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by gdwdwrkr
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I have a few questions I want to ask
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: I have a few questions I want to ask

What a relief! Machines are still stupid.
by gdwdwrkr
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is best/are best
Replies: 2
Views: 248

Re: is best/are best

You are talking about "use", not colors.
Think "We could use up to eight colors, but I think four is enough. I think [that the use of] four colors is best."
This is my opinion, proximity be damned.
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stochastic terrorism
Replies: 5
Views: 1672

Re: stochastic terrorism

Phil White wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:29 pm
gdwdwrkr wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:07 am
The concept certainly has elements of "dog-whistle" to it.
Quite so. And Erik is absolutely right. There is no need to obfuscate responsibility with a term like this when "incitement" is what we are really looking at.
...or at least, what we really mean.
by gdwdwrkr
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stochastic terrorism
Replies: 5
Views: 1672

Re: stochastic terrorism

The concept certainly has elements of "dog-whistle" to it.
by gdwdwrkr
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The story
Replies: 1
Views: 513

Re: The story

A+
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: solace and consolation
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: solace and consolation

Thank you, Erik.
I just wonder if the Latin goes further back toward something a cat might understand as she snoozes in a patch of sunshine on a cold day.
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: solace and consolation
Replies: 5
Views: 914

solace and consolation

A friend whose brother has just been admitted to an alzheimers unit in a faraway state is finding solace and consolation in some of the good qualities of the unit. Seeing the words together makes me wonder about their origins. I'm wondering if there is any solar-energy in their comfort.
by gdwdwrkr
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Overton window
Replies: 3
Views: 2097

Re: Overton window

"...threw up the sash..."
Talk about framing...
by gdwdwrkr
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 7
Views: 3818

Re: Violin, viola.

I always called the instrument a vee-ola, and often say it when the apropos term would be "voilà".
by gdwdwrkr
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: prelapsarian
Replies: 1
Views: 1941

Re: prelapsarian

Lapse must be the root of it.
by gdwdwrkr
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Damascene conversion
Replies: 7
Views: 6032

Re: Damascene conversion

Saul's rebirth was possibly conceived by Stephen even while Saul approved Stephen's being stoned to death.
by gdwdwrkr
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 2291

Re: Finnegans Wake and beesknees

It's not so bad.
Though I will never get it done within the 2-week inter-library-loan time-limit.
So I'll blame them.
by gdwdwrkr
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Damascene conversion
Replies: 7
Views: 6032

Re: Damascene conversion

The steel named for the place also passes through the fire, takes quite a beating, and emerges better for it.
by gdwdwrkr
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 2291

Finnegans Wake and beesknees

I have been ignorant of James Joyce and Finnegans Wake but thanks to an article about computers analyzing literature according to the probabilities of one word following another, and that Finnegans Wake has been found to be the least-predictable piece in the "English language" (!?), I have taken-up ...
by gdwdwrkr
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fruit juice container
Replies: 5
Views: 4027

Re: Fruit juice container

They urned it.