Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
I don't understand this answer #158548
04/14/06 01:10 PM
04/14/06 01:10 PM
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 2,891
B
belMarduk Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
belMarduk  Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
B
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 2,891
The crossword clue is:

G's


The answer is:

Thous


I have absolutely no idea what this means. Can anybody let me know.

Re: I don't understand this answer #158549
04/14/06 01:20 PM
04/14/06 01:20 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 10,538
this too shall pass
tsuwm Offline
Carpal Tunnel
tsuwm  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 10,538
this too shall pass
1 G = one grand = 1 thousand (thou.) dollar-bucks

pretty cryptic, though.

Re: I don't understand this answer #158550
04/14/06 01:26 PM
04/14/06 01:26 PM
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 2,891
B
belMarduk Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
belMarduk  Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
B
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 2,891
Oh thank-you, tsuwm.

I've been racking my brain. It's even more frustrating when you have the answer staring you in the face because you got all the answers around it.

Re: difference in definitions #158551
04/14/06 01:55 PM
04/14/06 01:55 PM
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 2,891
B
belMarduk Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
belMarduk  Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
B
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 2,891
Another word I had trouble finding was "truism" when the clue was "platitude".

In French, platitude means something that is boring or lacking originality, or a conversation strewn with banal, insignificant comments. They aren't necessarily true comments, just boring.

A truism, as I understand it, is an obvious, incontrovertible truth.

Re: truism #158552
04/14/06 05:45 PM
04/14/06 05:45 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Faldage  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
AHD defines truism as a self-evident truth. As such it could be interpreted as something that goes without saying, but which is said anyway. This sort of thing is boring and lacking in originality.

Not to mention crossword puzzle clues are sometimes a little off the mark.

Re: truism #158553
04/14/06 05:48 PM
04/14/06 05:48 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 10,538
this too shall pass
tsuwm Offline
Carpal Tunnel
tsuwm  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 10,538
this too shall pass
>AHD defines truism as a self-evident truth.

M-W has it as "esp. one too obvious for mention"

Re: truism #158554
04/17/06 02:58 PM
04/17/06 02:58 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 557
Dallas, TX
M
Myridon Offline
addict
Myridon  Offline
addict
M
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 557
Dallas, TX
FWIW, Roget's (thesaurus.reference.com) lists both platitude and truism under banality, cliche, commonplace, and maxim.

Re: truism #158555
04/20/06 08:25 AM
04/20/06 08:25 AM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,055
Berlin
B
belligerentyouth Offline
old hand
belligerentyouth  Offline
old hand
B
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,055
Berlin
FWIW, another word for this is a 'bromide' (often taken as a sedative); also a term for a boring person.


Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,883
Posts224,842
Members9,056
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Nikki1221, Veezkneez, LOC, Luna, wordie
9056 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (1 invisible), 215 guests, and 3 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
LOC 1
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 9,160
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1
(Release build 20180111)
Page Time: 0.017s Queries: 13 (0.004s) Memory: 3.1209 MB (Peak: 3.2881 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2018-06-24 17:01:38 UTC