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« Reply #990 on: August 29, 2019, 09:27:40 AM »

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« Reply #991 on: August 29, 2019, 01:16:00 PM »
Wouldn't it be necessary for one to be gruntled before one can become disgruntled? 

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« Reply #992 on: August 29, 2019, 01:44:10 PM »
https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/thesaurus

 I was thinking more of a single word that conveys the exact and unambiguous meaning when used in common parlance.  How about "Roget's" as in "He consulted his Roget's to avoid hum drum repetition..."


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« Reply #993 on: August 31, 2019, 08:25:08 PM »
JaxTar,

I am watching "Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy", am I wasting my thyme?

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« Reply #994 on: September 15, 2019, 11:52:44 PM »
How do you feel about the USS Liberty incident?



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« Reply #996 on: September 16, 2019, 12:44:12 AM »
Wouldn't it be necessary for one to be gruntled before one can become disgruntled?

I've actually looked this one up before.  The problem isn't the word "gruntled" which is attested, though rare, and means about what it sounds like.  It's the dis- prefix which would normally negate it and I have yet to encounter a satisfactory explanation as to why it behaves differently here than anywhere else.


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« Reply #998 on: September 16, 2019, 01:08:40 AM »
What's another word for thesaurus?



Hope this helps, +1 kid~

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« Reply #999 on: September 16, 2019, 01:27:17 AM »
JaxTar,

I am watching "Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy", am I wasting my thyme?

-p

D- on repose thymen...


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« Reply #1000 on: September 16, 2019, 02:02:51 AM »
Is it OK to abbreviate Asking For A Friend?

AFAF

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« Reply #1001 on: September 16, 2019, 03:31:19 AM »
I've actually looked this one up before.  The problem isn't the word "gruntled" which is attested, though rare, and means about what it sounds like.  It's the dis- prefix which would normally negate it and I have yet to encounter a satisfactory explanation as to why it behaves differently here than anywhere else.

Do you feel the same way about 'disturb' or 'dispatch' or 'dismay'? I think it's a bit late for Americans to start worrying about linguistic purity after blithely micturating over it the past couple of centuries.

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« Reply #1002 on: September 16, 2019, 10:16:34 AM »
Do you feel the same way about 'disturb' or 'dispatch' or 'dismay'? I think it's a bit late for Americans to start worrying about linguistic purity after blithely micturating over it the past couple of centuries.

"Dispatch" and "dismay" show the prefix behaving normally, but "disturb" might actually be the answer!  The etymology cites a Latin word or prefix meaning "utterly" that, now that I think of it, is probably responsible for "despoil", too, though it isn't listed.

Asking "why?" is not the same thing at all, as you well know.  I would probably be the last person to worry about purity since I love the messiness and think that while the dictionary movement provided invaluable documentation it also birthed a lot of tiresome lowbrow pettifoggery over spelling and what is and is not a word that stifles the natural life of a language -- as a poet I coin freely, though you rarely attend.

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« Reply #1003 on: September 16, 2019, 11:23:51 AM »
Let me squelch the inevitable charge of inconsistency that will arise since I have complained about importing foreign words, specifically "lahar" (from Indonesian) and "lagerstätte" (from German):  These words are used in academic contexts with a specificity they do not possess in their original language.

"Lahar" simply means any volcanic effluvium, not the hot mudflows geologists attempt to describe, and is probably itself a borrowing of "lava" as you might guess.  Since the word must always be defined for a lay audience, it defeats the purpose and is just academic preening.  "Mudflow" works just fine without the exotic cachet.

Similarly, "lagerstätte" just means a resting state, not the diverse fossil assemblages for which it is used that give a snapshot of an era's plants and animals all living together, and (what is worse) is nearly always pronounced in an extravagant approximation of the German original, emphasizing its foreignness in violation of all the rules by which a word is borrowed, and, when written, preserves the umlaut for the same reason.  "Snapshot" is a far better word and is easily understood, which is why academics avoid it.

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« Reply #1004 on: September 16, 2019, 12:32:27 PM »

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« Reply #1005 on: September 18, 2019, 01:54:11 AM »
Jackyboi?  You there?

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« Reply #1006 on: September 18, 2019, 02:00:50 AM »
Is it OK to abbreviate Asking For A Friend?

AFAF

That seems okay... for fags.

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« Reply #1007 on: September 18, 2019, 02:01:12 AM »

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« Reply #1008 on: September 18, 2019, 09:08:24 PM »
You have loosened up your syntax.

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« Reply #1009 on: September 19, 2019, 01:31:43 AM »
DIAF FBI

But I thought we were bubbas.  Sharing the same sky and all.  And JackstarSEX.  Remember how we would laugh together while she bled out in the threads?  I'll never laugh that way again with anyone else.

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« Reply #1010 on: September 19, 2019, 03:31:06 AM »
But I thought we were bubbas.

Do please let me know when you've decided to renounce Satan.

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« Reply #1011 on: September 21, 2019, 02:53:20 AM »
Do please let me know when you've decided to renounce Satan.
Oh that's a little overboard.  And he's not the only dog that rolled in that patty.  It was the best!

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« Reply #1012 on: September 21, 2019, 05:13:47 AM »
Oh that's a little overboard.  And he's not the only dog that rolled in that patty.  It was the best!

Right! Citizens of California are required to worship Satan.