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by tkowal
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Prudent
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Re: Prudent

Dear Dr Good Word, There is a technical problem with the way letters with diacritics (accents, cedilles, etc) are exhibited in your daily email messages. For instance, Polish words "widzieć" and "wiedzieć" appear as "widzieć" and "wiedzieć". It happens because this is the HTML encoding...
by tkowal
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Polka-dot
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Re: Polka-dot

According to the Polish Wikipedia, the original Czech name for this dance was půlka which means half (step) . Supposedly it became polka after the 1830 Polish uprising against the Russian Empire denoting sympathy with the rebels. Polish words for a Pole are exactly the same as in Czech: Polka (fem.)...
by tkowal
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: bee
Replies: 0
Views: 191

bee

This word sounds very Germanic but I wonder whether it is related to French abeille.
by tkowal
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Europe
Replies: 8
Views: 1001

Re: Europe

I have seen europeism and europeanism.
by tkowal
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Sarcopenia
Replies: 2
Views: 1210

Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle and it combines two Greek roots: sarx (σάρξ) "flesh" and penia (πενία) "poverty". The first root appears also in sarcophagus!
by tkowal
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Custom
Replies: 1
Views: 1712

Custom

Custom seems to be related to costume but its meaning is quite different.
by tkowal
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoi Polloi
Replies: 10
Views: 2039

Re: Hoi Polloi

When we borrow a word from another language, the grammar of that language does not come with it. It seems that sometimes a bit of the grammar does come with word borrowings, like the plurals: antannae (Latin), automata (Greek), cherubim (Hebrew). I am not a linguist but I suspect that usual English...
by tkowal
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rectitude
Replies: 4
Views: 1297

Re: Rectitude

Isn't Latin rex related to Sanscrit (and other Indian languages) raj?
by tkowal
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Inane
Replies: 1
Views: 772

Re: Inane

There exists also the rarely used but related word inanition which means starvation. Its usage is more common in Latin languages: French (from which it was borrowed, the same spelling), Spanish inanición, Portuguese inanição, etc.
by tkowal
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Agenda
Replies: 1
Views: 981

Re: Agenda

My Latin is rather rusty but I checked on the web and confirmed that
agendus (plural agendi) is the masculine gerundive form of the verb agere, whereas agenda and agendum are the feminine and neutral forms with plurals agendae and agenda. Just a little more confusing.
by tkowal
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Calendar
Replies: 2
Views: 996

Re: Calendar

After seeing calendar and calender I can't resist: what about colander? :D
by tkowal
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: govern, government, ...
Replies: 0
Views: 710

govern, government, ...

These words and their relatives appear over 500 times on this site but never as Good Words. Apparently their origin is Greek and they are related to the word cybernetics.
by tkowal
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: calendar
Replies: 0
Views: 1771

calendar

I guess the presence of calender

https://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/calender

is asking for the very similar but completely different word calendar!
by tkowal
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: folk
Replies: 0
Views: 1006

folk

According to some sources this simple word comes from a PIE root meaning to fill and is related to the Greek word plebes meaning common people.
by tkowal
Mon May 28, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fetor
Replies: 4
Views: 1603

Re: Fetor

Slava wrote: This does not bode well for Dostoevsky, does it? His first name is Fedor/Федор.
Not really. His name is Фёдор which should be transliterated as Fyodor. It is true that е can be used in writing in place of ё, but not in pronunciation. :D

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