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by tkowal
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Custom
Replies: 1
Views: 1335

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: 9
Views: 883

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: 730

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: 496

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: 634

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: 669

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: 503

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: 1591

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: 786

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: 1136

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
by tkowal
Sun May 20, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tuxedo
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Tuxedo

Several European languages (German, French, Russian, Polish, ...) use the English word smoking for tuxedo.
by tkowal
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Effete
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: Effete

I suspect that Mr. Agnew would include in his characterization most of the subscribers of Good Word :D .
by tkowal
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Resolution
Replies: 1
Views: 446

Re: Resolution

I wonder whether Polish luźny (loose) comes from the same PIE root.
by tkowal
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Nave
Replies: 3
Views: 1042

Re: Nave

And it is probably related to German Knabe also meaning "boy".
by tkowal
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: O'Clock
Replies: 3
Views: 841

Re: O'Clock

I am glad you still write August 10, 2017. Writing 08/10/2017 often confuses non-Americans: is it August 10 or October 8?!

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