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by tkowal
Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Orange
Replies: 14
Views: 567

Re: Orange

This word has a really fascinating history. It's interesting to notice that its Portuguese version is laranja. I wonder where this 'l' came from.
by tkowal
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paramour
Replies: 9
Views: 400

Re: Paramour

I have a question about this one; is an inamorato or inamorata by definition illicit? Don't they mean something along the lines of 'one who is loved'?
It seems to me that inamorato means in Italian one who is in love. I don't think there is anything illicit about it :wink: .
by tkowal
Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Objective
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: Objective

Hi David,
Bloke is an interesting one. And for the life of me, I cannot remember whether we used it in the UK. Certainly it is ubiquitous here in Australia.

My son spent a few months in Australia and learnt another word that seems to mean something similar to bloke: bogan. Does it?
by tkowal
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Gammon
Replies: 1
Views: 523

Gammon

Used in the UK and Ireland for cured ham. Related to French jambon and Spanish jamón, both meaning ham.
by tkowal
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Surfeit
Replies: 1
Views: 480

Re: Surfeit

Just a minor correction: the Polish example should be spelled as dziać się (with a z).
by tkowal
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: lave (verb)
Replies: 2
Views: 818

lave (verb)

According to Merriam-Webster:
Lave is a simple, monosyllabic word that magically makes the mundane act of washing poetic.
by tkowal
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Absolute
Replies: 0
Views: 754

Absolute

This commonly used word and its relatives did not appear yet as good words!
by tkowal
Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Consanguinity
Replies: 1
Views: 631

Re: Consanguinity

So English raw is related to crudo (Spanish, Italian) and cru (French, Portuguese) which also mean raw?
by tkowal
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Enervate
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Re: Enervate

I would settle for enervation of pain signals, but for some, would wish for denervation.
damoge, thanks for explaining this interesting nuance.
by tkowal
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Enervate
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Re: Enervate

It seems that denervate has very similar meaning.
by tkowal
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: hygiene
Replies: 0
Views: 923

hygiene

It comes from Greek via Latin and French. I wonder whether we know more about it.
by tkowal
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: sinous
Replies: 1
Views: 560

Re: sinous

Obviously it should be sinuous! I thank Slava for noticing this mistake.
by tkowal
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: sinous
Replies: 1
Views: 560

sinous

... and some of its relatives: sinus, sine, sinuosity, ... . It obviously comes from Latin sinus, but is there anything anything in PIE?
by tkowal
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:17 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cisgender
Replies: 12
Views: 4485

Re: Cisgender

It's about the West Bank.
by tkowal
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cisgender
Replies: 12
Views: 4485

Re: Cisgender

That's a new one to me.

It's used mostly in Romance languages like Cisjordanie in French and Cisjordânia in Portuguese.

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