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by Slava
Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fraught
Replies: 1
Views: 1801

Fraught

I've almost always used this one with "with," so I'm often thrown a bit when it's used alone. However, it's a great one, I do believe. From Merriam-Webster: 1archaic a: laden b: well supplied or provided 2: full of or accompanied by something specified —used with with<a situation fraught w...
by Slava
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Tiny Little
Replies: 2
Views: 9824

Tiny Little

Why is this phrase almost always the way it is? Why not say tiny, or little? Are the words too small to use alone? If they're an accepted pairing, as they seem to be, how did it come about? They have uses without the other, but there is a time that they are both used. Any thunks on the matter?
by Slava
Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Little to No
Replies: 2
Views: 22080

Little to No

Why do we say "little to no", and not "no to little"?

Any ideas?
by Slava
Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: lubricious
Replies: 5
Views: 2758

Perhaps we most definitely should revisit this word now, given the NY State governor's precipitous fall from grace.

What an idiot!
by Slava
Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: lubricious
Replies: 5
Views: 2758

Great word! I know it well, but haven't visited it in some time. I'll try to remember it for future use. As an aside, for some reason there are no vowels in the pronunciation I see in my browser. Is this Firefox not allowing me to see it all, or aren't they there in the first place? All I see is (l-...
by Slava
Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Talkocracy
Replies: 3
Views: 1900

Talkocracy

I just came across this neologism in the WaPo.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 78_pf.html

I don't know if it's worthy of inclusion just yet, but it's quite an interesting topic.

Slava
by Slava
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Semiosis v. Semiotics
Replies: 1
Views: 5966

Semiosis v. Semiotics

I just came across the first word, and felt it was odd. It does exist, but my understanding is that it is more about signs in biology, rather than the discussion of signs in language. Anyone have any thoughts on the matter? Do you agree with my take on this, or am I off my rocker? Thank you, Slava
by Slava
Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Heirloom
Replies: 4
Views: 2301

Hmm, these puns have weft me behind?

Woof,

Slava
by Slava
Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Heirloom
Replies: 4
Views: 2301

Heirloom

A weaving instrument passed down from generation to generation?

With apologies,

Slava
by Slava
Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: FreeRice
Replies: 14
Views: 11158

Well, I'm too late. I was just going to post this idea, but it's already there. As it's run through the UN's World Food Program, I believe in it. A couple of clicks a day will add up, if everyone does it. However, there is that old adage about giving someone a fish, or teaching them to fish. Then ag...
by Slava
Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Accipitrine
Replies: 2
Views: 1965

Accipitrine

Hawk-like, relating to birds of prey, raptorial (another word to suggest, perhaps?). What is the equivalent for doves? Then we could talk about accipitrine and xxx members of Congress. Oh, wait a minute, we already talk about xxx members of Congress. However, I was thinking of the hawks and doves co...
by Slava
Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: persiflage
Replies: 16
Views: 7007

I was thinking of why the "i" isn't pronounced. The spelling is "persiflage," but the pronunciation guide given ignores the "i," making it a two-syllable word, not the 3 as in my dictionary.

Slava
by Slava
Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Demersal
Replies: 3
Views: 2165

In the odd mis-readings department:

I read Perry's "In Play" bit a bit twistedly. I saw Play, and then read cost as cast. Thus getting, "The play project was dropped when the demersal cast piled up."

Pushing it, I know, but that's what I saw.

Slava
by Slava
Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: persiflage
Replies: 16
Views: 7007

Hmm, my dicshnary for some reason gives a pronuncation of 3 sylbles for this word. Or is light raillery a different kind of persiflage?

What happnd to the "i"?

Slava
by Slava
Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Collude
Replies: 1
Views: 1602

Collude

To have secretly a joint part in an action; to conspire; connive.

Colluder, collusion, collusively, collusiveness.

A good word for the spy world, non?

Slava

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