jwjarvis commented on the word kantianism
determining ones duty in a situation
June 14, 2016
jwjarvis commented on the word capitation
HMOs. When a physician is a paid a contracted rate per member assigned.
jwjarvis commented on the word paternalism
ignoring someone's autonomy
jwjarvis commented on the list french-origin--1
February 3, 2016
jwjarvis commented on the word Ex juvantibus
from Latin, meaning "from that which helps") refers, in medical contexts, to the process of making an inference about disease causation from an observed response of the disease to a treatment.
January 21, 2016
jwjarvis commented on the word vitamin B12
12 wheeled chevy cobalt = B12, cobalamin
February 11, 2014
jwjarvis commented on the word vitamin B9
Nine is Fine = Folic acid
jwjarvis commented on the word vitamin B7
bioTin….bioSin….7 deadly sins
jwjarvis commented on the word vitamin B3
thrice is nice = niacin
jwjarvis commented on the word vitamin B2
Flavor Flave: 2 F's = B2 = Riboflavin
jwjarvis commented on the word carotene
carotene supplementation is not recommended because it prevents the uptake of other beneficial carotenoids e.g. lutein and zeanxanthin
jwjarvis commented on the word perfidy
other means than his perfidy would have operated
jwjarvis commented on the word insensate
jwjarvis commented on the word execrable
Iscariot was in the least degree deprived of freedom or agency in the course he followed to so execrable an end.
jwjarvis commented on the word verbose
Why can't we add words to the synonyms or related section????
May 10, 2012
jwjarvis commented on the list verbal-advantage-list
I want to make a mind map of the entire book but it's frustrating since I can't make multiple starting points in one mind map. still learning
jwjarvis commented on the word mind map
What's your favorite mind mapping software?
jwjarvis commented on the word deference
treated him without deference, although they said nothing offensive.
August 25, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word thrall
its penetrating ammonia scent held us in thrall
jwjarvis commented on the word concession
Jim has asked for only a small, token concession
August 23, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word epistolary
but he has kept his hand in as an epistolary politician.
jwjarvis commented on the word garrulous
...but let him get on a subject that truly engages him, like a coming election, and he becomes positively garrulous
jwjarvis commented on the word curtness
In conversation he tends to curtness
jwjarvis commented on the word suffuse
July 18, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word tragicomedy
One of the tragicomedies of American education is the tenure system.
April 2, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the user jwjarvis
"Don't use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do." Mark Twain
March 31, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word ligare
March 29, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word ut dict.
"ut dictum", as directed
March 28, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word t.i.d.
from "ter in die", 3 times a day
jwjarvis commented on the word q._h
quaque", every and the "h" indicating the number of hours
jwjarvis commented on the word q.i.d.
"quater in die", 4 times a day
jwjarvis commented on the word q.d.
"quaque die", once a day
jwjarvis commented on the word p.r.n.
"pro re nata", for an occasion that has arisen, as circumstances require, as needed
jwjarvis commented on the word p.c.
"post cibum", after meals
jwjarvis commented on the word gtt.
jwjarvis commented on the word b.i.d
"bis in die", twice a day
jwjarvis commented on the word a.c.
"ante cibum", before meals
jwjarvis commented on the word superoxide dismutase
Melons, including honey dew, casaba and cantaloupe, contain the SOD enzyme. Wheat, corn and soy sprouts also have high concentrations of SOD. However, stomach acids and digestive enzymes easily destroy the SOD molecule, leaving effectively no SOD to enter the bloodstream.
jwjarvis commented on the word antioxidant
L-ascrobic acid, L-ascorbic acid 6-palmitate, glutathione (reduced form), (+)-catechin, and (-)-epicatechin showed effective SOD-like activity.
Cinnamon oil, gamma-oryzanol, extract of rosemary leaf, L-alpha-lecithin, and L-alpha-cephalin
Am I mentally deficient or can we still not put 'tags' on lists and not search for lists with particular tags?
March 27, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word zeitgeist
not seeting the zeitgeist page makes me sad. I like clicking on "Zeitgeist" more so than boring "Community"
I like searching the corpus.
maybe my vocabulary is larger than I thought.
conquistador is the least commonly used word in English?
jwjarvis commented on the word adderall
The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is used as part of a treatment program to treat ADHD, narcolepsy. It's a central nervous system stimulant and can be habit-forming
jwjarvis commented on the word valium
Diazepam is used to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal.
jwjarvis commented on the word ambien
Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Zolpidem belongs to a class of medications called sedative-hypnotics. It works by slowing activity in the brain to allow sleep.
jwjarvis commented on the word WHO's Essentials
March 21, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word extrapyramidal
The corticospinal or pyramidal tract is a collection of axons that travel between the cerebral cortex of the brain and the spinal cord.
....mostly motor axons
jwjarvis commented on the word -crine
acridine derivative. e.g. tacrine, cholinesterase inhibitor (also used to treat Alzheimer's)
jwjarvis commented on the word subdermal hematoma
March 18, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the user chelster
I'm looking for a catchy word that is synonymous with track or monitor or something that leaves a trail. Any ideas? It can also be in a different language or an invented word.
March 11, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word privy
privy to campaign strategy
March 10, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word exude
She exuded unwavering poise
jwjarvis commented on the word agita
Peter dismissed all the agita about his brother's apparent distancing
jwjarvis commented on the word aversion
have a strong religious aversion
jwjarvis commented on the word salience
kind of reduce its salience for a group of folks who aren't persuadable
jwjarvis commented on the word hedonistic
At least one prefers hedonistic pleasures of gustatory stimulation over scientific fact and logical conclusions based on science
jwjarvis commented on the word suoicodilaipxecitsiligarfilacrepus
Mary Poppins: Of course you can say it backwards, which is Suoicodilaipxecitsiligarfilacrepus!
February 19, 2011
would it be possible in the future to see examples of all forms of a word instead of having to search each variant individually?
jwjarvis commented on the word incumbent
salaries of job incumbents in his or her company
February 18, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word isozyme
are enzymes that differ in amino acid sequence but catalyze the same chemical reaction
jwjarvis commented on the word alkali
ate 14c., "soda ash," from M.L. alkali, from Arabic al-qili "the ashes" (of saltwort, a plant growing in alkaline soils), from qala "to roast in a pan." The modern chemistry sense is from 1813
February 17, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word pied piper
The earliest references describe a piper, dressed in pied (multicolored) clothing, leading the children away from the town never to return. In the 16th century the story was expanded into a full narrative, in which the piper is a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizenry refuses to pay for this service, he retaliates by turning his magic on their children, leading them away as he had the rats
jwjarvis commented on the word barbituate
are drugs that act as central nervous system depressants, and, by virtue of this, they produce a wide spectrum of effects, from mild sedation to total anesthesia.
February 16, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word despise
We tend to think of the word despise as being synonymous with hate rather than as an attitude in which something is regarded as of negligible importance. Moreover, to despise also means to hold oneself above that which is unworthy.
jwjarvis commented on the word predicate
February 15, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word tropism
hacker tropisms for science fiction, music.
February 11, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word attrition rate
The rate at which customers terminate their relationships with a company over a given period of time.
February 8, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word impetus
January 28, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word bequeath
bequeath to later generations
January 26, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word veritable
But on the one subject on which he has a thirst for
knowledge, a veritable passion for guidance and help - nothing!
January 25, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word plumb
the skeleton within a skeleton is out of plumb
jwjarvis commented on the word penicillin
1928 Alexander Fleming, from random mold that flew in dish. Later cultured from green mold on grapefruit. not discovered from a lead compound, it is the lead compound.
January 21, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word ferv
word root, from Latin fervere: to boil. Examples: effervescent, fervor
January 20, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word -gress
from gradi (Latin) = to go
wouldn't it be cool if we could "like" examples?
January 14, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word crimson and cream
jwjarvis commented on the word interpretive design
”Understanding how words and images and colors and meanings mix is at the heart of understanding interpretation.” Colors carry meaning. While some have written songs about colors, gangs have killed over them. Sports fans find meanings and connections through rooting for their team. Wearing the colors, logos, and apparel of that team makes them part of a community.
jwjarvis commented on the word regale
will often come up to him and regale him with stories not of his actual football feats
January 11, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word litany
"Bo Knows" which envisioned Jackson attempting to take up a litany of other sports
jwjarvis commented on the word invidiously
More invidiously, it involves being judged by share-price performance to the exclusion of almost everything else.
January 6, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word indefatigable
But Mr. Lauren, the indefatigable fashion icon, re-upped through March 2013
jwjarvis commented on the word imprimatur
Mr. Zuckerberg felt that gaining the imprimatur of a major investor at such lofty levels would validate Facebook
jwjarvis commented on the word pitting
position of pitting one's knowledge and learning against...
January 2, 2011
jwjarvis commented on the word licentious
jwjarvis commented on the word marshal
It is the ability, first, to make a choice, to evaluate the consequences of that chosen course of action, and to prize the outcomes, and then it is the capacity to marshal one’s energy in effective pursuit of the consequences or goals subtended by that choice.
December 31, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word subtend
jwjarvis commented on the word character
“character is the ability to inhibit instinctive impulses in accordance with a regulative principle.” That is, there is a time and place for expressiveness, but it must be regulated in terms of internal guides such as goals and ideals.
December 30, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word deification
Fortunately, powerlifters, as a group, are least influenced by the pop
fitness culture's deification of relaxed stretching, high carb/low fat/low protein diet, and other stupid ideas.
jwjarvis commented on the word sultry
sultry computer voice
December 25, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word perpetuity
We don’t really solve problems, we just manage them expensively into perpetuity and create a bunch of new ones along the way.
December 22, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word bulwark
True compassion is a bulwark of strong families and communities, of liberty and self-reliance, while the false compassion of the second usage is fraught with great danger and dubious results.
jwjarvis commented on the word litmus test
It is a mistake to use a person’s political beliefs as the litmus test of his compassion.
jwjarvis commented on the word self-efficacy
Self-efficacy is the belief that you are capable of performing certain actions properly, regardless of whether or not they succeed in their ultimate goal. For example, I can be confident in my ability to deliver a good talk on a subject I’m familiar with, to exhibit the requisite skill and knowledge, but I might not be able to predict the outcome, i.e., how the audience will actually respond. (While it’s true that one can be “confident of getting things wrong”, the type of confidence people seek to boost in therapy is generally belief in their ability to do something well, i.e., self-confidence, or self-efficacy.)
December 17, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word svengali
The term has entered the media lexicon for an unaccountable but overridingly influential adviser to a political leader or candidate.
jwjarvis commented on the word interminable
Freud's followers, says Salter, waste their patients' time (and money) on an interminable dredging of the past.
December 15, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word in the lurch
It might be unfair for him to quit and leave his employer in the lurch.
December 8, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word echelon
and that the cartels’ wealth, intimidation, and influence extend to the highest echelons of law enforcement and government.
jwjarvis commented on the word cryptomnesia
explanation for plagiarism
December 4, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word capitalism
I have enough expertise in politics and history to understand that a free market ends up as monopoly unless you force them to be free.
WikiLeaks is designed to make capitalism more free and ethical.
jwjarvis commented on the word vertical integration
I can see the tremendous vibrancy in, say, the Malaysian telecom sector compared to U.S. sector. In the U.S. everything is vertically integrated and sewn up, so you don’t have a free market. In Malaysia, you have a broad spectrum of players, and you can see the benefits for all as a result.
jwjarvis commented on the word ethos
the internal executive ethos
jwjarvis commented on the list vocab-chapter-7
chapter 7 from which book?
December 2, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the list lesson-7-vocab
lesson 7, from where?
jwjarvis commented on the word pluck
my friend's brother nicknamed him "Pluck" for no apparent reason
jwjarvis commented on the word dialectic
Hegelian dialectic: triads, thesis-antithesis-synthesis
jwjarvis commented on the word qi
jwjarvis commented on the word geist
can we put tags on lists? and how do you search for specific lists?
jwjarvis commented on the word insular
private but not insular
jwjarvis commented on the word They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers... call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.
From the man of the 90% top marginal income tax rate.
Year/Rate/TMTR/On amount over $
1913 7 500,000
1914 7 500,000
1915 7 500,000
1916 15 2,000,000
1917 67 2,000,000
1918 77 1,000,000
1919 73 1,000,000
1920 73 1,000,000
1921 73 1,000,000
1922 58 200,000
1923 43.5 200,000
1924 46 500,000
1925 25 100,000
1926 25 100,000
1927 25 100,000
1928 25 100,000
1929 24 100,000
1930 25 100,000
1931 25 100,000
1932 63 1,000,000
1933 63 1,000,000
1934 63 1,000,000
1935 63 1,000,000
1936 79 5,000,000
1937 79 5,000,000
1938 79 5,000,000
1939 79 5,000,000
1940 81.1 5,000,000
1941 81 5,000,000
1942 88 200,000
1943 88 200,000
1944 94 200,000
1945 94 200,000
1946 86.45 200,000
1947 86.45 200,000
1948 82.13 400,000
1949 82.13 400,000
1950 84.36 400,000
1951 91 400,000
1952 92 400,000
1953 92 400,000
1954 91 400,000
1955 91 400,000
1956 91 400,000
1957 91 400,000
1958 91 400,000
1959 91 400,000
1960 91 400,000
1961 91 400,000
1962 91 400,000
1963 91 400,000
1964 77 400,000
1965 70 200,000
1966 70 200,000
1967 70 200,000
1968 75.25 200,000
1969 77 200,000
1970 71.75 200,000
1971 70 60 200,000
1972 70 50 200,000
1973 70 50 200,000
1974 70 50 200,000
1975 70 50 200,000
1976 70 50 200,000
1977 70 50 203,200
1978 70 50 203,200
1979 70 50 215,400
1980 70 50 215,400
1981 69.125 50 215,400
1982 50 85,600
1983 50 109,400
1984 50 162,400
1985 50 169,020
1986 50 175,250
1987 38.5 90,000
1988 28 29,750
1989 28 30,950
1990 28 32,450
1991 31 82,150
1992 31 86,500
1993 39.6 89,150
1994 39.6 250,000
1995 39.6 256,500
1996 39.6 263,750
1997 39.6 271,050
1998 39.6 278,450
1999 39.6 283,150
2000 39.6 288,350
2001 39.1 297,350
2002 38.6 307,050
2003 35 311,950
December 1, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word Mania
obsessive love; experience great emotional highs and lows; very possessive and often jealous lovers
November 30, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word Pragma
love that is driven by the head, not the heart; undemonstrative
jwjarvis commented on the word Ludus
a love that is played as a game or sport; conquest; may have multiple partners at once
jwjarvis commented on the word log-book
The term log-book has an interesting derivation in itself. An early form of measuring a ship's progress was by casting overboard a wooden board (the log) with a string attached. The rate at which the string was payed out as the ship moved away from the stationary log was measured by counting how long it took between knots in the string. These measurements were later transcribed into a book. Hence we get the term 'log-book' and also the name 'knot' as the unit of speed at sea.
November 20, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word shanty
sailors singing shanties and living a hearty and rough life at sea
best find of the year.
November 19, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word pollywoppus
jwjarvis commented on the word phrasefinder.co.uk
jwjarvis commented on the word tongue-in-cheek
jwjarvis commented on the word diabetes
1560s, from medical L. diabetes, from late Gk. diabetes "excessive discharge of urine" (so named by Aretaeus the Cappadocian, physician of Alexandria, 2c.), lit. "a passer-through, siphon," from diabainein "to pass through," from dia- "through" (see dia-) + bainein "to go" (see come). An old native name for it was pissing evil. In classical Greek, diabainein meant "to stand or walk with the legs apart," and diabetes meant "a drafting compass," from the position of the legs.
i bought this book. rock on!
November 18, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word obfuscate
the thesaurus is pretty mediocre. not even illuminate for an antonym. who's in charge of it? how can we help improve it?
jwjarvis commented on the word obsequiously
jwjarvis commented on the word involute
The thymus involutes with age and is virtually undetectable
in postpubertal humans
jwjarvis commented on the word dipthong
wiktionary is dumb about misspellings. it sites the same misspelled word!
jwjarvis commented on the word perineum
what about a more powerful and enhanced feature to search for words by definition? search for words that have ...blank...in the definition.
November 16, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word inulin
probiotic or prebiotic?
jwjarvis commented on the word antigen
etymology: antibody generator = anti-gen
jwjarvis commented on the word vesicle
can be visualised as a bubble of liquid within another liquid. lysosome, vacuole
November 14, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word -nik
November 13, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word -nick
The English suffix -nik is of Slavic origin. It approximately corresponds to the suffix "-er" and nearly always denotes an agent noun.
jwjarvis commented on the word flow
Csikszentmihalyi. skill and challenge arrive at a flow state, otherwise boredom or anxiety would be evident
jwjarvis commented on the word purple leisure
'Purple leisure' (also 'deviant leisure', 'dark leisure', or 'taboo leisure') is much more difficult to define. At its simplest, it is leisure behavior that goes against the prevailing moral grain of society.
jwjarvis commented on the word motif
a pattern in a protein structure formed by the spatial arrangement of amino acids
November 12, 2010
development of blood transfusion and especially organ transplantation as methods of treatment in clinical medicine provided a strong impetus to detect and define genes that control rejection reactions in humans.
jwjarvis commented on the word histocompatibility
Therefore, the recognition of a graft as self or foreign is an inherited trait. The genes responsible for causing a grafted tissue to be perceived as similar to or different from one's own tissues were called histocompatibility genes (genes that determine tissue compatibility between individuals), and the
differences between self and foreign were attributed to polymorphisms among different histocompatibility
jwjarvis commented on the word special sauce
and it certainly wasn't initiated by Mcdonald's. Check out their bio-undegradable burger
is scribd.com in the examples feed? what about other movie scripts websites? or lyrics websites?
jwjarvis commented on the word irregardless
regardlesser, unheedless, uncareless...
November 10, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word oofle
jwjarvis commented on the list dumbisms
they are so dumb, so very dumb, fo reals.
tihs wrod cakrcs me up. adoybny hvae a fritoave lsit of cmonmloy mlsepisled and msueisd wrods?
jwjarvis commented on the word Jonathan Swift
jwjarvis commented on the word uber-
(sometimes spelled ueber, uber, the former being a correct form in German just like über) (German pronunciation: ˈyːbɐ ( listen)) comes from the German language. It is a cognate of both Latin super and Greek ὑπέρ (hyper), as well as English over and above. It is also sometimes used as a hyphenated prefix in informal English, usually for emphasis.
In German, über is used as a prefix as well as a word in its own right. Both uses indicate a state or action involving increased elevation or quantity in the physical sense, or superiority or excess in the abstract.
The crossover of the term "über" from German into English goes back to the work of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. In 1883, Nietzsche coined the term "Übermensch" to describe the higher state to which he felt men might aspire.
jwjarvis commented on the word portentous
on his talk show to weigh in on the portentous topic
jwjarvis commented on the word William Safire
November 9, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word etymology
Humpty Dumpty: When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.
Alice: The question is, whether you can make words mean so many different things.
Humpty Dumpty: The question is: which is to be master - that's all.
jwjarvis commented on the list operas
i came here thinking there would be a long list of opera lingo or something. i guess i'm a little slow to pick up on the humor around here.
jwjarvis commented on the word steady state
Steady State theory
didn't wordnik used to have your favorite onomatopoeia on your profile?
jwjarvis commented on the word ad nauseum
To a disgusting or ridiculous degree; to the point of nausea.
jwjarvis commented on the list word-roots
Thank you, feel free to contribute marky. The list should probably be called morphemes
October 31, 2010
cool word lists
October 30, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word pandemic
is an epidemic that spreads across a large region (for example a continent), or even worldwide.
October 25, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
once made a statement to the effect that those who do not read history will have to repeat it....also, George Santayana and Edmund Burke
jwjarvis commented on the word despondency
...We pile pity upon ourselves and permit our initial discouragement to develop into despondency and despair.
October 24, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word rattan wood
the new artificial bone
October 22, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the user bilby
Reagan? Those are words that came out of his mouth, that is what it has to do with him.
October 21, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word Ronald Reagan
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
jwjarvis commented on the word Jacques Barzun
jwjarvis commented on the word Tyron Edwards
The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.
jwjarvis commented on the word a-
to i.e. in the direction of
October 15, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word Keith Rupert Murdoch
News Corporation, Fox, Dow Jones
October 12, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word operative
October 11, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word gaffe
His mistake is no isolated gaffe.
October 10, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word salient
As an investor, you may be wondering why this is salient to you?
jwjarvis commented on the word agency
the freedom to choose...the ability to be an agent unto yourself...the ability to act instead of being acted upon
October 9, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word hegemony
October 7, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word non sequitur
he is hyper-verbal, spewing non sequiturs
October 6, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word epigram
Murphy's law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong".
October 5, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word dialectical
October 2, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word grist
impersonal schools bureaucracies and dehumanizing schools from being built, mills for which our children are little more than grist.
jwjarvis commented on the word mettlesome
The great Tudor queen had known how to deal with mettlesome men
jwjarvis commented on the word ex officio
There shall be one or more faculty/staff advisors who shall be members ex officio with no voting privileges
jwjarvis commented on the word insoluble
When the total tax burden grows beyond a bearable size, the problem of devising taxes that will not discourage and disrupt production becomes insoluble.
jwjarvis commented on the word expropriate
the capital that was expropriated in taxes (or, if the money was borrowed, that eventually must be expropriated in taxes)
jwjarvis commented on the word panegyric
And it is all presented, in the panegyrics of its partisans, as a net economic gain without offsets.
jwjarvis commented on the word gamut
gamut of communication tools
September 30, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word hork
"somebody horked our clothes!" Strange Brew
jwjarvis commented on the word mean world syndrome
You know, who tells the stories of a culture really governs human behavior... It used to be the parent, the school, the church, the community. Now it's a handful of global conglomerates that have nothing to tell, but a great deal to sell. George Gerbner (TV Researcher)
jwjarvis commented on the word epistemic
It is possible that certain basic human epistemic biases are projected onto the material under scrutiny
jwjarvis commented on the word dichotomy
dichotomy between the industrial and commercial worlds
jwjarvis commented on the word heuristic
strongly heuristic methodology
jwjarvis commented on the word venerable
but it cut the very heart out of this venerable word
September 29, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word assimilate
assimilation of vocabulary may best be achieved by writing 10 to 20 sentences of each new word in different contexts
September 27, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word provisional
jwjarvis commented on the word onset
The outset is when something starts fully formed: This project was doomed from the outset....I promised myself I would work hard from the very outset.
Onset is something forming: The onset of the disease is slow and painful....I fear the onset of war....The war will be vicious from the outset.
In terms of usage, it seems onset can be subject or object, whereas outset is always (or at least commonly) prepositional 'from the outset', 'at the outset'.
September 25, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word outset
Onset is used in phrases that relate to the start (time-wise) of something. The onset of spring; the onset of the football season.
Outset is used more in the sense of beginning (in the sense of making a start). It relates more to the idea of starting something new than to time. I loved him from the outset; from the outset of the war . . .; no one recognized the outset of the depression at the exact time it happened.
If you think of onset more as the time when something started, and outset at its true beginning, regardless of time, you won't go wrong.
jwjarvis commented on the word lionize
the right lionizes Ronald Reagan, the left lionizes FDR
September 24, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word capitulate
Blockbuster capitulated on that issue and ultimately abandoned the merger.
jwjarvis commented on the word iterative
iterative testing of ideas
September 23, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word signage
Improved signage for directing patients in and out
of the ED
September 22, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the word incisive
jwjarvis commented on the word epi
September 19, 2010
jwjarvis commented on the user ruzuzu
September 16, 2010
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