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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  RE: Vibrant Verbs (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
From the Latin vagari, to wander. Akin to vagrant. Also, the vagus nerve, which meanders (another ......
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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  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  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: hardball v fastball (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
I recall a movie where the bad guys threaten a newspaper editor, saying that they'll "play hardball.......
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Discussion Topic  RE: From the poems of Guy W. Carryl (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I beg to differ. On death that is. Dying young has been excellent career move for many, including ......
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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: Astronomy terms, and metaphor (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Not so egregious an error as this one, according to Wiki: "Han Solo, in A New Hope, boasts that the......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Astronomy terms, and metaphor (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Excellent illustration distinguishing among rotation, precession and nutation. ......
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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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