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by bnjtokyo
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cute
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: Cute

Agreed. When my daughter was small and we were out and about, she would sometimes ask me to carry something for her because she was tired or needed her hands free for some other purpose. And on more than one occasion, someone exclaim "What a cute hand bag!" To which I felt the best response was to a...
by bnjtokyo
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cappuccino
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Re: Cappuccino

Interesting that the modern English word "kaput" meaning "defeated, destroyed, broken" and generally thought to be taken from German also traces (and preserves) its etymology back to this same PIE root.
https://www.etymonline.com/word/kaput
by bnjtokyo
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pumpkin
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Re: Pumpkin

Is there an etymological connection between the no-longer-productive English diminutive -kin discussed here and the quite-productive German suffix -chen seen in words such as Ma[umlaut]chen (young woman), Bro[umlaut]chen (bread roll) and Ma[umlaut]rchen (folktale, fairy tale). (Adding the suffix -ch...
by bnjtokyo
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Swither
Replies: 12
Views: 824

Re: Swither

In fact in the text collected by the optical scanner and shown to us by the ngram viewer at the link, it is clearly the elongated 's' (looks a lot like the integral sign as used in calculus) but I used the 'f' to try to capture the appearance of the original text. In retrospect, the was not a good d...
by bnjtokyo
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Swither
Replies: 12
Views: 824

Re: Swither

You may thank the ngram viewer for all the quotes. As I mentioned the software sometimes has difficulty interpreting squiggles detected by the optical scanner (i.e.sometimes interpreting the old style elongaged "s" as an "f." The reverse error also occurs.) I suggest you have a look at it sometime. ...
by bnjtokyo
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Swither
Replies: 12
Views: 824

Re: Swither

The n-gram view offers some assistance here. https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=swither%2Cdither&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cswither%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cdither%3B%2Cc0#t1%3B%2Cswither%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cdither%3B%2Cc0 "Swither" had a little...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Words for 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 5699

Words for 2019

As we start into the final quarter of 2019, articles on words that became prominent in 2019 have started to appear. Here is a link to one such list in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/14/cancelled-for-sadfishing-the-top-10-words-of-2019 Note "pronoun." I posted about this de...
by bnjtokyo
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Whelm
Replies: 5
Views: 1391

Re: Whelm

Here it is "in use" in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. The poem, "Song of the Banner at Daybreak," is from around 1860. ". . . The Continent, devoting the whole identity without reserving an atom, Pour in! whelm that which asks, which sings, with all and the yield of all, Fusing and holding, claimin...
by bnjtokyo
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Palmares
Replies: 1
Views: 687

Re: Palmares

Using the ngram viewer, "Palmares" is usually capitalized and is a place name for various locations. Often it refers to an independent (or semi-independent) state in Brazil founded by rebel slaves (a "quilombo"). It was first organized in the middle of the 16th century. The term is also used in bota...
by bnjtokyo
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Purdah
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Re: Purdah

PIE *per- also shows up in words like periscope, perigee and, surprisingly, in the name of the great Greek statesman, Pericles.
by bnjtokyo
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Anacoluthon
Replies: 10
Views: 1029

Re: Anacoluthon

Merriam-Webster defines "anacoluthon" as "syntactical inconsistency or incoherence within a sentence" while the Wikipedia entry says "[it] is an unexpected discontinuity in the expression of ideas within a sentence, leading to a form of words in which there is logical incoherence of thought." In the...
by bnjtokyo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Anacoluthon
Replies: 10
Views: 1029

Re: Anacoluthon

Are the following anacoluthons? (Examples of Garden-path sentences from Wikipedia)

1) The horse raced past the barn fell.
2) The old man the boat.
3) The complex houses married and single soldiers and their families.
by bnjtokyo
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Succotash
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Re: Succotash

According to Wikipedia, English loan words from indigenous languages of the Americas, Narragansett (or the language spoken by the Narragansett) was an Algonquian language, one of the most widely spread of the indigenous language families in North America. The Algonquian languages are polysynthetic s...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: South African "original" language - bushmen
Replies: 2
Views: 24197

Re: South African "original" language - bushmen

The article says "Inside a small wooden hut, she teaches the 112 sounds including 45 distinct clicks of N|uu with the local children." And a little further down the article, there is a link of a video with her speaking Nluu and you can hear clicks almost from the first word in the video Here are lin...
by bnjtokyo
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Alternative spellings
Replies: 2
Views: 40990

Re: Alternative spellings

barbecue/barbeque - I like the second; it is nicely abbreviated bbq doughnut/donut - the former mike (microphone)/mic - the former fair (market)/fayre* - the former; the latter is ok in contexts in which one would also use "ye" and "olde" fare (food)/fayre* - Have I seen the latter? May in the same ...

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