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by Slava
Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:32 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Incrassate
Replies: 2
Views: 1684

Would rice really change the consistency of the soup? Or would it just add bulk?

How's this one: You should slowly stir in flour to incrassate your beef drippings to form a roux.

Slava
by Slava
Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:28 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Facultative
Replies: 1
Views: 1537

Facultative

Optional. Antonym to obligatory.

Sadly, it seems many members of the faculty found out that tenure awards were facultative.

Slava
by Slava
Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:26 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Apricate
Replies: 4
Views: 2369

Apricate

To expose to sunlight.

"You shouldn't apricate yourself so much. Your skin will turn to leather."

Any relation to apricot?

Slava
by Slava
Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:24 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Bedizen
Replies: 2
Views: 1592

Bedizen

Dress flashily, over-decorate, etc.

Plus, it's a verb!

Slava
by Slava
Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: JURY-RIG
Replies: 8
Views: 4461

Jury v. Jerry/Gerry

Folk etymology here, but my thoughts are that one of the roots of the confusion is the idea of the j/gerry can of WWII days. Since things at that time had to be fixed up any way they could, perhaps by extension this has led to the blending of the phrases?

Slava
by Slava
Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:29 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: twee
Replies: 5
Views: 3868

Word Theft!

Egad, you blighter! Thou hast stolen my word! Just yesterday I was thinking of posting this one as a suggestion, and you've beaten me to the punch. That'll teach me to wait a day. I do like it, though, so I'm glad someone has suggested it. However, I never thought of it as being overly cutesy. My fe...
by Slava
Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: Slang
Topic: "Twig to"
Replies: 3
Views: 11210

Thanks

Thanks gailr. Interesting coincidence that it is listed under twig2, also. Did you look at twig3? Another usage in Britain.

Slava
by Slava
Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:03 am
Forum: Slang
Topic: "Twig to"
Replies: 3
Views: 11210

"Twig to"

Does anyone out there know how this came to mean "caught on"? Or "came to understand"? I like it so much I even use it.

Slava
by Slava
Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:15 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Interesting Article
Replies: 1
Views: 3366

Interesting Article

In case you're interested in language history, you might find this worth looking at:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0719/p13s01-stgn.htm

No registration necessary.

Slava
by Slava
Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fastness
Replies: 3
Views: 1929

Fastness

A bunch of interesting meanings in this one. How fast are you? I may be fast, but I'm not cheap? Or, I'm so fast I'm not cheap? Or...?

I hope you all enjoy playing with this one.

Slava
by Slava
Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ingeminate
Replies: 7
Views: 3482

Ingeminate

"Let me ingeminate, I am not a crook."
by Slava
Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: mean
Replies: 10
Views: 4407

Math

Thank you for the tutorial. I'd forgotten completely about the mode and range. I also thought the median was the number at which 50% are above, and 50% below. This tutorial doesn't put it that way. Oh, well, shows what I know, eh?

Slava
by Slava
Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:38 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Silly
Replies: 2
Views: 1693

Silly

A simple little word that has had lots of different meanings and usages.

Enjoy,

Slava
by Slava
Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: mean
Replies: 10
Views: 4407

Mean/Average/Median

I could have sworn that way back when, in grade school, we were taught that these each had different meanings in Math. However, I can't come up with a difference between mean and average. Am I mis-remembering, or is there a difference? Any math wiz out there who'd care to help?

Thanks,

Slava
by Slava
Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:38 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Swedge
Replies: 6
Views: 2937

Swedge

I'd call this one rare. However, it's quite useful in meaning: To leave without paying. Though I gather the Scots use it to mean a brawl. Then again, if you do try to swedge, a brawl could result.

Slava

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