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by sluggo
Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 3
Views: 7720

Again, as this is the suggestion forum I'm going to suggest/remind that we all (a) respect the forum definitions (this forum, as is spelled out in the Index, is for site suggestions) and (b) keep offtopic personal exchanges in the PM (private message) system. That said, and as long as we're here, he...
by sluggo
Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PIQUANT
Replies: 1
Views: 1403

-And we have a near parallel, for the culinary meaning at least, in picante. Is there any difference betwixt the two as far as Meaning #1?
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Locking Topics
Replies: 4
Views: 8300

As to "Ignore," I thought of this, too. I wasn't so much concerned about missing out on possible worthwhile posts from the annoying one, however. My worry was missing potential posts from others, who might have posted earlier, before the latest post from the one being ignored. Oh. My previous exper...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: YONDER
Replies: 6
Views: 3209

Not sure I follow, Doc-- why don't hyphens count? French uses them quite readily especially with là and ci to define the position. It's just the way they do it. And là-bas is used in the same sense as yonder , is it not? Or do you mean it has no older, possibly archaic, standalone word? French does ...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Locking Topics
Replies: 4
Views: 8300

I'm not sure this would work-- we have a large number of threads on linguistic things that can very legitimately come up again much later. That's not the type of thread you mean, but with the ability there, it could be misused, and then a worthy topic would have to start over, with its commentary di...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Chaos II
Replies: 16
Views: 12191

My mistake. I didn't notice this until today either when it came up in the Skinem-on-Skinem action :P

But it is still an option for any current fluff posts that happen to be on the end.
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "not-so-distant past" or "not so distant past
Replies: 17
Views: 38396

Slava-- good point, and that eluded me before. In the phrase, the bench could be at least three sizes, even without changing the hyphen: - a bench the size of an entire laboratory (impressive but impractical) - a bench of a suitable size for use in a laboratory (prolly what the term means but techni...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "not-so-distant past" or "not so distant past
Replies: 17
Views: 38396

Sure it's an idiom, but I think this is just part of English's penchant (especially British it seems) for stating some things indirectly or in an inside-out way. There's no particular reason to have a phrase like "the too-distant future", but when we introduce the idea of distance, while at the same...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: YONDER
Replies: 6
Views: 3209

I would. It seems while Doc points out that yonder is fading into archaity, we still have three distinct degrees. So does French: ici = here; là = there; là-bas = yonder (more at "down there") I suspect this is a necessary expression and we'll continue to employ it even if we do lose yonder , probab...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "not-so-distant past" or "not so distant past
Replies: 17
Views: 38396

We say, "That is not so often done" easily enough, NOT "That is not-so-often done", which would instantly be recognized as incorrect. So why should I suddenly want to say "not-so-distant" vs. "not so distant". Most obviously, done is a verb, which makes not-so-often an adverb; while not-so-distant ...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "not-so-distant past" or "not so distant past
Replies: 17
Views: 38396

I couldn't help noticing that Doctor Goodword, in the Good Word entry veracity , hyphenated the word widespread as "wide-spread". The proofreader in me originally merged it into the single word, but then I undid the deed in case Doc meant something subliminal there. editors should be light of hand...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Sentences sentenced to head-on collisions
Replies: 24
Views: 29215

Skinem, you've just quoted Skinem verbatim. While I employ this tactic every day for the obvious attendant prestige, the self-critique may be read as narcissistic :lol:

Glad to hear I'm not a lone in this. I originally brought this up waaaay back here.
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Veracity
Replies: 1
Views: 2712

Veracity

We missed one last week--relaying from the archive 2/11: Veracity Pronunciation: vê- ræ -sê-ti • Hear it ! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. Truthfulness, trustworthiness. 2. Precise accuracy, factuality, believability Notes: Veracity , like truthfulness, means something slightly d...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: YONDER
Replies: 6
Views: 3209

Re: YONDER

Serbian is a language that preserves this distinction, though in Serbian, too, the third adverb is disappearing: ovde "here", tamo "there" and onde "over there". So yonder comes from good stock. On an interesting but unconnected (?) note, onde is Portuguese for "where" (cf. Spanish donde ) We still...
by sluggo
Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "not-so-distant past" or "not so distant past
Replies: 17
Views: 38396

I agree more with Saparris. Omitting the hyphens and leaving not so distant past might technically not be misleading, but it requires the reader to slow down and reanalyze that the first three words are intended as a group. The hyphens make that obvious and therefore, a smoother read. Lab sized-benc...

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