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by George Kovac
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macaronic
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Macaronic

Those of us of a certain age fondly remember this untranslatable macaronic lyric sung sweetly, but with exquisite irony, by John Lennon: Quando para mucho mi amore de felice corazon Mucho paparazzi mi amore chicke ferdy parasol Cuesto obrigado tanta mucho que canite carousel (His castilian pronuncia...
by George Kovac
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dolor
Replies: 15
Views: 4380

Re: Dolor

I love stories about conversations between people with different native languages. I have to laugh when one of those people is having difficulty with the other and can't figure out what the problem is My fluency with Spanish here in bilingual Miami is a work in progress. When I was new here, a co-w...
by George Kovac
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cremains
Replies: 7
Views: 2824

Re: Cremains

"Six Feet Under" was an intelligent, witty cable-TV series that aired from 2001 -- 2005. It centered on the members of a family that owned a small funeral home business. Not surprisingly, the word "cremains" appeared in several episodes.
by George Kovac
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Marcescent
Replies: 5
Views: 3273

Re: Marcescent

Thanks, Debby, for this fabulous word. It's an intriguing alternative to "deadwood" as a description of persons, departments or ideas that linger on in an institution beyond their productive value.
by George Kovac
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Argillaceous
Replies: 1
Views: 1715

Re: Argillaceous

The symbol for silver in the periodic table is Ag . It’s fascinating that words for silver and clay—a precious substance and a valueless substance—each derive from the same PIE root. Dr Goodword wrote of argillaceous: The word is used mostly by geologists. In my role as CMO (Chief Metaphoric Officer...
by George Kovac
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bunk
Replies: 5
Views: 2052

Re: Bunk

Bunk is sometimes used as a verb, meaning to sleep in an expedient place, as in: "After an argument with his wife, he had to bunk on the living room sofa for two nights."
by George Kovac
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Soufflé
Replies: 10
Views: 1733

Re: Soufflé

So it was all Augustine's fault.
Yeah, 1589 years after he died the old man still sends me into a rant. :wink:
by George Kovac
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Soufflé
Replies: 10
Views: 1733

Re: Soufflé

David, Despite your protestations that you are not well versed in the New Testament, I find your exegesis cogent and accurate. You have also identified a dilemma never satisfactorily resolved in Christian thinking, which is in large part a lexical one: the various competing meanings of the English w...
by George Kovac
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gossamer
Replies: 1
Views: 1336

Re: Gossamer

Metaphorically, the lovely word "gossamer" can have a dark side. There is an apocryphal story that, once upon a time in Hollywood, an actress had a contract entitling her to a large percentage of the profits of her latest blockbuster movie. When the studio sent her a tiny little check, she took her ...
by George Kovac
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Soufflé
Replies: 10
Views: 1733

Re: Soufflé

Dr Goodword wrote We all love food metaphors, so it is a puzzlement why this tasty item hasn't entered our metaphorical vocabulary I accept Dr Goodword’s challenge. When I was a child I was perplexed with the odd language of the last clause in the King James Version’s translation of 1 Corinthians 13...
by George Kovac
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Logorrhea
Replies: 6
Views: 2834

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: 2
Views: 1075

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: 50086

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: 1684

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: 1684

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...

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