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Discussion Topic  RE: What's our theme? (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Wordcrafter offers another nice distinction with "willy-nilly." Same idea as "carrot and stick," wh......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Interesting Etymologies (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Really? Just Frenchified mis-spelling? It's quite Pythonic! "Ah doo naht laike yure redingcote, Ang......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Domineering Women (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Perhaps being named "yellow horse" (xanthi + hippo) might take its toll on one's good nature....
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Discussion Topic  RE: Domineering Women (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Whether a word is negative or positive depends upon the conjugation, viz.: "I'm resolute, you're st......
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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  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: What's Our Theme? (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Following arnie even further afield, regarding colors: The Japanese have two different words for "bl......
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Discussion Topic  RE: What's Our Theme? (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
For the bonus word, a bonus application: "Fiat justitia ruat caelum;" "Let there be justice, thoug......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Words with Religious Connection (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Strange juxtaposition "gemütlich mélange," takes two languages to paint the scene. (Also recalls ou......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Words with Religious Connection (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The Latin permission to print brings to mind another phrase. Q: When does NO mean yes? When it st......
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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: 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: 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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