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by Slava
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vermiform
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: Vermiform

Then again, we do speak of the Diet of Worms, not of Vermicelli. :D

Anyone know where the name came from?
by Slava
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nobble
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: Nobble

For anyone interested in the horse-racing world, I wholeheartedly recommend the mystery novels of Dick Francis.
by Slava
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Catharsis
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Re: Catharsis

Swearing a blue streak after hitting one's thumb with a hammer is another form of catharsis.
by Slava
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Check
Replies: 0
Views: 234

Check

Why does this one have so many meanings?

Fabric pattern, a mark made, an intentional slam into an opposing player in hockey, what your cost is shown on in a restaurant (as compared to a bill, which is pretty much the same thing), etc.
by Slava
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Exeleutherostomize
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Re: Exeleutherostomize

Wow. What else can I say, but Wow. Maybe Yow?
by Slava
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Idyllic
Replies: 1
Views: 573

Re: Idyllic

I am so accustomed to the double-hockey sticks version that having idyl in a crossword throws me off. And in typing this I find out that my spellcheck is against it, too.
by Slava
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cognate
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: Cognate

So I'm not going out on a limb if I say that cognomen is a cognate of cognate?
by Slava
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Gimcrack
Replies: 2
Views: 1521

Re: Gimcrack

I want to re-suggest this word. It is seasonal, hasn't been done, and a treatment will help explain the song line "a gim that cracks."

Any other votes?
by Slava
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: To worry
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Re: To worry

Good suggestion, imho. Here's etymonline's explanation.
by Slava
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Plight
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: Plight

Could we say that refuges are in plight flight?
by Slava
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Obambulate
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Obambulate

Emulate Obama? No, not quite, obamemulate would work, though.

Obamaobambulate - avoid all things Obama?

Why do I want the "ob" to mean "around?"
by Slava
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Shoo
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Shoo

Pennsylvaniac - Love It! :D
by Slava
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Good Word, and Books
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: Good Word, and Books

Welcome to the Agora! Great word and book suggestions. Here's what my favorite etymology site has to say on dawdle: 1650s, perhaps a variant of daddle "to walk unsteadily." Perhaps influenced by daw, because the bird was regarded as sluggish and silly. Not in general use until c. 1775. May...
by Slava
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Glossology
Replies: 0
Views: 138

Glossology

A fancy term for linguistics. Probably not all that great a Goodword, but I thought I'd toss it out there as a spare.

It also lets me put in the much deeper study of language, glossonomia. Here's a defunct site named Glossonomia, that some may find of interest.
by Slava
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Chary
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Chary

Slava, for me "cherry" and "chary" are homophones and both rhyme with "carry." They are respectively "cheree," "cheree" and "keree." Interesting. I don't think I've ever come across cherry that didn't rhyme with berry, or bury. Then again,...

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