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Discussion Topic  Parseltongue (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
J K Rowling calls the speech of snakes "Parseltongue." Any thoughts on the etymology? From etymonl......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Pirates of Penzance: the Major General (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Surely the Major General means hum the theme of the tune, and not the multiple voices with counterpo......
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Discussion Topic  Collective opinion (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
This being my best source of word wisdom, I ask the collective opinion. Is it good construction, is......
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Discussion Topic  Movie Numbers (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Over at Vocabulary the "Terms with Numbers" thread inspired a thought about movie numbers (that is "......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I tried but could not resist the temptation to note how "preposterous" calls to mind the inversion o......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The absolute most amusing/dangerous version of which is the Thai "tuk-tuk." ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Richard: In analogy to "quad-carburetors" and similar usages, my first thought on a quad-bike was f......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
*smiles* Yes, as is "pizza pie..." That's why S.E.C. regs only refer to a "tender."...
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Valentine is quite correct. From Etymonline.com: "to offer formally," 1542, from M.Fr. tendre "to ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Archaic Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The old poem "The Three Ravens" ends: "God send every gentleman Such haukes, such hounds, and such ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Nine ack emma (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Hacking through statistics and train service, I revert to the initial theme of words-for-letters. A......
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Discussion Topic  Purveyor versus Procurer (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The newspapers report "the Mann Act has been used...in prostitution cases, although normally it was ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Fossil Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
There are many such repetitiously redundant and periphrastic pleonasms in the law: * cease and desis......
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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: 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: What's new? (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I second the motion on the "gift bag" idea. The same term is used at Greek weddings for the sugared ......
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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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