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by David Myer
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Minion
Replies: 8
Views: 1303

Re: Minion

Thanks Perry. I have never heard of cartoon characters associated with this word. But as you say, if they are ubiquitous (in North America at least) the meaning will necessarily change. Presumably if humourous (two 'U's?) it can only be a good thing for minions who are otherwise rather despised. Thi...
by David Myer
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Minion
Replies: 8
Views: 1303

Re: Minion

I must say, that this is not the way I use the word, nor the way it is used by my circle in Australia. It is always used to mean a junior rank or lackey; an insignificant underling, even a pawn. But the suggestion of obsequiousness is never part of it. A minion is a lesser ranked person who runs aro...
by David Myer
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Spruik
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Spruik

Fairly widely used in Australia (certainly in my circle), I like this word because it's the sort of thing a spiv does, and that's another favourite word. But the derivation seems to be beyond most dictionaries. I must say, it does sound vaguely Yiddish...?

David
by David Myer
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: Re: Are you receiving GWs by e-mail now?
Replies: 33
Views: 9899

Re: Are you receiving GWs by e-mail now?

Receiving the emails loud and clear. Many thanks.

Sorry to hear of your personal physical set-backs. I of course assumed that the drying up of daily emails was entirely my fault. It is a great comfort to discover that it isn't, although it is distressing to discover the cause. Good luck
by David Myer
Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:23 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Skerrick
Replies: 2
Views: 1299

Skerrick

This is a word I use frequently. But it was only today that I stopped to think about it. So I looked it up: 1. Usually used in the negative. ...not a skerrick left... 2. Origin unknown. But it is surely a Scottish word - or Norse (and what's the difference since the vikings were in the north of Engl...
by David Myer
Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Skerrick
Replies: 2
Views: 856

Skerrick

This is a word I use frequently. But it was only today that I stopped to think about it. So I looked it up: 1. Usually used in the negative. ...not a skerrick left... 2. Origin unknown. But it is surely a Scottish word - or Norse (and what's the difference since the vikings were in the north of Engl...
by David Myer
Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rascal
Replies: 5
Views: 1229

Re: Rascal

And presumably this is related to 'scallywag'? My dictionary rather feebly says this is of unknown origin. I guess they mean 'unknown by them'. It always seems to me when the media report that the 'culprit is unknown', that they are abrogating responsibility for their own ignorance. Of course the cu...
by David Myer
Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Jitter
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Re: Jitter

It maybe that "no-one knows where this word came from", but logic says that it is derived from similar words with similar meanings. What about a cross between flitter and jiggle? Or glitter and jigger? And chitter is another in the same school. I wonder when the word was first used? It is ...
by David Myer
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Humble
Replies: 30
Views: 5599

Re: Humble

What a stunning article, George! I like humblebrag and judging by the article there can be no better person than Ben Carson to wear the moniker. I have met some pretty self-confident and self-assured people in my time but nothing can compete with this man (assuming the article is fair). In fact he i...
by David Myer
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Humble
Replies: 30
Views: 5599

Re: Humble

Lynyrd Skynrd was into rock; Jethro Tull was into soil; Uriah Heep was into crawling in both. Incidentally, isn't obsequity a far better word that obsequiousness?

David
by David Myer
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Regret
Replies: 1
Views: 607

Re: Regret

Yes, interesting isn't it, that the word sorry is so rarely heard (in Australia anyway) in business. The best that can be hoped for is that someone regrets that you are disappointed that they didn't prepare the submission by deadline. Everything is passive voice so no responsibility - 'A decision ha...
by David Myer
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Victual
Replies: 29
Views: 6963

Re: Victual

Just discovered this thread that I must have missed when it started in 2009 (and when it revived in 2014). Delighted you're still with us despite the surgery, Misterdoe. Thai food is an important part of the Australian eating scene and certainly in the City areas, it often influences 'Australian cui...
by David Myer
Wed May 04, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Aitch
Replies: 28
Views: 6343

Re: Aitch

Thanks for that Perry. The answer to your question about H becoming an A might be "Only if a W becomes a D"
by David Myer
Tue May 03, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Aitch
Replies: 28
Views: 6343

Re: Aitch

Very interesting. So how do you pronounce 'H'? If some dictionaries spell it with an h at the start, and if accented syllables that start with an h should always have it pronounced, what does that mean for we mortals? Taking your instruction literally, I suppose if we choose to spell it with an h at...
by David Myer
Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stifle
Replies: 2
Views: 800

Re: Stifle

Not sure about the gerund, but this Word History makes it look as though the lovely word 'stuff' is related. Particularly the reference to flax and caulking. But my dictionary suggests that stuff comes from the French estoffer, to furnish or equip. And of course estoffer is different from estouffer....

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