Search found 373 matches

by damoge
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Caper
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: Caper

David, thank you. Very nice!
by damoge
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Embonpoint
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Re: Embonpoint

Male point of view, Iain?
The general use is how I've always heard it and known it, even though I've seldom heard it applied to men.
Always thought of it as the gentile version of zaftig.
by damoge
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pediment
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Re: Pediment

David, I had never heard the word "mense". Do you know where it comes from?
by damoge
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mask
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Re: Mask

Iain, the Good Doctor is quoting the president. What the Doctor meant is clearly as you indicated. A lot of people got a good snort out of hearing the Pres. use it as a compliment to himself. Others were just left scratching their heads.
by damoge
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Zounds!
Replies: 3
Views: 569

Re: Zounds!

While we're at it, how did "swear" come to mean both "take an oath" and "take the Lord's name in vain". Opposites, no? When did "taking the Lord's name in vain" encompass using vulgarisms? What difference exists between profanities and vulgarisms? And, Dear Doctor, while I am old enough to take the ...
by damoge
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Epithet
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Epithet

Does that mean the domesday book of 1086 was so named just because every one was to be put in it?
I always wondered about that one!
by damoge
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Spoonerism
Replies: 2
Views: 584

Re: Spoonerism

Have you ever heard the Capitol Steps? It was originally a group of people working for congress members in D.C. who got together and sang and did skits around holidays. There is (if they still exist in these difficult times) one who did a bit that was entirely built on spoonerisms. Here's an example...
by damoge
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macaronic
Replies: 12
Views: 1615

Re: Macaronic

adorablum!
by damoge
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macaronic
Replies: 12
Views: 1615

Re: Macaronic

I am most impressed that at 7 or thereabouts you recognized the word and knew it to be another language!
I would simply have wondered what was being said.
Bravo!
by damoge
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tasseography
Replies: 2
Views: 574

Re: Tasseography

Now, since crayfish are "fish" that crawl, it ultimately became crawfish in some US dialects.

Any idea how we got from there to "crawdad"?

Also, is tasseomancy a synonym, given the definition of tasseography and your (well founded I think) assertion that the former is a better fit to the meaning?
by damoge
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: looking for a word
Replies: 1
Views: 427

looking for a word

Is there a word for what I've always thought of as "word fragments"?
There are prefixes and suffixes, but that tells you where to put them. What about the middle part? The core of the word?
ob nox ious
for example.
There must be something that covers all three?
by damoge
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Whinge
Replies: 5
Views: 932

Re: Whinge

Looking for clarification. I always heard the epithet "pom" was short for POME (pronounced pommy) and stood for Prisoner of Mother England. I was told it was used as a derogatory term aimed at the earliest "settlers" by the newer voluntary arrivals.
Is this all nonsense?
by damoge
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hurricane
Replies: 1
Views: 444

Re: Hurricane

accent on second syllable in Spanish and third in Arawakan?
also, when reading it, I thought you were going to say that "kulakani", while similar, with all those sharp K sounds, was onomatopoetic.
Surprise on me!!
Teaches me again not to try to second guess (or predict) you...
by damoge
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Carceral
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Carceral

Ok, so now, please expand on convention/conventional and then, if you would, move on to concentration/concentration camp?

Do you see my dilemma with these?

Thanks for giving it some thought,
Debby
by damoge
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Carceral
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Carceral

"Despite its carceral appearance, the convention center was equipped with all the conventional amenities."

OOOH!!! pun! pun!

Go to advanced search