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by Ken Greenwald
Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The Redeemer
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: The Redeemer

In Christianity Father is God. So to use the common expression “God our Father” is redundant. But it is done anyway to produce a stronger more descriptive expression. Same story with the redundant “Christ the Redeemer.”
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Ken Greenwald - September 13, 2021
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Aug 25, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The other one
Replies: 4
Views: 1760

Re: The other one

Steven, At first I couldn't figure out what you meant by 'the two questions', since I hadn't used those words in my posting. However, after reading over my posting several times I finally realized where you got that idea. When I said 'Assuming the person answering the question ('I') is the older si...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Aug 23, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The other one
Replies: 4
Views: 1760

Re: The other one

Assuming the person answering the question ('I') is the older sister ('the good daughter') and the referred to ‘little sister' ('a classic teenager') comprise the only two siblings in the family – the only thing that would make any sense – then to introduce us kids as 'the good daughter' and 'the o...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Aug 20, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 85
Views: 192651

Re: Good Quotes

I came across this an amusing comment on autobiographies made by Phillip Guedalla, English barrister and writer (1889-1944):
Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people.
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Ken Greenwald - August 20, 2021
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jul 05, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Perceptive Question
Replies: 1
Views: 1421

A Perceptive Question

I generally turn down the volume on my hearing aids during commercial breaks while catching the evening news on TV. But today, being otherwise occupied, I neglected to do so. And then when I started to pay attention a bit prematurely, caught a line from their last ad in which I heard the following p...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: All hell would break lose
Replies: 7
Views: 4116

Re: All hell would break lose

Hi Steve,

"There would be pandemonium" seems like it would work.
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Ken Greenwald - May 31, 2021
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It's Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 2846

Re: It's Magic

That bloke was beertrayed! (>:)
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Ken Greenwald - April 18, 2021
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Peter Principle
Replies: 4
Views: 6352

The Peter Principle

After reading the opinion article “Let’s Cut Our Ridiculous Defense Budget” in the New York Times last week, I checked to see what reader’s comments were. One comment I read discussed the downside of outsourcing by the military. It said, . . . Spend more money on internal resources vs. outsourcing. ...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The Case for Semicolons
Replies: 0
Views: 5685

The Case for Semicolons

I ran across this interesting article on the use of semicolons in today's New York Times. The Case for Semicolons - NYTimes.com., 9 February, 2021.

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Ken Greenwald - February 9, 2021
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: couple months!
Replies: 5
Views: 7290

couple months!

Once countries authorize a vaccine, they’ll only be able to vaccinate a few percent of their citizens at most in the first couple months .— New York Times , 30 December, 2020 I have always used the expressions as "couple of months" as in "We'll be ready in a couple of months. Leaving out the "of" a...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: deuteragonist
Replies: 3
Views: 4647

Re: deuteragonist

Hey,

And lets not forget the googolagonist for the person in that book that is just out of this world.
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Ken Greenwald — December 27, 2020
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ghost (the transitive verb)
Replies: 0
Views: 7131

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: 11911

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: 7716

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: 7716

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...