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by George Kovac
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Poltroon
Replies: 3
Views: 430

Re: Poltroon

In America we are preparing for the long Thanksgiving holiday, a signature feature of which is some cantankerous collateral relative, typically an uncle or a brother-in-law (possibly, but not necessarily, drunk), hijacking family harmony by expounding some crank opinions. Well, Iain, the bright side...
by George Kovac
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Catachresis
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Re: Catachresis

I don’t mean to abrogate Dr Goodword’s roll in acknowledging Mr Bowden’s contribution, but let’s avoid turbid prose and shout our noisome praise for this immanently good word.
by George Kovac
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Temperate
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Temperate

Perry Lassiter wrote: Aristotle's "Golden Mean" always implied to me there must be an excess here and there above and below the line, not a boring flatline of death... Hear, hear! Thank you, Perry, for your wise and temperate observation. Temperance and the golden mean should be understood...
by George Kovac
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Armistice
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Armistice

Dr Goodword wrote: Today's Good Word comes from Late Latin armistitium "armistice" based on Latin arma "arms" + -stitium "stopping, standing." The Aeneid begins “Arma virumque canō” , which English translators traditionally render as “I sing of arms and a man” . Robert ...
by George Kovac
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Salacious
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: Salacious

Dr Goodword wrote: Today's Good Word comes ultimately from Latin salax (salac-s) "fond of jumping", an adjective derived from salire "to leap, jump, hop.” That ancient word gives us the modern salacious, sally and salient --quite a mix. Another disparate (and non-salacious) word that...
by George Kovac
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paean
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Re: Paean

Yes, and for enabling this exchange, I am thankful for Dr. Goodword's aegis.
by George Kovac
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paean
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Re: Paean

I am perplexed by the variety in the pronunciation of “ ae .” Look at these examples that have recently been featured as daily Goodwords: paean, caesura . The first syllables don’t rhyme. Those words and their spellings both originate in Latin, so they should sound the same. But wait, there’s more! ...
by George Kovac
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bowel
Replies: 1
Views: 316

Re: Bowel

I thank the kind Dr. Goodword, though I have mixed feelings about my name being associated with bowels. What fascinates me about the word is Dr. Goodword’s definition #3, a meaning I first learned last month in an opinion piece about a current political imbroglio. In laying a foundation for his advi...
by George Kovac
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bruit
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: Bruit

Dr. Goodword wrote:

[T]oday's word .... is a rarity for the fact that it is pronounced exactly as spelled.


Yes, and so is "intuit." But neither rhymes with "fruit" or "quit." No wonder English spelling is such a challenge to those learning the language.
by George Kovac
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lucid
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Lucid

Dr. Goodword wrote: Lux also underlies Lucifer, the light-bearer, which in Old English meant "morning star". Thank you for shedding light on that obscure Satanic etymology. It's anomalous, because, after Milton, we more commonly think of Lucifer the light-bearer as the Prince of Darkness.
by George Kovac
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Slough
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Slough

David Myer wrote: I have always contended that a town's name should be pronounced as the locals pronounce it - I mean they should know shouldn't they? Well, yes, I concur, but with major caveats: The locals are sometimes charmingly wrong. I come from plainspeaking Chicago, where the no-nonsense Mid...
by George Kovac
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Reticule
Replies: 6
Views: 775

Re: Reticule

Could a football field, often called a gridiron, be called a giant reticule?


I'm not sure about that, but the chain used to measure whether the football advanced enough to earn a first down could be called an object of reticule.
by George Kovac
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Apophasis
Replies: 5
Views: 1196

Re: Apophasis

People throw around words like perjury too blithely. I won’t do so here.” Benjamin Wittes, October 2, 2018, in an essay in The Atlantic (on line edition) With the regrettable decline in civility and candor in our public discourse, I find ironic dissonance in using apophasis as a rhetorical device t...
by George Kovac
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Spruik
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Re: Spruik

So, could a car salesman spruik a Buick?
by George Kovac
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Amatorculist
Replies: 1
Views: 399

Re: Amatorculist

Dr. Goodword wrote: This word reveals the male domination of Roman culture, the assumption being that a good lover is a powerful one and that a weak one (the diminutive indicates a diminished version of the noun) is a bad one. The English phrase 'man up' suggests the same prejudice in our culture. ...

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