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Discussion Topic  RE: Fossil Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
There are many such repetitiously redundant and periphrastic pleonasms in the law: * cease and desis......
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Discussion Topic  RE: What the fuck ? (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
What, in fact, is an inappropriate word? When, if ever, do substitutes become as inappropriate as t......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Fossil Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Though I do recall a Star Trek episode "Amok Time..."...
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Discussion Topic  RE: Logic, Reasoning and Thought (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
A quote from William F. Buckley, on language: "Some words, Dwight Macdonald wrote in a celebrated r......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Portmanteau words (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Ludicrous - source of amusement. (Per Etymonline, sense of "ridiculous" from 1782.) + Lunacy - ins......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Portmanteau words (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Resurrecting an old thread with a terrific new example from ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: What's new? (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I second the motion on the "gift bag" idea. The same term is used at Greek weddings for the sugared ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Professions from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"And shame it is, if a prest take keep, A shiten shepherde and clene sheep." In the sense of soiled......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Professions from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Excellent observation. In Frye's scheme, mythic means god-like powers, the heroic has more control ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Professions from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
In "Anatomy of Criticism" Northop Frye proposed that literature moves in cycles, that it evolves (de......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Interesting Etymologies (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting, especially in light of lower life-expectancy of the ancients, to hear ten year banishme......
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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  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: Savory Collectives - E pluribus unum (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
A sporting diversion and Spanish pun: "Olla-podrida" brings to mind Roberto Duran, originally nickn......
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