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by David Myer
Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:42 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Craic (sometimes crack)
Replies: 10
Views: 2923

Craic (sometimes crack)

I love this Irish/Scottish word because it means something that is not directly translatable into English. Lots of languages have a similar word although each has a slightly different nuanced meaning. German Gemutlich (I think - no expert on German), French Bonhommie and so on are rough translations...
by David Myer
Wed May 13, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Clam
Replies: 8
Views: 1586

Re: Clam

Excellent Iain! I love booey for buoy, although I believe the Scots actually use that booey pronunciation, and I have a lot of time for the Scots and their pronunciation. They are amongst the few that roll their 'R's to distinguish properly between Lawn and the Victorian town Lorne, for example.
by David Myer
Tue May 12, 2015 5:05 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Clam
Replies: 8
Views: 1586

Re: Clam

I wince at mollusk with a 'k' because of my English heritage, but at least I can see the logic - notwithstanding the Latin origin of the word which had a 'c'. The 'k' implies a Greek origin. But never mind, it is the American way. But vise with an 's' is inexplicable. I accept that American spelling...
by David Myer
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gravamen
Replies: 3
Views: 1062

Re: Gravamen

And no relation at all to 'gravy', however drab. Which reminds me of the lovely line from Tony Hancock, a 60s BBC comedian. When presented at sunday lunch with a plate of roast beef and potatoes, he paused and said "Well, I thought my mother was a bad cook, but at least her gravy moved ."
by David Myer
Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Elan
Replies: 11
Views: 2501

Re: Elan

Not 'High brow', surely. Haute couture!
by David Myer
Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Elan
Replies: 11
Views: 2501

Re: Elan

And what a good show that Prairie Home Companion is. We even enjoy it in Australia from time to time.

And of course 'Style' is Middle English (1066 - 14??) from the Old French. They would have needed the word for the first time when the French arrived.
by David Myer
Thu Feb 12, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Elan
Replies: 11
Views: 2501

Re: Elan

I guess it would have done. The French were the ruling class and courtiers, the English were peasants. What does a peasant need words like 'suave' for? Simply not in the vocabulary. If everyone is gauche, then no-one is. Gauche is the norm and so not to be sneered at from within. I wonder if 'style'...
by David Myer
Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:04 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Elan
Replies: 11
Views: 2501

Re: Elan

Ahh, another French word adopted into English because the English have no understanding of style and so no word to match it. I have gradually collected over the years, a list of such words. It is astonishingly extensive. Here it is if anyone cares: Elan, Suave, Chic, Gauche, Elegant, Debonair, Vogue...
by David Myer
Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Blag
Replies: 6
Views: 1782

Blag

To obtain something by guile. I'm interested in the origin of this, I gather British word. Perhaps because of the illicit nature of the activity, there are I guess, lots of colloquial alternatives and blag is itself probably in that bracket. I daresay that several regional alternatives could be fort...
by David Myer
Sat Dec 20, 2014 3:25 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Chagrin
Replies: 4
Views: 990

Re: Chagrin

If chagrin is a rough hide, presumably chamois is a soft one?
by David Myer
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Remonstrate
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Remonstrate

It has to be REmonstrate. It follows the same pattern as demonstrate, surely? That's also why remonstration is better than remonstrance (apart from the fact that it sounds sweeter and is easier to say). I see we now have a spell-checker on this! Doh! My last post included the made-up word 'demonstra...
by David Myer
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Remonstrate
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Remonstrate

Yes, I know the Good Doctor has used the word "vigorously", but I wonder if there is a geographical difference in usage. His second meaning, which seems to me to be more closely related to the origins of the word, is very close to admonish. What is the difference between a reprisal and an ...
by David Myer
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Remonstrate
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Remonstrate

Thanks for that, Slava. Most interesting. I should have looked it up myself - just lazy, I suppose. But interesting that the words are almost interchangeable (except that admonish is always transitive?) Perhaps I mean the words have very similar meanings. Remonstration suggests maybe that there is s...
by David Myer
Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Remonstrate
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Remonstrate

And presumably related in some way to 'admonish'?
by David Myer
Sun Nov 09, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Frain and Refrain
Replies: 2
Views: 1135

Re: Frain and Refrain

Well then, if refrangere is to frangere, there surely ought to be frain as well as refrain. Henceforth the bit of the song that isn't the refrain, shall be the frain. Unless there is already a suitable word for it? Trouble is, not being very musical, I don't often get the need to use it. Nevertheles...

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