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by bnjtokyo
Mon Aug 02, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sluice
Replies: 9
Views: 135

Re: Sluice

I know the story to which you refer, but I as I recall, Texas was not an element in the joke. It had to do with what one must accomplish to qualify as a "sourdough." As for what it takes to become a sough dough, I can add two more methods: 1) Watch the ice come in and watch the ice go out on the Yuk...
by bnjtokyo
Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sluice
Replies: 9
Views: 135

Re: Sluice

Have a look at Robert Service, "The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill" Like a lot of Service, it's a bit macabre but there you are, life in the Yukon was hard. https://meditrax.com/service.html So I buried him as the contract was In a narrow grave and deep And there he's waiting the Great Clean-up When the...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Blandishment
Replies: 2
Views: 2321

Re: BLANDISHMENT

Legislatures in some jurisdictions believe the blandishments have been too effective and are legislating to remove such blandishments as drop-off ballot boxes and automatic registration at the department of motor vehicles.
by bnjtokyo
Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MacGuffin
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: MacGuffin

But there is a lion in Scotland. If you look at the Royal Coat of Arms of Scotland, you will see it has a red lion standing up and facing left (with respect to the viewer). If someone knows how to describe this animal using proper heraldic terminology, please correct my feeble attempt.
by bnjtokyo
Sat Jul 10, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nostalgia
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Nostalgia

Thanks for the memories.
Here is an investigation of the quote that you might enjoy
https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/07/0 ... ia-is-not/

As is often the case, the history cited here probably isn't how you remember it.
by bnjtokyo
Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: AOC
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Re: AOC

I, on the other hand, am reminded of Appellation d'origine Controlee every time I see a reference to her.
by bnjtokyo
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Quaff
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: Quaff

There appears to be a typo in the Old High German word. Can it be corrected?
by bnjtokyo
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Librate
Replies: 5
Views: 2747

Re: Librate

The James Webb Space Telescope will be heading for the L2 Lagrange point later this year, assuming it is not again delayed. The L2 Lagrange point with respect to the earth is the one about 1,500,000 km away from the earth and directly away from the sun. (Sun . . 1 AU . . Earth . . 1,500,000km . . L2...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Jun 28, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Septentrion
Replies: 2
Views: 1625

Re: Septentrion

Slava, I think the answer to your question can be found in the usage examples provided ". . . I'm glad my family settled to the septentrion of North Carolina." I believe this expression suggests the speaker divided North Carolina into roughly equal northern and southern districts with an imaginary e...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oppugnant
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Oppugnant

Yet another related word from this route is "expunge" to "prick out, blot out"
by bnjtokyo
Thu May 27, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fomite
Replies: 9
Views: 3919

Re: Fomite

I believe Bbeeton's point is that the pronunciation guide says "fomite" is pronounced "fo-mait" where the second syllable rhymes with "bait" while words like "stalagmite" are pronounced to rhyme with "bite"
by bnjtokyo
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lave
Replies: 3
Views: 833

Re: Lave

Laver, the substance but not the word, is alive and well in Japan and Korea. I imagine many Agorans know it and have eaten it in the form of nori, the dried seaweed that forms the wrapping in nigiri at the sushi bar. "Laver," the word, does appear from time to time in guidebooks discussing Japanese ...
by bnjtokyo
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Drastic
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: Drastic

The graphic symbols on the website are Chinese. The language is not Japanese or Korean as these languages use other non-chinese graphic symbols (kana and hangul respectively) in conjunction with Chinese character which are not present on the website. According to the internet, places that use Chines...
by bnjtokyo
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sophrosyne
Replies: 10
Views: 1613

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: 3181

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...

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