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by uncronopio
Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:23 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: dharna
Replies: 1
Views: 2434

dharna

Continuing with Sanskrit based suggestions (after bahuvrihi ) we have dharna (from the Freedictionary ): n. A fast conducted at the door of an offender, especially a debtor, in India as a means of obtaining compliance with a demand for justice, such as payment of a debt. Etymology: Hindi dharn , fro...
by uncronopio
Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: frottage
Replies: 19
Views: 14042

I consider myself an expert on involuntary sculpture, movement of liquid down a vertical surface, cut-up technique and automatism. The last two are excellent for writing pointless reports.
by uncronopio
Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: hypergraphia
Replies: 2
Views: 5747

Hi Katy, I am not sure about the answer. Actually I came across this word while waiting to see the doctor, where I was reading a copy of National Geographic . There was an article about the brain/mind and an example of hypergraphia. This woman had very intense episodes of hypergraphia following, fir...
by uncronopio
Thu Sep 29, 2005 1:31 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: hypergraphia
Replies: 2
Views: 5747

hypergraphia

From Wikipedia: Hypergraphia is the uncontrollable urge to write. It is not a formally-recognized disorder, although it has been embraced by neurologist Alice Weaver Flaherty in her book The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain. It is sometimes associated with...
by uncronopio
Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:32 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: slapstick
Replies: 4
Views: 6526

Thanks for the link M. Henri Day.

Luis
by uncronopio
Fri Sep 23, 2005 1:15 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: SIRLOIN
Replies: 1
Views: 3556

Mmm, tasty. Last week I prepared a plum sauce sirloin steak with Chinese vegetables. I feel hungry now.
by uncronopio
Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: preferir sobre?
Replies: 9
Views: 11778

As a non-smoker, I can't understand how would you prefer a cigar!
by uncronopio
Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: slapstick
Replies: 4
Views: 6526

slapstick

From Greatest Films : a broad form of comedy in which the humor comes from physical acts or pantomime, frequently harmless violence and pratfalls intended to produce laughter. The name was derived from a device called a slapstick, two boards that slapped together with a loud crack when used to strik...
by uncronopio
Thu Sep 22, 2005 1:03 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: preferir sobre?
Replies: 9
Views: 11778

I was reading my copy of Diccionario de dudas de Manuel Seco , looking for the use of preferir in Spanish. He is adamant that the correct use is with A. For example, 'preferir una cosa A otra'. Then he states that the sentence must not use QUE, giving as example 'A veces prefería demorar el a...
by uncronopio
Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:54 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: What Words Tell Us about Ourselves
Replies: 2
Views: 6888

Michael Quinion explains: The most probable solution—though unprovable because slang is so rarely written down—is that it comes from London street slang for money. This may well derive from Romany posh, half, originally applied to a halfpenny, then to any small sum of money, and then to money in ge...
by uncronopio
Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:50 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Out of left field
Replies: 4
Views: 14480

Out of left field

Looking for any reasonable explanations for this idiom.
by uncronopio
Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:44 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: bahuvrihi
Replies: 3
Views: 8384

bahuvrihi

From Bartleby and Encarta : NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. ba·hu·vri·his A compound word functioning as an adjective whose last element is in origin a noun. For example, in the phrase high-fiber diet, the compound high-fiber is a bahuvrihi modifying diet that ends in the noun fiber. A compound word in w...
by uncronopio
Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: antebellum
Replies: 2
Views: 2581

antebellum

From Answers.com an·te·bel·lum (ăn'tē-bĕl'əm) adj. Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

Etymology: Latin ante bellum : ante, before + bellum, war.
by uncronopio
Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: tonometer
Replies: 14
Views: 9177

I think that the problem is that you are establishing a link over several lines broken by a carriage return.

This will not work:
one line
another line


but this will:

Code: Select all

[url=http://www.alphadictionary.com]text in one line[/url]
text in one line.
by uncronopio
Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: bruxism
Replies: 4
Views: 3477

bruxism

From Answers.com:
brux·ism (brŭk'sĭz'əm) n.

The habitual, involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth, usually during sleep, as from anger, tension, fear, or frustration.

Etymology: From New Latin brūxis, a gnashing, from Greek brūkein, to gnash.

The verb is to brux.

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