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by bbeeton
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fetid
Replies: 3
Views: 1204

Re: Fetid

I see this word and think of two botanical items. 1. Skunk cabbage (Symplocarus foetidus), which is one of the first plants to be observed growing in Spring, since it generates enough heat to melt snow. 2. Asafetida (Asafoetida), a staple spice of Indian cooking, but first encountered by me in a sma...
by bbeeton
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoodlum
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Hoodlum

Interesting that this is said to be a term for youthful miscreants. I've heard it applied to members of the Mob. (Yes, *that* Mob. Allegedly, a house only a few blocks from where we live was once occupied by Ray Patriarca, Sr.). A shortened form was "hood", which is not the same as "the 'hood" (a lo...
by bbeeton
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: memento
Replies: 2
Views: 1935

Re: memento

How now, a momento of a mementous occasion!
by bbeeton
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lapsarian
Replies: 10
Views: 1483

Re: Lapsarian

Slava, If your spell checker wanted to change "lapsarianism" to "barbarianism" (a term I'm sensitive to, as my given name is "Barbara-Ann", which my older sister always elided; I've since managed to ditch the "-Ann"), what did it suggest for "internot"? Now, *that*'s a term I can easily find a use f...
by bbeeton
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Endemic
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Endemic

And spellcheckers are not fail-safe. Just yesterday, a spellchecker on my husband's phone substituted "vacation" for "vaccination". (A two-hour window is insufficient for a decent vacation.) And on a Stanford departmental bulletin board, years ago, was a notice pronouncing that "the Spring semester ...
by bbeeton
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: President
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: President

The story of archaeological hilarity is "Digging the Weans". It can be found here: https://alexrandall5.com/2013/09/28/theodore-bikel-reading-digging-the-weans-by-robert-nathan/ I had read the story before I heard the reading. Every conclusion is absolutely logical, even if the logic is sometimes to...
by bbeeton
Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dogsbody
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Re: Dogsbody

Are you quite sure this is only British? I'm not sure where I encountered it, perhaps in a book, but I've known its meaning for a long time, in sense 3, someone assigned menial tasks, not necessarily in an office. I'm not sure I'd exactly equate it to "gofer". My first post-college job was essential...
by bbeeton
Wed Feb 03, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: unobtainium
Replies: 1
Views: 154

unobtainium

Just heard on the radio during a discussion of the new U.S. Space Force. Spoken in the context of the cost of materials from the military-industrial complex.

I'm sure it will never become a "real word", but it expresses the concept perfectly.
by bbeeton
Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: spring
Replies: 2
Views: 1593

Re: spring

There's also the "spring in one's step", and the spring that keeps a mechanical watch ticking. The spring that puts the bounce in a pogo stick, and that evens out the ride in a carriage (or a car). The latter is formed from spring steel. There's the spring that is the source of good cold spring wate...
by bbeeton
Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Teraflop
Replies: 12
Views: 656

Re: Teraflop

Grace Hopper was a marvelous lecturer, providing visual aids to make technological jargon understandable to mere mortals. To illustrate the speed of computer operations, she would produce pieces of wire, the length of each being the distance an electrical pulse would travel in the designated time. W...
by bbeeton
Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fact-check
Replies: 6
Views: 1959

Re: Fact-check

"Check valve" I understand. It insures one-way flow, and reminds me of the engine of my long lamented 2-cycle SAAB, the last car engine that I really understood. Wikipedia says that the Rolex Sea Dweller (my husband's diving watch, which he lets me wear when we go snorkeling) has a check valve to co...
by bbeeton
Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Intubate
Replies: 2
Views: 1061

Re: Intubate

Slava, that hypothesis sounds totally tubular.
by bbeeton
Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gaffe
Replies: 5
Views: 1838

Re: Gaffe

My sister introduced me to "Flood Plumbers". Again, a case of truth in advertising, as it recognized the name of the owner, not a disaster.

Collecting such names can be fun. There must be a word for it?
by bbeeton
Sat Jan 30, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fact-check
Replies: 6
Views: 1959

Re: Fact-check

Now that the subject of "check" as a method of payment has been mentioned, I think it's appropriate to note that the date of the original post is tax day, for those of us in the U.S. A genuine day or reckoning.
by bbeeton
Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Trouser
Replies: 2
Views: 6091

Re: Trouser

There are also the "trouser roles" in opera, where (usually) a female plays a male role, as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus.

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