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by Ken Greenwald
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kleptocracy
Replies: 4
Views: 1349

kleptocracy

<2018 “The Hudson Institute has promoted programs examining the rise of kleptocracy in governments around the world, with Russia as a prime target.”— New York Times , 21 August> Never heard the word before and it’s not hard to infer it’s meaning, but I’ll include it anyway. Dictionary.com kleptocra...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Doctors
Replies: 1
Views: 1063

Re: Doctors

How true . :D

Ken - April 24, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kayfabe
Replies: 2
Views: 1222

kayfabe

<“We are all now living in President Trump’s ‘ kayfabe ' [[ Los Angeles Times ]] . . . That’s a term from professional wrestling and ‘means presenting staged events as if they were real.’ Just as pro wrestlers stage colorful fake fights, Trump specializes in conjuring up illusions, or kayfabe , tha...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Fifty quid pro quo
Replies: 1
Views: 1095

Re: Fifty quid pro quo

Good one. :lol:
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Ken - August 4, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Microphone
Replies: 7
Views: 1624

Re: Microphone

The black foam thingy is called a windscreen . “Windscreen and grilles are covers that improve the sound quality of a microphone. Normally a windscreen is made from foam and a grille from metal. They act as a filter to prevent popping, breath sound, moisture and wind noise from reaching your mic.” W...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 2373

Re: unami

John, ‘Unami’ with a capital “U” is listed in many dictionaries as the only definition of ‘unami.’ My Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary , for example, lists the following when I type in ‘unami’: Unami noun : 1. One of the two Algonquian languages of the Delaware peoples, originally spoken...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 2373

umami

[[This is a corrected version of this posting. As Erik Kowal pointed out below the correct spelling for this taste sense is "umami" and not "unami."]] <2018 “Scientists think they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by tweaking the food that cows eat. A recent experiment from the University of Calif...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pearl-clutching, pearl clutching
Replies: 3
Views: 1410

pearl-clutching, pearl clutching

<2018 “China ‘declared economic war on us years ago’ by forcing U.S. companies in China to surrender their intellectual property, dumping steel and aluminum at artificially low prices, and propping up state-owned firms. President Trump should do whatever it takes to bring the regime to heel. He sho...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Timing
Replies: 1
Views: 1223

Re: Timing

Very moving! :)
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Ken Greenwald - June 3, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Tue May 29, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Turns of a phrase
Replies: 1
Views: 1071

Turns of a phrase

Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine. A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking. Dijon vu - the same mustard as before. Practice safe eating - always use condiments. Shotgun wedding - A case of wife or death. A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy. A hangover is the ...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon May 28, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Locks
Replies: 2
Views: 1488

Re: Locks

The first are called "latch locks" and the second are called "chain locks."
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Ken Greenwald - May 28, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Fri May 25, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gaslighting
Replies: 2
Views: 2330

gaslighting

<2018 “The other question is whether Trump is a political anomaly or the start of a new era . . . Since Trump has gaslighted so dramatically and so successfully, will future political leaders also embrace lying as a deliberate strategy?”— The Week , 18 may, page 17> “Gaslight” used in this manner i...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed May 09, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Water
Replies: 5
Views: 2177

Re: Water

It’s called a “whirlpool” and Wikipedia has an article on it here.
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Ken Greenwald - May 9, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Fri May 04, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: mulligan
Replies: 3
Views: 5853

Re: mulligan

Another recent example of the use of ‘mulligan.’ <2018 “In one of his first interviews since joining Mr. Trump’s legal team, Mr. Giuliani appeared to briefly stun Sean Hannity of Fox News by asserting that the president had reimbursed his personal lawyer for a $130,000 hush payment to Stephanie Clif...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 4356

spoony

<2017 “‘But every author can taste the poison another has slipped into the punch,’ and the critic ended by calling Arthur ‘a magniloquent spoony .”— New York Times Book Review > Here’s the word that ‘magniloquent' modified in my previous posting and I would classify it as archaic. Merriam-Webster.co...