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by tkowal
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Carceral
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Carceral

Since neither jail (or gaol) nor prison presents with adjectives, today's word comes in handy.
There are many occurrences of the word prisonal on the Web, like prisonal system.
by tkowal
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: sweetbread
Replies: 0
Views: 96

sweetbread

Sweet and bread: how did these two words get together to form a word with completely unrelated meaning?
by tkowal
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hector
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

Re: Hector

Thanks to all! This is why English is such a fascinating and fun language for native speakers and often a horrifying and exhausting trial for those trying to learn it! again, thank you ! Glorious! Hi damoge, It is a fact that mastering English as a foreign language isn't easy, but I am sure that is...
by tkowal
Sat May 30, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Misgender
Replies: 26
Views: 2285

Re: Misgender

Deby, that's a nice way out and I'm sure it can be done in many situations. However it would be very cumbersome to police oneself all the time to use they instead of she or he in every conversation. Maybe our grammar checkers will be eventually modified so that our writing becomes politically correc...
by tkowal
Fri May 29, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Misgender
Replies: 26
Views: 2285

Re: Misgender

This is a reply to David Myer. To be honest I don't know whether Spanish speakers care about this issue; probably some do but I don't know what they propose. I used Spanish as an example because it is more familiar in the English speaking world, and it shows that other languages may have more diffic...
by tkowal
Wed May 27, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Misgender
Replies: 26
Views: 2285

Re: Misgender

This discussion became so heated that I decided to add a bit more. English is not my mother tongue and I always think about analogies in other languages. Gender distinction in English is basically limited to some pronouns. However in Slavic languages verbs and adjectives can have distinct forms depe...
by tkowal
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mead
Replies: 0
Views: 1786

Mead

Mead: alcoholic drink made out of honey, used to be very popular in Eastern Europe. Certainly related to the Slavic word for honey: med (or myed) in Russian, miód in Polish. I guess the word used in Romance languages might also be related: miel in French and Spanish, mel in Portuguese.
by tkowal
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Virus
Replies: 0
Views: 3052

Virus

Word of the year. No explanation needed!
by tkowal
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fleeting
Replies: 3
Views: 3141

Re: Fleeting

Is flumen, Latin for river, also related?
by tkowal
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lox
Replies: 0
Views: 6370

Lox

I read somewhere that lox is a word whose pronunciation did not change since it appeared in PIE! It would be interesting to know more about it.
by tkowal
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Elixir
Replies: 1
Views: 5786

Elixir

Apparently this word originated in Greek, and migrated via Arabic and Latin into English.
by tkowal
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Logorrhea
Replies: 6
Views: 2845

Re: Logorrhea

Verborrhea mixes a Latin and Greek--not as good as logorrhea.
I agree; see for instance this. However there are lots of such mixed words; see here.
by tkowal
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Logorrhea
Replies: 6
Views: 2845

Re: Logorrhea

I guess verborrhea is a good synonym. Found 5,190 occurrences with Google search.
by tkowal
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Heterography
Replies: 8
Views: 1697

Re: Heterography

Today's Good Word suggests additional adjectives: homographic , heterophonic and homophonic , and several combinations. Examples of pairs of words: homographic and heterophonic: read (present), read (past) heterographic and homophonic: read (past), red (color) homographic and homophonic: light (as b...
by tkowal
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Prudent
Replies: 1
Views: 787

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...

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