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by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big frying pan
Replies: 4
Views: 26

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: 36

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: 1475

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: 318

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: 499

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: 603

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: 647

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: 644

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: 893

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: 1519

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: 1519

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: 991

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...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Timing
Replies: 1
Views: 793

Re: Timing

Very moving! :)
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Ken Greenwald - June 3, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Tue May 29, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Turns of a phrase
Replies: 1
Views: 702

Turns of a phrase

Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine. A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking. Dijon vu - the same mustard as before. Practice safe eating - always use condiments. Shotgun wedding - A case of wife or death. A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy. A hangover is the ...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon May 28, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Locks
Replies: 2
Views: 1312

Re: Locks

The first are called "latch locks" and the second are called "chain locks."
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Ken Greenwald - May 28, 2018