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by Ken Greenwald
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sportsman’s Double
Replies: 2
Views: 3331

Re: Sportsman’s Double

A most unfortunate disappointment! :)
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Ken Greenwald - November 3, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Incel and incel
Replies: 3
Views: 3669

Incel and incel

‘Incel’ and ‘incel’ are relatively new words which I had never heard before: <2018 “Whether expressed in right-wing, left-wing, jihadist, or black nationalist ideological terms, today’s acts of political violence share a common lineage in the above mixture and together have resulted in almost 200 de...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pie-hole
Replies: 7
Views: 4877

Re: pie-hole

pie-hole or piehole or pie hole [[slang]] is your mouth and it is commonly used in the expression “Shut your pie-hole.” ___________________________________________ writingexplained.org/idiom-dictionary Shut your pie-hole : Shut up. Origin of Shut Your Pie Hole : Shut your cake hole came first, and ...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hyper/Hypo
Replies: 4
Views: 4038

Re: Hyper/Hypo

John, I agree with you. i If I saw "“Calhoon’s Tour Hypoed by Hollywood“ without knowing they were trying to promote the tour, I would infer it might mean "panned by Hollywood" since the prefix "hypo' means below, beneath, under, less than normal, deficient. However, as you pointed out and American ...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ambit
Replies: 1
Views: 3155

ambit

<2018 “At a time when literary convention favors novelists who write narrowly about personal experience, Power’s ambit is refreshingly unfashionable, restoring to the form an authority it has shirked.”— The Atlantic , June, page 32> ‘Ambit’ is a small word with useful meaning, I like it, and I was ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: woe betide
Replies: 5
Views: 4409

Re: woe betide

John,

Interesting observation: betide / be tied. Who would have thunk? Damn the English language! :evil:
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Ken Greenwald - September 29, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: woe betide
Replies: 5
Views: 4409

woe betide

<2018 “In Skaife’s [[author of The Ravenemaster : My Life With the Ravens at the Tower of London]] telling, the shifting social structure of his ravens plays out like a nail-bittingly intense soap opera, and woe betide the handler who can’t keep up.”— The Atlantic , October, page 43> Since the expr...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big frying pan
Replies: 5
Views: 3291

Re: Big frying pan

A grill.
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: arriviste / arrivist
Replies: 0
Views: 4662

arriviste / arrivist

<2018 “That the dinosaur wars drew in scientists from multiple disciplines only added to the bad blood. Paleontologists resented arriviste physicists, like Alvarez for ignoring their data. Physicists figured the stamp collectors [[derogatory expression for paleontologists]] were just bitter because...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dead cat bounce
Replies: 2
Views: 4129

Re: dead cat bounce

I really like this expression and I just came across it in my reading. I would note that it is often used in the hyphenated form dead-cat bounce . <2018 “The promise of the rainbow coalition thus seems ever closer to fruition. Among true believers, every liberal defeat, up to and including the 2016 ...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mung (the verb)
Replies: 2
Views: 3207

mung (the verb)

<2018 “You gave up the privacy of your personal data a long time ago, said Ian Bogost in TheAtlantic.com. Everything you’ve done, online and off, has been ‘recorded, munged , and spat back at you to benefit sellers, advertisers, and the brokers who service them.’”— The Week , 7 September, page 19> ...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kleptocracy
Replies: 4
Views: 4010

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: 3383

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: 3470

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: 3439

Re: Fifty quid pro quo

Good one. :lol:
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Ken - August 4, 2018