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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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Discussion Topic  RE: Nine ack emma (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Robert Arvanitis
Hacking through statistics and train service, I revert to the initial theme of words-for-letters. A......
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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: Fossil Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
There are many such repetitiously redundant and periphrastic pleonasms in the law: * cease and desis......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Fossil Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Though I do recall a Star Trek episode "Amok Time..."...
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Discussion Topic  RE: What's new? (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I second the motion on the "gift bag" idea. The same term is used at Greek weddings for the sugared ......
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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  RE: About face (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Tragus also gives us the tragos-oide or goat-song, described in Online Etymological Dictionary as: ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: About face (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Alas, neveu, you have the instincts of an actuary. That need prove no impediment to social success.......
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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: 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: 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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