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by Slava
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Halo
Replies: 1
Views: 1756

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: 2058

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: 60

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: 95

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: 7564

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: 170

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: 47

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: 49

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: 2
Views: 52

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: 95

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: 1770

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: 1557

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.
by Slava
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Gamine
Replies: 1
Views: 679

Re: Gamine

Oddly, it appears to have taken some 60+ years for the French to add the e to gamin, the boy form of this word.
by Slava
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Forte
Replies: 1
Views: 4355

Re: Forte

In French fort , is that terminal T pronounced? Or does it come out as 'for'? It's been a while since high school, when I took French. And, in Italian, how does the end E get pronounced? Eh or Ey are my choices. Either way, I stick to the two syllable pronuncification of forte. I might even get carr...
by Slava
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Crowdsource
Replies: 1
Views: 1246

Re: Crowdsource

Following right on its heels came crowdfund, getting lots of people to give you money for basically nothing. You asked, they gave.

Now we need to have a treatment of crowd, too.

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