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by bnjtokyo
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macaronic
Replies: 10
Views: 426

Re: Macaronic

What is the difference between an utterance that is macaronic and one that is code switching? I am acquainted with some people who are equally fluent in Korean, Japanese and English and in the right circumstance and switch among them at the drop of a post-position. Once in my misspent youth I visite...
by bnjtokyo
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Irregardless
Replies: 0
Views: 709

Irregardless

The Guardian recently had a language rant on the lexical status of "irregardless" and that generated the attached 'sponce in tune form. Lexivores of the Agora will 'preciate it. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/08/to-the-distress-of-wordists-a-dictionary-has-confirmed-the-lexical-v...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hamburger
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Hamburger

Are the principal ingredients of a "Lewisburger" crab, mayonnaise, garlic, chili sauce, etc. served with asparagus, romaine lettuce, etc. on a kaiser roll?
by bnjtokyo
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: looking for a word
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Re: looking for a word

The morpheme you are looking for is "morpheme," sometimes defined as "the most elemental grammatical units in a language" But Dr Goodword argues there are lexemes and morphemes. For his take on this see https://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/ling005.html (Under the general heading of GW Office) An...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pleonasm
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Pleonasm

In honor of Bloomsday I've been listening to the RTE dramatisation of Ulysses and reading Stuart Gilbert's guide. In his discussion of the rhetorical techniques in the Aeolus episode, Gilbert cites "Dublin's prime favorite" as an example of Pleonasm and "our old ancient ancestors" as an example of T...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pleonasm
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Pleonasm

I enjoyed H. W.Fowler's discussion of both pleonasm and tautology. Here is one of his examples of a tautology: "It is sheer pretense to suppose that speed and speed alone is the only thing which counts." And here on pleonasm: "Lastly, there are the pleonasms in which, by wrongly repeating a negative...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mentor
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: Mentor

Mentor, Telemachus and Odysseus, all here just in time for the anniversary
of Bloom's Day
by bnjtokyo
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Anniversary
Replies: 7
Views: 646

Re: Anniversary

Dear Dr and Mrs Goodword,

I too would like to extend my congratulations and felicitations on your Diamond Anniversary. All the best!
by bnjtokyo
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fascism
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: fascism

For an etymology (but not a definition) look here https://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/faggot For a definition and an etymology, Merriam-Webster supplies Definition of fascism 1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation...
by bnjtokyo
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mountebank
Replies: 6
Views: 1331

Re: Mountebank

Philip, I couldn't find charabanc in the Good Word Dictionary so I looked it up using the link to many online dictionaries. I found this one from the American Heritage Dictionary. n. Chiefly British A bus typically used for sightseeing, originally open and pulled by horses. [From French char à bancs...
by bnjtokyo
Sat May 30, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Palindromes
Replies: 3
Views: 8883

Re: Palindromes

"Able was I ere I saw Elba" The earliest appearance of this palindrome that I could find in print was 1848 when it was credited to one J. T. R. in The Gazette of the Union, Golden Rule, and Odd Fellows' Family Companion. The same source also mentions the following near palindromes Lewd did I live & ...
by bnjtokyo
Sun May 24, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Palindromes
Replies: 3
Views: 8883

Re: Palindromes

I'm envious of people who can dream up palindromes. I can only find a few words that spell another when written backwards. However, you might find the following kid's joke in Japanese interesting. It works like this: Kid A says "Say 'tebukuro' backwards" ('tebukuro' is the Japanese word for 'glove.'...
by bnjtokyo
Thu May 21, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Proto-Indo-European videos
Replies: 1
Views: 8837

Re: Proto-Indo-European videos

Dr Goodword, thanks for this. I enjoyed the tale about the domestication of animals by humans.
by bnjtokyo
Mon May 18, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gull
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: Gull

The Etymonline Dictionary for "Gull 1, 2 and V" is gull (n.1) shore bird, early 15c. (in a cook book), probably from Brythonic Celtic; compare Welsh gwylan "gull," Cornish guilan, Breton goelann; all from Old Celtic *voilenno-. Replaced Old English mæw (see mew (n.1)). gull (n.2) cant term for "dupe...
by bnjtokyo
Mon May 18, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Misgender
Replies: 26
Views: 2313

Re: Misgender

Mr Myer, I rather agree with you. It is possible to address the underlying issue without such strained language. Your example could have been written "Children who are well will not starve themselves." We can refer to an individual by name or title or role. "John said this" "The previous speaker sai...

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