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by Ken Greenwald
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ambit
Replies: 0
Views: 21

ambit

<2018 “At a time when literary convention favors novelists who write narrowly about personal experience, Power’s ambit is refreshingly unfashionable, restoring to the form an authority it has shirked.”— The Atlantic , June, page 32> ‘Ambit’ is a small word with useful meaning, I like it, and I was ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: woe betide
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: woe betide

John,

Interesting observation: betide / be tied. Who would have thunk? Damn the English language! :evil:
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Ken Greenwald - September 29, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: woe betide
Replies: 5
Views: 417

woe betide

<2018 “In Skaife’s [[author of The Ravenemaster : My Life With the Ravens at the Tower of London]] telling, the shifting social structure of his ravens plays out like a nail-bittingly intense soap opera, and woe betide the handler who can’t keep up.”— The Atlantic , October, page 43> Since the expr...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big frying pan
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: Big frying pan

A grill.
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: arriviste / arrivist
Replies: 0
Views: 406

arriviste / arrivist

<2018 “That the dinosaur wars drew in scientists from multiple disciplines only added to the bad blood. Paleontologists resented arriviste physicists, like Alvarez for ignoring their data. Physicists figured the stamp collectors [[derogatory expression for paleontologists]] were just bitter because...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dead cat bounce
Replies: 2
Views: 1691

Re: dead cat bounce

I really like this expression and I just came across it in my reading. I would note that it is often used in the hyphenated form dead-cat bounce . <2018 “The promise of the rainbow coalition thus seems ever closer to fruition. Among true believers, every liberal defeat, up to and including the 2016 ...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mung (the verb)
Replies: 2
Views: 652

mung (the verb)

<2018 “You gave up the privacy of your personal data a long time ago, said Ian Bogost in TheAtlantic.com. Everything you’ve done, online and off, has been ‘recorded, munged , and spat back at you to benefit sellers, advertisers, and the brokers who service them.’”— The Week , 7 September, page 19> ...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kleptocracy
Replies: 4
Views: 897

kleptocracy

<2018 “The Hudson Institute has promoted programs examining the rise of kleptocracy in governments around the world, with Russia as a prime target.”— New York Times , 21 August> Never heard the word before and it’s not hard to infer it’s meaning, but I’ll include it anyway. Dictionary.com kleptocra...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Doctors
Replies: 1
Views: 790

Re: Doctors

How true . :D

Ken - April 24, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kayfabe
Replies: 2
Views: 946

kayfabe

<“We are all now living in President Trump’s ‘ kayfabe ' [[ Los Angeles Times ]] . . . That’s a term from professional wrestling and ‘means presenting staged events as if they were real.’ Just as pro wrestlers stage colorful fake fights, Trump specializes in conjuring up illusions, or kayfabe , tha...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Fifty quid pro quo
Replies: 1
Views: 811

Re: Fifty quid pro quo

Good one. :lol:
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Ken - August 4, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Microphone
Replies: 7
Views: 1310

Re: Microphone

The black foam thingy is called a windscreen . “Windscreen and grilles are covers that improve the sound quality of a microphone. Normally a windscreen is made from foam and a grille from metal. They act as a filter to prevent popping, breath sound, moisture and wind noise from reaching your mic.” W...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 1889

Re: unami

John, ‘Unami’ with a capital “U” is listed in many dictionaries as the only definition of ‘unami.’ My Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary , for example, lists the following when I type in ‘unami’: Unami noun : 1. One of the two Algonquian languages of the Delaware peoples, originally spoken...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 1889

umami

[[This is a corrected version of this posting. As Erik Kowal pointed out below the correct spelling for this taste sense is "umami" and not "unami."]] <2018 “Scientists think they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by tweaking the food that cows eat. A recent experiment from the University of Calif...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pearl-clutching, pearl clutching
Replies: 2
Views: 1152

pearl-clutching, pearl clutching

<2018 “China ‘declared economic war on us years ago’ by forcing U.S. companies in China to surrender their intellectual property, dumping steel and aluminum at artificially low prices, and propping up state-owned firms. President Trump should do whatever it takes to bring the regime to heel. He sho...