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by Phil White
Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Victorian bitch
Replies: 2
Views: 2163

Victorian bitch

Diane, This one's been discussed a few times in various forms. Have a look for "bitch" in the search function, but especially these two: http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=5466&SearchTerms=bitch http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=3072&SearchTerms=bitch The word was certai...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 7394

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

Oh dear, my meaning has been missed again. I was too recent a member of this forum to comment on the relatively recent "deconstruct" thread. I shall catch up now. My understanding is that the whole purpose of deconstruction as originally conceived by Derrida was to reveal that texts (and words) cont...
by Phil White
Sat Jan 08, 2005 10:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 7394

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

Dale,
Pin down a specific, singular meaning to "deconstruct"? In its own terms, yours or mine? Tempt me not!
by Phil White
Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:57 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 7394

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

I think the key word is "personally". I don't have a problem with the tone or the message, and I don't see it as out of bounds, far rather as being core to the purpose of the forum. I just like to hear a different record occasionally. My preference, your choice. Quite apart from which, I'm not the o...
by Phil White
Sat Jan 08, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 7394

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

Louis, I think I have been misunderstood again, despite every attempt to be clear. I don't believe we disagree to the extent you suggest and I for one enjoy many of your posts, although I often find them close to impenetrable. The team that run the site is a small team who love language. No more, no...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 7394

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

Louis recently wrote a response on the "Competence/Competency" thread in the "Usage and Writing" forum. Semanticly, putting something extra on a word every one uses for one thing, has to indicate something more. I will have to again lament the loss of "General Semantics" in our public dialog. August...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: competence / competency
Replies: 5
Views: 2500

competence / competency

Loius,
I'm posting a response on a new thread in the "Word Origins and Meanings" category, but it may take me a while to compose it!
by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words
Replies: 11
Views: 7388

floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words

Does that mean that Wordwizard can finally afford to send Leif his prize?
by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: commonwealth vs. state
Replies: 4
Views: 2467

commonwealth vs. state

I'm afraid I'll have to bat that one over the other side of the pond.
by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words
Replies: 11
Views: 7388

floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words

Ken, how do you pronounce it, please?
No, not FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION, the one from ‘Ecclesiazusae’.
And was it 181 letters in the original Greek or only in transliteration?
by Phil White
Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: competence / competency
Replies: 5
Views: 2500

competence / competency

Just talked about it to a colleague who distinguished in the same way I did without prompting. The problem is that we're probably both suffereing from interlingual interference, as the German Kompetenz has as its primary meaning something along the lines of "scope of responsibility", i.e. that which...
by Phil White
Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: commonwealth vs. state
Replies: 4
Views: 2467

commonwealth vs. state

Jason, The first non-archaic meaning of "commonwealth" given by the online Merriam-Webster (http://www.m-w.com) is a nation, state, or other political unit: as a : one founded on law and united by compact or tacit agreement of the people for the common good b : one in which supreme authority is vest...
by Phil White
Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: competence / competency
Replies: 5
Views: 2500

competence / competency

I've always been a little befuddled by these two. Merriam-Webster gives competency as a synonym of competence , and the Shorter OED distributes the meanings over both spellings, but cross references each from the other. My gut-feeling is that in the two primary modern meanings of the word, competenc...
by Phil White
Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gut soup
Replies: 17
Views: 2321

gut soup

There is a meta-engine around which takes your query and sends it to all the major engines, collates and filters the results (for duplicates) and returns them.
http://www.dogpile.com
Seriously!
by Phil White
Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: notch up
Replies: 8
Views: 2513

notch up

WoZ,
Theoretically, you and Louis are clearly right (either that or "up" has a different meaning the other side of the equator...), but I found it most peculiar when I heard it from a British commentator.