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by George Kovac
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wreak
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Wreak

The conflation of wreck and wreak that Dr. Goodword notes made me think of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1952 novel “Player Piano.” The novel is set in a dystopian future where automation (what today we’d call artificial intelligence) has displaced most work for humans except a small elite engaged as managers, en...
by George Kovac
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Timocracy
Replies: 1
Views: 107

Re: Timocracy

This wonderful word is new to me. I would have guessed (quite wrongly) that it was a portmanteau invented to describe the timorous state of our democracy.
by George Kovac
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bon mot
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Bon mot

David Myer wrote : But why on earth are we using a French word/expression when there is a perfectly satisfactory and well-established English (Greek) one? Epigram is surely an exact synonym? I agree the two words may be synonyms. But that does not end the conversation. There is nuance among synonym...
by George Kovac
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Canny
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Re: Canny

One of my favorite books as a child was an anthology of silly verse, including contributions by Ogden Nash and his imitators. Decades later, and I can still recite this poem from memory: A CANNER, EXCEEDINGLY CANNY --Carolyn Wells A canner, exceedingly canny, One morning remarked to his granny, “A c...
by George Kovac
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hone
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Hone

call_copse wrote:Aaron Spelling being the source of the problem? Everybody loved Charlie's Angels surely?


Well, yes. While he may have been good at casting, it appears there was an error in Spelling.
by George Kovac
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Comedo
Replies: 1
Views: 281

Re: Comedo

John Belushi’s scene in the school cafeteria in the movie “Animal House” – the scene where, as the shamelessly crude character Bluto, he stuffed his cheeks with food and then pounded his cheeks – is one of the classic moments of comedo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx_vphlqW4Y
by George Kovac
Wed May 23, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: School
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: School

Yes, “school of fish” is a misnomer. The warm coastal waters here in South Florida are great for snorkeling. On the way out to the reefs it is not unusual to see a "school" of fish abandon the shoals to jump out of the water ahead of the boat and “fly” in unison a great distance across the...
by George Kovac
Wed May 09, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Courriel
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: Courriel

"Courriel" sounds like it should be the name of one of those odd fonts you have to scroll past when all you need is Calibri, Arial, or, if you're feeling formal, Times New Roman.
by George Kovac
Fri May 04, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Banish
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Bannish

Perry, You are absolutely right. Here is a discussion (for layman) of the canon law basis for the practice of publishing banns of marriage: http://canonlawmadeeasy.com/2015/10/15/why-doesnt-the-church-publish-marriage-banns-any-more/ An anomaly of spelling is that uniquely in the context of “banns o...
by George Kovac
Thu May 03, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Banish
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Bannish

Dr. Goodword wrote: Today's Good Word was copied from Old French baniss-, an extended form of the verb banir "proclaim; forbid; banish, to outlaw" The "proclamation" sense of that Old French word (without any of the negative connotations) is also responsible for the quaint concep...
by George Kovac
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yonder
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Yonder

You don't need to go all the way to Serbia to see the distinction preserved. Closer to home, or at least to my home, Spanish entertains two words for "there" which roughly approximate the English there and yonder : ahí and allá. If you run those two Spanish words through Google translator ...
by George Kovac
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Correption
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: Correption

So, to fox someone who has harshly corrected some error of fact you have made, try this:

Mean boss: "This analysis is worthless because you used the data from the wrong month."

Humiliated but subversive employee: "Sorry, sir. I stand correpted."
by George Kovac
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bravo
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: Bravo

Penelope Wilton’s indefatigable character Isobel Crawley never failed to demonstrate that she had better breeding than the condescending and haughty branch of the family that lived upstairs in Downton Abbey. After a local recital, Isobel applauds the female performer with cheers of “brava!”
by George Kovac
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Comprehend
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: Comprehend

Slava, I apprehend the gauntlet you have thrown at my feet. En garde! So, here's my attempt to distinguish apprehend from comprehend , both of which can mean "understand" or "recognize." Apprehend is the rarer of the two near synonyms, and has a more specialized meaning. When use...
by George Kovac
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: Shambolic

Slava wrote: Americans are currently witnessing the shambolicification of their country's international credibility. Personally, I would go for a mathematical metaphor, and call it the fractalization of America. My on-line research says that fractal theory is "useful in describing partly random...

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