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by bbeeton
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oppugnant
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Oppugnant

No comments on meaning, but since "oppugnant" stems from "oppugn", and "impugnant" from "impugn", does that imply that there was once a verb "repugn"?
by bbeeton
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Niggardly
Replies: 11
Views: 5458

Re: NIGGARDLY

Unintended collateral damage would keep me from using this word, but I can't think of any suitable substitute. When I was growing up, this was used in situations where an action was more miserly than "miserly", an action of a totally unrepentant, pre-enlightened Scrooge. I hope I never need it, but ...
by bbeeton
Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tenor
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Tenor

Falsetto that doesn't sound like falsetto reminds me of the offerings of a "bargain-countertenor" that helped enliven the performances of Professor Peter Schickele's consort. Time to drag out the LPs and cue up the turntable.
by bbeeton
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Trap
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Trap

But Slava, you're still referring to the geologic trap. I was (and am) wondering about an object like a mousetrap or a grease trap in a sink, or a fur trapper (a person), or a kind of pony cart, or even a trapdoor. (Well, that last very often leads to steps, but if I go out to trap a muskrat, I'm no...
by bbeeton
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Trap
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Trap

In reading a book on the geology of our planet, the term "trap" was finally explained in terms I can comprehend: a massive accumulation of basalt resulting from extended volcanism. Usually found in the plural, the two most often (in my experience) mentioned examples are the Deccan Traps (in India) a...
by bbeeton
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Abject/Abjection
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Re: Abject/Abjection

Maybe you could gain an abject lesson from this usage?
by bbeeton
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 13
Views: 2180

Re: Esurient

"yaya" is certainly a Greek grandmother, "γιαγιά".

And maybe that's what's meant here, although I too found that sentence not entirely scrutable.
by bbeeton
Fri May 28, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gobsmacked
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Gobsmacked

I first learned "gob" as Navy slang for an ordinary enlisted sailor (or, also, "whitecap" in some parts of the U.S. that had a strong naval presence).

Since Britain was once a noted naval power, and experienced sailors are known for spinning yarns, the association with "mouth" is not far-fetched.
by bbeeton
Fri May 28, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fomite
Replies: 9
Views: 3531

Re: Fomite

Damoge, I'm in Rhode Island now (for many years), but grew up in Baltimore. Both very East Coast U.S. I can't imagine living where there's not serious water nearby! (Although my father spent a great deal of his life in the California desert, working for the Navy, and as he introduced me to that area...
by bbeeton
Fri May 28, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fomite
Replies: 9
Views: 3531

Re: Fomite

"Fo-mites" usually is pronounced with two syllables. I have never heard "phrag-mi-tes" pronounced with other than three. (Something like "frag-my-teez".) I've known about phragmites for much longer than about fomites, so that pronunciation is the model I naturally turn to. (And the earliest reports ...
by bbeeton
Wed May 26, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fomite
Replies: 9
Views: 3531

Re: Fomite

Every time I see the word "fomites", it's a struggle not to pronounce it like "phragmites".

I'm not sure why the different pronunciations. Neither is a "native" English word.
by bbeeton
Mon May 24, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fumarole
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: Fumarole

The relation to PIE dheu- brings to mind the name Duma, the Russian legislative assembly, which in turn morphs into "smoke-filled room". (Too much folk etymology here.)

Duma, however, is actually related to thinking, which seems a good precedent for legislation. Here's hoping.
by bbeeton
Sun May 16, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fume
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Re: Fume

Fumaroles also fume, emitting fumes that may or may not be noxious.
by bbeeton
Fri May 14, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Like
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Re: Like

Thank you, Audiendus. You listen carefully.

(My laptop is obstreperous, and deleted what I was typing while I was typing it. Obviously I wasn't paying sufficient attention while retyping.)
by bbeeton
Tue May 11, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Like
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Like

"Like" is a very prolific word. It can be a verb, or it can form a comparison, as illustrated by these sentences beloved by linguistics students: Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. (Corrected.) (Which also illustrate oddities with "time" and "flies", but that's not the topic of thi...

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