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by David Myer
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:55 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: METTLESOME
Replies: 13
Views: 3678

Mettlesome

Most interesting that it was originally the same word as metal. But not an 'alternate' spelling, surely? Or have standards dropped so far in USA that the common misusage has now become acceptable? Alternative is surely what is meant here - meaning either or. Alternate means swapping back and forth b...
by David Myer
Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ...ump words
Replies: 7
Views: 3291

Wikipedia tells me that the origin of Mugwump was native American. So no connection with lump, bump, rump...
by David Myer
Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ...ump words
Replies: 7
Views: 3291

Yes a nice word - a person who remains aloof or independent.

Difficult to see the lump/bump hump in that though.
by David Myer
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:05 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ...ump words
Replies: 7
Views: 3291

...ump words

Is there a connection (apart from the spelling!) between all those ...ump words with vaguely similar meanings? Off the top of my head: Lump Hump Rump Jump Sump Bump Dump Mump(s) Plump Slump Stump Clump even perhaps, Grump, Frump, thump... All seemingly to do with convex or concave protuberances. Can...
by David Myer
Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:15 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Finagle
Replies: 6
Views: 3055

Lovely! Nice try. Nearly got me. I had to do a bit of research to assuage my doubts!
by David Myer
Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Finagle
Replies: 6
Views: 3055

I was given a book of eponyms and started to believe the extraordinary stories about the origins of the people behind the words. But when I got to "Madame Boudoir", I became suspicious. The word actually comes from the French (not surprisingly) 'bouder' to sulk. I suspect the source of you...
by David Myer
Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Finagle
Replies: 6
Views: 3055

Finagle

Nice try! Agle was a Dutchman!
by David Myer
Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Finagle
Replies: 6
Views: 3055

Finagle

To acquire deviously. Lovely word. I wonder about its origins?
by David Myer
Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: LIMINAL
Replies: 3
Views: 1787

liminal

So it seems that liminal is to sub-liminal as whelm is to overwhelm. Although now I think of it, the threshold is a clear distinction for liminal, where whelm and overwhelm are really the same side of the threshold or surface
by David Myer
Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SEDULOUS
Replies: 1
Views: 1036

Sedulous

I suppose that is why a bank teller works behind a counter!
by David Myer
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Party pronunciation
Replies: 1
Views: 953

Party pronunciation

In relation to the good word of a couple of days ago, PARTY, I was amused (and I confess a little disappointed) by your advocacy of the word being pronounced Par Dee. Really! Even US dictionaries admit it has a 'T' in it. I know Americans have difficulty pronouncing the 't' sound and in words like C...
by David Myer
Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: KUDOS
Replies: 12
Views: 6381

Nuht/nayt

Nuht is surely the noun or adjective, and nayt the verb - the former means something or somebody that swaps and swaps back again (or alternayts) with another?
by David Myer
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: KUDOS
Replies: 12
Views: 6381

As to the meaning, how would you feel about kudos being the

Maybe that's how it is used in USA. But I am sure that here in Australia and probably in UK (and in Greece) it is a status that gradually accrues. It may be boosted by a particular incident. But it is not something that one person can give. The implication, if you have kudos, is that the acclaim/ren...
by David Myer
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: KUDOS
Replies: 12
Views: 6381

Americans!

It's hard to believe that people anywhere actually use kudo. Do they really? I have never seen or heard of such a usage in Australia - nor in UK (to which I am admittedly less exposed). Further, it seems to me that your definition as 'Praise' is a long way short of adequate. I have always heard and ...
by David Myer
Wed May 12, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: WREAK
Replies: 39
Views: 12661

Thanks for enlightening us on its past tense. I too thought 'wrought' was the word. But if that word is a past participle of 'work', the suggestion is that if you are making wrought iron, you are working iron. Fair enough, but not as picturesque as wreaking it.

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