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by rrentner
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Easter
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: Easter

I would like to point out a couple errors in your discussion of the word "Easter". First, Santa Claus has a very legitimate Christian origin (Saint Nicholas, in fact), although his more modern manifestation has been altered considerably over the years by Thomas Nast, Coca Cola, and other re-interpre...
by rrentner
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Humoral
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Re: Humoral

Distinct from the homophone humeral, still an active word in Catholic liturgy and in medicine.
by rrentner
Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Egress
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Re: Egress

Suspect is also one of those English words which changes from a verb to a noun by the shift in accent. We can see this shift taking place in old movies. In the movie The Thin Man , Nick and Nora discuss whether someone is a sus pect . In the 1930's, the word was only just becoming a noun, and so the...
by rrentner
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Grody
Replies: 3
Views: 589

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: 637

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: 691

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: 897

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: 1046

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: 2286

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: 1857

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: 1857

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: 4936

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: 2087

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: 1918

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: 1918

Re: Cipher

Yes, I suspect that there's a mix-up somewhere. Dr. Goodword?

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