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by bnjtokyo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Harass
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

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: 380

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: 210

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: 1
Views: 307

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: 287

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: 232

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: 4937

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=...
by bnjtokyo
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: New Verbing?
Replies: 3
Views: 5262

Re: New Verbing?

I tried a general internet search on the phrase "can we social media" and found this https://www.huffingtonpost.com/vala-afshar/expert-social-networking_b_7985768.html dated August 14, 2016 There is a heading part way down the piece "How can we social media to build relationships?&quo...
by bnjtokyo
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: New Verbing?
Replies: 3
Views: 5262

Re: New Verbing?

Slava, I went to the Ngram viewer https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=social+media_VRB&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url= It is a language tool supported by google that allows us to search a lot of digitised books. I found you can...
by bnjtokyo
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Trumpery
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: Trumpery

"To play someone like a horn" reminds me of Hamlet (Act 3, Sc ii): HAMLET . . . Will you play upon this pipe? GUILDENSTERN My lord, I cannot. HAMLET I pray you. GUILDENSTERN Believe me, I cannot. HAMLET I do beseech you. GUILDENSTERN I know no touch of it, my lord. HAMLET 'Tis as easy as l...
by bnjtokyo
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: 8 useful words?
Replies: 5
Views: 2545

Re: 8 useful words?

"Gruntle," the last word on the list, was a "Word of the Day" way back on Feb 21, 2010. https://www.alphadictionary.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4296 It seems to be a word that wants it both ways: as an intransitive verb, it means to grumble, complain while as a transitive verb, it is ...
by bnjtokyo
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Jazz
Replies: 6
Views: 1281

Re: Jazz

In the Goodword Dictionary, the "In Play" and "Word History" sections have material that relates to "piquant," not "jazz." I quote the In Play section: In Play: First, an example with the literal meaning of the word: "I didn't realize just how piquant Mad...
by bnjtokyo
Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Bulwer-Lytton 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 1549

Re: Bulwer-Lytton 2017

Thank you for posting this, Slava.
by bnjtokyo
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: just like that . . .
Replies: 2
Views: 14981

Re: just like that . . .

Actually, it appears "all of a sudden" does not appear in Shakespeare. In The Taming of the Shrew (before 1594?), the closest is Tranio: I pray sir tell me, is it possible That love should of a sudden take such hold? (Act I Scene 1, lns 150-1) And in Titus Andronicus (1585?) we find MARCUS...
by bnjtokyo
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Totality
Replies: 0
Views: 110

Totality

My suggestion for Aug 21:
Totality; the brief moment when the moon completely blocks the solar disc as viewed from various locations on the surface of the earth. From "total," complete. No derivational family.

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