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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: Theme – Short Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Oda, hence odalisque... ......
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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: People You Know (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Speaking of senile, the female form "anile" is sometimes misunderstood, probably the same folks who ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: People You Know (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Brings to mind the famous gathering of such special guests: ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Miscellaneous Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Divagate, related to the vagus ("wandering") nerve, whence also vagrants. See ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Miscellaneous Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
To my ear, the form might be "agalaxia" or "agalactia," where "ia" denotes a condition. Compare hyp......
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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  RE: Phrases from Latin (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Important to note that in the US, judicial innovation and expansion of tort liability have transform......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Egyptology (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
By the way -- we must remember to distinguish the caduceus from the staff of Asclepius. See, for ex......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Egyptology (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The entry on the caduceus reminded me of an article --Deadly Tiny and Ready For Its Close-up, August......
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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: Market Share (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Kalleh: I shall ponder examples to prove your rule, but we can make it true immediately if we add "......
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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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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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