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by David Myer
Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: KUDOS
Replies: 12
Views: 6119

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: 6119

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: 6119

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: 11967

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.
by David Myer
Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Boudoir
Replies: 1
Views: 882

Boudoir

Usually understood to be a lady's private room, the interesting thing about this word is its origin. It comes from the French bouder, to sulk. It is in fact a sulking room. How terribly French and civilised! Fascinatingly, the presence of a boudoir, by virtue of its existence, eases the pressure to ...
by David Myer
Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: willy-nilly
Replies: 6
Views: 2564

Why is it that a huge proportion of rhyming combination words start with 'H' hurdy-gurdy, hanky-panky, higgledy-piggledy, harum-skarum, helter-skelter and lots more?

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