Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

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

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 3 of 4 1 2 3 4
#188946 - 01/26/10 03:48 AM Re: polypoly [Re: kah454]  
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Jackie Offline
Jackie  Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Louisville, Kentucky
THEOORIENTEERING... for finding or discovering the pathway to God? The compass being scripture. I love this one! I'll have to tell my hubby about it: he's a Scoutmaster.

zmjezhd, thanks for all the etymologies. Interesting (but not surprising) to find out that so many of the IE ones are to do with money, trade, etc.

Psst, Ray--don't be gone so long between posts, eh?

#188957 - 01/26/10 08:23 PM Re: polypoly [Re: Jackie]  
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 95
kah454 Offline
journeyman
kah454  Offline
journeyman

Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 95
Long Island, NY USA
If poly is to sell, would theoergonopoly (God's work for sale) be like selling indulgences? I would prefer Many the works of God. I guess it is in the pronunciation then?

#188959 - 01/27/10 02:21 AM Re: polypoly [Re: kah454]  
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Jackie Offline
Jackie  Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Louisville, Kentucky
Hang on a minute; I thought ergo meant thus or therefore. How can it fit here, or in, say, ergonomic?

#188960 - 01/27/10 02:35 AM Re: polypoly [Re: Jackie]  
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Faldage  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Ergo v. Ergonomic. It's that old Latin v. Greek thang again. Ergo meaning therefore is from the Latin ergo, "therefore". The ergo in ergonomic is from the Greek ergon, "work".

#188961 - 01/27/10 03:54 AM Re: polypoly [Re: Faldage]  
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 3,290
zmjezhd Offline
Carpal Tunnel
zmjezhd  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 3,290
R'lyeh
Greek ergon, "work".

Yup, and the Greek word is cognate with English work, the past tense of which verb is wrought.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#188962 - 01/27/10 09:30 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RHWoodman]  
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 25
RayButler Offline
newbie
RayButler  Offline
newbie

Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 25
Ireland
Originally Posted By: RHWoodman
Ray, pedantic or not "Legos" is in common usage these days; just ask any kid. smile



Robert, it probably depends on the country. I have NEVER heard anyone, child or adult, say "Legos" here in Ireland. I was an obsessive Lego collector as a child (every Christmas and birthday, it's all I ever wanted)...and now my little girls are really into it too, along with their friends and cousins.

BTW, your "oligotheolotry" is really good!

#188966 - 01/27/10 05:10 PM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RayButler]  
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 95
kah454 Offline
journeyman
kah454  Offline
journeyman

Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 95
Long Island, NY USA
I am pondering the word today artiodactyl, even number of toes or fingers and its companion perissodactyl, odd number of toes, and the creatures that have these characteristics. How would man fit this? Conventional wisdom says perissodactyl, 5 fingers on each hand, five toes on each foot. But what about those who consider our opposable thumbs not to be fingers. Would that make us misceredactyl; pedioperissodactyl by foot and manoartiodactyl by hand?

#188970 - 01/28/10 12:19 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: kah454]  
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Faldage  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
We're perissodactyl. A better question might be whether pandas are artiodactyl or perissodactyl. Their thumbs are not fingers at all but an unruly wrist bone. And then there's cats with five toes on the front feet and four on the rear feet.

#188976 - 01/28/10 03:12 AM Re: polypoly [Re: Faldage]  
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Jackie Offline
Jackie  Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Louisville, Kentucky
The ergo in ergonomic is from the Greek ergon, "work". Ah; thanks. The works that put the Greeks in the ascendency ergon now. Got it--I hope.

#188996 - 01/29/10 06:06 PM Re: polypoly [Re: Jackie]  
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 5,295
BranShea Offline
Carpal Tunnel
BranShea  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 5,295
Netherlands, the Hague
Week's over. Of the 25 possible (dictionary valid?) combinations with Anu's Lego/Legos/Lego parts we have 6.
theogony, oligopoly, artiodactyl, heliolatry, hagiography, heliography.

I did not find heliopoly in a dictionary. But it might be there.
Means there are 19 still out there. Anyone still interested in finding those? Or is the game over?

Page 3 of 4 1 2 3 4

Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,878
Posts223,862
Members9,013
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Ahmed, KathrynH, Waqar_Ali, brecht, Akintola
9013 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 48 guests, and 3 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 8,961
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

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.014s Queries: 14 (0.003s) Memory: 2.7309 MB (Peak: 2.8728 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2017-08-19 05:39:17 UTC