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by Slava
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Gondola
Replies: 0
Views: 22

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: 22

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: 812

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: 1407

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: 333

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: 1111

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: 2600

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: 3595

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: 31355

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: 1164

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: 2091

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: 3495

Re: Latest version of Agora software

Glad to have you back.
by Slava
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Feculent
Replies: 0
Views: 788

Feculent

full of dregs or fecal matter; foul, turbid, or muddy.

A nice hidden way of insulting someone. Instead of "full of ****", they can simply be feculent.

Not really a great Good Word, but I liked it enough to share.
by Slava
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: fell [adjective]
Replies: 1
Views: 1640

Re: fell [adjective]

Isn't that one swell foop? Or do I have it bass-ackwards?
by Slava
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Egestuous
Replies: 1
Views: 969

Re: Egestuous

I'd have thought it would have to do with causing to egest.

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