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by Slava
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Bovarism
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Re: Bovarism

I didn't want to be too obvious, but the thought did flit across my mind.
by Slava
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Bovarism
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Bovarism

An exaggerated opinion of oneself, thinking you are much better than you really are. Think pretty much any politician, or bragging sports star.

Yes, it is from Madame Bovary.
by Slava
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Dolorifuge
Replies: 0
Views: 317

Dolorifuge

Something that mitigates, or rids one of, grief, like visiting the Agora. :D
by Slava
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Gondola
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Gondola

One source says the root is unknown, another says it is. That one sounds like it should be related to contour, but looking up contour's roots doesn't show a connection.
by Slava
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Paludal
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Paludal

Marsh-related. Thus paludism is malaria.
by Slava
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Europe
Replies: 8
Views: 1001

Re: Europe

And the silly things coming out of said place are europeinanity? :o
by Slava
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hustings & prorogue
Replies: 2
Views: 1511

Re: Hustings & prorogue

Welcome to the Agora, Jan! I'd forgotten prorogue, and even tried to pronounce it to rhyme with rogue. It turns out I suggested it once before, in 2006!

Keep on posting! :D
by Slava
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Cog
Replies: 0
Views: 405

Cog

As in the tooth on a gear. Or the railway up Mt. Washington.
by Slava
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Sarcopenia
Replies: 2
Views: 1210

Re: Sarcopenia

The second part is penury, too.

Anthropophagus sarcophagus. I like it, but it appears the first word is a noun, not an adjective.
by Slava
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Corny
Replies: 1
Views: 2692

Re: Corny

We could have an entire library devoted to the etymology of slang. I wonder if corny as in corn-ish or corn-like really is related to the goofy definition.
by Slava
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: cliché
Replies: 2
Views: 3684

Re: cliché

I looked, but it appears this word has not had its own treatment yet. I'll suggest it again here. I am working my way through a book on clichés right now. It is amazing to me what is considered a cliché. Sadly, the author did not provide a definition, so I find myself quibbling with it a lot. It's T...
by Slava
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Alternative spellings
Replies: 2
Views: 40496

Re: Alternative spellings

barbecue/barbeque - I think I like the 1st, though both work for me. doughnut/donut - definitely the 1st. mike (microphone)/mic - despise the second. fair (market)/fayre* - are the Brits going back to the olde days? fare (food)/fayre* - I don't get why you'd make two different words indistinguishabl...
by Slava
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cachexy
Replies: 4
Views: 1303

Re: Cachexy

I'd say that pellagra might be a result of cachexy, not a synonym.
by Slava
Thu May 30, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: mither
Replies: 1
Views: 2173

Re: mither

A good one to add to blither, as in "a mithering, blithering idiot."
by Slava
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: Latest version of Agora software
Replies: 1
Views: 3558

Re: Latest version of Agora software

Glad to have you back.

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