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Posted By: Jackie Trying yet again - 01/15/13 05:16 AM
Posted By: Tromboniator Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 09:46 AM
Jackie, I can read you post if I click "Quick Quote."

Originally Posted By: Jackie
I was able to make one new post in Q & A and W & F but was unable to Reply or Edit, so I thought I'd try another new one here,
Here's what I tried to post:


According to the Detroit Free Press, Wayne State University "unveiled its annual list of the top 10 most useful--and underused--words in the English language":

Buncombe: Rubbish; nonsense; empty or misleading talk.

Cerulean: The blue of the sky.

Chelonian: Like a turtle.

Dragoon: To compel by coercion; to force someone to do something they'd rather not.

Fantods: Extreme anxiety, distress, nervousness or irritability.

Mawkish: Excessively sentimental; sappy; hopelessly trite.

Natter: To talk aimlessly, often at great length; rarely, it means simply to converse.

Persiflage: Banter; frivolous talk.

Troglodyte: Literally, a cave-dweller. More frequently a backward, mentally sluggish person.

Winkle: To pry out or extract something; from the process of removing the snail from an edible periwinkle.

Posted By: Tromboniator Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 09:48 AM
But I can't edit my reply. This software has serious problems.
Posted By: Rhubarb Commando Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 11:55 AM
I CAN'T read jackie's post by using "quote" - it was the first thing I tried because it has worked in the past.


Edit
but I have been able to edit this one!

Curioser and curioser. (said Alice, wonderingly)
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 04:44 PM
We should remember that Jackie has powers here that the rest of us don't; she's a Moderator. There may be some issue which only affects her, or perhaps, as Tromb suggests, there might be a problem with the forum software.
Posted By: Jackie Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 05:26 PM
Buffle, you may be right; I dunno. Not that I'm glad anyone else is having problems, but I'm glad I'm not the only one. Thanks, Peter.
Posted By: Jackie Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 05:27 PM
Wow, it's an odd feeling--that you're yelling at the top of your lungs but the crowd doesn't hear you.
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 05:30 PM
Yay!! Back from Mutedom!!

and here I thought perhaps you were staging a Mutiny....

; )
Posted By: LukeJavan8 Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 05:34 PM
YES!
I received your last two posts above, back from "mutedom".

As to the words.
I love "cerulean", and use the word whenever it fits.
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 05:38 PM
> Buncombe

I've always seen this as Bunkum. Buncombe looks so English...

wink
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 05:39 PM
Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8

As to the words.
I love "cerulean", and use the word whenever it fits.


I like cerulean, too, and I think it's why I always want to pronounce "herculean" the wrong way...
Posted By: LukeJavan8 Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 06:03 PM
....now that you mention it.(Bunkum)


..yes, herculean. I do pronounce it that way too, even knowing
it is not right. Funny how one gets these mental connections
and cannot stave them off.
Posted By: Rhubarb Commando Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 06:30 PM
Buncombe does, indeed, sound "English" - but in UK we also write it as "bunkum."
Not a word heard much, these days, more's the pity.

I have occasionally used, "persiflage" - another fine word!
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 06:34 PM
So, whose idea is it to spell it buncombe?
Posted By: LukeJavan8 Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 06:36 PM
now that you mention 'persiflage' I am going to add it to my
favorite definition of politicians:

"Bloviating blatherskites, with their tarradiddling
codswallop and persiflage, which they dump on us."

Not totally developed but I am working on it.
I welcome input.
Posted By: LukeJavan8 Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 06:38 PM
Originally Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu
So, whose idea is it to spell it buncombe?


Reminds me of spelling of the name of a town in the Cotswalds.
Posted By: tsuwm Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 06:42 PM
Originally Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu
Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8

As to the words.
I love "cerulean", and use the word whenever it fits.


I like cerulean, too, and I think it's why I always want to pronounce "herculean" the wrong way...


your major dictionaries seem to give "the wrong way" as (at a minimum) a secondary pronun. I still have an issue interpreting IPA, but it looks to me like OED gives it as the *only pronun. - at least the accent is on the second sylLAble.
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 06:49 PM
So, "her-KYOO-lee-an" is acceptable? Hmm, I remember being fairly rounded upon when admitting I thought that was the pronunciation.

Cool.
Posted By: zmjezhd Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 08:06 PM
So, whose idea is it to spell it buncombe?

Probably the folks in Buncombe County, NC, which provided the etymology of bunk.
Posted By: zmjezhd Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 08:07 PM
I like cerulean, too, and I think it's why I always want to pronounce "herculean" the wrong way...

Wait. You pronounce Herculean cerulean?
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 11:37 PM
Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
I like cerulean, too, and I think it's why I always want to pronounce "herculean" the wrong way...

Wait. You pronounce Herculean cerulean?


heh
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/15/13 11:39 PM
Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
So, whose idea is it to spell it buncombe?

Probably the folks in Buncombe County, NC, which provided the etymology of bunk.


as in bunk bed? and bunco?
Posted By: Jackie Re: Trying yet again - 01/16/13 03:57 AM
Back from mootdom...er...
Anyway--I love you guys! This kind of discussion is what I was hoping for.
Posted By: BranShea Re: Trying yet again - 01/16/13 09:49 AM
Somewhat on the side,
must disagrrree with this be it underused or overused:

* Cerulean: The blue of the sky.

The sky has as many shades of blue as there are shades of grey.
Posted By: Faldage Re: Trying yet again - 01/16/13 01:23 PM
Not to mention that old perennial favorite, sky blue pink.
Posted By: zmjezhd Re: Trying yet again - 01/16/13 03:27 PM
as in bunk bed?

Probably not.

and bunco?

Nope. Bunk as in "nonsense".
Posted By: Avy Re: Trying yet again - 01/16/13 03:44 PM
One of my favourites is "mother of pearl sky" and a "papaya pink sunset". I think thelast was Somerset Maugham- I'm not sure.
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/16/13 03:57 PM
Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
as in bunk bed?

Probably not.

and bunco?

Nope. Bunk as in "nonsense".


Thanks.

so... bunk bed? bunco? Where they from? ; )
Posted By: LukeJavan8 Re: Trying yet again - 01/16/13 05:34 PM
Originally Posted By: Jackie
Back from mootdom...er...
Anyway--I love you guys! This kind of discussion is what I was hoping for.



A discussion of your disappearance?
or maybe nothingness???
Posted By: Tromboniator Re: Trying yet again - 01/16/13 09:31 PM
Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8


A discussion of ... nothingness???


We could spend hours here with nothing to talk about.
Posted By: zmjezhd Re: herricott & fazool - 01/16/13 10:00 PM
so... bunk bed?

Origin unknown.

bunco? Where they from?

From a card game banco, related to bank

; )

%^)
Posted By: LukeJavan8 Re: Trying yet again - 01/16/13 10:12 PM
Originally Posted By: Tromboniator
Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8


A discussion of ... nothingness???


We could spend hours here with nothing to talk about.



And often do!
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/17/13 02:09 AM
Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
so... bunk bed?

Origin unknown.

bunco? Where they from?

From a card game banco, related to bank

; )

%^)


okey dokey!

can we extrapolate bunk bed from bunk house? or did that come about vicey versey?
Posted By: Jackie Re: Trying yet again - 01/17/13 06:59 AM
From the Army?
Posted By: Faldage Re: Trying yet again - 01/17/13 01:48 PM
Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
so... bunk bed?

Origin unknown.


Etymology Online claims it's from bunker. Just a step up from "unknown".
Posted By: zmjezhd Re: Trying yet again - 01/17/13 04:21 PM
can we extrapolate bunk bed from bunk house?

I am not sure, but if I had to guess I'd say the hosue from the beds in it.
Posted By: zmjezhd Re: Trying yet again - 01/17/13 04:25 PM
Etymology Online claims it's from bunker.

Etymology Online says: "1758, probably a shortened from bunker (q.v.)." That "probably" is one reason I do not care for EO. The guy who cobbled it together from all sorts of sources seems not to like "origin unknown" or "etymology uncertain" and does his best to "solve" these lacunae.
Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu Re: Trying yet again - 01/17/13 04:49 PM
so vicey versey on the bunk beds, and bunker has nothing to do with Buncombe.

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