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by bbeeton
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Bangorrhea!
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: Bangorrhea!

Another term for this mark is "shriek". I wonder what expansion can be made on that.
by bbeeton
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ketchup
Replies: 3
Views: 2367

Re: KETCHUP

A good rijstafel is never without several varieties of ketjap, not one of which (when I've enjoyed such a feast) has any resemblance to anything tomato. This is an experience that shouldn't be missed.
by bbeeton
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Coeval
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Coeval

It seems that some of the examples given for "coeval" I've heard more frequently used with "contemporary". (For example, "my grandfather was contemporary with Mark Twain".) What is the distinction? (There's also "contemporaneous", but that seems to imply a shorter duration.)
by bbeeton
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Umarell
Replies: 3
Views: 629

Re: Umarell

The term "sidewalk supervisor" has been around for a long time, although it has never (to my knowledge) been limited to retirees. In less contagious times, I've walked past walls obscuring construction sites that had intentional openings clearly labeled for the benefit of such kibitzers. I've often ...
by bbeeton
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Permit
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Permit

Another nominal meaning of permit is the fish that swims in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and bays and inlets thereon. It apparently puts up a good fight when it swallows the bait on a fisherman's line.
by bbeeton
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Appelation
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Appelation

damoge, the good Doctor posted, then "vanished" an offering intended for April 1. It *did* exist, if only for a few minutes. It was quite naughty.
by bbeeton
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: rivet
Replies: 0
Views: 98

rivet

A rivet is a fastener that consists of pin with a head on one end that is stuck through multiple pieces and the other end flattened down to form a second "head". It's used in situations where a smooth surface is wanted, as on airplanes. Rosie the Riveter was an iconic figure during WWII, encouraging...
by bbeeton
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Commode
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Re: Commode

With the reference to procuring, might one conclude that "commodity" is somehow related?
by bbeeton
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wingnut
Replies: 7
Views: 1901

Re: Wingnut

On an airplane wing, they probably use a rivet, so there's nothing sticking out to interrupt the smooth airflow.
by bbeeton
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: semantic
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: semantic

Oh, dear! If you deny "semantic" the meaning "meaning", you've just thrown a massive monkey wrench into the studies of linguistics, logic, and philosophy!
by bbeeton
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yankee
Replies: 11
Views: 3069

Re: YANKEE

An archived version of the referenced article can (at this moment) be found at

https://www.asheville.com/news/doodle.html

However, since it's not the original, it too may disappear.
by bbeeton
Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: bunker
Replies: 2
Views: 1953

Re: bunker

It's also used to characterize the fuel that was presumably stored in a bunker, as "number 2 bunker oil" which is used for either heating or propulsion (usually of ships).
by bbeeton
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Feign
Replies: 6
Views: 400

Re: Feign

"feighnedly"? Where did that "h" come from?

Aha! Before I looked at this again, the extra "h" was spirited away, presumably to confuse anyone who came along later. (The good Dr. is very good at making such amendments.)
by bbeeton
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Geriatric
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: Geriatric

Slava, you've just hit on one of the real dangers of sans serif fonts.
They're not necessarily easier to read, and can sometimes lead to terminal confusion.
by bbeeton
Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sash
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Sash

Two for the price of one. A band of cloth, often colorful (like the sashes worn by the Quebecois voyageurs) to be tied around the waist, or worn over one shoulder in recognition of an honor. The framework holding the glass panes of a window, often held up by a sash cord when the window is open. Is t...

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