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by tkowal
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Effete
Replies: 2
Views: 129

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: 235

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: 523

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: 332

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?!
by tkowal
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Obambulate
Replies: 8
Views: 874

Re: Obmablulate

Perambulate seems to be an obvious (quasi-)synonym.
by tkowal
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fetor
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Fetor

In Spanish and in Portuguese we find the word fedor which also means stench or stink. According to some Internet sources, it comes from the Latin verb foetere which means to stink. This might justify the controversial spelling foetor.
by tkowal
Tue May 09, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Acuminate
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: Acuminate

A small correction: Polish kameń should be kamień (with an i).
by tkowal
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Slovenly
Replies: 3
Views: 594

Re: Slovenly

by tkowal
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: De rigeur
Replies: 3
Views: 598

Re: De rigeur

I guess it should be spelled de rigueur.
by tkowal
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Presbyopic
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Re: Presbyopic

Another far-sighted condition is hyperopia, but it seems to have different causes from presbyopia.
by tkowal
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Collation
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Collation

It seems that this word has several interesting meanings, even though I have seen it mainly related to sorting or ordering, particularly within computing. It can even mean a light meal! This last meaning produced the Polish word kolacja which means supper.
by tkowal
Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hypotenuse
Replies: 3
Views: 1340

Re: Hypotenuse

Even though legs is used most often for the two perpendicular sides, there exists in English the fancier word cathetus (plural catheti) which also comes from Greek: κάθετος. It is used in Spanish and Portuguese as cateto.
by tkowal
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Providence
Replies: 5
Views: 6766

Re: Providence

Some dictionaries include the word previdential related to social security. I wonder whether there exists previdence.
by tkowal
Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Palladium
Replies: 7
Views: 1302

Re: Palladium

We shouldn't forget the famous Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580). He was given this name as an allusion to Athena Pallas.
by tkowal
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vitreous
Replies: 4
Views: 884

Re: Vitreous

A small correction: the Portuguese word is vidro (vidrio is Spanish).

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