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Discussion Topic  RE: Laws, Principles, and Rules (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
This is a link to Google Book Search, page 313 (letter 182), which reproduces the letter from Gresh......
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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: Graphic Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
...not to be confused with similar-sounding xerography ("dry writing"), the process of photocopying ......
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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  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  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: Words from our Board (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Captcha works by creating a pattern more subtle than a computer can recognize, but one which a human......
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Discussion Topic  The Greeks... (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
There is a saying, "the Greeks had a word for it..." Is that an unattributable folk expression, or ......
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Discussion Topic  In sheep's clothing (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
In a prior post we discussed language-as-virus, independent of its host. For example, Korean and Tu......
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Discussion Topic  Voluptuous Words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Enjoyed a word from an article mourning the passing of French philosopher and gastronome Jean-Franco......
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Discussion Topic  Monumental (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
There are innumerable memorials in the (US) District of Columbia, but I've only seen two monuments -......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Color Black (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Our theme is 'black,' but the first antonym that comes to mind for whitewash is 'tar,' which is equa......
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Discussion Topic  Animalia (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Having collected a number of animal words, and seeking a source for more, I naturally reverted here ......
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Discussion Topic  The Tangled Web (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Sunday (NY) Times magazine had an article on lying, with the interesting assertion: "English has 11......
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Discussion Topic  Are There Untranslatable Word Games? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
A chance inquiry intersects with a Vocabulary thread, to yield the captioned question. Wordcrafter ......
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Discussion Topic  Sincerest Form of Flattery (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
A family "discussion" has arisen. Since the issue involves words and shades of meaning, I of course ......
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