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Discussion Topic  RE: About face (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Flashback induced by reading "edentate," bringing to mind actuarial studies from early in my career:......
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Discussion Topic  RE: "The Sea" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
From whence is the quote on the Colonel and Miss Vavasour? Note this from Wiki: "A vavasour, (also ......
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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: 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  RE: Less manipulative (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
zmježd makes a good point on usage. It's not that "manipulate" is inherently bad. Rather, it has jus......
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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  RE: New term: "sexile" (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Not to be confused, of course, with "sessile," or conflated with "sextile."...
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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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Discussion Topic  RE: Specific "collective" nouns (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Anyone recall who first used the term "gig(g)irls?" Vaguely recall James Joyce but not to coming up......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Collections and collectors (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The collectible is limited, I suppose, only by the range of one's vice(s). I've seen CEOs with fram......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Collections and collectors (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Wonderful offerings, wordcrafter. I am entering them all in my ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Collections and collectors (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
An intriguing question on this week's topic (from ......
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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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