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by Ken Greenwald
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hymeneal
Replies: 2
Views: 50

hymeneal

My son, Scott, who lives in Boston and is a Research Scientist at MIT (tut, tut), came up with the idea of us simultaneously reading a book and discussing it. He suggested for our first book a short novel by Honoré de Balzac. I was not overly thrilled with this choice, but figured I’d give it a go –...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: elegiac
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: elegiac

Thanks Rufus,

Ken
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: elegiac
Replies: 2
Views: 488

elegiac

In recent years I find myself coming upon words that I know I used to know, but just can’t recall the meaning of now. It’s a bit annoying – perhaps old age setting in! (>:). Anyway, I’ve decided to begin to post some of them, and not just one’s I’ve never seen before, and perhaps help others who hav...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: clickbait
Replies: 3
Views: 551

clickbait

<2018 “The stories were tawdry, and the news coverage sometimes veered toward clickbait , but there were important questions hiding beneath the sheets.”— New York Times , in article titled ‘Trump’s Tawdry Tabloid Sagas Reveal Weightier Themes,’ 9 December> clickbait noun : 1) ( Internet marketing, ...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dog whistler issue
Replies: 16
Views: 3901

Re: dog whistler issue

Thanks Erik and Phil. That Dictionary.com definition seemed to make no sense and was really bugging me.
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by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dog whistler issue
Replies: 16
Views: 3901

Re: dog whistler issue

Thanks Erik. But there's one thing that is still bothering me. In the Dictionary.com definition they say: "a political strategy, statement, slogan, etc. that conveys a controversial, secondary message understood only by those who support the message.” They say "only understood by those who support t...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dog whistler issue
Replies: 16
Views: 3901

Re: dog whistler issue

<2019 “An energized, inspiring, and ultimately successful foreign policy must cut through Trump’s false, dog-whistling choice between globalism and nationalism.”— The Atlantic , January/February, page78> I haven’t come across dog-whistle , other than the above quote, since I first saw it in this po...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Commencement
Replies: 9
Views: 2345

Re: Commencement

Steven, A Google search produced the following number of hits: 1) graduation commencement – 174,000 2) graduation ceremony – 10,100,000 3) graduation commencement ceremony – 26,700 (Note that 3 is contained in 1) So “graduation ceremony” is the winner by a wide margin! ______________________________...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Two different countries
Replies: 11
Views: 2709

Re: Two different countries

Offhand I can’t think of any cool, succinct description. But I would say, even though it’s a bit awkward, that a person whose mother is a Japanese citizen and father is a Korean citizen is of “Japanese-Korean parentage citizenship” – their parents have different nationalities. However, if the person...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy Christmas!
Replies: 14
Views: 3729

Re: Happy Christmas!

Thanks Phil. And speaking of buffoons, which would be a compliment to many of our government officeholders from the President on down, let’s hope that we can mitigate some of the damage they have done (think climate change, rule of law, healthcare, tariffs, coddling of despots, selection of incompet...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 2018 Word of the Year
Replies: 4
Views: 2431

2018 Word of the Year

Based on the number of look-ups on their online websites the following dictionaries came up with their Word of Year . <Merriam-Webster’s 2018 Word of the Year is ”justice,” which saw a 74% increase in look-ups from 2017. The dictionary noted that the Mueller investigation led to frequent headlines a...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 74
Views: 55507

Re: Good Quotes

The following quote in Boston.com from American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and film producer Stephen Wright (born 1955) appeared in The Week, 15 November, page 17: <When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.> _________________________________ Ken Greenwald - November 29, 20...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Beer versus wine: An ancient quarrel
Replies: 3
Views: 1807

Re: Beer versus wine: An ancient quarrel

Erik,

Beautiful!! :D

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Ken - November 14, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wrong-foot
Replies: 1
Views: 2049

wrong-foot

<2018 “While Washington seems increasingly ready to counter Chinese expansionism, including on the high seas, its capacity to wrong-foot its Asian allies makes it all the more important that leading regional powers, such as India and Japan, do more to promote economic and political stability for th...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 3144

Re: glug

Thanks Erik,

Those suggestions fit well.
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Ken - November 6, 2018