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by Slava
Thu May 03, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Out of pocket
Replies: 1
Views: 1303

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: 411

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: 7
Views: 835

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: 280

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: 490

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: 434

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: 632

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: 1428

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: 373

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: 448

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: 451

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: 427

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.
by Slava
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: Shambolic

Good idea, we sure are fracked.
by Slava
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: Shambolic

I propose a new family member: shambolicification, making a shambles of.

Americans are currently witnessing the shambolicification of their country's international credibility.

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