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by Slava
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sobriety
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Sobriety

a combination of so(d)-,... "without" + ebrius "drunk"
So, in Brit speak, we can come up with "sod ebriety." :D
by Slava
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Firgun
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Firgun

Now, if someone could clue me in on how to pronounce it, that would be great.
by Slava
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flout
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Flout

I guess that's along the same lines of going with piANist.

Why did my friends name their puppy Paderewski? Because he was the pianist.
by Slava
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Firgun
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Firgun

In case you don't know what or how to say that something nice, here is a site that will make it up for you:

http://www.firgunator.com/
by Slava
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flout
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Flout

The classical music radio station I listen to no longer uses "flautist." It's now "flutist." My spellcheck also doesn't recognize it.

Pianist is now piANist, too.
by Slava
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Quantum effects
Replies: 2
Views: 6183

Re: Quantum effects

We also have the concept of a quantum leap forward.

There are several meanings accepted for this word, so both great and small are correct.
by Slava
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dyspepsia
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Re: Dyspepsia

By the way, Mr. Will’s use of “dyspeptic landslide” in October of 2016 ironically was a reference to a presumed Hillary Clinton electoral victory. While Will was wrong about the result,...

I would say that he got it exactly right. It was a landslide, and the majority was against it.
by Slava
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Husband
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: Husband

I never thought of this before, given the roots, there is no reason a woman can't be a husband. Indeed, many are these days.
by Slava
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: New Verbing?
Replies: 3
Views: 5254

Re: New Verbing?

Thanks for digging into this. It's fun to witness a birth.
by Slava
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: New Verbing?
Replies: 3
Views: 5254

New Verbing?

This one's new to me, at least. It's from a New Yorker cartoon, showing a woman running in a forest: If you run a marathon in a forest, but there’s no one around to social media about it, did you really run a marathon? My emphasis. Have you seen this one earlier? How does one go about finding a firs...
by Slava
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fatiloquent
Replies: 2
Views: 504

Re: Fatiloquent

Fatuous fatiloquence. :D
by Slava
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rubric
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: Rubric

Maybe it's related to the idea of strawberry blond? Some peoples also have somewhat different ideas of just what a color is. I have met several people who called what I call orange something else.
by Slava
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ballyhoo
Replies: 3
Views: 549

Re: Ballyhoo

I have always pronounced this with the stress on the first syllable. Anyone else?
by Slava
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: 8 useful words?
Replies: 5
Views: 2537

Re: 8 useful words?

Welcome to the Agora, WalterTi! I hope you like it here.
by Slava
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cincture
Replies: 1
Views: 420

Re: Cincture

So, that old crossword standby "obi" is also a cincture. Too bad I don't write them. I'd use this as a clue.

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