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by tkowal
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: folk
Replies: 0
Views: 421

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: 710

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: 479

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: 319

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: 284

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: 661

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: 447

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: 1054

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: 710

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: 786

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: 662

Re: Slovenly

by tkowal
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: De rigeur
Replies: 3
Views: 678

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: 546

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: 427

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: 1410

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.

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