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by Slava
Thu Jun 24, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rentier
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Rentier

Of course, given their exaggerated incomes, the rentiers get to live in the rentier parts of town, too. (More rent-y, get it? Nudge, nudge.)

As for rendering, as in unto Caesar, how did it come to be removing fat from meat?
by Slava
Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Duff
Replies: 0
Views: 21

Duff

Has at least 4 definitions, but I got there by thinking of how being a duffer in golf and getting off one's duff might be related. Seems they aren't kin.
by Slava
Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Growlery
Replies: 1
Views: 1607

Re: Growlery

As the word growler is used to mean a container the customer brings for beer, I think this would make a great word for a BYOGlass pub.

A growler is also an iceberg big enough to pose problems for shipping.
by Slava
Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hieratic
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Hieratic

Here I thought this was a fancy word for superstructure. As a sub-basement is below the basement, the hieratic is above the attic. :D
by Slava
Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Abject
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Abject

Given definition 2's 'Completely without a hint of pride' what do you think of 'abject shamelessness'? It should work, but doesn't really feel right, does it?
by Slava
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Under the Color of the Law
Replies: 0
Views: 46

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: 134

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: 134

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: 134

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: 147

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: 147

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: 191

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: 95

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: 5472

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: 116

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?

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