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by tkowal
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Inane
Replies: 1
Views: 158

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: 272

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: 335

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: 163

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: 1315

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: 538

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: 803

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: 548

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: 383

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: 318

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: 742

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: 550

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: 1243

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: 4
Views: 803

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: 891

Re: Acuminate

A small correction: Polish kameń should be kamień (with an i).

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