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by rrentner
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Limbic
Replies: 7
Views: 316

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: 3
Views: 217

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: 3
Views: 217

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: 2157

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: 601

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: 748

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: 748

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: 2517

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: 5058

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: 7
Views: 5240

Re: Valentine

What, no history of the name "Valentine"? That's my favorite part of the Good Word!
by rrentner
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Amanuensis
Replies: 3
Views: 1209

Re: Amanuensis

The admonition that the man in amanuensis is not related to the English word man reminds me of how often Americans (and maybe Brits?) think fighting mano a mano somehow means man to man . I hear this a lot, but obviously never from a Spanish-speaking person, who would know that it means hand to hand...
by rrentner
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Iron
Replies: 1
Views: 636

Re: Iron

Thanks for picking iron. It has a peculiar pronunciation that does not reflect its current pronunciation. (Although irony seems to be acceptable as either “I-er-ny” or “I-run-ee.” At least I’ve heard it both ways.) Was iron formerly ever pronounced as it’s spelled? I - ron? Also, this gives me the o...
by rrentner
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cute
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Re: Cute

I'm a little more positive on this word than either Chris Stewart or the good Dr. Goodword. Children are not the only "safe" objects for this adjective. If used on clothing, I think it is neither childish nor cynical. She wore a cute hat, or, that dress is cute. You might think it "appealingly daint...
by rrentner
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Periphery
Replies: 14
Views: 2157

Re: Periphery

It would be interesting to compare the different ways to say Smith in various languages, as it's one of the most common surnames, in English at least.
by rrentner
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Periphery
Replies: 14
Views: 2157

Re: Periphery

Dear Dr. Goodword: I note that you list the PIE root for Latin ferre which gives us "periphery" as bher-/bhor- "to carry". Other words like "porter" and "ferry" you claim elsewhere descend from PIE per-/por- "to lead, pass over". The English word "ferry" seems closer in meaning to "carry" than to "l...

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