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Tag Archives: “The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary”

ETYMOLOGY: BUNCO PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, I added the word “bunco” to my Etymology for our Time series. Today, getting involved are the Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Dictionary … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

ETYMOLOGY: DEVIL, DIABOLICAL

DEVIL AND DIABOLICAL are perfect additions to the SimanaitisSays series of Etymology for our Times, what with the Trump administration’s Wall hostage program of children. The words’ origins trace to … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

DUPED, DUPLICITY

WELL I’LL BE duped! It turns out I’ve deceived myself for years by associating the word “dupe” with the word “duplicity.” However, in expanding my Etymology for our Times, I … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY: HOIST ON ONE’S OWN PETARD

THERE APPEARS to be no shortage of Etymology for our Times words and phrases: To name a few, there are buffoon, charlatan, mendacity—and today’s “hoist on one’s own petard.” What … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment