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by bbeeton
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: kleptotrichy
Replies: 0
Views: 22

kleptotrichy

A new word, roughly translating in Greek to “hair-stealing”. This has been proposed in a recent paper in the journal Ecology. It refers to the practice by some birds of stealing hair or fur from sleeping or unwary animals, presumably to use as nest material. Here's a report (secondary source) with a...
by bbeeton
Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sluice
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: Sluice

Although Texas + Alaska + alcohol + ... does seem plausible Robert Service material, I doubt that it actually was. Service died in September 1958, and Alaska didn't formally become a state until January 1959.
by bbeeton
Thu Jul 29, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lock
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Lock

And lockjaw. And vapor lock. Locksmith should already be covered.
One locks up a forme for a printing press, and the hoosegow is a lockup.

Thank you, Slava, for jogging my memory.
by bbeeton
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lock
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Lock

A lock for a door can be integral or separate (e.g., a padlock). To secure it, there's the verb "lock". The door in question can be "locked" or "unlocked". In a canal, a lock is a segment that can be segregated from the main flow, allowing the water level to be raised or lowered, so that a vessel in...
by bbeeton
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sluice
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: Sluice

What? Not familiar with the verb? Clearly you've been spared dealing with plumbing disasters. But another topic, relevant to a historical relative -- "écluse" is French for "lock", as on a canal. That was on the sign warning that the bridge leading to my favorite provincial campground, across the ri...
by bbeeton
Tue Jul 27, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Remuant
Replies: 3
Views: 2329

Re: Remuant

Slava, "internot"? I love it!

Sadly, in so many ways it *has* become that. When it was still the Arpanet, there was so much promise ... I hope that that hope can be restored.
by bbeeton
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cachexia
Replies: 9
Views: 1716

Re: Cachexia

What a physically decrepit bunch we are in this community! Lingering staphylococcus septicemia (later recorded in misguided medical notes as "staff infection"), ruptured appendix, misdiagnosed cellulitis ("no, it's *not* the flu!", but I wasn't believed), cancer, busted femur from not paying attenti...
by bbeeton
Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Saucy
Replies: 6
Views: 265

Re: Saucy

It's also used as a verb in much the same situation: "Don't you sass me back!"

Yes, that child *will* be in a lot of trouble if s/he doesn't listen up!
by bbeeton
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: lumber
Replies: 1
Views: 122

lumber

What's the relation between "lumber" as a piece of wood (also an associated descriptor, as in "lumberyard", "lumber baron", "lumberjack") and the verb "lumber" as in ponderous movement (and its descriptor, "lumbering", as in "lumbering oaf")? Okay, "lumber" can also mean to cut timber (also with "lu...
by bbeeton
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Orange
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: Orange

I'm rather surprised that no one has mentioned the Dutch William of Orange, who became King of England, and whose name is still remembered in the name of the College of William & Mary. (But their school colors are green and gold.)
by bbeeton
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: pupil
Replies: 1
Views: 121

pupil

This morning, reviewing the topics in a notice from a science journal, I noticed the heading "Pupil reaction". Hmmm. I wonder what was the topic of the questionnaire? Oh! Not that at all! What is the connection between the light-reactive opening of an eyeball and a student at an elementary school? T...
by bbeeton
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Peregrination
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Peregrination

Thank you for the link to the video of the Melbourne peregrines. It's fascinating to watch them grow from feisty white fluffballs to eminently flightworthy beings. The peregrine nest box here also has a camera, but the kids have fledged, so we have to wait for next year. I've been told that the worl...
by bbeeton
Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Peregrination
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Peregrination

A few days ago, I was delighted to witness an illustrated talk by a local photographer who specializes in the raptors in this city (Providence), and in particular the peregrine falcons that nest in a box provided for that purpose on a parapet of the tallest building in the city. There is plenty to e...
by bbeeton
Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ignivomous
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Ignivomous

Depends on the tradition, I guess.

In Anne MccCaffrey's novels, the dragons have to chew firestone in order to be able to breathe out flames, and with their breath burn the dangerous thread into oblivion.

In Northern European tradition, however, the trait apparently comes naturally.
by bbeeton
Tue Jul 13, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ignivomous
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Ignivomous

Or dragons.

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