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Discussion Topic  RE: Guess the theme (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Pleased to confirm for wordcrafter I've made a "close" inspection of the OED. (Being near sighted, I......
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Discussion Topic  Reality-Challenged (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I've never liked the term "virtual reality," on the belief that "reality" ought not take modifiers. ......
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Discussion Topic  Repetitiously Redundant (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Or....periphrastically pleonastic. Or....circumlocutory prolixity. When my little guy asked "what d......
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Discussion Topic  RE: "Dutch" phrases (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Nice correlation, markmywords.. I suspect that human nature always makes the next-country-over to s......
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Discussion Topic  RE: "Dutch" phrases (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Thank you for starting the thread -- The one on Securities Markets was already morphing into this, f......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Ides of March: Caesar words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting note on double superlatives brings to mind a thought on "grade inflation" for adjectives......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Ides of March: Caesar words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
It seems even the Romans "kept up with the Jones.." Agnomen (n.) An additional or fourth name give......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Ides of March: Caesar words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
A brief check of National Geographic site confirms the Roman practice, that interest was due on the ......
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Discussion Topic  Tonality (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Listening (involuntarily) to Japanese anime theme music, the thought occurs: What is the interplay ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Encomium (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The Greek root "comos" means "revel." So if an en-comos is what we offer at a revel, it has the fee......
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Discussion Topic  Hybrid words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
No ancient Greek or Roman would have used a word like "carbohydrate," even if they wanted to lose we......
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Discussion Topic  Viral Language (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Has Wordcraft ever had a discussion of "viral language?" By that I mean the differences among (i) a......
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Discussion Topic  Diacritical Marks (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting notes this week on printers' marks. Anyone know the name for the small circle above a v......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ghost words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Just as we explore the idea of word ghosts, and cultural memories, it seems xkcd got the same feelin......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ghost words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Actually still on point, proofreader... Amusing to note which things, though non-functional, give p......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ghost words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Perhaps so, Proofreader. On the other hand, boomboxes got really big, physically, in the 1980s. An......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ghost words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
By the way - none of the under-30 crowd wear watches anymore. It's on their phone-pad-laptop. But e......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ghost words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Had occasion this weekend to rent a car. As noted earlier, there was a cylindrical socket for charg......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ghost words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Arnie -- home run! (if you'll permit a US archaism...) The skeuomorph seems to be a deliberate desi......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ghost words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Kalleh: There's a closely related effect - the "echo" of "artifacts." When more people smoked, car......
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