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by Philip Hudson
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Reticule
Replies: 6
Views: 779

Re: Reticule

In all my eighty-one years, I have never heard anyone say this word. I knew the definition of it as a purse. I was unaware it was the name of crosshairs. So, I have learned something.
by Philip Hudson
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Maverick
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Re: Maverick

The Dallas Mavericks is a professional basketball team. Their logo is the head of a very menacing horse. I had never heard that a horse could be a maverick. Here in the hinterlands, we only use maverick in describing an unbranded calf.
by Philip Hudson
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Celerity
Replies: 3
Views: 625

Re: Celerity

The US interstate highway system was ostensibly built for troop movement. The real reason was to increase the number of automobiles the manufacturers could sell. As a result we lost much of the superb railroad system we once had.
by Philip Hudson
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lithe
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: Lithe

Lithe is a lovely word. Don't call a girl skinny. Say she is lithe. Willowy is also a nice complement to someone who has kept her girlish figure. Boys, however, don't rate this description. When I was young I was the original 90 pound weakling. Now I am a 220 pound weakling.
by Philip Hudson
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Freshet
Replies: 3
Views: 552

Re: Freshet

call_copse - Your friend experienced a not very fresh freshet :)
by Philip Hudson
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Further
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Re: Further

The chorus of a gospel song:
"Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine
We'll understand it all by and by,"
by Philip Hudson
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Privy
Replies: 4
Views: 669

Re: Privy

One can get into trouble with differences in British and American meanings to the same words. In the US a bum is an itinerate beggar. Not so in England.

In France at the time they had kings, they had a privy council in the king's privy. Then king was multitasking!
by Philip Hudson
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Distraught
Replies: 1
Views: 345

Re: Distraught

An adjective I frequently apply to myself.
by Philip Hudson
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Buxom
Replies: 1
Views: 344

Re: Buxom

A lovely word. Use sit whenever it is appropriate or even when it is not.
by Philip Hudson
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1315

Question

I don't remember if Good word discusses phrases. There is a phrase "it begs the question". I know what it means. Apparently hardly anyone else does. In common discussion this phrase is used as if it means "this leaves this question to be discussed." In reality it means something ...
by Philip Hudson
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Smithereens
Replies: 2
Views: 428

Re: Smithereens

I like this word. It gives a boost to the discussion. We use it a lot here in the hinterlands.
by Philip Hudson
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Clart
Replies: 7
Views: 734

Re: Clart

I like the word. I may rename my clodhopper boots as clarthoppers. Here in the hinterland some of us don't own any shoes, but most of us at least have a pair of clodhoppers. If I can arrange it, my feet go au naturel at all times. They won't let me in some places barefoot. "Put your shoes on, L...
by Philip Hudson
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Demise
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Demise

I abhor euphemisms for death. If one is dead, she/he is dead. Other words do violence to the totally adequate word "death." The discussion about life after death is a religious one. I am among the believers. I am reminded of a little rhyme: "I had a dog and his name was Rover, and whe...
by Philip Hudson
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kudos
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Kudos

I have a rather long list of words I have no use for. Will someone give me kudos for not liking kudos.
by Philip Hudson
Mon May 28, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hash
Replies: 9
Views: 1504

Re: Hash

The wonderful meat, potato and onion dish my mother dealt out makes me salivate more than Pavlov's dog did. The original assassins were wont to take hashhash [opium] to give them courage to assassinate their enemies. I think the neat symbol # has been kidnapped by social media nerds to mean what it ...

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