodic connotes 'at fixed intervals'; timely connotes 'on time'; and regular connotes 'mundane'. But I suspect that there is significant overlap in meanings which would be instructive to tease out. What word should be put in a this sentence if one did not wish to connot...
by gwray
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: hygge
Replies: 4
Views: 1381

Re: hygge

I grant that hygge was originally a Danish word but many English words have been adopted or stolen from foreign languages e.g. yacht, oboe, algebra, and typhoon. Often, this occurs when there is a gap in the English language that needs filling such as ketchup, koala, toboggan, and kayak. Just before...
by gwray
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoi Polloi
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: Hoi Polloi

Steven Pinker also has a book "Elements of Style", a guide in the vein of Strunk and White.
by gwray
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoi Polloi
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: Hoi Polloi

Those interested in the "rules" of the English language might be interested in books by Steven Pinker. I can particularly recommend Words and Rules, and The Stuff of Thought.

https://stevenpinker.com/taxonomy/term/4265
by gwray
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: hygge
Replies: 4
Views: 1381

hygge

A new word borrowed from Danish which I learned from dictionary.com. It appeals to me because it has a similar meaning to the Dutch word gezellig, a meaning that cannot (until now) be expressed in English. Searching online I found lifestyle books about. I told my (Dutch ancestry) wife about this new...
by gwray
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mull
Replies: 1
Views: 980

Re: Mull

Also (from Merriam-Webster)
: to heat, sweeten, and flavor (a beverage, such as wine or cider) with spices
by gwray
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fell
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Fell

from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night:

O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first,
Methought she purged the air of pestilence!
That instant was I turn'd into a hart;
And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,
E'er since pursue me
by gwray
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Subfusc
Replies: 1
Views: 463

Re: Subfusc

Reminds me of the word obfuscate.

Sedulously eschew obfuscatory hyperverbosity and prolixity. anon?
by gwray
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: mudita
Replies: 3
Views: 1541

mudita

Appreciative joy at the success and good fortune of others. A term of Pali or Sanskrit origin frequently used to express a Buddhist concept. This borrowing is not common in English but not unheard of. The opposite of schadenfreude. Even though I was relegated to second place in the art competition, ...
by gwray
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: pyrotechnic
Replies: 0
Views: 547

pyrotechnic

More common and recognizable than foudroyant. It also has figurative senses such as "Concert attendees were treated to some pyrotechnics by piano virtuoso Ivor E. Keyes." or "Fred's insult to George's ancestry led to some verbal pyrotechnics."
by gwray
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vagabond
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: Vagabond

I love the poem "Vagabond Song" by Bliss Carman.
by gwray
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Firgun
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: Firgun

I love the meaning of this word, but I don't like its sound. I wanted to use it and tried looking it up on the internet and found this other word (mudita) that I like more—partly because of the way it sounds and partly because of its origins in a philosophy that gave us mantra, karma and nirvana
by gwray
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Parameter
Replies: 3
Views: 1054

Re: Parameter

I am quite familiar with parameter as a computer term for information passed into a subroutine. The subroutine performs some general activity (such as drawing a rectangle) and the passed parameters (e.g. length and width) determine its behaviour.
by gwray
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: surmise
Replies: 0
Views: 720

surmise

From a recent goodword post
reporters resort to surmising about how the news stories will play out in the future.

Shades of meaning and derivational relatives for this word could be interesting

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