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by gwray
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: review
Replies: 1
Views: 107

review

This is such a simple word and yet it is causing me problems in the context of a legal document. If someone promises to review something, is there an implication of some diligence? This may be less a semantic question than a legal one.
by gwray
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: nugatory
Replies: 0
Views: 31

nugatory

I would be interested in clarifying the shades of meaning associated with "nugatory", "otiose", and "feckless". To my ear, "feckless" is used to pejoratively describe an actor: "my dog's feckless attempts to catch a squirrel". To me, "nugatory" is an elegant way to say useless or worthless. "the pot...
by gwray
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Aggregate
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Aggregate

to call_copse: In North America as well, aggregate is used to mean sand and gravel—particularly in the context of construction. "My son needed four dump-truck loads of aggregate to build up the low spot on his driveway." "Pourable concrete is a mixture of cement, aggregate, and water." But I have no...
by gwray
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: aggregate
Replies: 0
Views: 1968

aggregate

I like the sense of disparate things coming together. Smiling and holding the door may seem like small things but, in the aggregate, acts of courtesy, forbearance, kindness and grace by countless people make this world a wonderful place.
by gwray
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Atrophy
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: Atrophy

Compare with sarcopenia. Atrophy has escaped the narrow bounds of the medical.
by gwray
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sarcopenia
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Sarcopenia

"Loss of strength as a result of ageing is the only meaning of today's Good Word" Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques recently returned from a 204 day mission to the international space station. Like many other astronauts , he suffered significant loss of strength due to long duration in a weight...
by gwray
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sylvan
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: Sylvan

I am also reminded of Narnia with its wood and water spirits—dryads (a.k.a. silvans) and naiads

https://narnia.fandom.com/wiki/Dryad
by gwray
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: periodic/timely/regular
Replies: 3
Views: 2752

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: 2752

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: 1776

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: 10
Views: 1757

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: 10
Views: 1757

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: 1776

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: 1218

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: 1121

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

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