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by Slava
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Under the Color of the Law
Replies: 0
Views: 25

Under the Color of the Law

Any lawyers out there who can explain this in plain English? What does color have to do with law? I've read a couple of definitions, but am still quite hazy on this.
by Slava
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Delirium
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Delirium

This puts a whole new spin on going to the deli. :D
by Slava
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Delirium
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Delirium

Or, perhaps, 'the easing of covid-19 restrictions has acted as a deliriant in many parts of the world'.
by Slava
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Delirium
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Delirium

Deliriant sounds like it should mean 'that which makes one delirious.'
by Slava
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oppugnant
Replies: 5
Views: 134

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"?

I believe there still is such a verb, both all by its lonesome and lying at the root of repugnant.
by Slava
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oppugnant
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Oppugnant

Having been thoroughly oppugnant in my comments under 'Earmark", I should comment on this one. I have always seen those rather ugly little dogs, pugs, as vaguely oppugnant. I wonder if the words are related? Of course it might not be oppugnant specifically from which the name might have been derive...
by Slava
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earmark
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Earmark

I agree with you on earmarks/hallmarks. I admit that when I read the original sentence, I glossed over that point and simply accepted the meaning as given. Now that you point it out, it does grate.

As to dogears in books, I think they could be called vandalism or desecration.
by Slava
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Juneteenth
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: Juneteenth

Looking back in time, I see that this was first treated by the Good Doctor in 2005. Back then it included a link to https://juneteenth.com/, the Juneteenth website, with more details and even things you can buy.
by Slava
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Niggardly
Replies: 11
Views: 5457

Re: Niggardly

Perhaps chintzy would serve?

Or: "Thou art a closefisted, illiberal, mean, mingy, miserly, narrow, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, skimpy, skinflint, tight, tight-fisted, ungenerous, tight-wad."
by Slava
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?

I get the fussiness, but this makes sense as it stands. The legislators are behaving in a bipartisan manner, open to working with the other side; therefore, the legislators are bipartisan. No?
by Slava
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Reprise
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Reprise

I think the re-prize v repr-ease pronunciation mistake probably comes from the word reprisal. I sure don't say the musical term easily.
by Slava
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mittyesque
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Mittyesque

Dictionary.com goes with a simpler "Walter Mittyish."

Are you sure about the Tom Hanks version? I found a Ben Stiller one from 2013, but no Hanks. Danny Kaye's was in 1947, by the way.

It's also been the title of about 8 different TV show episodes. Popular idea.
by Slava
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Trap
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Trap

I guess I wasn't clear in my wondering; the trap I had in mind was the kind you trip. I guess you can trip up and down stairs, which could make them a dangerous trap for the clumsy, but how did something that means staircase come to mean the ловушка (lovushka) you fall into?
by Slava
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Trap
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Trap

Because they have a stepped appearance, these volcanic outcroppings were called such: traps. Now, how we got from trap to staircase, or from staircase to trap, I don't quite follow.
by Slava
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Abject/Abjection
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Abject/Abjection

I decided on this one because of what I consider an error in a piece on Slate.com. The author wrote of "object horrors", not abject, which is what I would expect in that phrase. I doubted myself, though, so I looked it up and found that it's even more complicated than I thought, so I figured I'd tos...

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