oddly, i don't often pronounce the "s" like a "z" in the plural. in fact, i've never actually thought about it until i read your comment, qroqqa; though i was mildly aware of it. and i've never pronounced the "th" like /dh/ in the plural of "baths", either. strange.
RE sarra: i wasn't able to find citations either, and i did look for a while. so i understand your frustration. i KNOW i've heard it in a movie in this sense, but it totally escapes me. RE telofy: yes indeed, true has a plethora of connotations. my favourite meaning is the original one, "steadfast, loyal", from "treowe" -- i hadn't heard the reference to "tree", but that is very, very interesting. obviously i'll have to visit this Heritage site. also, is "thesaurus" a verb? of course, if thesaurus doesn't have a verb form then i'd say it's up for grabs but i haven't heard it used as one.
i was referring to your construction, actually. on your note, i believe just having that feeling is a good sign. i hold fast to the phrase "hope springs eternal in the human breast". self-trust is a complicated and uncomplicated concept for discussion, but i try to conquer downwardly spiraling ideas with idyllic hope. if that means anything.
dolmeh, that's good to know. i'll put that in the wordbank. personally i like them hot as well as cold. definitely one of my favorite words ever. tangentially, do you know what "tom kha talay" is? THAT is my favorite.
"Like many other members of the Corvidae family, the rook features prominently in folklore. Traditionally, rooks are said to be able to forecast weather and to sense the approach of death. If a rookery — the colonial nesting area of rooks — were abandoned, it was said to bring bad fortune for the family that owned the land. Another folk-tale holds that rooks are responsible for escorting the souls of the virtuous dead to heaven. William Butler Yeats may be making reference to the latter tale in his poem The Cold Heaven." -Wikipedia.
telofy, i know this isn't at all pertinent to your question, so i apologise for the irrelevant quote, but i haven't yet come across a "go straight" reference. though i have heard that, perhaps once or twice.
"keep true to the dreams of thy youth." - Friedrich von Schiller
i always like to look at words containing "unrealistic" or "unrealistically" in their definitions with optimism, like "dreamer" or "romantic". someone should make a list of Words for the Self-Proclaimed Naïve.
i also really wanted to include this, from the Oxford dictionary: ORIGIN Old English (as a noun), from Old French adamaunt-, via Latin from Greek adamas, adamant, ‘untamable, invincible’ (later used to denote the hardest metal or stone, hence diamond), from a- ‘not’ + daman ‘to tame.’ The phrase to be adamant dates from the 1930s, although adjectival use had been implied in such collocations as “an adamant heart�? since the 16th cent.
one of my very favourite words. they forgot to put in the definition "a legendary rock or mineral to which many, often contradictory, properties were attributed, formerly associated with diamond or lodestone." that's my favourite part of this word.
Origin, Middle English: from the stem of Old English "būgan" (to bend) + "-some". The original sense was (compliant, obliging), later (lively and good-tempered), influenced by the traditional association of plumpness and good health with an easygoing nature.
this is one of those words that i feel have been mistreated over the years. to me, "romance", and the choice to call something "romantic" is a personal thing; it seems to me that people use this word most often in terms of a relationship or a situation that may become a relationship or invite sexuality of some kind. i would like to be able to use it to mean "beautiful" or "inspirational" in a less conventional, boring sense, but i don't because it doesn't communicate well.
sorry if that was a rant. i just felt the urge to state this somewhere.