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by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rentier
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Rentier

• rentier • Pronunciation: rahn- tyay • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A person of independent means, someone living on the income from investments. Notes: No, this isn't simply the French pronunciation of renter . It is a completely different French word that has retained its French pronun...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hieratic
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Hieratic

I love the way your mind works, Slava.
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Abject
Replies: 4
Views: 71

Re: Abject

"Abject shamelessness" comes up 356 times on a Google search. Apparently, it sounds OK to a few others. "Abject apology" occurs 56,400 times in a Google search.
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Abject
Replies: 4
Views: 71

Abject

• abject • Pronunciation: æb -jekt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Extremely bad, utterly horrible, as 'abject misery'. 2. Completely without a hint of pride, utterly self-abasing, extremely shameful, as 'abject apology'. Notes: Here is an oddity: most Latinate borrowings ending on...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mittyesque
Replies: 0
Views: 38

Mittyesque

• Mittyesque • Pronunciation: mi-di- esk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Here is a word fast on its way to becoming an eponym . It will have achieved eponymous status when we stop capitalizing it. It describes someone who lives a humdrum life but daydreams of being the hero of excitin...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Delirium
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Re: Delirium

I just received a note from a Turkish subscriber (whose "PS" apology was unnecessary). While Latin could not have borrowed this word from Modern Turkish, I thought the lexical coincidence might be of interest to everyone: First of all, as a subscriber, I would like to thank you for the daily mails....
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Delirium
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Re: Delirium

Or "chemical agent which causes delirium". It could refer to that but it is used mostly--however rarely--as an adjective.
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Delirium
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Delirium

• delirium • Pronunciation: di- li -ri-um • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. A disordered state of mind characterized by confusion, agitation, hallucinations, incoherent speech, and disturbances of thought, memory, and mood. 2. A state of frenzied activity from uncontrollable happine...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Placate
Replies: 0
Views: 43

Placate

• placate • Pronunciation: (UK) plê- kayt , (US) play -kayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To calm down (someone), to allay their anger, to soothe, mollify. Notes: Besides the two different pronunciations, depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on, this word has a large lexical f...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jun 20, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: You'uns and Might Could
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: You'uns and Might Could

First of all, - un is now a suffix that converts adjectives into countable nouns in most Southern states. The fact that it historically originated as one is irrelevant. Not only is young-un the equivalent of child and kid , but I'm sure you've hear big-un , little-un , red-un , black-un , etc. I'm f...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jun 20, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: You'uns and Might Could
Replies: 2
Views: 75

You'uns and Might Could

I just received this e-letter from Albert Skiles of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dr. Beard, I just read your hilariously "ackrut" compilation of Southern expressions [ Glossary of Quaint Southernisms ]. I grew up near San Antonio and moved to NW Arkansas when I was 22 in 1972. I can verify that there is...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fatherly
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Fatherly

• fatherly • Pronunciation: fah -dhêr-li • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Having the affection of a father; befitting a father or fatherhood, which is to say, kind and protective. Notes: Today's topical Good Word is the adjective from father, found in the name of today's holiday, Fathe...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?

I don't think Brogine is fussy at all. The word bipartisan is misplaced. It requires the listener to figure out that while individuals can't be bipartisan, the speaker must have meant "bipartisan group". I would have to disagree with our new editor of the GW series, Slava, on this one. "Individuals ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Juneteenth
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Juneteenth

• Juneteenth • Pronunciation: jun -teenth • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, proper Meaning: Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. This African-American celebration remembers the day, June 19, 1865, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached sl...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oppugnant
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Oppugnant

• oppugnant • Pronunciation: ê- pêg -nênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Combative, antagonistic, confrontational, oppositious. Notes: We are all acquainted with repugnant , but here is a cousin that occurs so infrequently that some of us may have missed it. It is based on the verb o...

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