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by bnjtokyo
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: 'Zh' sound in English
Replies: 4
Views: 11240

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: 1465

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...
by bnjtokyo
Mon May 07, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hash
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

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" https://www.etymonline.com/word/hashish It is etymologically related to "assassin" https://www.etymonline.com/...
by bnjtokyo
Sun May 06, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: 'As': pronoun or conjunction?
Replies: 3
Views: 1014

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: 732

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: 2988

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: 465

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: 373

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: 1007

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: 392

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: 28046

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: 827

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: 5
Views: 732

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: 1886

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: 692

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...

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