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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  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  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: Devilish Derivation (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
OR Not... I didn't find "Mephisto" etymology, hence the appeal. But shufitz's post suggested searc......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Devilish Derivation (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Devilish Derivation (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
shufitz,I believe you've nailed it. One use of learned terms is to hide underlying ignorance. In r......
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Discussion Topic  Devilish Derivation (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Music, Liszt especially, triggers the question. We know Satan, the devil, Ol' Nick. A host of Gree......
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Discussion Topic  RE: bald-faced vs. bold-faced (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Brings to mind the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892). I seem to recall lines like "Oh b......
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Discussion Topic  Long and the short of it (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Long walk for a short beer Long walk off a short pier Two expressions for a disappointment, a less-......
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Discussion Topic  On a Roll (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Has Wordcraft ever discussed the multiplicity of words on a roll(role)? Barrel... Tootsie... Bank........
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Discussion Topic  Untranslatable Japanese (in Foreign Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Well not exactly, or entirely, untranslatable. Any concept can be conveyed in a sufficient number o......
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Discussion Topic  RE: A new, experimental forum (in Foreign Words) by Robert Arvanitis
From a capital markets perspective, note that none of the foregoing is to be confused with usufruct......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Exotic Idiom (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Kudos to tinman for tracking that down. The phrase was in a recent ad for financial services, on ho......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Exotic Idiom (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
First of all, it's a pleasure to be able to tap into the collective at Wordcraft! As to the express......
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Discussion Topic  Exotic Idiom (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Anyone know the origin of the phrase "send in the llamas?" Gave me an almost-but-not-quite feeling ......
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Discussion Topic  Collectives-Idiomatic (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
In contrast to the metric system, English measure is a jumble of idiosyncratic ratios and history-bo......
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Discussion Topic  So seductive, but false... (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
"Equerry" is one who cares for the royal horses. One intuits the horse connection, but the word is ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Bangs vs. Fringe (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
jheem perceives NO meaning? How metaphor-immuno-literalist....
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Discussion Topic  RE: Bangs vs. Fringe (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Actually, it is an example of when it is ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Bangs vs. Fringe (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The @ indicated it is my e-mail address. Lacking a way to post the article, I offer a Word doc copy......
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