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Discussion Topic  RE: Movie Numbers (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Valentine's fraction reminds me to include 9 1/2 Weeks. Does this mean we've leapt from integers ......
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Discussion Topic  Movie Numbers (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Over at Vocabulary the "Terms with Numbers" thread inspired a thought about movie numbers (that is "......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Terms with Numbers (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Urban Dictionary claims it is from a famous speakeasy, Chumley's, at 86 Bedford Street, in NYC. ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Gulliver's Travels (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Surely not the end of Swift's invention! One last term - "Struldbrug," for a race where no one ever......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Gulliver's Travels (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Seeing "senectitude," "senile" and "senior" reminds me that there is a female equivalent -- anile. ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Ancient Metal Elements (metaphorically) (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Recall that "quick" meant alive, as in "the quick and the dead." So too with the motion of mercury....
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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  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: Fossil Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
There are many such repetitiously redundant and periphrastic pleonasms in the law: * cease and desis......
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