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Discussion Topic  RE: so that? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Yes, 'that Adj' meaning 'so Adj', 'Adj to so great an extent' is a regional usage, not standard Brit......
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Discussion Topic  metaphor chop suey (in Potpourri) by aput
I'm proofing a very large book at the moment; it's largely written on the principle that if one meta......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Verblessness (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
He was no more than a name to me; one hears of fashionable figures but often doesn't get why they're......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Sneek peek? (in Potpourri) by aput
"Good greef" has 3800 ghits. Strange, strange place the Web. "sneeek peak" has 2, "sneakpeak" has 5......
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Discussion Topic  RE: naïf (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Same here: naif is not a word in my active vocabulary. Before looking into this I only thought of it......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Guess the Theme (in The Vocabulary Forum) by aput
That dictionary definition actually ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: naïf (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
A bit of Googling confirms Kalleh's and my original impression, that 'naif' is a genderless noun in ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Jam (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Curious. The original 1706 quotation is "The Ice jam'd", which I suppose fits the supposed sense jam......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Verblessness (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
'When he crossed the Tiber' is subordinated by the conjunction 'when', and can't stand on its own (e......
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Discussion Topic  RE: naïf (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Naive is certainly an adjective in English: you can't say 'she is a naive'. I tend to agree with Kal......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Verblessness (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
No main clause verbs. All the verbs in there are dependent on noun phrases or in subordinate clauses......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Vatic/vatican (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Substring search at Perseus! I didn't know you could do that: I've just seen the basic "beginning wi......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Vatic/vatican (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Still can't think of a Classical Latin word ending in ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Vatic/vatican (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
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Discussion Topic  RE: Genuine (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
The original meaning was 'inborn', making it likely the supposed connexion with ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Just practice? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Both senses are almost the same age: it first meant 'perform a skill' (1500 or a bit before), then s......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Pronunciation again... (in Potpourri) by aput
Degree of stress is relative. If EMpire is pronounced with the vowels it normally has, it's impossib......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Romance (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Actually it is an interesting specialization, since it must be quite recent: until well into the twe......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Romance (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
This is fairly involved. Originally it seems to have been a distinction between 'Latin' and 'Roman',......
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Discussion Topic  RE: What is an "island"? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
How about a big sharp rock in the middle of nowhere? One such is one of the remaining glories of the......
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