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Discussion Topic  RE: The Color of Words (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
kalleh's opening disclaimer "not the color of color words" reminds me of a test on psychological int......
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Discussion Topic  Detective Descriptors (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
After an excess of youthful television viewing a list arises spontaneously. Namely, detectives in f......
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Discussion Topic  Unambiguous Ambiguities (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Sometimes there's is just no arguing that a term is ambiguous. I offer "moped." Does that refer to......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Varieties of Written Works (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
wordcrafter Not unlike the ketchup slogan, I await more varieties. Here of course for written works......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Group Nouns (in Wordplay) by Robert Arvanitis
A column of accountants, and, a little closer to home, a table of actuaries....
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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  RE: Interesting Etymologies (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I ask wordcrafter's indulgence for resurrecting a dormant thread, but bumping into "interesting etym......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Terms from Mathematics (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Wordcrafter's new entry "iff" sent me back to "Symbolic Logic" by I. M. Copi (MacMillan, 1967). Mem......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Terms from Mathematics (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I wonder, is a circular argument as bad as a circular definition? I recall something from Jonson, "......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Terms of Illogic (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Thanks, wordcrafter, for triggering an old memory. Two words came to mind when I saw amphiboly. ("......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Swords (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Despite the initial admonition, I hope wordcrafter will indulge an interesting passage on foil/epee/......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Swords (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
If I may turn the conversation to playing cards, we derive "spade" from the Greek sword... Spade (2......
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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  RE: The press reflects on Reagan (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
It may be of interest that hegemony is derived from Hegemone, one of the early forms of goddess who ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The body, especially joints (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Any chance that "blype" is related to "bleb?" The latter covers the idea of a blister, or more por......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The body, especially joints (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
A Suitor of rare acromion Wooed a lady of beauty anthemion So great was the praise Of his scapular w......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The body, especially joints (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I presume our goal is rare or interesting words from an external perspective, before the medical pro......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The body, especially joints (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Wordcrafter has focused us on joints, but alas other words rise unbidden -- The ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Repetitiously Redundant (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
My better half has leapt to my rescue. jheem makes a good point that language must be redundant som......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Repetitiously Redundant (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
CJ Stolin has (carbon) dated me. I do seem to recall a song "When the moon hits your eye..." And t......
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