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by gwray
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Parameter
Replies: 3
Views: 629

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: 408

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: 1168

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: 629

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: 484

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: 2296

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: 365

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: 1168

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: 397

chivalry - cavalier

I was intrigued that the word chivalry has origins of horsemanship. Cavalier, with similar origins, has a very different meaning.
by gwray
Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hypotenuse
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Re: Hypotenuse

I concur with Cam.
by gwray
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:55 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Swag
Replies: 1
Views: 827

Swag

I have heard this in a "loot" sense for usually trifling materials often branded with advertising. "Many vendors at the convention, gave away pens, mouse pads, and other assorted swag to attract potential customers to their booth". "Billy went to a Blue Jays game with his gr...
by gwray
Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Spurious
Replies: 1
Views: 2138

Re: Spurious

spurious has been used as a word of the day, but specious has not.
by gwray
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: brave
Replies: 0
Views: 5080

brave

This word seems to be used so synonymously with courageous, that a second meaning "excellent" or "splendid" is almost lost. Consider "brave new world". This word is found in the American national anthem and this additional meaning is thought provoking.
by gwray
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Palladium
Replies: 7
Views: 1190

Re: Palladium

I have never heard that term for a knight in my many years of playing chess. I have heard the piece described as a chevalier. There was a book of chess and math puzzles called "The Palladium"
by gwray
Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Marshal
Replies: 4
Views: 940

Re: Marshal

I suggest that the martial be used as a word of the day. I remember hearing that the difference between "martial" and "marital" is where you put the I.

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