Search found 6363 matches

by Slava
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mittyesque
Replies: 2
Views: 44

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, but 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: 3
Views: 69

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: 3
Views: 69

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: 35

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...
by Slava
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mattress
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: Mattress

I wonder where 'gabion' came from?

According to dictionary.com: 1570–80; <Middle French: rough, two-handled basket <Italian gabbione, augmentative of gabbia cage <Latin cavea cavity, cage

It's also pronounced [ gey-bee-uhn ], which isn't what I was going to go with at first.
by Slava
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Exordium
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: Exordium

In case you were wondering, also related to plain old order and primordial.
by Slava
Mon Jun 07, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Adjuvant
Replies: 2
Views: 2457

Re: Adjuvant

This is now a topical word, as a new covid-19 vaccine is coming out that makes use of them.

Here's an article about them in general: https://www.news-medical.net/life-scien ... %20antigen.
by Slava
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Apparition
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Apparition

Yes, you have to be careful not to get splinched. :cry:
by Slava
Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Apparition
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Apparition

In the Harry Potter novels, the magical people poof into and out of places by apparating.
by Slava
Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 12
Views: 2027

Re: Esurient

by Slava
Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 12
Views: 2027

Re: Esurient

Auf Deutsch: JA, JA! :!:

At least they didn't use French. :shock:
by Slava
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: placate
Replies: 3
Views: 1932

Re: placate

I pronounce the first 'a' in both placate and placatory as a schwa. As in abate and narrate.
Interesting; I pronounce the first a of Abate and nArrate differently.
by Slava
Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Didicoy
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Didicoy

I would expect that, like all such words used to speak of "semis" and "others", yes, it is meant to be derogatory. Is it used anywhere now?
by Slava
Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 12
Views: 2027

Re: Esurient

Thank you. Now, can you tell me what yaya means? Is it Anglicized German for an emphatic positive answer to "Do you want dessert?" :lol:
by Slava
Fri Jun 04, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 12
Views: 2027

Re: Esurient

Okay, does anyone know what "yaya" is? It's not turning up in my web searches. Not as a food to stimulate esurience, at least.

Only six years late.

Go to advanced search