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Discussion Topic  RE: Ancient Metal Elements (metaphorically) (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Regarding "Iron Curtain," Wiki claims: "Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels was the first t......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ancient Metal Elements (metaphorically) (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I might have reserved the "-bottomed" construction for "lead," especially as regards government bure......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ancient Metal Elements (metaphorically) (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Then there was St. John Chrysostom (347-407 AD), the "golden mouthed," a reference to his eloquence....
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Discussion Topic  RE: Speeches and Orations (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Philippic takes its name from the target of the speaker. Interesting contrast to the word "jeremiad......
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Discussion Topic  RE: US Independence Day (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Etymonline says as early as the 1300s. "Haca's or Hook's Island" became "Hackney" where they raised......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Obamacons (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Asa: You are mistaken. Only partisans have ever claimed the Second Amendment is solely a "collectiv......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Animals as Metaphors (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Important distinction: The albatross itself represents good luck. It was only when the mariner kille......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Noble Eponyms (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Any finite amount of initial capital will eventually be ruined. If I run a casino with just a little......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Noble Eponyms (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"1,828.042084 to 1" said the actuary. And not a wise play by Yarborough. Excellent odds for a 1,000......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Para-words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"Vuja de" brings to mind an alternative direction for bad French phrases modeled on "deja vu." Deja ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Para-words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Thanks, z. That's what comes of searching one's memory phonetically rather than by etymological roo......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Para-words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
There is also "parabellum," which in German arms manufacture refers most commonly to the 9mm Luger p......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Nine ack emma (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Hacking through statistics and train service, I revert to the initial theme of words-for-letters. A......
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Discussion Topic  Purveyor versus Procurer (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The newspapers report "the Mann Act has been used...in prostitution cases, although normally it was ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Logic, Reasoning and Thought (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
A quote from William F. Buckley, on language: "Some words, Dwight Macdonald wrote in a celebrated r......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Pregnancy, from Z to A (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
From Kurt Vonnegut: He was a portly man, aslop with coffee, gravid with Danish pastry. Poor, lugubri......
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Discussion Topic  RE: It’s a jungle out there! (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"A Shot in the Dark" (1964) was followed five years later by another show with a bilingual pun, Oh C......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Portmanteau words (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Ludicrous - source of amusement. (Per Etymonline, sense of "ridiculous" from 1782.) + Lunacy - ins......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Portmanteau words (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Resurrecting an old thread with a terrific new example from ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Making and Using Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Searching for images of portmanteaux, I came upon one made by a Pennsylvania firm, The Sutler of Mou......
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