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Tag Archives: “Merriam-Webster”

ETYMOLOOGY: DEUTSCHESPRACH AND OTHERS

THE GERMAN LANGUAGE is great at word-building. For instance, I recall the following storefront signage. Come to think of it, my source for this photo, translated into German, is another … Continue reading

January 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

BELLICOSE—ITS ETYMOLOGY

FOR ONE REASON or another, the word “bellicose” sprang to mind as deserving addition into my Etymology for our Times series. Why do you suppose? It might have been something … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · 3 Comments

ETYMOLOGY: BUNCO PART 1

FOR ONE REASON or another, the idea of a Mueller bunco squad came to mind. And this got me thinking about the etymology of the word “bunco.” I found some … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

GRIFTERS—IN POLITICS, ON OLD-TIME RADIO, AND AT THE MOVIES

A GRIFTER is one who obtains money or property illicitly, a confidence man. And, note, with few exceptions (see “Con Women—Balancing the Game), grifting seems to be a masculine endeavor. … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 7 Comments

ETYMOLOGY—TREASON, TRAITOR

RECENT HAPPENINGS in Helsinki have added the words “treason” and “traitor” to the SimanaitisSays Etymology for our Times. What follows here focuses on the words’ English language usage and origin, … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY—ELOQUENT, INARTICULATE

EVERY SO often, the meaning of a word surprises me. As an example, consider the word “eloquent.” It conjures up thoughts of classic Roman orations or the most memorable of … Continue reading

July 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY—DESPICABLE

HOLDING INNOCENT children hostage in return for building a wall is despicable. And thus, the word “despicable” earns a place in the SimanaitisSays series Etymology for our Times. Merriam-Webster defines … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · 1 Comment