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by Ken Greenwald
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: disorderly house
Replies: 3
Views: 1872

disorderly house

. <1994 “Well, it’s just that the average whore who works a disorderly house knows more ways to shake down a mark than I could probably list . . .”— The Alienist by Caleb Carr> Below I’ve listed a few synonyms and I’m sure there are many more, but I had never come across ‘disorderly house’ before: ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 68
Views: 34755

Re: Good Quotes

. Both quotes appeared in The Week on January 13, 2017: It's obvious that women are smarter than men. Think about it — diamonds are a girls best friend; man's best friend is a dog. . On a more serious note here is a very fine quote: If you want peace, don't talk to your friends. Talk to your enemie...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tweeting
Replies: 4
Views: 2090

Re: Tweeting

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Like the bird, our POTUS seems to tweet before he thinks. Not a good method for creating policy!
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Ken — January 28, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 68
Views: 34755

Re: Good Quotes

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Here's one I found on a bulletin board at Colorado State University:
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
— Isaac Asimov

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Ken Greenwald — January 28, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: alienist
Replies: 5
Views: 2642

Re: alienist

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Hi tony,

Yes it does.
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Ken — January 23, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: alienist
Replies: 5
Views: 2642

alienist

. I just started reading The Alienist (1994) the first in a series of detective stories by Caleb Carr. The book is a soon-to-be television series, which is due out sometime in 2017. My first thought was that the word ‘alienist’ was created by the author and wasn’t a bona fide word. Turns out I was ...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: post-truth / post-truth politics
Replies: 1
Views: 1581

post-truth / post-truth politics

. Oxford Dictionaries chose the adjective post-truth as the 2016 ‘word of the year.’ I’m not sure of what the standards are for choosing ‘word of the year,’ but it’s possible that popularity is not high on the list. Perhaps niftiness and possibilities for the future are up there, but I never came a...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used for pets
Replies: 3
Views: 1742

Re: Thing used for pets

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I call mine a cat food bowl.
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Ken - December 29, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: News
Replies: 6
Views: 3005

Re: News

Contratulations! And no worries about birth control. (<:)
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Ken - December 22, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Belt and Braces - transatlantic differences.
Replies: 8
Views: 2620

Re: Belt and Braces - transatlantic differences.

aaa I’m surprised as I danced through life never having heard the American expression belts and suspenders – it’s really a good one, which I take to mean: Making doubly sure by having a backup if one of two objects, methods, plans, ideas, etc. fail. Or, as Tony so aptly put it: to take two or more ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the ubiquitous two
Replies: 4
Views: 1776

Re: the ubiquitous two

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"Tea for three" just doesn't hack it!
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Ken - November 17, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "wrapped in cotton wool" and "pin money"
Replies: 22
Views: 9658

Re: "wrapped in cotton wool" and "pin money"

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They were wishin' for spring!
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Ken - November 17, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: double black diamond
Replies: 1
Views: 2244

double black diamond

<2016 “Pittsburgh logged Day 1 of Uber’s self-driving car experiment. A few of the ride-share service’s most loyal users are taking part in the pilot program, operating in a few square miles of the city’s downtown. During our own reporter’s test ride, a safety engineer in the driver’s seat took con...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moiety
Replies: 34
Views: 16534

Re: moiety

I noticed that the etymology of moiety was not addressed, so here it is: MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE : Etymology of moiety : Moiety is one of thousands of words that English speakers borrowed from French. The Anglo-French moitè (meaning "a half" or "part of something") comes from Late Latin medietat-, me...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Leguminous
Replies: 3
Views: 2685

Re: Leguminous

Phil, I like your very inventive 'leguminous' -- much more colorful than just plan old 'greenish.'
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Ken Greenwald - September 1, 2016