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by uncronopio
Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:53 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Brazil adopts spelling reforms
Replies: 6
Views: 6736

No, it does not. Brazilians are Portuguese native speakers and are also an integral part of the evolution of the language. In addition, there are strong cultural links between Portugal and Brazil. Of course, any idea taken to the extreme will not make much sense.
by uncronopio
Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Brazil adopts spelling reforms
Replies: 6
Views: 6736

It sounds sensible to give priority to the Brazilian form of the language, considering that more than 90% of Portuguese speakers live in Brazil.
by uncronopio
Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: COMMENSURATE
Replies: 6
Views: 3536

Are you saying that you are being paid too much? :shock:
by uncronopio
Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: AVUNCULAR
Replies: 3
Views: 2993

While reading The Economist I came across King Abdullah's title: 'The avuncular Custodian of the Holy Places'.
by uncronopio
Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:53 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: How would you go about learning Binomial Latin for Botany?
Replies: 5
Views: 8335

I think that the easiest way is to learn the meanings of the words, particularly of the second part of the name (species), because they tend to be descriptive. Then you can associate the name to the actual appearance of the plant. For example: alba (white), lanceolata (lance shaped leaves), etc.
by uncronopio
Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:41 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Mocha
Replies: 25
Views: 11465

Bailey: The word for bugger in Spanish is moco, so the first syllable is identical but the end of the word is different. The OED provides a slightly different timeline for the word: < the name of Mocha (18th cent. as Mocho) a port in Yemen (Arabic al-Muka), near the entrance of the Red Sea, perhaps ...
by uncronopio
Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:38 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Immaculate
Replies: 1
Views: 1958

Immaculate

immaculate |iˈmakyəlit| adjective (esp. of a person or their clothes) perfectly clean, neat, or tidy : an immaculate white suit. * free from flaws or mistakes; perfect : an immaculate safety record. * Theology (in the Roman Catholic Church) free from sin. * Botany & Zoology uniformly colored without...
by uncronopio
Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: antipode
Replies: 13
Views: 8225

Yes, moved at the end of 2005, which explains my sporadic appearances in this forum. New job, new city and new country.
by uncronopio
Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:33 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: antipode
Replies: 13
Views: 8225

This map shows the position of the Antipodes Islands. The Antipodes are "directly antipodal to a point in the sea a few kilometres to the east of Cherbourg on the north coast of France" (from Wikipedia ). However, they are the closest antipodal thing to Britain. Written by uncronopio in Christchurc...
by uncronopio
Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia
Replies: 14
Views: 9924

Re: Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

Palewriter wrote: What I need is a word for a fear of mathematics.
The closest I have is arithmophobia: fear of numbers.
by uncronopio
Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: DASTARD
Replies: 2
Views: 3095

Example of use, watching the movie Robots:

'Good luck with your dastardly plans son!' -- Ratchet's father to his son.
by uncronopio
Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: simony
Replies: 2
Views: 2727

simony

simony |ˈsīmənē; ˈsi-| noun chiefly historical. The buying or selling of ecclesiastical privileges, for example pardons or benefices. DERIVATIVES simoniac |sīˈmōnēˌak; si-| adjective & noun simoniacal |ˌsīməˈnīəkəl; si-| adjective ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French simonie , from late Latin sim...
by uncronopio
Mon May 15, 2006 10:12 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Do they speak "epañol" in Chili?
Replies: 17
Views: 28297

Most people in Chile do speak e(s)pañol. There is a good description of Chilean Spanish in Wikipedia. Wikipedia also includes descriptions for other dialects of Spanish.
by uncronopio
Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:42 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: INALCO
Replies: 4
Views: 7358

For a nice looking link you type something like: [url=destination_site]text of link[/url] For example, a link to the alpha agora could be: Visit the [url=http://www.alphadictionary.com/bb/]Alpha Agora[/url] to discuss words. The link would look like: Visit the Alpha Agora to discuss words. That's it.
by uncronopio
Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: regalia
Replies: 1
Views: 1942

regalia

Graduation time is coming in Christchurch, and one needs to wear the appropriate regalia : pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) 1. The emblems and symbols of royalty, such as the crown and scepter. 2. The rights and privileges of royalty. 3. The distinguishing symbols of a rank, office, order, or s...

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