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by Philip Hudson
Mon May 28, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hash
Replies: 7
Views: 837

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 ...
by Philip Hudson
Mon May 28, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Donate
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Re: Donate

Constantine was said to have donated something but the whole thing is in dispute. I don't really understand what he was to have donated.
by Philip Hudson
Mon May 28, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tuxedo
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: Tuxedo

Tuxedo Junction is a tune from the Glenn Miller days. Are you old enough to remember?
by Philip Hudson
Mon May 28, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: School
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: School

Here in the hinterlands, people who talk out of school are telling things that should not be made public. Talking out of school can sometimes get one in trouble. Example: "I could write many pages out of school about that old codger."
by Philip Hudson
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fedifragous
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Fedifragous

I have to humbly and shamefacedly state that this discussion of Fedifragous is above my pay grade.
by Philip Hudson
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Easter
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Re: Easter

The Church has taken the word Easter and baptized into a Christian word. My Mother, however, preferred Resurrection Sunday and eschewed the word Easter. Being an iconoclast she recognized Resurrection Sunday as the only special Christian day of the year.
by Philip Hudson
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Honorificabilitudinitatibus
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Honorificabilitudinitatibus

Wow! I always say Shakespeare had a word for it, whatever it was. I think Honorificabilitudinitatibus is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
by Philip Hudson
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Congeries
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Congeries

Please don't introduce the word congeries to my wife. That will just give her more ammunition to castigate me about the state of my study, or as some say, my man cave. If I want neat, I will sit in the parlor.
by Philip Hudson
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Clerihew
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Clerihew

Thanks for introducing us to clerihew. I might try writing some myself.
by Philip Hudson
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pudding
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: Pudding

Perry, As a fellow Texas who has strayed into Louisiana and been there amongst the grits eaters extraordinaire for much too long, I urge you to harken back to your youth and remember that cornmeal mush and grits are related but not the same. It may help you to remember that the full name of grits is...
by Philip Hudson
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Active and inactive members of Alpha Agora
Replies: 2
Views: 4302

Active and inactive members of Alpha Agora

There seems to be a paucity of discussion on this forum recently. I am probably among the chief laggards. My mind has been occupied with too many other matters of late. I plan to become more active. Let's ramp up the conversation. The English Language is to precious to ignore. I believe the English ...
by Philip Hudson
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cachexy
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Re: Cachexy

Is pellagra a synonym for cachexy? As a genealogist, I read many death certificates. You might be surprised to see the large number of people who died from pellagra during the great depression of the 1930s.
by Philip Hudson
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dilemma
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Dilemma

Tom: I am sure you know that antlers are not the same as horns. Neither are rhinoceros horns for that matter. When we played the childhood game of horns, we ignored the difference of these various animal protuberances and called them all horns. If you do not know the game of horns you haven't missed...
by Philip Hudson
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Alarum
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Re: Alarum

One of my favorite poems by Edgar Allan Poe is "Bells". Each stanza describes a different bell. One starts with "Hear the loud alarum bells -- Brazen bells!" Plain "alarm" wouldn't fit in this poem.
by Philip Hudson
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Transpose
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: Transpose

In my youth I transposed music from master scores for the different instruments in the high school band. I never got good enough to transpose in real time. My father-in-law was a pianist. In his youth, he once played the piano for the famous singer Ernestine Schumann-Heink. He determined the key to ...

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