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by David McWethy
Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: virtual
Replies: 6
Views: 4107

Re: virtual

Damoge noted (on Fri Oct 23, 2015) that: this getting old business is not fun. I find that I'm spending a lot more time than I used to reflecting on "the hereafter"; whenever I go into a room my first thought is almost always "Now what did I come in here after?" My mother had a framed, cross-stitche...
by David McWethy
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: virtual
Replies: 6
Views: 4107

Re: virtual

And is a "smart phone" virtually smart because it can perform more functions than I can (the same being true of nearly any man's pre-pubescent granddaughter), or is a camera that can also determine the shortest and/or quickest driving route between Lewisburg & New Monia, Pennsylvania a phone (becaus...
by David McWethy
Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cronyism
Replies: 3
Views: 2014

Re: Cronyism

I just learned, to my sadness, that Ms. Dawn Shawley--a crony of mine, if you will, is no longer at Lexateria, and I shall greatly miss her good humor. There were many times when I felt I could safely vent to her without reprisal (such as my recent submission seven full days before a gnat's-eye vari...
by David McWethy
Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:27 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cronyism
Replies: 3
Views: 2014

Re: Cronyism

In the extended family of "Cronyism", Dr. G. notes that: Crone comes from Old French carogne "carrion", a word based on Latin caro, carn- "flesh", found in carnivorous "flesh-eating" and chili con carne, which means "chili with meat" in Spanish. which brings to mind yet another third-cousin-twice-re...
by David McWethy
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Zeal & Zealot
Replies: 1
Views: 2240

Zeal & Zealot

IMHO it doesn't require a great leap of faith to conclude the existence of a nexus between "zeal"--most often taken as synonymous with "enthusiasm"--and the followers of Simon Zelotes, the 11th (and arguably most obscure) Disciple of Christ (although the "enthusiasm" of the Zealots was rabid; over t...
by David McWethy
Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: File'
Replies: 2
Views: 2128

File'

Pronounced "fee-lay" (as in "file' gumbo"), Perry Lassiter can probably attest that this essential ingredient in 'Cajun cooking (made from "scratch") is very finely ground sassafras leaves. Until this century my family lived on acreage with several sassafras trees; the distinct color of the leaves i...
by David McWethy
Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: "Scratch"
Replies: 8
Views: 4668

Re: "Scratch"

ebernston's summary of the obvious and implied uses of, and manners of preparing "scratch" was a beautifully eloquent tribute to this elusive and heretofore ill-defined but essential part of today's life. I haven't checked, but would wager a small amount that there was a time--probably in the middle...
by David McWethy
Wed May 27, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: "Scratch"
Replies: 8
Views: 4668

"Scratch"

Am I the only one who has wondered what "scratch" looks/feels/smells/tastes like? For some reason I picture it having a somewhat granular texture, like corn meal, to which water must be added before use. While remaining a "mystery material" as far as specific qualities are concerned, I have neverthe...
by David McWethy
Wed May 27, 2015 12:15 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Good Words Five Days a Week
Replies: 22
Views: 21072

Re: Good Words Five Days a Week

When I voted "No" it was my intent for that answer to simply be taken as an indication of my support and encouragement. I hadn't realized that GWotD wasn't like a public library--an analogy used with apparent success by Wikipedia: available and free to all and operated by a large cadre of die-hard v...
by David McWethy
Thu May 07, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: COCKPIT
Replies: 2
Views: 1738

COCKPIT

I know that this is a term most often used to refer to where a pilot (and perhaps a co-pilot, navigator, etc.) sits, but why call it a "cockpit"? Why not a "PGA", for "Pilot's Guidance Area"--or, for those local hillbilly cropdusters of Tree Top Airlines--"pure grain alcohol"? (You didn't think they...
by David McWethy
Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Loo
Replies: 26
Views: 11281

Re: Loo

Dr. G. must have been a bit rushed when he wrote that: Two guys were moving an outhouse when one of their jackets dropped into the whole without giving so much as a hint as to how the jacket managed (presumably without any help from "the guy") to shuck itself from its wearer, and of its own volition...
by David McWethy
Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: brolly
Replies: 5
Views: 4551

brolly

This (plural: brollies) was used by a "cousin 'cross the pond"; contextually, I take it to mean some kind of fold-up awning or shelter. I'd like to know how good a guesser I am and, of course, from whence it came to be in the English language.
by David McWethy
Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Loo
Replies: 26
Views: 11281

Re: Loo

I've restrained myself for as long as I can: In the latter half of the previous century, one of the largest employers in the southern half of Mississippi was the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, located in Pascagoula, on the Gulf coast between Keesler Air Force Base and Mobile. Its usual complement...
by David McWethy
Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Eisegesis
Replies: 3
Views: 2433

Re: Eisegesis

According to http://www.gotquestions.org: Exegesis and eisegesis are two conflicting approaches in Bible study. Exegesis is the exposition or explanation of a text based on a careful, objective analysis. The word exegesis literally means “to lead out of.” That means that the interpreter is led to hi...
by David McWethy
Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Expletive
Replies: 12
Views: 5387

Re: Expletive

Deleting forceful expletives removes one of the ways that a speaker's audience can capture the intensity of a forcefully-delivered ejaculation to a gasping audience, leaving the listener or reader dissatisfied with the resulting elephantine pregnancy that brought forth a mouse.

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