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by bnjtokyo
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Homely
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Re: Homely

"[Gandalf] answered 'Hidden somewhere ahead of us is the fair valley of Rivendell where Elrond lives in the Last Homely House. I sent a message by my friends, and we are expected.' That sounded nice and comforting, but . . . it was not so easy as it sounds to find the Last Homely House west of ...
by bnjtokyo
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: hygge
Replies: 4
Views: 1295

Re: hygge

Dr. Goodword, Hygge has appeared in The New Yorker several times. First appearance was in 1957 (!) in a "Letter from Copenhagen" In 2016, The New Yorker reports that "hygge" was a runner-up for Oxford English Dictionies' Word of the Year. In 2017, it appeared three times, one inc...
by bnjtokyo
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cassation
Replies: 1
Views: 268

Re: Cassation

Cassation in the legal sense and in the musical sense appear to be an example of convergent evolution. Merriam Websters says in the legal sense Middle English cassacioun, from Middle French cassation, from casser to annul + -ation in the musical sense German kassation, from German dialect (originall...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Etiolate
Replies: 1
Views: 355

Re: Etiolate

There is a difference between the orthographic representation of today Good Word (ee-tee-ê-layt) and the aural presentation at the "hear it" link According to the alphadictionary pronunciation guide (https://www.alphadictionary.com/pronunciation_guide.html) "t" is what the IPA ca...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Betray
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: Betray

call_copse, may I edit your sentence?
Ah, those innocent days when a scandal was just about a few people betraying us . . . .
LukeJavan8, What is the "PM section"?
by bnjtokyo
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fasces
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: Fasces

Also from the same root: fascia/fasciae, the medical term for a sheet of tissue that envelops, separates or holds together muscles or organs or other soft structures in the body.
by bnjtokyo
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Betray
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: Betray

Does anyone remember the General Petraeus scandal?
by bnjtokyo
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fell
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Re: Fell

Interesting re-analysis/folk etymology suggesting that the vowels in "fell" and "foul" are becoming more similar in the Australian dialect while the evil meaning of fell is becoming remote to modern speakers.
by bnjtokyo
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Homage
Replies: 5
Views: 906

Re: Homage

Today, enophiles are well aware of the fact that "Hermitage" is not a grape variety but a wine producing region in the Rhone Valley. According to "Wines and Vineyards of France" (Larousse), the red wines of Hermitage are made entirely from the Syrah grape variety while white wine...
by bnjtokyo
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Words from WW2
Replies: 1
Views: 12635

Re: Words from WW2

The article at the link states SPIKE-BOZZLED Spike was used during the First World War to mean “to render a gun unusable." Yes, but I think the explanation is somewhat misleading: "spike"was in use long before World War I to mean "render a gun unusable." Ngram Viewer turns u...
by bnjtokyo
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Crunchy Evidence
Replies: 2
Views: 19091

Re: Crunchy Evidence

Would you please provide the sentence for context or at least a link to the article?
by bnjtokyo
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Dismissed the service
Replies: 2
Views: 9733

Re: Dismissed the service

Sorry, I can't help you with the syntax that is behind this expression. However, the Google Ngram viewer did not find many examples of "dismiss the service" quote 1 To DISMISS, to discard. To DIsMIss the service, (Congédier, Fr.) to take an officer's commission, or warrant from him From th...
by bnjtokyo
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rupestrine
Replies: 1
Views: 475

Re: Rupestrine

Were it not for the rupestrinity of the publication of Ptolemy V's decree, it would not have endured for 1995 years and allowed scholars to begin to understand Egyptian hieroglyphics when the Rosetta Stone was discovered in 1799.
by bnjtokyo
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: 'Zh' sound in English
Replies: 5
Views: 33833

Re: 'Zh' sound in English

There is a detailed discussion here https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=uGs3BQAAQBAJ&pg=PT149&lpg=PT149&dq=ʒ&source=bl&ots=UBS252Anaw&sig=JsJmc58DdSzM5GWhttxMDP73FNY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjJobur6fvcAhUR7rwKHYC2BWM4MhDoATADegQIBxAB#v=onepage&q=ʒ&f=false Som...
by bnjtokyo
Wed May 30, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mic
Replies: 2
Views: 1882

Re: Mic

The internet provided me with this link to a Guardian article that explains the significance of the act: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/shortcuts/2016/may/02/obama-out-mic-drop-white-house-correspondents-dinner The article cites 1987 as the earliest use in print although the phrase clearly pred...

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