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by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hygge
Replies: 1
Views: 71

hygge

I received an email from AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) that said the following: <2020 “C’mon, Get Happy HYGGE : Here’s a little Danish for you. No, not the sweet, sticky breakfast treat, but the indulgence of self-care, comfort and relaxation we all crave and deserve — and the world...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic (2)
Replies: 7
Views: 1018

Re: shambolic (2)

You may have noticed that I have retitled this posting "shambolic (2)." That is because on January 7, 2008, I posted "shambolic" which is now designated as "shambolic (1). How soon we forget! :( That was only two years ago. Senility must be setting in.! But I should mention that no one else pointed ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pick up a pair
Replies: 4
Views: 714

Re: Pick up a pair

Erik,

I didn't get the meaning of the expression either. Thanks for that very good explanation.

Ken
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic (2)
Replies: 7
Views: 1018

shambolic (2)

Happy New Year to one and all! <2020 “Huge, sometimes violent protests began erupting across Iraq in October, as people angry about unemployment, corruption and shambolic public services poured into the streets.”— nytimes.com , 1 January> Shambolic is a new one on me and so to start the new year rig...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: flip off
Replies: 3
Views: 1437

flip off

<2019 “The woman who lost her job famously flipping off President Trump’s motorcade has won a seat on a county board of supervisors in Virginia.”— Time.com , 6 November> Never came across this expression before but it sort of strikes me as one I should have been familiar with. Merriam-Webster Unabr...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Go Pound Salt ???
Replies: 12
Views: 11720

Re: Go Pound Salt ???

Pat,

You state this as a fact. If you want us to accept this you should provide some proof!
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Ken Greenwald – November 10, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Humorous comparisons
Replies: 51
Views: 33783

Re: Humorous comparisons

<“‘Byrant toured tirelessly until the 1990s, when a heart attack forced her to give up the horn. In her later years, her only income was Social Security checks. ‘I’m sitting here broke as the Ten Commandments ,’ she said, ‘but I’m still rich. With love and friendship and music.’” — The Week , 11 Oc...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Between you and I
Replies: 12
Views: 6829

Re: Between you and I

Phil and Erik,

I am weak in this area and having nothing to add, but I would like to thank you both for a most interesting and illuminating discussion.
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Ken - October 8, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: indicia
Replies: 1
Views: 3943

indicia

<2019 “Trump and White House officials have said they don't know the identity of the whistleblower but the president nonetheless dismissed the person's actions as ‘partisan.’ And officials at the Justice Department on Wednesday affirmed that the intelligence community's inspector general found ‘som...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Opinions on why the chicken crossed the road
Replies: 5
Views: 5771

Re: Opinions on why the chicken crossed the road

Excellent Erik. I really enjoyed that.
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Ken - September 28, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stochastic terrorism
Replies: 5
Views: 5368

stochastic terrorism

<2019 “In March, a far-right gunman murdered 51 Muslims in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand — and left behind a document describing Muslim immigrants as ‘invaders’ and Trump as ‘a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.’ And now, this latest massacre in El Paso [[add Dayton]]. ...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Damascene conversion
Replies: 7
Views: 8397

Re: Damascene conversion

Jim,

Very astute observation! I like it!! For those interested Wikipedia has a discussion at Damascus steel.
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Ken Greenwald – August 6, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: prelapsarian
Replies: 1
Views: 3498

prelapsarian

<2019 “This vision of a comparatively open border and some freedom of travel is increasingly what is meant on the Korean Peninsula by ‘reunification.’ There has been talk of normalized relations and corporate exchange, and Seoul has even floated the notion of a European Union-style confederation. L...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Overton window
Replies: 3
Views: 4168

Overton window

<2019 “. . . ‘This is a fantasy.’ She [Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren] was talking about the enormous platform she has, now that she’s running for President, to propagate political proposals that she has been thinking about for decades. ‘It’s a moment of being able to talk abou...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 7
Views: 10284

Re: Violin, viola.

Hi Bob, I’ve always pronounced it vee-ola . I checked 10 dictionaries and found that 8 of them pronounced it vee-ola . Merriam-Webster regular and unabridged gave vye-ola as an alternate pronunciation. And here is the OED ’s pronunciations. I have always been too lazy to learn or look up their pronu...