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by George Kovac
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Logorrhea
Replies: 6
Views: 1683

Re: Logorrhea

Aha, another mot juste that begs for wider usage! A political operative famously advised “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that, it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Well, I’m a vocabulary guy, not a policy guy, and so I have identified i...
by George Kovac
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Factotum
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: Factotum

Sometimes I remember when I first encountered a particularly wonderful Good Word, and archive it to savor later. “Factotum” is one of those words, and I learned of it in a sweet and gentle obituary of a man who was an uncelebrated member of the Beatles entourage. A rare word, properly deployed (and ...
by George Kovac
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Forms of Address
Replies: 3
Views: 17308

Re: Forms of Address

Forms of address when you don't know the gender of the addressee are a challenge, not just when you are unfamiliar with the language. But even in English it is getting tougher with the popularity of non-traditional names: are Hudson and Madison boys or girls? It is now a fashion to give boys' names ...
by George Kovac
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Heterography
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: Heterography

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/16/opin ... akers.html

What Quakers Can Teach Us About the Politics of Pronouns. In the 17th century, they also suspected that the rules of grammar stood between them and a society of equals. By Teresa M. Bejan. New York Times, November 17, 2019
by George Kovac
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Heterography
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: Heterography

How do you pronounce the fake word "ghoti"? The answer is "fish". Why do “ghoti" and "fish" sound the same? gh = f as in rouGH or lauGHter o = i as in wOmen ti = sh as in naTIon (or almost any other word ending in “—tion” English, which is an efficient language on so many scores (no gender, simplifi...
by George Kovac
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Heterography
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: Heterography

What a fabulous word! We should deploy it beyond its technical uses. For example: “The heterography of Senator Pyrrhus’ tweets matched the recklessness of his claims”
by George Kovac
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cappuccino
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: Cappuccino

The peregrination of the root PIE word kaput- is a fascinating journey. Its destinations cover a lot of territory: cape, capital, chief, chef, kaput, caparison (the GoodWord of March 5, 2015), cappuccino,and my favorite, the ludicrous ecclesiastical garment known as the cappa magna. But apparently n...
by George Kovac
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flaccid
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Re: Flaccid

A few thousand years later, you never know where a good word may lead. So, interestingly, taut and ductile, which are antonyms, share a common etymological source. About “taut,” (the Good Word of September 27, 2019) Dr. Goodword observed: Togian came to English via its Germanic ancestors from PIE de...
by George Kovac
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Imprecate
Replies: 3
Views: 558

Re: Imprecate

Over a period of years, I participated in a weekly discussion group focused on Genesis, particularly the Jacob narrative cycle. As the iconoclastic member of the group, I frequently questioned why Jacob is revered as a patriarch given his numerous character flaws and poor or weak judgment from time ...
by George Kovac
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Imprecate
Replies: 3
Views: 558

Re: Imprecate

Hemingway observed that the quality of cursing declines as a culture’s adherence to traditional religion diminishes. Writing in the 1930s, he thought that the Spanish were more accomplished at cursing than the English. Hemingway would agree that it is hard to find high quality imprecations in the 21...
by George Kovac
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Periphery
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Periphery

Rrenter wrote: Secondly, I have cousins with the Portuguese last name Ferreira,(a smith) which I had presumed was related to the English word ferrous, from the Latin ferrum, "iron". (Similarly, ferrocaril is railroad is Spanish, rail of iron, I presume.) Here in bilingual Miami, us English speakers ...
by George Kovac
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ductile
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: Ductile

Not hacked. The link I posted is legit. The image is an execrable and jejune (but cute?) visual pun based on today's good word. :roll:
by George Kovac
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ductile
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: Ductile

https://www.zazzle.com/large_ceramic_photo_tile_6_inch_with_cute_ducks-227215066312846130?rf=238840279726397180&tc=Cj0KCQjwrfvsBRD7ARIsAKuDvMMs_VJ3X3tTKwJepaG3zsCEUuW3Qs7UH9jx3ZSFWxoDxWPcaYJ4LYAaAhsvEALw_wcB&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=us_shopping&utm_term=z227215066312846130&ca_ch...
by George Kovac
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Entreat
Replies: 1
Views: 367

Re: Entreat

Dr Goodword wrote: Its meaning today is in a continuum of verbs indicating the degree of anxiety of a request: request "politely ask" » ask for » entreat "plead for" » beg "desperately plead for". To this continuum I would add another recent Good Word, importune “demand with urgency or persistence.”
by George Kovac
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Chef
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Chef

I have two unrelated observations about today’s Good Word. First. It has become the pretentious fashion in certain upscale restaurants of the type to which Dr. Goodword alludes to drop the definite article when using “chef” as a noun, apparently to reinforce the authority of the cook wearing the big...

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