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Discussion Topic  RE: What the fuck ? (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
What, in fact, is an inappropriate word? When, if ever, do substitutes become as inappropriate as t......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Fossil Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Though I do recall a Star Trek episode "Amok Time..."...
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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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Discussion Topic  RE: Professions from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"And shame it is, if a prest take keep, A shiten shepherde and clene sheep." In the sense of soiled......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Professions from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Excellent observation. In Frye's scheme, mythic means god-like powers, the heroic has more control ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Professions from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
In "Anatomy of Criticism" Northop Frye proposed that literature moves in cycles, that it evolves (de......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Kinds of People (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting to note a second kind of fierce soldier - the Mamelukes. Like the Janissaries a few ce......
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Discussion Topic  RE: About face (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Tragus also gives us the tragos-oide or goat-song, described in Online Etymological Dictionary as: ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: About face (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Alas, neveu, you have the instincts of an actuary. That need prove no impediment to social success.......
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Discussion Topic  RE: About face (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Flashback induced by reading "edentate," bringing to mind actuarial studies from early in my career:......
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Discussion Topic  RE: "The Sea" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
From whence is the quote on the Colonel and Miss Vavasour? Note this from Wiki: "A vavasour, (also ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Answers to freerice theme (in Community) by Robert Arvanitis
Fauteuil, not to be confused with bergère. Another of those nice (......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Interesting Etymologies (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting, especially in light of lower life-expectancy of the ancients, to hear ten year banishme......
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Discussion Topic  RE: What's our theme? (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Wordcrafter offers another nice distinction with "willy-nilly." Same idea as "carrot and stick," wh......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Interesting Etymologies (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Really? Just Frenchified mis-spelling? It's quite Pythonic! "Ah doo naht laike yure redingcote, Ang......
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