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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  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: hardball v fastball (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
I recall a movie where the bad guys threaten a newspaper editor, saying that they'll "play hardball.......
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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  RE: Poontang (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Speaking of Spoonerisms, there is a children's clothing line call "Rugged Bear." Imagine if the Rev......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Poontang (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
One man's meat is another's euphemism. I recall something about an old Russian word for 'bear,' whi......
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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  RE: Poontang (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The notion of censoring software brings to mind a cartoon. The administrative assistant asks the ex......
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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  RE: Poontang (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Medical Latin includes the term "pudendum..." For the persistent - pudendus, from gerundive of pudE......
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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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Discussion Topic  RE: The Waters of the World (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Perhaps we can lay the difficulty on the Greeks. "Limnos" means pool, and lends itself to a Greek s......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Waters of the World (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Tracing the Latin palus, for marsh, I found ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Waters of the World (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Riprap holds the flow of water. Words can do the same -- hold, guide, shape the flow of ideas. See......
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