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by Ken Greenwald
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: taxi dancer
Replies: 5
Views: 2114

taxi dancer

<2019 “Yangsze Choo’s new novel [ The Night Tiger ] weaves together several ‘tantalizing twisted strands,’ said Patty Rhulle in USA Today . In 1930s Malaysia, a boy sent to find his master’s severed finger crosses paths with a taxi dancer working to cover her mother’s mah-jong debts.”— The Week , 2...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sommelier
Replies: 1
Views: 1417

sommelier

<2019 “Perhaps you are someone who thinks honey is just honey. Or tea is just tea. Or olive oil is just olive oil. Or water is just water. Or a cigar is just a cigar. Or mustard is just mustard. If so, you’re likely skeptical of a honey sommelier , a tea sommelier , an olive oil sommelier , a water...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: unicorn
Replies: 1
Views: 996

unicorn

Over the last several months I have seen the word “unicorn” used in a way which I am not familiar with. I wrote down a quote I saw in the NYTimes last month, but was jolted into looking into it when I came across it again in a magazine I was reading. Here are the two quotes: <2019 “The Next Wave of ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Women Who Read
Replies: 6
Views: 1601

Women Who Read

One morning a husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book. Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Deadline
Replies: 2
Views: 1128

Re: Deadline

Tony, Thanks for adding this word and its origin to our collection. I really like it. It’s a word so commonly used, yet I had never given a thought as to where it came from and nor had it ever been discussed in all the many years of Wordwizard’s existence. I’ll give it my official treatment here for...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this kind of person?
Replies: 5
Views: 2066

Re: What do you call this kind of person?

Steve,

A few words that readily come to mind are foulmouth, potty-mouth, cusser, and curser.
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Ken Greenwald - March 8, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 79
Views: 70457

Re: Good Quotes

The following quote by diplomat and author Daniele Varé (1880-1956) appeared in The Week, March 1, 2019, page 17:
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.
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Ken Greenwald - February 24, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hymeneal
Replies: 4
Views: 2686

hymeneal

My son, Scott, who lives in Boston and is a Research Scientist at MIT (tut, tut), came up with the idea of us simultaneously reading a book and discussing it. He suggested for our first book a short novel by Honoré de Balzac. I was not overly thrilled with this choice, but figured I’d give it a go –...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: elegiac
Replies: 2
Views: 2115

Re: elegiac

Thanks Rufus,

Ken
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: elegiac
Replies: 2
Views: 2115

elegiac

In recent years I find myself coming upon words that I know I used to know, but just can’t recall the meaning of now. It’s a bit annoying – perhaps old age setting in! (>:). Anyway, I’ve decided to begin to post some of them, and not just one’s I’ve never seen before, and perhaps help others who hav...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: clickbait
Replies: 3
Views: 2240

clickbait

<2018 “The stories were tawdry, and the news coverage sometimes veered toward clickbait , but there were important questions hiding beneath the sheets.”— New York Times , in article titled ‘Trump’s Tawdry Tabloid Sagas Reveal Weightier Themes,’ 9 December> clickbait noun : 1) ( Internet marketing, ...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dog whistler issue
Replies: 16
Views: 7858

Re: dog whistler issue

Thanks Erik and Phil. That Dictionary.com definition seemed to make no sense and was really bugging me.
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Ken Greenwald - January 23, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dog whistler issue
Replies: 16
Views: 7858

Re: dog whistler issue

Thanks Erik. But there's one thing that is still bothering me. In the Dictionary.com definition they say: "a political strategy, statement, slogan, etc. that conveys a controversial, secondary message understood only by those who support the message.” They say "only understood by those who support t...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dog whistler issue
Replies: 16
Views: 7858

Re: dog whistler issue

<2019 “An energized, inspiring, and ultimately successful foreign policy must cut through Trump’s false, dog-whistling choice between globalism and nationalism.”— The Atlantic , January/February, page78> I haven’t come across dog-whistle , other than the above quote, since I first saw it in this po...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Commencement
Replies: 9
Views: 3783

Re: Commencement

Steven, A Google search produced the following number of hits: 1) graduation commencement – 174,000 2) graduation ceremony – 10,100,000 3) graduation commencement ceremony – 26,700 (Note that 3 is contained in 1) So “graduation ceremony” is the winner by a wide margin! ______________________________...