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by David Myer
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Droll
Replies: 5
Views: 1593

Re: Droll

We don't talk in Oz; we drawl. That's drawl, not droll or even drole.
by David Myer
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Droll
Replies: 5
Views: 1593

Re: Droll

Bravo George. I like the story of the theatre ad.

But I am interested that the good Dr has not offered drole as an alternative spelling. Certainly it is widely used with that (original?) spelling in England. Not so much in Australia, but then neither is droll! We have a smaller vocabulary here.
by David Myer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Spruik
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: Spruik

I like your idea Slava of spiv being the opposite of VIPs. There is some joy in that. The Suspected Person idea is surely just a fun and fanciful idea. But I'd love to get to the bottom of the real origins.
by David Myer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Excelsior
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Re: Excelsior

Well, well, well. What a funny lot the Americans are. This is an extraordinary one. Excelsior means higher. There can be no question of that. So saying it means wood wool seems preposterous to an Anglo. It's like saying ford means car and no longer a place where people can wade across a creek. On th...
by David Myer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Cafe/restaurant
Replies: 3
Views: 1815

Re: Cafe/restaurant

I see the origin of restaurant is from the French word for 'restore' - presumably in the sense of restoring oneself to equanimity following a meal. And as others have pointed out, you have to have a meal in a restaurant but can manage with just a cup of coffee in a cafe. Amazing though, how restorat...
by David Myer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Paradise
Replies: 0
Views: 253

Paradise

I have just returned from a holiday in Fiji where a major road contractor calls itself Paradise Digging Services Ltd. I thought that was a lovely concept - digging up paradise. Again, the word is ancient and apparently means an enclosed park. How important are our parks! And the main City one here i...
by David Myer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Drib
Replies: 0
Views: 247

Drib

As in dribs and drabs. Can it be used in the singular, I wonder and can it be used without its partner drabs?
by David Myer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: ziggurat
Replies: 2
Views: 584

ziggurat

I like this one if only because we need more words starting with Z. Difficult to see how we can use it metaphorically and probably not an everyday word. I came across it today for the first time. I think the author was showing off.
by David Myer
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Peon
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Peon

So if pajamas (more commonly spelt pyjamas in Australia and in UK) are leg garments then when we talk about 'pajama bottoms', I guess we are committing a tautology. Incidentally a pedantic semantic friend of mine with whom I shared today's entry, suggested that 'the hoi polloi' is also a tautology ,...
by David Myer
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hamburger
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: Hamburger

Well spotted Perry. I could try to suggest that it was a deliberate mistake designed to check to see if anyone ever reads my comments, but that would suggest that I feel the need to be read, which is nonsense of course. So I will now independently give thanks to you for pointing out my ignorance. We...
by David Myer
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hamburger
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: Hamburger

And very best wishes to the Good Doctor for what sounds like a splendid Thanksgiving Day in Boulder (always loved that town's name; also Rock Hudson and Pebble Flintstone). Of course, in Australia, we have a town called Manly. Sadly, no Womanly yet.
by David Myer
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flag
Replies: 3
Views: 546

Re: Flag

"This old sense of the verb turns up in Middle English flacken and Old Norse flögra "to flap about"" I wonder if the word slack is also related to flacken? And presumably the word flog as in "the flag is flogging itself to shreds" is also related? The f and s interchang...
by David Myer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ballyhoo
Replies: 3
Views: 773

Re: Ballyhoo

Surely the bird was so named because of the noise it made? When we were kids in England, 60 years ago, a ballyhoo was any tumultuous and noisy activity. And I must say, I always assumed that it was connected to the English hunting cry "Tally Ho" which is another rowdy event. But apparently...
by David Myer
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Pert
Replies: 7
Views: 1459

Re: Pert

Only ever used for bums and breasts where I come from (which may mean that I come from not very nice places).
by David Myer
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: -ump words
Replies: 3
Views: 767

-ump words

Why do so many -ump words relate to raised protuberances?

bump
hump
lump
dump
rump
jump?
clump
mumps
Trump?

And even inverted lumps:
sump
slump

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