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Discussion Topic  Extraordinary superlatives (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The vocabulary thread entry chili dogs brings to mind a new kind of superlative, as in "Evil con car......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Overeating (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Always assumed "trencherman" meant "hungry like one who dug ditches all day." Turns out it is only ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Tasty Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting that both "viands" and "victuals" derive from life. From Etymological dictionary: victu......
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Discussion Topic  Less manipulative (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
I appeal to the good folk of Wordcraft to help me find a better word. Accountants I know are offeri......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Tasty Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The "sap" of taste becomes the "sip" when negated, as with "insipid," the antonym of sapid. Are the......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Specific "collective" nouns (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Anyone recall who first used the term "gig(g)irls?" Vaguely recall James Joyce but not to coming up......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Laws, Principles, and Rules (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The Peter solution to THAT question is the "lateral arabesque." When one has risen to the ultimate ......
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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: Colo(u)rful Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Speaking of colorful noises (or perhaps noisy colors), have a look at ......
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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: Sensory Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"Sialalogue" recalls prior discussions of hybrid Greek/Latin compound words, like astronaut, automob......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Sensory Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The theme brings to mind a word with great potential to be misunderstood -- "vomeronasal." Extra cr......
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