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by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Scraping by
Replies: 7
Views: 1301

Re: Scraping by

"We're just making it" is a similar expression.
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Ken Greenwald — July 4, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Wed May 03, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: agitprop
Replies: 5
Views: 1443

agitprop

. <2017 “What a columnist owes his readers isn’t a bid for their constant agreement. It’s independent judgment. Opinion journalism is still journalism, not agitprop .”— New York Times , 30 April> Never heard of it, but it doesn’t sound like a good thing. MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE agitprop : noun and a...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: windfall
Replies: 7
Views: 1881

windfall

aaa <2017 “There are legitimate reasons to run deficits, including lifting the economy in tough times, strengthening the military against proven threats and building or rebuilding public infrastructure. Borrowing trillions of dollars to provide a huge windfall for people at the top is not one of th...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Knife
Replies: 5
Views: 1346

Re: Knife

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I'd call it a box cutter.
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Ken - March 5, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pluperfect
Replies: 1
Views: 1349

pluperfect

. 1997 “As for the nefarious Libby--presented, with perfect appropriateness, only as others see and hear her--she rivals Lydia Gwilt of Wilkie Collins's Armadale as the pluperfect villainess, and the centerpiece of an enormously entertaining and satisfying reading experience.” – From Kirkus Review ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: disorderly house
Replies: 3
Views: 1374

disorderly house

. <1994 “Well, it’s just that the average whore who works a disorderly house knows more ways to shake down a mark than I could probably list . . .”— The Alienist by Caleb Carr> Below I’ve listed a few synonyms and I’m sure there are many more, but I had never come across ‘disorderly house’ before: ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 68
Views: 32971

Re: Good Quotes

. Both quotes appeared in The Week on January 13, 2017: It's obvious that women are smarter than men. Think about it — diamonds are a girls best friend; man's best friend is a dog. . On a more serious note here is a very fine quote: If you want peace, don't talk to your friends. Talk to your enemie...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tweeting
Replies: 4
Views: 1798

Re: Tweeting

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Like the bird, our POTUS seems to tweet before he thinks. Not a good method for creating policy!
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Ken — January 28, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 68
Views: 32971

Re: Good Quotes

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Here's one I found on a bulletin board at Colorado State University:
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
— Isaac Asimov

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Ken Greenwald — January 28, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: alienist
Replies: 5
Views: 2144

Re: alienist

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Hi tony,

Yes it does.
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Ken — January 23, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: alienist
Replies: 5
Views: 2144

alienist

. I just started reading The Alienist (1994) the first in a series of detective stories by Caleb Carr. The book is a soon-to-be television series, which is due out sometime in 2017. My first thought was that the word ‘alienist’ was created by the author and wasn’t a bona fide word. Turns out I was ...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: post-truth / post-truth politics
Replies: 1
Views: 1207

post-truth / post-truth politics

. Oxford Dictionaries chose the adjective post-truth as the 2016 ‘word of the year.’ I’m not sure of what the standards are for choosing ‘word of the year,’ but it’s possible that popularity is not high on the list. Perhaps niftiness and possibilities for the future are up there, but I never came a...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used for pets
Replies: 3
Views: 1510

Re: Thing used for pets

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I call mine a cat food bowl.
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Ken - December 29, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: News
Replies: 6
Views: 2397

Re: News

Contratulations! And no worries about birth control. (<:)
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Ken - December 22, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Belt and Braces - transatlantic differences.
Replies: 8
Views: 2216

Re: Belt and Braces - transatlantic differences.

aaa I’m surprised as I danced through life never having heard the American expression belts and suspenders – it’s really a good one, which I take to mean: Making doubly sure by having a backup if one of two objects, methods, plans, ideas, etc. fail. Or, as Tony so aptly put it: to take two or more ...