Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Captain Kremmen, Aug 16, 2007.
egregious - astounding bad or shocking
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"Fragile" is one of the thousands of French words that were added to our vocabulary after the Norman Invasion. Its origin is Latin fragilis, from the root frag- or frang-, an unusual word that survived in two forms.
We did not inherit this word from the Anglo-Saxons, who brought with them the German word brechen, from which the Modern English word "break" evolved.
It turns out that brechen and fragere are the same word, handed down from Proto-Indo-European, each with the evolution characteristic of its own phonetics.
lament - this is a word that I often confuse with ''complain" Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!...but really, it means to express deep grief or sorrow
recoil - to flinch in horror and take a leap back...I don't believe we use this word enough in our common dealings. I can think of at least one time this month that I recoiled from spotting a spider in my bathroom before taking a shower.
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Just to split hairs, you don't recoil from an action. You can be caused to recoil by an action, of course, but you would say "I recoiled upon spotting a spider..." or "I recoiled when I spotted a spider..." Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!
My word of the day is the self-contradictory indescribable, a word used to describe something that is unable to be described, but thus describing it it no longer becomes what you have described it as. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!
It's Latin lamentum, one of hundreds of Latin words that the English people borrowed, starting in the 14th century when French was no longer the country's official language. The original Latin word doesn't stress grief and sorrow, merely complaint.
This word was borrowed several centuries earlier, when the Norman French still ruled Angle Land and Medieval French was the official language of government, business and education. It's a French word, and the "coil" part is derived from the French word for buttocks. Don't ask me how that happened!
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a state or condition markedly different from the norm
''Lest'' - to avoid risk of, with the intention of prevention
She won't go alone into the attic, lest a ghost captures her soul.
Heard today: ChickenNutBread.
"My siste hab azma. ChickenNutBread."
Norm walks into Cheers and everybody yells, "Cliff!"
heretofore - definition: before now
''Before now'' and ''heretofore'' both look visually awkward.
Heretofore, the attic wasn't haunted but it seems like it is now.
Before now, the attic wasn't haunted, but it seems like it is now.
Why would anyone bowse through all the hauling when wit should suffice?
As a professional writer, I would go to great lengths to avoid beginning a sentence with "Before now." The example sentence puts the construction in the worst possible light: It starts with "before now" and ends with "now." That's rather awkward writing.
Yes, "heretofore" is more than a little formal in modern writing. I don't think I've ever used it.
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"mountains reflected in the pellucid waters"
synonyms:translucent, transparent, clear, crystal clear, crystalline, glassy, limpid, unclouded, gin-clear
"the pellucid waters"
lucid in style or meaning; easily understood.
"he writes, as always, in pellucid prose"
synonyms:lucid, limpid, clear, crystal clear, articulate; More
(of music or other sound) clear and pure in tone.
"a smooth legato and pellucid singing tone are his calling cards"
Separate names with a comma.