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Discussion Topic  On a Roll (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Has Wordcraft ever discussed the multiplicity of words on a roll(role)? Barrel... Tootsie... Bank........
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Discussion Topic  Untranslatable Japanese (in Foreign Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Well not exactly, or entirely, untranslatable. Any concept can be conveyed in a sufficient number o......
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Discussion Topic  RE: A new, experimental forum (in Foreign Words) by Robert Arvanitis
From a capital markets perspective, note that none of the foregoing is to be confused with usufruct......
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Discussion Topic  Exotic Idiom (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Anyone know the origin of the phrase "send in the llamas?" Gave me an almost-but-not-quite feeling ......
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Discussion Topic  Collectives-Idiomatic (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
In contrast to the metric system, English measure is a jumble of idiosyncratic ratios and history-bo......
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Discussion Topic  So seductive, but false... (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
"Equerry" is one who cares for the royal horses. One intuits the horse connection, but the word is ......
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Discussion Topic  Phonics are Phun (in Wordplay) by Robert Arvanitis
A phirst grader's class assignment -- phind words with "ch" in the ......
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Discussion Topic  What's the angle? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Ran across an interesting set of "cumber"-related words. I wonder if we must distinguish among them......
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Discussion Topic  The Music of Language of Music of.. (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Has this august body ever discussed the idea of cultural linkages -- that music reflects the languag......
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Discussion Topic  Spell-check Syndrome (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Is there enough evidence to indict and convict "spell-check," for murdering the language? The NY Ti......
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Discussion Topic  "New and Improved" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
To demonstrate the power of the word, I offer a list of old products, whose performance in the marke......
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Discussion Topic  Unusual Word from Newspaper business (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
When I can't find a word, I know where to ask... The Village Voice (NY) writes today (8/17) -- "A ......
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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  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  Repetitiously Redundant (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Or....periphrastically pleonastic. Or....circumlocutory prolixity. When my little guy asked "what d......
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Discussion Topic  Tonality (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Listening (involuntarily) to Japanese anime theme music, the thought occurs: What is the interplay ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Encomium (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The Greek root "comos" means "revel." So if an en-comos is what we offer at a revel, it has the fee......
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Discussion Topic  Hybrid words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
No ancient Greek or Roman would have used a word like "carbohydrate," even if they wanted to lose we......
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Discussion Topic  Viral Language (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Has Wordcraft ever had a discussion of "viral language?" By that I mean the differences among (i) a......
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