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by Slava
Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:27 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Dead Concept?
Replies: 6
Views: 10658

Dead Concept?

Given that there are so many ages at which young people are allowed to do certain things, is the concept of reaching one's "majority" a dead one? This also applies in a way to "minor," though under 18 is still a solid break point. However, there seems to be no modern use for majo...
by Slava
Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Moliminous
Replies: 4
Views: 2694

Moliminous in Use?

"Children know Father Christmas is coming and that this is SCOPPERLOIT (a time for play), though Santa himself may be in danger of suffering from RACHISAGRA (pain in the spine) from carrying too many sacks of gifts down the chimney. And while it could be a MOLIMINOUS (extremely laborious) task ...
by Slava
Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SERENDIPITY
Replies: 7
Views: 5959

I meant no disrespect to Flaminius, in fact only now do I realize that Flam is a shortening of this board name. My quibble is with calling anyone "serendipitous." People experience serendipitous events, but the people themselves are not serendipitous. How do you and the other members here ...
by Slava
Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SERENDIPITY
Replies: 7
Views: 5959

Re: Flam & Serendipity

While one does hesitate to quibble with a Grand Panjandrum, I must admit to feeling a tad uncomfortable with having a person be serendipitous. To quote from the previous post: "Flam, for example, was lucky (?) in that he encountered a professor so enamoured of infrequent locutions that he (the ...
by Slava
Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:44 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Moliminous
Replies: 4
Views: 2694

Moliminous

I stumbled across this word while looking up something else. Seredipity is not only my favorite word, but a great thing to have happen.

Moliminous means very important or of great consequence. Out of date, but still a nice word.

Slava
by Slava
Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Jactitation
Replies: 2
Views: 1656

Jactitation

As the US is currently suffering through an election season, I thought this one rather appropriate.

Enjoy,

Slava
by Slava
Sun Oct 29, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Lock & Load
Replies: 7
Views: 19478

Re: Lock & Load

Thank you for the quick turn-around on coming up with an answer. I always felt it was off, but never quite wanted to demonstrate my lack of knowledge of firearms. It might have been disparaging to my manliness to question such a studly phrase.

Regards,

Slava
by Slava
Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Lock & Load
Replies: 7
Views: 19478

Lock & Load

This one has always bothered me; how can you load if you've already locked? Does anyone know how this phrase came about? Does the word order make sense? Is it used by real people, or just in the movies by super macho-types?

Thank you,

Slava
by Slava
Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:13 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: CAKEWALK
Replies: 4
Views: 3981

Re: Cakewalk

I disagree with the statement "It is interesting that the negative of cakewalk, i.e. not a cakewalk, usually refers to something exceptionally difficult". Given that the original meaning was for a contest of exceptionally talented walking styles, shouldn't we be more interested in the fact...
by Slava
Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:36 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hapless
Replies: 2
Views: 2382

Hapless

Another one from the news. I just read of the man about to sell his Picasso for $139 million, but popped his elbow through the canvas just before finalizing the sale. Talk about hapless! This is also a good one for all its tie-ins to other happening words. I'm so happy. What a wonderful happenstance...
by Slava
Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:54 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Feckless
Replies: 16
Views: 9426

Feckless

Recently used in an interview with George Bush. I vote we bring its antonym to life; feckful.

Slava
by Slava
Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Smarmy
Replies: 19
Views: 8476

While the connotations may be unpalatable, I still like the word as a word. Somehow it is one of those that really makes me feel the meaning. A smarmy person is particularly low, and the word carries that with it in a way.

Slava
by Slava
Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:04 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Smarmy
Replies: 19
Views: 8476

Smarmy

I'm not sure what made me think of it, but I like this word. A close-up of its history would be interesting.

Slava

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