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Discussion Topic  RE: Oh My God! (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
(Pyri)phlegethon shares an etymology with phlogiston theory, the precursor of modern chemistry's und......
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Discussion Topic  Why so dead? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
There are a number of expressions with "dead" as an unlikely modifier: dead certain dead eye dead g......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Postpositive Adjectives (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
In "Rabbit Redux" critics feel John Updike returned to a character in the most positive sense possib......
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Discussion Topic  Floral Terms (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal, on the origins of floral terms. ......
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Discussion Topic  Inseparable words versus separts (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
There are a number of words where the "separated" form is unable to stand alone. For example, while......
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Discussion Topic  RE: There's a name that body-thing?! (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
...which is why we refer to the epicanthic fold....
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Discussion Topic  Cool new site (in The Written Word) by Robert Arvanitis
Etymological geography, or, if you prefer, geographical etymology: ......
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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  Collective opinion (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
This being my best source of word wisdom, I ask the collective opinion. Is it good construction, is......
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Discussion Topic  Movie Numbers (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Over at Vocabulary the "Terms with Numbers" thread inspired a thought about movie numbers (that is "......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Gulliver's Travels (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Surely not the end of Swift's invention! One last term - "Struldbrug," for a race where no one ever......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Gulliver's Travels (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Seeing "senectitude," "senile" and "senior" reminds me that there is a female equivalent -- anile. ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: US Independence Day (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Etymonline says as early as the 1300s. "Haca's or Hook's Island" became "Hackney" where they raised......
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Discussion Topic  Purveyor versus Procurer (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
The newspapers report "the Mann Act has been used...in prostitution cases, although normally it was ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Professions from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
"And shame it is, if a prest take keep, A shiten shepherde and clene sheep." In the sense of soiled......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Professions from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Excellent observation. In Frye's scheme, mythic means god-like powers, the heroic has more control ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Professions from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
In "Anatomy of Criticism" Northop Frye proposed that literature moves in cycles, that it evolves (de......
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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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