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by Flaminius
Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:01 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Phrontistery
Replies: 7
Views: 5047

Phrontistery

Phrontistery --a word my pompous nature prompts me to use more often than simpler words such as school, college, university and institute-- is where one studies. While checking its etymology, I was surprised by American Heritage, my sure etymological compendium on the Web, not listing the word as an...
by Flaminius
Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:31 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Stevedore
Replies: 2
Views: 2946

Stevedore

STEVEDORE NOUN: One who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships. TRANSITIVE & INTRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: ste·ve·dored, ste·ve·dor·ing, ste·ve·dores To load or unload the cargo of (a ship) or to engage in the process of loading or unloading such a vessel. ETYMOLOGY: Spanish estibad...
by Flaminius
Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: -stani
Replies: 9
Views: 37522

Why Persian? Because, in the 19th century and before, Persian was an official language in northern India. Persian isn't a Semitic language, of course, it's an Indo-European one, but it did borrow a lot of words and grammar from Arabic, and this suffix -i is one of the things that Persian borrows fr...
by Flaminius
Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:21 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: -stani
Replies: 9
Views: 37522

-stani

An article I read in a Japanese newspaper today set me wondering why people from Pakistan are called Pakistani but not Pakistanese, like Japanese and Portugese. I quite realise -ī is an adjectivising suffix in Semitic languages. Does this mean Pakistanis themselves call Pakistanis after a Semitic la...
by Flaminius
Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: maybe this will be more popular
Replies: 9
Views: 9529

#10 -- I don't bowl, and I am no sailor, so again I'm clueless. I think I know which unit is three times as large as nautical mile but cannot figure out why it has stronger connection with bowling than with any other team sports like baseball and football. Yes, Katy. I got the 11th right after I su...
by Flaminius
Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: maybe this will be more popular
Replies: 9
Views: 9529

11. Stand at a slant or thin
7, 8, 10 and 11: I haven't solve. . .
I think I know the answers but eliciting them from my brain is not an easy task. Amazing that the rest was not a problem at all.
by Flaminius
Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Axis Pact
Replies: 8
Views: 13397

Hmmm, I regard Wiki as a handy information source but not the final word of anything. Your Web site looks plausible too. Are we then to look for the scripts of the speeches by the two?
by Flaminius
Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:57 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Axis Pact
Replies: 8
Views: 13397

Wikipedia is of opinion that the term was first used by Mussolini. The term was first used by Benito Mussolini, in November 1936, when he spoke of a Rome-Berlin axis in reference to the treaty of friendship signed between Italy and Germany on October 25, 1936. He may have been thinking of a North-S...
by Flaminius
Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:40 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Sinica
Replies: 3
Views: 5422

Okay, guys and thank you! Next time I will do my homework myself. But heaven knows I am lazy.
by Flaminius
Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:39 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Sinica
Replies: 3
Views: 5422

Sinica

Could a fellow Agoran with sinological bent elucidate what 很棒 means? A Chinese I chatted with referred to me as "你真的很棒" in an amicable context. In our Sino-Japanese dictionaries, 很 is not an amicable letter with meanings disobey, invade and atrocious. I hope someone could help me to update my rather...
by Flaminius
Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:51 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hoi Polloi
Replies: 1
Views: 2374

Hoi Polloi

Here is one of the Greek words I first came across in English. hoi polloi SYLLABICATION: hoi pol·loi PRONUNCIATION: hoi pə-loi NOUN: The common people; the masses. ETYMOLOGY: Greek, the many : hoi, nominative pl. of ho, the; see so- in Appendix I + polloi, nominative pl. of polus, many; see pel-1 in...
by Flaminius
Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:31 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: halcyon
Replies: 17
Views: 10789

Alcione....

I always thought it was Alcinoe. That's how studying foreign names in katakana ends up sometimes.

Flma
by Flaminius
Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:27 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Furlough
Replies: 4
Views: 3239

Furlough

Definition quoted below. The most frequent sense I hear the word is used in is, "involuntary standby from working." I came across this word while a server breakdown furloughed me at the office. No cure is better than venting it out as a sublimated language fun. SYLLABICATION: fur·lough PRONUNCIATION...
by Flaminius
Sat Feb 04, 2006 11:24 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MALEDICTION
Replies: 2
Views: 2567

Ι'll bite it if you do.
As becoming of the annual symbol according to Chinese calendar....
by Flaminius
Sat Feb 04, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PELAGIC
Replies: 23
Views: 13008

BD, maybe it depends on the font your PC uses to view that Japanese page. Check if your browser can use Shift-JIS codes.

Flam,
who does not know how to add that font to your PC, in case you don't have it. Call it homework.

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