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by bnjtokyo
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Homage
Replies: 5
Views: 473

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: 3442

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: 5628

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: 6899

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: 290

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: 4
Views: 20007

Re: 'Zh' sound in English

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by bnjtokyo
Wed May 30, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mic
Replies: 2
Views: 1629

Re: Mic

The internet provided me with this link to a Guardian article that explains the significance of the act: The article cites 1987 as the earliest use in print although the phrase clearly pred...
by bnjtokyo
Mon May 07, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hash
Replies: 9
Views: 1474

Re: Hash

According to Etymonline,LukeJavan8 is almost correct. "hash" is a shortened form of "hashish" which in turn derives from Arabic (not Farsi) "hashish" It is etymologically related to "assassin"
by bnjtokyo
Sun May 06, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: 'As': pronoun or conjunction?
Replies: 3
Views: 1236

Re: 'As': pronoun or conjunction?

For a tiny little two-letter word, we expect "as" to do a lot of work. The dictionaries say it can function as an adverb, a conjunction, a preposition and a pronoun. Audiendus and Slava post the following sentences for our consideration, numbered here for our convenience. 1) There was a he...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gimcrack
Replies: 5
Views: 861

Re: Gimcrack

Slava, can you either give us information about that Christmas Carol? The title or quote the whole verse? I've never heard the carol and the internet couldn't find it for me.
by bnjtokyo
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: We are on the new e-mail server
Replies: 13
Views: 3313

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: 562

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: 443

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: 1079


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: 544

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.

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