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Discussion Topic  RE: Miscellaneous Words Again (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
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Discussion Topic  RE: Miscellaneous Words Again (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
So it's illegal to buy or sell organs, but it's ok to swap organs of like kind? How about a kidney ......
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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: Printmaking Terms (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
In 2006 I saw an entry on "glicée," ......
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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  RE: Wealth (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Yes, which is why so many cultures-in-diaspora (think Greeks and Armenians, overseas Chinese, and Je......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Wealth (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Wealth is embedded value. Create a work of art, invent a new technology, discover a new idea or a n......
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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  RE: 2009 Scripps Spelling Bee (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Our colleagues in the Philippines might claim precedent with the barong... ......
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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: 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  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: The Thanksgiving Feast (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Related to "prebend," the income from an estate....
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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  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  RE: Physicists Humor (in The Written Word) by Robert Arvanitis
Took my degree in physics, and often sparred with the mathematicians, until one day it was all resol......
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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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