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by gwray
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fell
Replies: 3
Views: 404

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: 293

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: 1243

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: 384

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: 535

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: 590

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: 899

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: 631

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
by gwray
Thu May 25, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: apprehend - comprehend
Replies: 6
Views: 1895

Re: apprehend - comprehend

Thank you to call_copse and Perry Lassiter. Via apperception I noticed the per prefix meaning thoroughly. I considered that maybe I needed to coin a word perprehend—to grasp thoroughly. Looking it up in the dictionary, I found instead perpend—to reflect on carefully, which nearly conveys the meaning...
by gwray
Wed May 24, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Parameter
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Re: Parameter

I believe that the word 'parameter' began with its mathematical sense and gained its 'factor that defines a system and determines its behavior' through semantic broadening. It is a useful term that conveys a precise meaning. "Mary knew that humidity, temperature, and sunlight affected the growt...
by gwray
Fri May 12, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sartorial
Replies: 3
Views: 829

Re: Sartorial

I think sartorial splendour is most often used ironically as in "Hockey commentator Don Cherry is the epitome of sartorial splendour." http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=don+cherry+suit&qpvt=don+cherry+suit&qpvt=don+cherry+suit&qpvt=don+cherry+suit&FORM=IGRE http://media-c...
by gwray
Fri May 12, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nauseous
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

Re: Nauseous

I am impressed by the word-craft in
http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/A_Nauseous_Nocturne
by Bill Watterson
by gwray
Tue May 09, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Frivolous
Replies: 1
Views: 525

Re: Frivolous

frivol, a word seldom used today
but used effectively in the whimsical poem "Rich Man" by Franklin Pierce Adams
by gwray
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: apprehend - comprehend
Replies: 6
Views: 1895

apprehend - comprehend

I am looking for a word that means thoroughly and deeply understand-- particularly the significance of something. Per my dictionary, that word would be comprehend. But my sense is that, in practice, comprehend is used interchangeably with understand. E.g. We are so dazzled by Christ's miracles, we f...
by gwray
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: chivalry - cavalier
Replies: 1
Views: 662

chivalry - cavalier

I was intrigued that the word chivalry has origins of horsemanship. Cavalier, with similar origins, has a very different meaning.

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