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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: Learning New Words (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
...and a relative of the pelota from jai alai and Mesoamerican ballgames (without the human sacrific......
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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: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
I tried but could not resist the temptation to note how "preposterous" calls to mind the inversion o......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
The absolute most amusing/dangerous version of which is the Thai "tuk-tuk." ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Richard: In analogy to "quad-carburetors" and similar usages, my first thought on a quad-bike was f......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
*smiles* Yes, as is "pizza pie..." That's why S.E.C. regs only refer to a "tender."...
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Valentine is quite correct. From Etymonline.com: "to offer formally," 1542, from M.Fr. tendre "to ......
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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  RE: Animals as Metaphors (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
Important distinction: The albatross itself represents good luck. It was only when the mariner kille......
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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: Portmanteau words (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Ludicrous - source of amusement. (Per Etymonline, sense of "ridiculous" from 1782.) + Lunacy - ins......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Portmanteau words (in Potpourri) by Robert Arvanitis
Resurrecting an old thread with a terrific new example from ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: "The Sea" (in The Vocabulary Forum) by Robert Arvanitis
From whence is the quote on the Colonel and Miss Vavasour? Note this from Wiki: "A vavasour, (also ......
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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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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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