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by Slava
Sat Oct 01, 2022 5:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Foible
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: Foible

Dalliance?
by Slava
Sat Oct 01, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Foible
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: Foible

Quirk? Eccentricity? Whim? "It's a 'thing' with me"?
by Slava
Fri Sep 30, 2022 7:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: splice
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: splice

Interesting how a root that means split has come to mean join.
by Slava
Thu Sep 29, 2022 4:55 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: noitamrof
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: noitamrof

Isn't this just a different way of phrasing something, not a particular 'back-formation'?

The degrees one isn't quite the same, as it is in response to a different kind of question; just as "What direction is that?" leads to the answer "It's East" (or whatever direction it is).
by Slava
Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Blurb
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Blurb

If one is known only from the blurbs written about them, have they been condemned to 'blurbatory'? :shock:
by Slava
Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:35 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Wordle
Replies: 0
Views: 63

Wordle

I don't know if anyone else out there plays this still surprisingly free daily word game, but it's a pleasant way to waste a couple of minutes. It's not usually very difficult, but if you start off with a word that gives you nothing, it gets harder. I got off to a rough start this morning with 2 in ...
by Slava
Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fell
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: Fell

David, the sinister fell you're asking about is the other one, with different roots. The Good Doctor treated it here.
by Slava
Sat Sep 24, 2022 6:06 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fell
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: Fell

I prefer my mother's version, "One swell foop". :D
by Slava
Fri Sep 23, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Addle
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Addle

Discombobulate is truly a wonderful word. So great, in fact, it's been through the Dr.'s office twice, here (2006) and here (2014).

There was, once upon a time, an attempt to insert 'recombobulate' into the language. I guess it didn't make it.
by Slava
Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:24 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Funeral
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: Funeral

If you put wheels on a barrow, it becomes a wheelbarrow. If you put wheels on a bier, it becomes a catafalque. I also conflated those two meanings of barrow. Mea culpa. Bilbo's barrow has a different pedigree, related to the berg of mountain. In related news, there's a third meaning for barrow, cast...
by Slava
Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:06 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Funeral
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: Funeral

My quick take on this would be thus: a bier is a structure to raise and hold the casket, while a catafalque is a moveable bier. Bier is related to barrow, as in the kind of burial place where Bilbo got Sting. No fire needed, unless you're making a sword.
by Slava
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Superadd
Replies: 2
Views: 238

Re: Superadd

I'm going to go with how this word makes me feel, and say it should mean something like 'added when it wasn't necessary, and it takes away from the whole'. As in Book's book.

It also brings to mind, when said out loud, the idea of a great commercial. Which is a very rare occasion, indeed.
by Slava
Mon Sep 19, 2022 1:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pursuivant
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Pursuivant

Perhaps the speaker meant "pursuant"? Which more or less means "then". It is usually followed by 'to'.
by Slava
Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pursuivant
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Pursuivant

Is this the source of the name Percival, the faithful follower of Arthur? Or at least the general meaning?
by Slava
Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:20 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: dolma
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: dolma

As for wrapped things, are golumpki also classified as sarma?
IMNSHO I believe they would be. Now, why so many put an 'm' in there I don't know. Shouldn't that be golubki, as in little pigeons (Gołąbki)? :?

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