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by bnjtokyo
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Blimey
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: Blimey

Headline in The Guardian Feb 26, 2020
Core blimey: how a 62-year-old man planked for eight hours – and what he can teach us
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... rld-record
by bnjtokyo
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Crepitation
Replies: 7
Views: 546

Re: Crepitation

I searched lots of books using the ngram viewer and found only one non-biological use of "crepitation": "The waves began to be stilled by the large snow-flakes that fell unmelted on their surface; and, as the breeze died away into a murmur, a low crepitation, like the clicking of a death-watch, anno...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Valentine
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Re: Valentine

From etymonline.com, the Online Etymology Dictionary. (Note this source disagrees with the Roman Lupercalia connection mentioned by the good doctor Goodword.) mid-15c., "sweetheart chosen on St. Valentine's Day," from Late Latin Valentinus, the name of two early Italian saints (from Latin valentia "...
by bnjtokyo
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: philoxenia
Replies: 4
Views: 654

Re: philoxenia

I find it interesting that a simple change in word order (syntax) changes the meaning (semantics). Are there other examples in Greek? Are these changes predictable? Are there similar examples in English?
by bnjtokyo
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Abseil
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: Abseil

I don't consider abseiling fun; it's down right dangerous. To make your metaphor a bit more apropos, I'd say it's like abseiling down the climate cliff in the dark without bothering to tie the ends of the rope together.
by bnjtokyo
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Risible
Replies: 1
Views: 1003

Re: Risible

Risible has been done, most recently in 2015
https://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/risible
by bnjtokyo
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bunk
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: Bunk

From the Online Etymology Dictionary that is linked to this site bunk (n.1) 1758, "sleeping-berth in a vessel," later in a railroad car, etc., probably a shortened form of bunker (n.) in its sense of "seat." Bunk-bed (n.) attested by 1869. Thus, the "bunk" that Dr Goodword chose to address this time...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Abseil
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: Abseil

Actually, it is the term British (and some British Commonwealth) climbers/mountaineers use instead of the French "rappel" that North American climbers tend to use. It describes a method for descending a rope secured to an anchor at a high point by wrapping the rope around something that creates fric...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Berk
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: Berk

If one is speaking Cockney, does "berk" rhyme with "quirk" or "quark"? As pointed out in the discussion of "burke," the first syllable of "Berkeley Hunt" in a British pronunciation rhymes with "quark" or "park" or "bark" or "arc." If, in British pronunciation, "berk" rhymes with "quirk" and not "qua...
by bnjtokyo
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Burke
Replies: 8
Views: 1136

Re: Burke

Damoge, I'm no expert on Cockney rhyming slang, but I think sometimes it works like this: First you have the word being avoided Then you have a short phrase (usually two words, like "Berkeley hunt"?) the second of which rhymes with the intended word. Then the slang term becomes the first word or a c...
by bnjtokyo
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lb
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Lb

The stone is a unit of mass in the Imperial System of Weights & Measures and was standardized at 14 lbs. (6.35 kg) in 1835. Although use of the stone in commerce was banned in 1985, it has persisted as a customary measure of body weight.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_(unit)
by bnjtokyo
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Malarkey
Replies: 15
Views: 5415

Re: MALARKEY

Time to bring this Goodword back again. Jimmy Kimmel when out on the street to see how some Angelenos define it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT8ZIP4zPx4 (The relevant section starts at 5:03 if you don't want to watch the whole clip.) Slava's post above (Oct 15, 2012) combined with the current De...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Heterography
Replies: 8
Views: 942

Re: Heterography

To Mr Kovac, would you please post a link to the NYTimes article to which you referred? I am interested in the this second person singular pronoun problem. Please see my post under Res Diversae last July
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9760
requesting help.
by bnjtokyo
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cute
Replies: 2
Views: 504

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: 623

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

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