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Discussion Topic  RE: The Waters of the World (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Riprap holds the flow of water. Words can do the same -- hold, guide, shape the flow of ideas. See......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Palindrome's pals? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Asa: Perhaps "cyclical," as in some algebras. Wrap the word around a clock, with initial letter at......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Antedating the OED (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Google hits: Misogyny - 922,000 Misandry - 56,500 Misanthropy - 516,800 Cuts the lead to 60%.......
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Discussion Topic  RE: People you don't admire (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"Stand up and repeat 'Tis the Voice of the Sluggard' said the Gryphon." The Lobster ‘Tis the voice ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Cutlery (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Dinner gathering on New Year's Day. The Greeks cut the Vasilopita ("Basil Cake") on the first, looki......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Odd and Amusing Scientific Names (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The Manx emblem is known in Greek as the triskelion, from three + legs. In turn, skelos (literally ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: bald-faced vs. bold-faced (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Brings to mind the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892). I seem to recall lines like "Oh b......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Toponyms (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Let us also nod in the direction of the Crimea, where British worthies gave us the cardigan and the ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Collectives-Idiomatic (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
The instant I read kalleh's correction of "peck," I recalled the rhyme. And arnie gives a nice back......
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Discussion Topic  Collectives-Idiomatic (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
In contrast to the metric system, English measure is a jumble of idiosyncratic ratios and history-bo......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Mufti (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
What about the Grand Mufti? (!)...
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Discussion Topic  RE: Words of Railroading (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I've always associated 'jerk' with motion, as in soda-jerk. By extension, one who was not the pharma......
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Discussion Topic  RE: chekovista (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
To museamuse's point -- I assert the Mexican dish "fajitas" is actually derived from the Greek "phag......
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Discussion Topic  So seductive, but false... (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
"Equerry" is one who cares for the royal horses. One intuits the horse connection, but the word is ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Eponyms (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The cocktail is named for the Stalin's Prime Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov. This is special, because......
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Discussion Topic  RE: 'Hard words' from "River Horse" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Terrific find -- excellent example for the "nice distinctions" category. Visit ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Dry Wit (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Full marks to Stoppard, since his Broca's region was first fixed on Czech. But he got to England by......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Bangs vs. Fringe (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
jheem perceives NO meaning? How metaphor-immuno-literalist....
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Discussion Topic  RE: Bangs vs. Fringe (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Actually, it is an example of when it is ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Bangs vs. Fringe (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The @ indicated it is my e-mail address. Lacking a way to post the article, I offer a Word doc copy......
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