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by Slava
Thu Aug 05, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sublunary
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Sublunary

"Evan's friend Buzzy has no interest in religion because his sublunary problems are more than he can resolve."

This could go the other way, too, "Buzzy's sublunary problems are so great that he has surrendered himself entirely to the superlunary."
by Slava
Wed Aug 04, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vapid
Replies: 0
Views: 17

Vapid

The Good Word for 8/02/2021: • vapid • Pronunciation: vay -pid, væ -pid • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Tasteless, insipid, flat, lacking strength or zest, as vapid beer or duck à l'orange. 2. Dull, lifeless, lacking in substance or content. Notes: One may speak vapidly, to use the ...
by Slava
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Damsel
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Damsel

I wonder which came first, the damsel in distress, threatened by the dragon, or the damselfly, the relative of the dragonfly.
by Slava
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Halo
Replies: 1
Views: 1767

Re: Halo

I wonder if the circular bit is the actual threshing area, or the path the animals or people trod to turn the grinding stones.

This one's led me down a rabbit's hole of hal- words. Halo, halite, halitus, halitosis, hale, halyard, and further.
by Slava
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Tumbril
Replies: 1
Views: 2070

Re: Tumbril

I wonder if the usual spelling, tumbrel, would help me stop seeing this as another word for a tumble-weed. I also get an image of gentle hills from this one. Weird, no? :? Could it be because one tumbles down hills?
by Slava
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pussyfoot
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: Pussyfoot

I don't think I can imagine using this word without 'around' following it around. You can't just pussyfoot, you must pussyfoot around. About works in places, too.
by Slava
Tue Aug 03, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint

Here's a site I get some regular puzzles from. There are some cryptics, too. Free and downloadable:

https://squarepursuit.com/
by Slava
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Not receiving GW in e-mail?
Replies: 3
Views: 7592

Re: Not receiving GW in e-mail?

The only spam filter on my provider's end that I know of is one that puts things into a spam folder for me to review. The words have never been there.
by Slava
Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sluice
Replies: 9
Views: 229

Re: Sluice

Wow, the internot can be worthless. I've seen "To be sour on the country and not to have enough dough to leave" before, but when I try to look it up, all I get are recipes and other articles for sourdough bread. I framed it in quote marks, and the first hit was for an article about Netanyahu, with "...
by Slava
Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tornado
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Re: Tornado

For buffs, an interesting site I just came across while looking for news on the tornadoes mentioned: https://tornadopaths.org/ You can look up places by zip code, too. I was surprised to find out that there had been one in my city back in 1994. I was living in Moscow at the time, so I guess that's w...
by Slava
Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Upholster
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: Upholster

Hyphenated, up-holster, could mean to put your gun away, no? :D

This holster is the same one as in furniture, too.
by Slava
Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Soupçon
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Soupçon

Without the cedilla, this would make me think of an exposition of items from Campbell's and Progresso and such.
by Slava
Fri Jul 30, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Uncle, without niece at first, is upset, but gives a hint

I like crossword puzzles, but have never been able to get into cryptics. I'm stodgy in my take on these, I don't particularly like the modern, asymmetrical versions that pop up on indie puzzle sites, either.
by Slava
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Progue
Replies: 1
Views: 1785

Re: Progue

Is this used in the English-speaking world? Or only when an author is writing a Scottish character? I'd stick with prod, myself.
by Slava
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: bee
Replies: 1
Views: 1565

Re: bee

I've always liked the phrase 'bee in one's bonnet'. Come to find out, it used to mean twitter-pated or a bit crazy, not just somewhat obsessing over something.

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