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by bnjtokyo
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: We are on the new e-mail server
Replies: 11
Views: 835

Re: We are on the new e-mail server

You'll be pleased to know I am now getting "Word of the Day" email regularly. Thank for all your efforts.
by bnjtokyo
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Monster
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Re: Monster

It seems to me that some of the elements in this sentence have suffered an interesting metathesization:
"The rrecently oot of this word was mentioned as also underlying . . . ."
Did you intend to write "The root of this word was recently mentioned as also underlying . . . ."
by bnjtokyo
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Subterfuge
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Re: Subterfuge

Dr Goodword says "subterfuge" is a mass noun with no plural. Yet in his "In play" section, his second example, "TV commercials resort to many subterfuges to entice viewers to buy the products they advertise," he uses it in the plural. If it were a mass noun wouldn't it ...
by bnjtokyo
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: bricolage
Replies: 1
Views: 809

bricolage

Back in 2006, the Good Doctor said that "bricolage" would make a good word of the day as it is a word with an interesting story (origin myth?). But it hasn't run yet. According to Merriam Webster the first known use of bricolage is 1960 and it denotes a "construction (as of a sculptur...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Between You and Me
Replies: 1
Views: 241

Re: Between You and Me

The dictionaries (both US and British) partially support you on "confidante." They include a usage note saying something like "usually a woman."

Also please see my note on "anymore" added to the "Is he a Realtor anymore" thread.
by bnjtokyo
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Is he a Realtor anymore?
Replies: 8
Views: 10703

Re: Is he a Realtor anymore?

Merriam-Webster has this to say about anymore/any more anymore vs. any more Although both anymore and any more are found in written use, in current writing anymore is the more common styling. Anymore is regularly used in negative ⟨ No one can be natural anymore. —May Sarton ⟩ , interrogative Do you ...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Lede
Replies: 2
Views: 649

Re: Lede

I can't answer the question directly but I might be able to put a floor under it. The 1977 item in the link below uses "bury the lead" in the sense you ask about https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=3IxbAAAAMAAJ&q=%22bury+the+lead%22&dq=%22bury+the+lead%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gimcrack
Replies: 2
Views: 276

Re: Gimcrack

Dr. Goodword, bringing up the "Blue Tail Fly" to illustrate the meaning of "gimcrack," only makes me more curious. What is "gimcrack corn"? On the internet, we find "corn" can be slang for "moonshine whisky" but moonshine, while cheap and shoddy, is ...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Harass
Replies: 7
Views: 1576

Re: Harass

"Dond" is new to me too. Wordnik has neither a definition nor a etymology but does have a couple of examples. Here's an explanatory example without a link to the explanation mentioned: "An explanation of how the word "dond" came to be used by RR people to mean to second anot...
by bnjtokyo
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vermiform
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: Vermiform

Slava, your question is unclear. Which word are you asking about? Vermicelli: Merriam-Webster says "borrowed from Italian, plural of vermicello, diminutive of verme "worm," going back to Latin vermis" Diet: the Online Etymology Dictionary says "diet (n.2) "assembly,&quo...
by bnjtokyo
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Christmas-tree
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Re: Christmas-tree

Dear Dr. Goodword, The ngram viewer turns up this example from Allen Schick: The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process published by the Brookings Institution, pg 147 It is now less practicable for the Senate to "Christmas tree" tax bills by inserting revenue-losing provisions as bargai...
by bnjtokyo
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Emollient
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Re: Emollient

In Play
There were a few emollient words for the prime minister before she [Prime Minister Theresa May] was sent home across the English Channel on Thursday, but they just sounded patronizing.
-- It Takes More Than Bluster to Brexit, New York Times, Dec 19, 2017
by bnjtokyo
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Chary
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Chary

Slava, for me "cherry" and "chary" are homophones and both rhyme with "carry." They are respectively "cheree," "cheree" and "keree."
by bnjtokyo
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Offing
Replies: 1
Views: 323

Re: Offing

From the NYTimes today (Dec 6) in "Trump's Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a G.O.P. Problem: Chaos"
"But an organization that can fend off such a landslide does not appear in the offing."
by bnjtokyo
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Gender Studies
Replies: 0
Views: 11621

Gender Studies

Someone writing for the New York Times has got their knickers in a twist about gender in language in general and French in particular. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/french-sexism-grammar-everybody.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion&action=click&contentCollection=...

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