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by bbeeton
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: lumber
Replies: 0
Views: 27

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: 11
Views: 205

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: 44

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: 133

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: 133

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: 146

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: 146

Re: Ignivomous

Or dragons.
by bbeeton
Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Asafetida
Replies: 9
Views: 324

Re: Asafetida

I first encountered asafoetida in a Portuguese grocery in Providence. (Yes, that was the spelling on the jar label.) It was something of a surprise when it was introduced at a cooking class at a local Indian restaurant. But at that cooking class, instructed by the owner, a native of (I believe) Delh...
by bbeeton
Tue Jul 06, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: primer
Replies: 1
Views: 136

primer

Two meanings, differentiated by pronunciation. A teaching aid, often a book that can be understood by an elementary learner, pronounced as in "prim and proper". An object or substance used to start a reaction, pronounced as in "prime number". Challenge: create a primer (in the first sense) on how to...
by bbeeton
Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Glom
Replies: 7
Views: 3191

Re: GLOM

I wonder if there's any relation between "glom" and either "conglomerate" (in geology, a concretion of smaller pieces, puddingstone, or in the corporate world, an entity formed of multiple disparate enterprises) or "agglomeration" (a messy collection).
by bbeeton
Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: bunting
Replies: 3
Views: 803

Re: bunting

Thanks for bringing this to the top, Slava.

I am reminded that, when I posted the original, I forgot about Mary Bunting, the fifth president of Radcliffe College. (No speculation on the etymology of surnames.)
by bbeeton
Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Drivel
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Drivel

Never heard of "drival". Drivel, on the other hand, ...
by bbeeton
Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Browse
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Re: Browse

I'm surprised there's no mention that "browse" is also a noun -- the tasty shoots that invite the action indicated by the verb.
by bbeeton
Thu Jul 01, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Librate
Replies: 5
Views: 2669

Re: LIBRATE

There are also the libration points (or Lagrange points) in celestial mechanics, where a third body in such a position relative to two larger gravitational bodies will remain in a stable position. Useful for positioning artificial satellites, for instance, and a valuable concept for many science fic...
by bbeeton
Thu Jul 01, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Aficionado
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: Aficionado

Recognizing the cognate to "affection", I'd say that a person who really likes their job, as well as being good at it, is amazingly fortunate.

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