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#211975 - 08/02/13 04:40 PM Happy Friday is antipodal to Blue Monday [Re: jenny jenny]  
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antipodes

PRONUNCIATION:
(an-TIP-uh-deez)
MEANING:
noun:
1. Two places situated on the diametrically opposite sides of the earth.
2. The exact opposite of someone or something.
3. Australia and New Zealand.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin from Greek antipodes (literally, those having the feet opposite, i.e. having feet on opposite sides of the earth), plural of antipous, from anti- (opposite) + pous (foot). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ped- (foot) which gave us peccadillo (alluding to a stumble or fall), pedal, impeccable, podium, octopus, and impeach. Earliest documented use: 1398.
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less P
ANTIODES - a jar ode written by Wallace Stevens and a urn ode written by Keats.


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#211978 - 08/02/13 06:28 PM Re: Happy Friday is antipodal to Blue Monday [Re: jenny jenny]  
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XANTIPODES - Socrates' wife has large feet.


What intrigues me is the pluralization rule that makes -pous into -podes. Know any other examples that crept into English? Anybody?

Edit: (My feet of clay are showing. I didn't know what you meant by jar/stevens and urn/keats, so I looked them up. Now I do. Nice!)

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#211989 - 08/03/13 02:02 PM I never thought of that ! [Re: wofahulicodoc]  
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...the pluralization rule that makes -pous into -podes. Know any other examples that crept into English?


Answer (found by Onelooking "*podes") : Octopus --> octopodes. Also Platypus.

#212006 - 08/05/13 02:03 PM Re: I never thought of that ! [Re: wofahulicodoc]  
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Ponzi scheme

PRONUNCIATION: (PON-zee skeem)
MEANING: noun: An investment swindle in which high profits are promised from fictitious sources and early investors are paid off with funds raised from later ones.
ETYMOLOGY:
After Charles Ponzi (1882-1949), a speculator who organized such a scheme during 1919-1920. He was neither the first nor the last person to float this or a similar scheme, just someone who did it on a massive scale. See the list of Ponzi schemes in history. Earliest documented use: 1920.
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P -> F

FONZI SCHEME- in Episode XXV the Fonz charges $50 to set-up a date to the Prom with Betty the head cheerleader.
On Prom night 50 hot-blooded boys show up at Betty's house.
Those were not Happy Days.

#212009 - 08/05/13 03:29 PM Re: I never thought of that ! [Re: jenny jenny]  
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FUNZI - birthday party at Chucky Cheese's


----please, draw me a sheep----
#212012 - 08/05/13 08:50 PM Re: I never thought of that ! [Re: LukeJavan8]  
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PONTI SCHEME - We'll all get shares of this Italian movie producer's empire, see, and a piece of Sophia Loren besides, and resell some more shares to eager buyers, and...


#212013 - 08/06/13 01:58 AM Guesses before the fact [Re: wofahulicodoc]  
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Who will it be ?

... a cheater, a traitor, a killer, a faker, and an infector.

...start with the US, then Norway, Scotland, Ukraine, and then back to the US.


Any ideas?

U S cheater = Ponzi of the Ponzi scheme
Norway traitor = QUISLING ?
Scotland killer = ?
Ukraine faker = ?
U S infector = TYPHOID MARY ?

#212020 - 08/06/13 08:17 PM Re: Guesses before the fact [Re: wofahulicodoc]  
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Scotland: Black Bart?
Ukraine: Rasputin?

#212023 - 08/06/13 09:39 PM Re: Guesses before the fact [Re: jenny jenny]  
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We'll see!

QUISLING

PRONUNCIATION: (KWIZ-ling)

MEANING:
noun: A traitor, especially one who aids an invading enemy.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Major Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), a Norwegian army officer who collaborated (1940-1945) with the German occupying forces during World War II and ruled Norway as head of the puppet government. He was shot for treason after the German defeat. Besides a noun, his name has become a verb as well. Earliest documented use: 1940.

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QUILLING - What Barquis is, according to David Copperfield

#212024 - 08/06/13 10:31 PM Re: Guesses before the fact [Re: jenny jenny]  
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Was Jack the Ripper Scottish?

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