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by Ken Greenwald
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ghost (the transitive verb)
Replies: 0
Views: 1453

ghost (the transitive verb)

<2020 “Housekeepers Face a Disaster Generations in the Making. Ghosted by their employers, members of the profession are facing ‘a full-blown humanitarian crisis — a Depression-level situation.’ . . . . . . . . . The pandemic has had devastating consequences for a wide variety of occupations, but h...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: prelapsarian
Replies: 2
Views: 8912

Re: prelapsarian

I was clearing off a pile of papers on my desk when I came across a page I had cut out of the The New York Times Magazine back in March in which I had underlined the word prelapsaraian . The article it appeared in was about the author's visit to the Chernobyl disaster site and I thought that the par...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"
Replies: 7
Views: 3093

Re: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"

Hi John, I wasn't familiar with the word humbuggery, and it does have a nice ring to it. When I Iooked it up I found "humbug" was defined, but not "humbugerry". So, I would say a good fit for your two examples would be be something like 'the practice of a person who claims to be other than what he o...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"
Replies: 7
Views: 3093

Re: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"

Henry, I checked your two sources (etymonline.com & OED) and found no mention of as you said "how the word/the use of the word wizard has degraded or shifted from a derogatory term to describe someone as "falsely wise" or plain/outright foolish (taken from the "ard" suffix) to what is now a person o...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scared shitless
Replies: 4
Views: 4024

Re: scared shitless

Erik,

Thanks for the heads-up. "Stinking shit" is a term I will definitely use in my tell-some book on the Trump presidency in the chapter on his failed reelection campaign. In fact, it is so appropriate I may even slip it into the title.

Ken - July 15, 2020
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scared shitless
Replies: 4
Views: 4024

scared shitless

<2020 “Walsh, who unsuccessfully challenged Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination, said: “I can tell you, publicly and privately conversations I’ve had, they’re scared shitless , all of them, any Senate Republican on the ballot.”— theguardian.com , 11 July> Hmm! Quite the suave expression. :P I’...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: noblesse oblige
Replies: 3
Views: 3671

Re: noblesse oblige

Hi Phil, It’s interesting that you said you never heard this expression being used as a noun, but only in phrasal usage, and in my experience, although limited, I thought I saw it as almost always being used as a noun. In trying to figure out why this was, it came to me that maybe it might be attrib...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: noblesse oblige
Replies: 3
Views: 3671

noblesse oblige

<2020 “As a business owner, it was not George’s priority to make money so much as it was to provide jobs . . . George had little use for material possessions and none for conspicuous consumption. . . . There are many non-profits . . . that have benefited from his . . . munificence, mostly given in ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: perseverate
Replies: 2
Views: 2930

Re: perseverate

Hi Erik, I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but in searching for other examples of 'frequentive verbs', I came up with this discussion, and several other similar discussions, which cast a more general light on the issue which I hadn't considered: <2017 “ Bobble, sniffle, sparkle. Blabber,...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: perseverate
Replies: 2
Views: 2930

perseverate

<2020 “He [[Jim Walmsley, American long-distance runner]] would spend nights alone, stewing over what a life outside of the Air Force would look like. He would break things —“usually a lamp”— and persevereate on what seemed to him a streak of awful luck.”— The New York Times Magazine , 16 February,...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue May 26, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: all-out / all-in / all out / all in
Replies: 2
Views: 3700

all-out / all-in / all out / all in

<2020 “But for now, Modi [[India’s Prime Minister]] is the winner. By going all-in for Trump in a U.S. election year, Modi has guaranteed that the White House will stay silent on critical issues.”— The Week , 6 March, page 15> <2020 “But the fact the Putin’s hackers went all-in for Trump, who won t...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Take No Chances
Replies: 0
Views: 4578

Take No Chances

Donald Trump goes on a visit to Israel, where he suffers a heart attack and dies. The undertaker tells the American diplomats accompanying him, "You can have him shipped home for $50,000, or you can bury him here in the Holy Land, for just $100." The diplomats go into a corner to discuss for a few m...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gaslighting
Replies: 4
Views: 13799

Re: gaslighting

<2020 “President Trump at a briefing Monday night made an assertion that likely would have surprised the framers of the U.S. Constitution: that as president, his authority is ‘total,’ and that he has the power to order states — which have told businesses to close and people to remain at home to lim...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How Smart?
Replies: 1
Views: 2794

How Smart?

There was a plane with 5 passengers aboard: Donald Trump, the Pope, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Hillary Clinton, and a ten year old schoolgirl. The plane is about to crash and there are only 4 parachutes. Dr. Fauci says, "I need one. I have to help develop a cure for the global health crisis covid19." He tak...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kitsch
Replies: 3
Views: 11890

kitsch

<2020 “Today Kiefer [[20/21st German painter/sculptor whose works often incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac.]] has long since been canonized, and his name has become a kind of trademark. If anyone is truly provoked by his work these days, it is by its price tag. And it...