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#2428 - 03/28/01 08:27 PM Re: "stoptional,"
Molly-Dodd Offline

Registered: 03/26/01
Posts: 3
Loc: Florida
Thank you all for the warm welcome!

Your responses are a clear illustration of how defining a word is a subjective task. Have you seen the current issue of Harper's? D.F. Wallace talks about this.*

Like a true work of art, I am proud that the word I coined (surely someone else has said this before, yet it was an original thought) has taken a life of its own and that people are choosing to define it as they see fit.

*I haven't finished the article. Perhaps tonight?

#2429 - 03/29/01 08:34 AM Re: Not to be found by Mr. Webster... YET...
Molly-Dodd Offline

Registered: 03/26/01
Posts: 3
Loc: Florida
Another driving word--this one from my friend Brian: "nagivator" - a person who sits in the passenger seat of a car and tells the driver how to drive; (back seat driver)

#2430 - 03/29/01 01:51 PM Re: Not to be found by Mr. Webster... YET...
of troy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 10/17/00
Posts: 5400
Loc: rego park
I dunno, i like navigators-- but i don't like back seat drivers. one is responible for watch for detour sign, or exits, or looking for street numbers... the other is critical (go faster, go slower, WATCH OUT!) -- all sorts of negative stuff.

and navigator and nagivator are too close...

my other obsession

#2431 - 05/03/01 04:35 PM Re: "stoptional,"
satin Offline

Registered: 01/26/01
Posts: 107
Welcome Molly Dodd,

I love stoptional too! How about beautumous - beautiful/fabulous.

#2432 - 05/04/01 07:41 AM Re: "stoptional,"
Sparteye Offline

Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773
Haha, Satin! "Beautimous" is a part of the lexicon in my home. Before we go out, I excuse myself to (try to) make myself beautimous. In what context do you use "beautumous?"

#2433 - 05/04/01 09:47 AM Re: beautimous nagivators:usage and derivation
teresag Offline

Registered: 03/12/01
Posts: 60
Loc: Oregon, USA
My Dad used nagivator to describe my Mom sitting in the passenger seat, whether or not she was giving directions. It's become a sort of sly but endearing insult in our family.

And beautimous is the superlative form of beautiful, of course. It's the shortened and Anglicized form of the Latin expression "beautimus maximus," which is still heard occasionally in our household to express supreme and unequalled beauty. E.g., "Crystal, the pretty girl cat, is beautimus maximus after her bath!"

#2434 - 05/04/01 10:01 AM Re: beautimous nagivators:usage and derivation
satin Offline

Registered: 01/26/01
Posts: 107
When looking at spring flowers that take your breath away, like a grove of sweet smelling lilacs - That's beautimous!

Being involved in many Antique Automobile groups and attending many tours in same, I am always the navigator. My spouse needs both hands and sometimes both feet to operate said machinery and cannot include map/directions reading to the responsibilities. I don't mind the term at all.

#2435 - 05/12/01 01:40 AM Re: Not to be found by Mr. Webster... YET...
wordcrazy Offline

Registered: 01/26/01
Posts: 275
NAGIVATOR IS AN excellent word MollyDodd. I will surely use it tomorrow on my husband who will be such a nagivator when he rides with me as I drive.


#2436 - 05/20/01 09:41 AM Re: Harper's
AnnaStrophic Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 6511
Loc: lower upstate New York
Molly asks: Have you seen the current issue of Harper's? D.F. Wallace talks about this.

Yep, there's a whiole thread "above the fold" about his article. (Gee, I should take my own advice and venture below screen more often! ) I even sent a copy of it to a poor fellow AWADer who doesn't have Harper's available at his local newsstand. hi, mav!

#2437 - 09/16/01 03:17 PM Re:name that color
consuelo Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/11/01
Posts: 2636
Loc: Caribbean
I used to live with a person that ALWAYS sped up for yellow lights. You could tell it was him by the scream heard as we passed through "You just ran ANOTHER orange light!" I was the Nagivator but at least I was only complaining about the things he did that could get me killed. If I had the courage to take the wheel while he was the Nagivator, it would be all I could do not to screech to a halt by the side of the road, get out of the car and throw out my thumb. Whew! Glad that's over!

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