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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  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  RE: Is there a word for it? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
It seems that our friends in the UK sometimes, out of fundamental politeness, invert the intensity o......
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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  RE: Word Uses of Body Parts (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
To Caterwauller's humours, we must add "bilious," which one becomes from an excess of Mencken or Bie......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Word Uses of Body Parts (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I got an e-mail on Wordcrafter's latest post ("visceral") but it does not yet appear on the actual f......
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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: Eponyms - outrageous and/or obscure (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
As a rough indicator of that which preoccupies man's attention, have a look at: ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Animal words (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Science seems to have proven Arnie right. New discovery of the "rat-squirrel" as reported by the Ass......
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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: Terms of Wordplay (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Captain Aubrey made reference to the "lesser of two weevils..." Dr. Maturin objected, as noted....
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Discussion Topic  RE: Terms of Wordplay (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
See also the "Swifty:" A Tom Swifty is a Wellerism in which an adverb relates both properly and pun......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Terms of Wordplay (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"A man who would pun would pick pockets." Dr. Aubrey, "Master & Commander."...
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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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