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by Ken Greenwald
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stochastic terrorism
Replies: 5
Views: 1697

stochastic terrorism

<2019 “In March, a far-right gunman murdered 51 Muslims in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand — and left behind a document describing Muslim immigrants as ‘invaders’ and Trump as ‘a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.’ And now, this latest massacre in El Paso [[add Dayton]]. ...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Damascene conversion
Replies: 7
Views: 6036

Re: Damascene conversion

Jim,

Very astute observation! I like it!! For those interested Wikipedia has a discussion at Damascus steel.
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by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: prelapsarian
Replies: 1
Views: 1945

prelapsarian

<2019 “This vision of a comparatively open border and some freedom of travel is increasingly what is meant on the Korean Peninsula by ‘reunification.’ There has been talk of normalized relations and corporate exchange, and Seoul has even floated the notion of a European Union-style confederation. L...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Overton window
Replies: 3
Views: 2106

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: 7
Views: 3833

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: 4032

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: 2953

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: 3443

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: 3443

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: 3443

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: 3357

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: 3598

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: 3598

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: 3605

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: 4099

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...