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by bnjtokyo
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lave
Replies: 3
Views: 315

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: 333

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: 668

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: 2900

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: 2609

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: 1403

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: 1583

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: 1403

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: 527

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: 2406

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: 767

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: 698

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: 582

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: 582

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: 377

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...

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