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michael.tremberth commented on the word dragee
Pills supplied by the NHS in UK are rarely sugared these days (though they may still be coated), but the idiom persists. By the way dragee is hardly an alternative spelling to dragée - it is merely the result of using an ill-founded font by non-French typesetters, and is therefore a sin of omission. Wordniks have no excuse for getting it wrong on their computers.
July 15, 2013
michael.tremberth commented on the word ack-ack
My resort to a well known search engine for info on British telephone code yielded not ack-ack, but 44! In this instance Wordnik's etymologies (alpha+) are more helpful than its definitions, which appear restrictively current.
July 9, 2013
michael.tremberth commented on the word oboe d'amore
While the oboe d'amore is often specified in baroque music, the well-known double concerto for oboe and violin by J S Bach was specifically written for the oboe d'amore. Much modern music has been written for the combination of soprano oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais (pitched a fifth below the soprano oboe), and either bass oboe or bassoon see tweets from @alingrt and @ReedsandTools.
August 24, 2012
michael.tremberth commented on the word witcraft
"Fuck a ouija board , fuck a witcraft bitch , NO THANK YOU !” @TuuMadreeGueyy. Such is the contribution of a tweeter (the 4th tweet on the witcraft page). If this were a comment I would be inclined to categorise it as SPAM. It's a good example of pointless, misogynistic rage.
August 22, 2012
Although considered obsolete by Johnson, witcraft is still very much a word to know, treasure and, appropriately, use.
michael.tremberth commented on the word cynarctomachy
Hi refenestration, how do you like exundation?
August 9, 2012
On the sauce for goose, sauce for gander principle: arctocymmachy - or, a totally new sport, arctotauromachy.
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