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Tinfangwarble commented on the word renown
renown - I like the etymology of this word. It also fits with the modern reality of fame - the more a person's name is mentioned the more renown they have and the more renowned they are (though renowned has a different etymology, more based on the German ''known'' apparently)
July 25, 2013
Tinfangwarble commented on the word cellar door
I ''loved'' cellar door in homage to J.R.R. Tolkien - whether he is the originator of the notion it was a beautiful sound or not, he remarked that most people would agree the words make a beautiful sound. After inventing several languages, many euphonious, like Quenya, I think he would be a good judge of nice sounding words...
Tinfangwarble commented on the word pièce de résistance
piece de resistance is a French phrase used in English BUT it is unknown as a phrase in France! They may use plat de resistance instead. I have used the piece de resistance a number of times to impress my French friends but they just look at me blankly. I wonder if there are other examples where a foreign phrase used in English is itself not used or common in the original language?
Tinfangwarble commented on the word cabriolet
Given the etymology of 'cabriolet' I am surprised there is no modern reference to 'roe-bucks' or other prancing, capering, mountain climbing, capricornian or goatey type animals. What about in France?
June 12, 2013
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