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by David Myer
Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:52 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: LIMINAL
Replies: 3
Views: 1753

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: 1004

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: 929

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: 6288

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: 6288

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: 6288

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: 12389

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: 921

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: 2637

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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