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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  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: 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  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: Convergent Evolution (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Kalleh: By "thread" I meant to describe a line of descent. For example, from the Greek "kithara" w......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Convergent Evolution (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
First -- kudos, praise, props to arnie. Second -- my apologies to gooofy, kalleh, and anyone else t......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Convergent Evolution (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
zmjezhd is on the right track. Perhaps the inquiry is more accurately called diverge and re-converge......
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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  RE: Words of Double Meaning (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Not sure that talus1 is in fact independent from talus2. talus (1) "anklebone," 1693, from L. talus......
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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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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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