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by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: noblesse oblige
Replies: 3
Views: 647

Re: noblesse oblige

Hi Phil, It’s interesting that you said you never heard this expression being used as a noun, but only in phrasal usage, and in my experience, although limited, I thought I saw it as almost always being used as a noun. In trying to figure out why this was, it came to me that maybe it might be attrib...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: noblesse oblige
Replies: 3
Views: 647

noblesse oblige

<2020 “As a business owner, it was not George’s priority to make money so much as it was to provide jobs . . . George had little use for material possessions and none for conspicuous consumption. . . . There are many non-profits . . . that have benefited from his . . . munificence, mostly given in ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: perseverate
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: perseverate

Hi Erik, I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but in searching for other examples of 'frequentive verbs', I came up with this discussion, and several other similar discussions, which cast a more general light on the issue which I hadn't considered: <2017 “ Bobble, sniffle, sparkle. Blabber,...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: perseverate
Replies: 2
Views: 664

perseverate

<2020 “He [[Jim Walmsley, American long-distance runner]] would spend nights alone, stewing over what a life outside of the Air Force would look like. He would break things —“usually a lamp”— and persevereate on what seemed to him a streak of awful luck.”— The New York Times Magazine , 16 February,...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue May 26, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: all-out / all-in / all out / all in
Replies: 2
Views: 1343

all-out / all-in / all out / all in

<2020 “But for now, Modi [[India’s Prime Minister]] is the winner. By going all-in for Trump in a U.S. election year, Modi has guaranteed that the White House will stay silent on critical issues.”— The Week , 6 March, page 15> <2020 “But the fact the Putin’s hackers went all-in for Trump, who won t...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Take No Chances
Replies: 0
Views: 1974

Take No Chances

Donald Trump goes on a visit to Israel, where he suffers a heart attack and dies. The undertaker tells the American diplomats accompanying him, "You can have him shipped home for $50,000, or you can bury him here in the Holy Land, for just $100." The diplomats go into a corner to discuss for a few m...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gaslighting
Replies: 4
Views: 11963

Re: gaslighting

<2020 “President Trump at a briefing Monday night made an assertion that likely would have surprised the framers of the U.S. Constitution: that as president, his authority is ‘total,’ and that he has the power to order states — which have told businesses to close and people to remain at home to lim...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How Smart?
Replies: 1
Views: 1271

How Smart?

There was a plane with 5 passengers aboard: Donald Trump, the Pope, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Hillary Clinton, and a ten year old schoolgirl. The plane is about to crash and there are only 4 parachutes. Dr. Fauci says, "I need one. I have to help develop a cure for the global health crisis covid19." He tak...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kitsch
Replies: 3
Views: 10043

kitsch

<2020 “Today Kiefer [[20/21st German painter/sculptor whose works often incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac.]] has long since been canonized, and his name has become a kind of trademark. If anyone is truly provoked by his work these days, it is by its price tag. And it...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sui generis
Replies: 4
Views: 9001

Re: sui generis

John,

Agreed. But some are more unique than others! :D

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Ken - February 10, 2020
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: no rest for the weary
Replies: 6
Views: 19232

Re: no rest for the weary

Robert,

You say:
The intention of the bible passage is there will be no rest for the wicked in hell.

How do you know that is the intention of the bible passage?

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Ken Greenwald - February 10, 2020
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sui generis
Replies: 4
Views: 9001

sui generis

<2020 “The U.S. is not the U.K. . . . and ‘ Bernie Sanders is not Jeremy Corbyn.” A humorless oddball dogged by persistent charges of anti-Semitism, Corbyn is personally unpopular . . . Corbryn is ‘ sui generis ’ . . . so is the Brexit morass.”— The Week , 27 December/10 January, page 6> This is an...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hygge
Replies: 1
Views: 7519

hygge

I received an email from AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) that said the following: <2020 “C’mon, Get Happy HYGGE : Here’s a little Danish for you. No, not the sweet, sticky breakfast treat, but the indulgence of self-care, comfort and relaxation we all crave and deserve — and the world...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic (2)
Replies: 8
Views: 12193

Re: shambolic (2)

You may have noticed that I have retitled this posting "shambolic (2)." That is because on January 7, 2008, I posted "shambolic" which is now designated as "shambolic (1). How soon we forget! :( That was only two years ago. Senility must be setting in.! But I should mention that no one else pointed ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pick up a pair
Replies: 4
Views: 7674

Re: Pick up a pair

Erik,

I didn't get the meaning of the expression either. Thanks for that very good explanation.

Ken