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by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It's Magic
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: It's Magic

That bloke was beertrayed! (>:)
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Ken Greenwald - April 18, 2021
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Peter Principle
Replies: 3
Views: 335

The Peter Principle

After reading the opinion article “Let’s Cut Our Ridiculous Defense Budget” in the New York Times last week, I checked to see what reader’s comments were. One comment I read discussed the downside of outsourcing by the military. It said, . . . Spend more money on internal resources vs. outsourcing. ...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The Case for Semicolons
Replies: 0
Views: 2579

The Case for Semicolons

I ran across this interesting article on the use of semicolons in today's New York Times. The Case for Semicolons - NYTimes.com., 9 February, 2021.

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Ken Greenwald - February 9, 2021
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: couple months!
Replies: 5
Views: 4838

couple months!

Once countries authorize a vaccine, they’ll only be able to vaccinate a few percent of their citizens at most in the first couple months .— New York Times , 30 December, 2020 I have always used the expressions as "couple of months" as in "We'll be ready in a couple of months. Leaving out the "of" a...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: deuteragonist
Replies: 3
Views: 2828

Re: deuteragonist

Hey,

And lets not forget the googolagonist for the person in that book that is just out of this world.
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Ken Greenwald — December 27, 2020
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ghost (the transitive verb)
Replies: 0
Views: 4453

ghost (the transitive verb)

<2020 “Housekeepers Face a Disaster Generations in the Making. Ghosted by their employers, members of the profession are facing ‘a full-blown humanitarian crisis — a Depression-level situation.’ . . . . . . . . . The pandemic has had devastating consequences for a wide variety of occupations, but h...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: prelapsarian
Replies: 2
Views: 10273

Re: prelapsarian

I was clearing off a pile of papers on my desk when I came across a page I had cut out of the The New York Times Magazine back in March in which I had underlined the word prelapsaraian . The article it appeared in was about the author's visit to the Chernobyl disaster site and I thought that the par...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"
Replies: 7
Views: 5585

Re: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"

Hi John, I wasn't familiar with the word humbuggery, and it does have a nice ring to it. When I Iooked it up I found "humbug" was defined, but not "humbugerry". So, I would say a good fit for your two examples would be be something like 'the practice of a person who claims to be other than what he o...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"
Replies: 7
Views: 5585

Re: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"

Henry, I checked your two sources (etymonline.com & OED) and found no mention of as you said "how the word/the use of the word wizard has degraded or shifted from a derogatory term to describe someone as "falsely wise" or plain/outright foolish (taken from the "ard" suffix) to what is now a person o...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scared shitless
Replies: 4
Views: 5665

Re: scared shitless

Erik,

Thanks for the heads-up. "Stinking shit" is a term I will definitely use in my tell-some book on the Trump presidency in the chapter on his failed reelection campaign. In fact, it is so appropriate I may even slip it into the title.

Ken - July 15, 2020
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scared shitless
Replies: 4
Views: 5665

scared shitless

<2020 “Walsh, who unsuccessfully challenged Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination, said: “I can tell you, publicly and privately conversations I’ve had, they’re scared shitless , all of them, any Senate Republican on the ballot.”— theguardian.com , 11 July> Hmm! Quite the suave expression. :P I’...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: noblesse oblige
Replies: 3
Views: 5176

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: 5176

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: 4193

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: 4193

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,...