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revised Antonym(s) for “antipode” / “antipodes” / “antipodean”?
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answered Antonym(s) for “antipode” / “antipodes” / “antipodean”?
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comment The antonym of political-savvy
Plus, "naïve" has a great noun form: naïf (a naïve person). For "savvy", I guess you would have to go to maven for the noun.
Apr
15
comment Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?
@JanusBahsJacquet -- "(inchoative-frequentative from zero-grade vs. derived contractive verb from original thematic noun)". Easy for you to say. But yes, I misread the dictionary entry. I was just wondering where the "g" came from. At some point, gnāscor lost its "g" and gnostic never did.
Apr
15
comment “Teaching fish to swim”
The old expression for this was "teaching your grandmother to suck eggs", but your metaphor is more easily understood (and original, as far as I know).
Apr
15
comment Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?
@fdb -- it looks like the same process to me: a prefix beginning with "a" attached to a stem beginning with "gn" and the "g" is pronounced even though words derived directly from the stem silence the "g". Different languages but the same process.
Apr
15
comment Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?
@JanusBahsJacquet -- there certainly are lots of unprefixed *gnate words! Native, nativity, naïve, natal, and nature all eventual spring from gnāscor, "to spring from", which in turn came from γεννάω (gennaō), “to beget”).
Apr
14
comment Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?
@JohnLawler -- how do you pronounce "cyanide"? Like κυάνεος?
Apr
14
answered Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?
Apr
14
comment Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?
@JohnLawler - guh-nosticism? I'm skeptical. I've never heard it pronounced that way and my dictionary doesn't show it.
Apr
14
answered What does “where's waldo” mean in this context?
Apr
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Apr
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comment Bear witness that I to the oneness of Allah do I testify - two I's
That line always struck me as the worst part of "Live And Let Die" (otherwise the best Bond theme).
Mar
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Mar
27
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What are people who 'flee' called?
Mar
24
answered What does this “Of” mean?
Mar
19
comment Word for a person who is overly profound?
@DavidM -- that's a more sophisticate version of the complaint against "niggardly". "Hysteria" comes ultimately from ὑστέρα (hustera), "uterus", via the superstition that emotional difficulties derive from uterine problems. Some women take offense at the word, and suggesting that they are becoming hysterical on the issue is surprisingly unhelpful. "Histrionic" is unrelated and comes from histriō, "actor".
Mar
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comment Is “administrate” a valid English verb? What's the difference between it and “administer”?
@hippietrail -- so what?
Feb
15
comment Jane Austen use of triple negative in Pride & Prejudice (Chapter 28)
I think "seldom" is supposed to be the negative of "often".
Feb
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revised What is the role of “virtually” in this sentence?
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