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by gwray
Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Objurgate
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Objurgate

That is an interesting distinction, Slava, and it makes some sense to me. In keeping with the derivation of the word, I have always imagined excoriation as a tongue-lashing metaphorically as brutal as a flogging. As such, I would have characterized McConnell's recent speech as an excoriation of Trum...
by gwray
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: decorum
Replies: 1
Views: 399

decorum

Inspired by recent good word gravitas.
by gwray
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gravitas
Replies: 6
Views: 2646

Re: Gravitas

This is one of my favourite words. I think of it primarily in the context of public officials elected or otherwise. In Canada, the head of state is Queen Elisabeth II, but she is represented in Canada by a Governor General—an appointed position. This is a largely ceremonial role such as swearing in ...
by gwray
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Objurgate
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Objurgate

Where does excoriate fit in. It seems to me to be the ultimate in tearing a strip off someones hide. Other synonyms per Merriam-Webster with various intensities are: abuse, assail, attack, bash, belabor, blast, castigate, jump (on), lambaste (or lambast), potshot, savage, scathe, slam, trash, vitupe...
by gwray
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hymeneal
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Re: Hymeneal

Robert Service wrote a humorous ballad, The Baldness of Chewed Ear https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-baldness-of-chewed-ear/ , whose recent marriage is blamed for his losing hair. It contains the line But in old Hymen's jack-pot, it's a most amazin' thing, Them flowin' locks jest disappeared like ...
by gwray
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hymeneal
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Re: Hymeneal

I wrote a hymeneal hymn text for a renewal of wedding vows for our our 25th wedding anniversary. The few hymeneal hymns in the hymn book tended to focus attention on a novice bridal couple. I wrote a hymn focused of the celebration of the community and their obligation to love one another. Kind Wedd...
by gwray
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flocculent
Replies: 3
Views: 1025

Re: Flocculent

I once took a tour of a water purification plant. One stage of the purification was called agglomeration and flocculation in which microscopic contaminants were aggregated into wool like tufts which could then be filtered out.
by gwray
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: pull/root
Replies: 0
Views: 661

pull/root

I was thinking of these words in the context of hoping for a good outcome. "I was sorry to hear about Paul's diagnosis; tell your husband that I am pulling for him".

They are both simple words, but often simple words have amazing power.
by gwray
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Amortize
Replies: 4
Views: 1257

Re: Amortize

I was surprised that the write-up made no mention of 'mortgage'. I have heard this word most frequently with mortgages and thought that the words were intimately related. I thought that the original meaning was "to pay off a mortgage in periodic installments" and that any other meaning was a broaden...
by gwray
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tartuffery
Replies: 1
Views: 811

Tartuffery

From the posting
In Play: Tartuffery is fake piety

To me, this image epitomizes the word.

Image
by gwray
Fri Aug 28, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cynic
Replies: 6
Views: 2096

Re: Cynic

Q: What is the difference between an optimist, a pessimist, and a cynic?
A: An optimist will let his teen-aged son borrow his new sports car; a pessimist won't let his son borrow the sports car; and the cynic has let his son borrow his brand new sports car.
by gwray
Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Facetious
Replies: 5
Views: 2013

Re: Facetious

One of two words with five vowels in order. The other is abstemious.
by gwray
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Epicenter
Replies: 2
Views: 1378

Epicenter

This word had a precise meaning at one time predominately associated with earthquakes. The center of the earthquake could be several miles underground; the epicenter was the point on the earth's surface directly above it. But now I hear it frequently used more generally in phases like "Florida is ab...
by gwray
Thu May 28, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hector
Replies: 13
Views: 5278

Re: Hector

I have been intrigued by the etymology of this word. From lexico.com: Late Middle English from the Trojan warrior Hector. Originally denoting a hero, the sense later became ‘braggart or bully’ ( applied in the late 17th century to a member of a gang of London youths ), hence ‘talk to in a bullying w...
by gwray
Thu May 28, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Triumph
Replies: 1
Views: 1459

Triumph

The meaning of "win" is so strong that the meaning of "to celebrate a good situation" is almost lost. At the office, June McBride triumphed to her work colleagues showing off the engagement ring that William Arami had surprised her with the night before. Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King...

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