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by Slava
Sat May 12, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Slub
Replies: 0
Views: 519

Slub

Okay, not really a great good word, and limited in use, but it's so weird I just have to put it out there. Slubbing is a means of treating fabrics to give them a rough, twisted, "natural" look. I first saw it in a Sara Paretsky mystery, and it seems to be applied more to upscale women's cl...
by Slava
Sat May 05, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: 'As': pronoun or conjunction?
Replies: 3
Views: 1015

Re: 'As': pronoun or conjunction?

What is the terminology for the 'as' in things like, "His face was red as a beet."? "His face was red, as beets generally are."? These feel different to me somehow, though I can't put my finger on it.
by Slava
Thu May 03, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Out of pocket
Replies: 1
Views: 1391

Re: Out of pocket

That sure is quite a shift, if it is a shift and not a new concept based on sports. I don't believe I would have understood it without explanation. I wonder how far spread it is.
by Slava
Thu May 03, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Moab
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: Moab

It is also Mother Of All Bombs.

And a convenient base point for visiting some US national parks in Utah: http://www.moab-info.com/national-parks/
by Slava
Thu May 03, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hash
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

Re: Hash

Is the smoked kind related?
by Slava
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Diadromous
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: Diadromous

And here's the Doc's treatment.
by Slava
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Harass
Replies: 3
Views: 573

Re: Harass

I'd posit that putting the accent on the first syllable is to avoid the donkey bit in the other pronunciation. Much like pronouncing asphalt as ashfault.
by Slava
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yonder
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Yonder

We also have the phrase "hither and yon."
by Slava
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gimcrack
Replies: 5
Views: 732

Re: Gimcrack

This is also split in one Christmas carol; the children sing of wanting "a gim that cracks." It makes me wonder just what the gim/jim/gym is.
by Slava
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Temulent
Replies: 6
Views: 1613

Re: Temulent

And here's the Good Doctor's treatment of this good word.
by Slava
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Entheogen
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: Entheogen

I gather that, for a significant number of addicts who try it, entheogenic treatment can be quite useful. It's not for everyone, but it does seem to work.
by Slava
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rhapsody
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: Rhapsody

As my father liked to put it, "I could not fail to disagree with you less."

"Could care less" means you do care, at least somewhat. "Couldn't care less" means what ever it is, it is at the bottom of the caring ladder.
by Slava
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Comprehend
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Comprehend

Yet apprehension is also a form of comprehension. I'm not sure of how to explain the difference, though. Any takers?
by Slava
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Unguent
Replies: 3
Views: 532

Re: Unguent

I feel sorry for Ronald. Unctuous is a rather negative term to describe someone, or their voice. It's more like "smarmy" than soothingly smooth.

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