Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

15

Because it was not a French word, but a Scottish one. And we did lose a u — just not the u you were expecting. Per the OED, it was a corruption of grammar, which during the 18th century was variously spelled glamer, glamor, glammar, and then in Scotland, as glaumour. That was one u too many, though, and it went then to glamour where it has remained ever ...


7

The reason the spelling wasn't changed is that Noah Webster didn't know about it. The word glamour does not appear in the original 1828 Webster's Dictionary, so he couldn't change its spelling in that dictionary the way that he did for armour, honour, humour, neighbour, etc. In fact, it does not even appear in the 1892 Webster's International Dictionary, ...


4

The only things I could find for the word brushwoodsman was a hit Kath Trevelyan, by Jeremy Cooper, although the preview doesn't show it. I thought I would try my luck and look for brushwood men. Surprisingly this actually worked. The first thing I found was a bit disappointing. In the book Sir Nigel (sorry, the link highlights the wrong thing, but the ...


3

If we go back to painting we have words and expressions that offer the very same relationship between painter and subject. For example to 'capture a likeness'. Then let's go back to earlier, to the word 'draw'. To draw means to pull. To draw a horse and cart. To take from one place to another. To withdraw money from one account to another. This idea is ...


4

The Greek prefix "ortho-" means "right" (in the sense of "correct", ultimately deriving from "straight"), so strictly speaking the antonym should have a Greek prefix meaning "wrong", but neither "dyschronous" nor "cacochronus" quite works. So perhaps instead of the antonym of "wrong", we could use the antonym of "straight", i.e. "bent" or "crooked", for ...


3

anti-chronus sounds better to me, b.c anti- has the sense of against


3

For the same reason that "digital computing" doesn't mean counting on your fingers. English expressions grow out of usage, not logic or etymology.


3

The "wise" in "wise guy" is sarcastic. The surface meaning of "wise guy" is synonymous to "wise man," but in actual usage "wise guy" ALWAYS refers to someone who is making a sardonic comment, implying that he (thinks he) is somehow smarter than others.


2

I think on one level it's fairly simple: because the Spanish word for all three is the same, too. The Diccionario de la lengua española gives the omelette sense first, with no particular localisation (although it is often called tortilla española and originates from Spain); then the wrap sense, which is localised to Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico and ...


1

You could try cacochronous, where the greek root caca- or caco- means bad, harsh, wrong, evil; incorrect; unpleasant; poor; used most of the time as a prefix There are several example words at the link that use this prefix.


1

A judge sitting on the bench certainly ought to be sober. Also, sober also means serious, and a judge in a case certainly is serious so this might even be the ultimate origin of the phrase. As to the other, young sons of the nobility were notorious partiers, and had lordships until their fathers died. Young, no responsibilities, money, and the ability to ...


1

Transexualism refers most specifically to gender identity, whereas transgenderism encompasses gender expression as well (cross-dressing for instance); that is, transexualism is a particular form of transgenderism. For a number of different reasons that are probably well outside the scope of an answer on SE (seriously, I'm sure there are people who have ...


1

A Chinese perspective: In Chinese, one verb/noun can have totally different meanings. "take a photo" in Chinese is "拍照", "拍" means clap, "照" means "photo". In some province in China people say "捏一张" which also means "take a photo". "捏" means "pinch", "一张" means "one piece". So, what I want to say is, sometimes an existing verb may be 'borrowed' to invent a ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible