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by rrentner
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Grody
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Re: Grody

I can't help feeling that "grody" was influenced by "gross" which has the same meaning in slang, disgusting or revolting.
by rrentner
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Doniferous
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: Doniferous

Is the PIE bher-/bhor- (to carry) related to the PIE per-/por- (to lead)?

On several other words at this site (see periphery), I've asked about any connection between ferre "to bear, carry" and ferrum, meaning iron.

No one seems to know enough to answer, but I remain curious.
by rrentner
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Succuss
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Succuss

Related to concuss and concussion no doubt?
by rrentner
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cachet
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Re: Cachet

Cache is older than a computer term. It's a hiding place. Colorado has a river and various streets, etc., named Cache de Poudre, which is hard for visitors to pronounce. It comes from "stow or hide your (gun) powder", based on some particular episode in the early 1800s involving French trappers.
by rrentner
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hallelujah!
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Re: Hallelujah!

I presume Alleluia is simply an alternate of Hallelujah. Any idea of who uses which form more often and why?
by rrentner
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Limbic
Replies: 8
Views: 1698

Re: Limbic

I use liminal to refer to things on the border, or in transition. Liminal must be related to the same root word as limbic's. Maybe I'll try using limbic, but that might sound a bit more pretentious than even liminal, which I only use in rather "elevated" conversations.
by rrentner
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Furtive
Replies: 7
Views: 1348

Re: Furtive

Thanks for your kind reply. Fare and ferry— that’s a very interesting and I must say surprising jump, one that had not occurred to me at all. The name of Ferris I had heard. That story is interesting to me as well. I had previously presumed that Ferris wheels started as small diversions for children...
by rrentner
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Furtive
Replies: 7
Views: 1348

Re: Furtive

This word is related to Latin ferre "to carry", much like periphery (see that discussion, including an unanswered question about the PIE root behind ferry). As with my question on periphery, I still remain curious about ferre's relationship with Latin ferrum "iron". I wish I had access to an OED. Ma...
by rrentner
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Periphery
Replies: 14
Views: 4142

Re: Periphery

Glad to see that the discussion continues on this thread, following the idea of smith and iron and related names in multiple languages. I learned quite a bit.

But I wonder if anyone knows yet of a connection between “periphery" (<Lat. ferre, carry) and “ferrous" (<Lat ferrum, iron)?
by rrentner
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pediment
Replies: 6
Views: 1613

Re: Pediment

How is this related to impediment?
by rrentner
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cipher
Replies: 5
Views: 1591

Re: Cipher

Oh, I see it has been updated to the correct etymology now...
by rrentner
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cipher
Replies: 5
Views: 1591

Re: Cipher

Yes, I suspect that there's a mix-up somewhere. Dr. Goodword?
by rrentner
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Virus
Replies: 7
Views: 3601

Re: Virus

I had always presumed it was related to “vir”, for man. And that virulent meant strong, and that viruses were strong somehow. Guess I was wrong!
So are vir and virus not related?
by rrentner
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dolor
Replies: 15
Views: 7248

Re: Dolor

I believe Dolores is indeed derived from dolor (pain, suffering) through its association with Our Lady of Sorrows, or the Seven Dolors of Mary, in the Catholic tradition.
by rrentner
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Valentine
Replies: 12
Views: 7069

Re: Valentine

What, no history of the name "Valentine"? That's my favorite part of the Good Word!

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