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by gwray
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: glister
Replies: 0
Views: 78

glister

Not found in the goodword discussion.

I had only heard this word from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and considered it archaic. A quick web search to ensure my memory was correct turned up many other references including video game quests and book titles. Evidently, it still has modern use.
by gwray
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: SIBILANT
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Re: SIBILANT

I associate this word with "susurrous", which I think is one of the most beautiful words in the English language. In my mind, sibilant is the more strident of the two words; I would not use "susurrous" to describe the spitting of an alarmed cat or the steam released from a steam engine. I recommend ...
by gwray
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: gentile
Replies: 0
Views: 440

gentile

I am intrigued by the common Latin root for Gentile and genteel —words which can have very different connotations. Gentile can be used neutrally to distinguish a person who is not Jewish. However it can also be used pejoratively: "Such boastings as the Gentiles use, Or lesser breeds without the Law"...
by gwray
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kiosk
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Re: Kiosk

I suggest that the first two definitions are incomplete or that a definition is missing. I don't think of admission tickets—which can be pricy—as small retail items. Regarding the dispensing of information, the function of a computerized information kiosk is similar to one that is staffed, but the c...
by gwray
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: hygge
Replies: 5
Views: 4253

Re: hygge

Let me wish you all a hygge holidays and a sanguine New Year.
by gwray
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sleigh
Replies: 1
Views: 351

Re: Sleigh

A lot of words in English with a silent "gh" originate from a Dutch-like language which had a guttural sound like the "ch" in loch. The Dutch words for light, night, weigh, and enough retain this sound; the English words do not. I speculate (and it is only speculation) that the precursor to "sleigh"...
by gwray
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: ultimatum
Replies: 0
Views: 250

ultimatum

I was looking for a word that applied to a situation where a person was presented with an immanent choice between troublesome options e.g. new job location with much longer commute; or local position with pay cut. "Hobson's choice" is wrong; it means no choice at all. "Sophie's choice" conveys the s...
by gwray
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: bubble
Replies: 0
Views: 544

bubble

Interesting for its variety of uses from soap bubbles, stock market bubbles, living in a bubble, and thought bubbles in comic strips.
by gwray
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: ontology
Replies: 3
Views: 2469

Re: ontology

Thanks. :)
by gwray
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: ontology
Replies: 3
Views: 2469

ontology

I wrestle with the difference between ontology—the study of existence; and teleology—the study of purpose.
by gwray
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: confuse/confound
Replies: 1
Views: 559

Re: confuse/confound

This topic was somehow not included in the Goodword discussion area.

From the second verse of the British National Anthem:

O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save the Queen.
by gwray
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Humiliate/Humble
Replies: 0
Views: 1338

Humiliate/Humble

I generally associate humiliation with profound embarrassment, but recently I have found the word used without such extreme connotations—particularly in a legal context. In Canadian law, a person can be dismissed without just cause only by providing appropriate notice (which can be substantial) or p...
by gwray
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: confuse/confound
Replies: 1
Views: 559

confuse/confound

Both words have an etymology suggestive of pouring or mashing things together to produce a gallimaufry or mélange.

"The candidates speech was a confusion of exaggerations, quotes taken out of context, and outright lies."
by gwray
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fulminate
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Fuminate

Good word, but missing the l in the title.
by gwray
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: prudent
Replies: 1
Views: 654

Re: prudent

I like this word. It has such positive connotations for me.

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