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by bnjtokyo
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sophrosyne
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Sophrosyne

Apparently Hesiod was unaware of one of the axioms by which I cook: Too much garlic is just enough!
by bnjtokyo
Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Eponym
Replies: 2
Views: 2810

Re: EPONYM

Not "eponym" but "eponymous" I came across this sentence in The Guardian today. "Hummingbirds might be instantly recognisable from their eponymous sound, but the cause of the characteristic has long been a mystery." https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/16/scientists-unlock-secret-of-why-humm...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: POSH
Replies: 2
Views: 2528

Re: POSH

Slava, is it really the case that you don't know the legend? If not, in the days of the Raj,"out" referred to the voyage from London to India, and a cabin on the port side going through the Suez Channel and the Red Sea (heading roughly south) was the shady side in the heat of the afternoon. On the "...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Parallax
Replies: 14
Views: 1001

Re: Parallax

Dr Goodword, Japanese has a proverb that is apropos: "Even monkeys fall from trees" (Saru mo ki kara ochiru)
by bnjtokyo
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gobble
Replies: 3
Views: 1470

Re: Gobble

According to the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), "jello" per se is not a registered trademark. The most similar registered trademarks are spelled "JELL-O." Merriam-Webster does not have an entry for "jello" but does have "jell-o," and it is identified as a trademark. Oxford has an entry for "j...
by bnjtokyo
Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Parallax
Replies: 14
Views: 1001

Re: Parallax

Slava, what happened to the other "l"? After all, the Good Doctor did warn us about it.
by bnjtokyo
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoodlum
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Hoodlum

Wearing a hoodie in the hood does not necessarily indicate one is a hood.
by bnjtokyo
Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gravitas
Replies: 6
Views: 2233

Re: Gravitas

The note about the Greek descendant of the *PIE root gwr-/gwor- reminded me of "baryon," the term applied to subatomic particles that are subject to the strong force and composed of three quarks. And the dictionary says the term was indeed coined on the basis of Greek "bary" + "-on"
by bnjtokyo
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nosegay
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: Nosegay

I put "tussie-mussie" into the Ngram viewer and got a first, quite small peak at about 1920, a second, much higher peak at about 1950 and a final, highest peak at 1993. The highest peak was about 1/3 higher than the second peak. No help on actual etymology though. I then entered "tussie-mussie" in t...
by bnjtokyo
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: President
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: President

Thank you for posting the link to the reading. Unfortunately, laughter covered some of the jokes. The original piece appeared in Harpers and is behind a paywall, but someone posted a copy here if you wish to read it. http://www.joshpachter.com/pages/weans.pdf The Good Doctor may wish to comment on t...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Proning - Definition Sought
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: Proning - Definition Sought

Thank you, Slava
by bnjtokyo
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Proning - Definition Sought
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Proning - Definition Sought

I read the following sentence in the Jan 4 & 11, 2021 New Yorker (pg 53), and I can't find a definition. Can anyone help? "In part, this was because the average age of patients was lower, but the improved chances of survival were also the result of flattening the curve, which gave doctors and scient...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Intern -- verb
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Intern -- verb

I was recently struck at the difference the use of the active vs passive voice makes to the meaning of "intern" as a verb. The dictionary gives intern - 1 as "to work as an intern" (e.g. After graduating from medical school, Ima Doctor interned at Bellevue.) Active voice and intern - 2 as "to depriv...
by bnjtokyo
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Ever Heard This?
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: Ever Heard This?

First, No, I haven't heard this expression. Second, is there a typo in this? Did your mother say "mention by you" (as quoted) or "mentioned by you," with a past tense -ed? In latter, the syntax seems to me to reflect the semantics/pragmatics of the situation. Third, in pragmatic terms, the expressio...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: FOMO
Replies: 5
Views: 637

Re: FOMO

Philip, what I wanted TO DO was GO INTO the SO many all TOO common English words that have NO (or at least minimal) connection with French, Latin and Greek and that ALSO end in "O". I mentioned but TWO words of the type that the Good Doctor has from time TO time ALSO chosen TO refer TO as "authentic...

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