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Discussion Topic  RE: Words from the Crimean War (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting that the Crimean hillock was named mamelon, but the mountain in Wyoming is called "Grand......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Colo(u)rful Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Speaking of colorful noises (or perhaps noisy colors), have a look at ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Phrases from Latin (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Important to note that in the US, judicial innovation and expansion of tort liability have transform......
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Discussion Topic  French Socialist Candidate (in Foreign Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The Socialist Party in France has a candidate Ségolène Royal. Any clues to the etymology of the fir......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Egyptology (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
By the way -- we must remember to distinguish the caduceus from the staff of Asclepius. See, for ex......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Egyptology (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The entry on the caduceus reminded me of an article --Deadly Tiny and Ready For Its Close-up, August......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Convergent Evolution (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Kalleh: By "thread" I meant to describe a line of descent. For example, from the Greek "kithara" w......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Convergent Evolution (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
First -- kudos, praise, props to arnie. Second -- my apologies to gooofy, kalleh, and anyone else t......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Market Share (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Kalleh: I shall ponder examples to prove your rule, but we can make it true immediately if we add "......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Convergent Evolution (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
zmjezhd is on the right track. Perhaps the inquiry is more accurately called diverge and re-converge......
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Discussion Topic  Convergent Evolution (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Two examples of convergent etymological evolution: catgut and apricot. Kudos, props, esteem to the......
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Discussion Topic  Market Share (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The OED has perhaps a quarter of a million words in English? Any source on how many are nouns, verb......
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Discussion Topic  Irregularity (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Why do some words take "ir" and others "un?" Is it mere euphony? As in -- "Unlike the regular army,......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Words of Double Meaning (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Not sure that talus1 is in fact independent from talus2. talus (1) "anklebone," 1693, from L. talus......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Vibrant Verbs (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
From the Latin vagari, to wander. Akin to vagrant. Also, the vagus nerve, which meanders (another ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Eponyms from the Ancient Greeks (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Which brings to mind that wonderful word, logodaedaly....
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Discussion Topic  No good deed goes... (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Transcript of a news program: "For it did not merely serve to impune the morality..." Did the comme......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Sensory Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"Sialalogue" recalls prior discussions of hybrid Greek/Latin compound words, like astronaut, automob......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Sensory Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The theme brings to mind a word with great potential to be misunderstood -- "vomeronasal." Extra cr......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Geography words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Wouldn't be complete if we omitted: "Exclave" - Part of a state separated from the main body. "Enc......
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