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Discussion Topic  RE: Games and Sports (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
There's a wonderful complement to riposte in "remise..." ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Words of Emotion (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
From etymonline we read: nymphomania 1775, in Eng. translation of "Nymphomania, or a Dissertation Co......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Miscellaneous Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
zmježd: A young nephew stayed over not so long ago; had NO idea how to use the BellLabs rotary phon......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Miscellaneous Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Back in the day, computer paper came in continous folded sheets with holes on the edges. Pages were......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Unspelled Pronunciations (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Same thought for sough and slough......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Unspelled Pronunciations (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
kalleh: It does seem the difference is English/American, with original Greek having the "k" sound a......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Unspelled Pronunciations (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting that "schedule" shares an etymology with "schism."...
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Discussion Topic  RE: Unspelled Pronunciations (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting that we've retained the "k" sound in "schizophrenia." And the Orthodox clergy still ref......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Thanksgiving Feast (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Related to "prebend," the income from an estate....
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Discussion Topic  RE: Name that Nym (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Examples beyond measure: ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Parseltongue (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
neveu: Any relation between the "division" sense of "parcel," and the "two-pronged fork" of "pasti......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Parseltongue (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
That's the fascinating thing about language. No matter how inventive we are, we are still grounded ......
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Discussion Topic  Parseltongue (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
J K Rowling calls the speech of snakes "Parseltongue." Any thoughts on the etymology? From etymonl......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Pirates of Penzance: the Major General (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Surely the Major General means hum the theme of the tune, and not the multiple voices with counterpo......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Words of US Politics (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Believe "pork barrel" means wasteful spending in general. Perhaps a quarter of federal spending is p......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Offal Truth (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting to know how many words are really just direct collisions, like offal, "off-fall" or aton......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Learning New Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Sound rather like flat screen TV, where signals illuminate pixels. This takes the next step and mak......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Learning New Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
...and a relative of the pelota from jai alai and Mesoamerican ballgames (without the human sacrific......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Terms with Numbers (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Beleive it goes as follows: Whole, half and quarter notes have no "flags" flying. The eighth note ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Terms with Numbers (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Believe it should be hemidemisemiquaver. I had mnemonic in high-school, after the infamous class "H......
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