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by bnjtokyo
Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: BLANDISHMENT
Replies: 2
Views: 2286

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: 137

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: 246

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: 170

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: 221

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: 2693

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: 1595

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: 438

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: 3885

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: 799

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: 829

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: 1535

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: 3167

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: 2891

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: 2540

Re: Parallax

Dr Goodword, Japanese has a proverb that is apropos: "Even monkeys fall from trees" (Saru mo ki kara ochiru)

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