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by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Overton window
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Overton window

<2019 “. . . ‘This is a fantasy.’ She [Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren] was talking about the enormous platform she has, now that she’s running for President, to propagate political proposals that she has been thinking about for decades. ‘It’s a moment of being able to talk abou...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Re: Violin, viola.

Hi Bob, I’ve always pronounced it vee-ola . I checked 10 dictionaries and found that 8 of them pronounced it vee-ola . Merriam-Webster regular and unabridged gave vye-ola as an alternate pronunciation. And here is the OED ’s pronunciations. I have always been too lazy to learn or look up their pronu...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bijou / bijou strongman
Replies: 5
Views: 1268

bijou / bijou strongman

bijou / bijou strongman <2019 “President Trump heaped praise on Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban during his visit to the White House this week, shrugging off concerns about the Central European leader’s increasing authoritarianism. . . . Sitting next to Orban must have ‘stoked a jealous rage in...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu May 16, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A duck walks into a drug store...
Replies: 1
Views: 2216

Re: A duck walks into a drug store...

John,

Good one!! :lol:
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Ken - May 16, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Sun May 12, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 2464

Re: heterodox

I was surprised to see that. Wiki and Urban Dictionary aren't the most reliable sources...usually. They're not the most reliable sources, but in this instance they were the only dictionary sources. That may have been the first time I ever quoted the Urban Dictionary . :( ___________________ Ken — M...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat May 11, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 2464

Re: heterodox

John, You’re right. The antonym of the prefix ‘ortho-‘ is ‘homo-‘ For example, “homogenous vs. heterogenous.” So I agree that it seems the straightforward antonym of ‘heterodox’ should be ‘homodox.’ The path to getting the antonym of ‘heterodox’ to be the word ‘orthodox’, however, is a bit more circ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri May 10, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 2464

heterodox

<2019 “Recently, under the somewhat unlikely inspiration of Elizabeth Warren [U.S. Senator], some conservatives have revived an old debate: Did millions of women entering the work force actually make families worse off? In her lost days as a heterodox public intellectual, Warren made the case that ...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu May 02, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Talking in the abstract.
Replies: 3
Views: 2711

Re: Talking in the abstract.

Talking in the abstract is an idiom that means to be talking in a general way, without referring to a particular real person, thing or situation. So when Mrs May said "no deal is better than a bad deal" she was implying that in general she thought that was true and didn't want people to think that ...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: legitimate (the verb)
Replies: 3
Views: 2734

Re: legitimate (the verb)

Phil,
Your comments have clarified the distinction between 1 and 3 in my mind. Thanks.
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Ken - April 30, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: legitimate (the verb)
Replies: 3
Views: 2734

legitimate (the verb)

In an interesting article titled ‘The Rich Kid Revolutionaries: Children of privilege, like Abigail Disney, are taking a moral stand against inequality,’ I came across a word that I never knew could be used as a verb: <2019 “Immigrants who ‘make it’ are often seen to exemplify the American dream of ...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish
Replies: 3
Views: 2888

Re: American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish

Thanks Erik. Interesting!

You have USA: trash truck

I have never heard the expression 'trash truck' used. I've always heard and used 'garbage truck.'
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Ken - April 25, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: remove (the noun)
Replies: 6
Views: 3005

remove (the noun)

Tintoretto [[famed artist of Renaissance Venice]] didn’t idealize his godly or saintly subjects and set them at a remove . He put us nose-close to figures in swirling, cinematic motion; “his high-wire scenes dare us to look away.”— The Week , 26 April, page 23 A few years back when I wrote the post...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 5022

Re: Daylight Robbery

Tony, Excellent piece of research!! And I agree as you said: <“From this one might imagine that ‘daylight robbery’ was derived from the criminal offence or from the subsequent taxation. And, possibly, from both.”> The subsequent taxation could nicely cover the figurative meaning of an excessive fina...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 5022

Re: Daylight Robbery

I just recalled that I had discussed “Daylight Robbery” in a posting many moons ago (see daylight robbery ). It is always a good idea before posting to do a search to see if the topic has been previously discussed. Just for the record, I’ll provide the OED ’s definitions here and a few more recent q...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Letter to Dad!
Replies: 0
Views: 2992

Letter to Dad!

A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to 'Dad.' With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter...