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  1. avj commented on Rudy Park 5 months ago

    At least I’m sure he knows the difference between “flaunt” and “flout.”

  2. avj commented on For Better or For Worse 5 months ago

    That’s how things used to be done — I don’t remember when it changed, but when I was a kid I never saw masks, gloves etc. in the dentist’s office. Presumably he did wash his hands well . . .

  3. avj commented on Darrin Bell 6 months ago

    Huh? Are you referring to “niggardly”? It’s an adjective commonly and long-used with “praise,” and had no relation to the word you’re obviously thinking of — from etymonline.com:

    niggard (n.) “mean person, miser,” late 14c., nygart, of uncertain origin. The suffix suggests French origin (see -ard), but the root word is possibly from earlier nig “stingy” (c.1300), perhaps from a Scandinavian source related to Old Norse hnøggr “stingy,” from Proto-Germanic *khnauwjaz (source of Swedish njugg “close, careful,” German genau “precise, exact”), and to Old English hneaw “stingy, niggardly,” which did not survive in Middle English


    nothing to do with the Latin nigrum (“black”) from which the words I assume you’re thinking of descend.

    So yes, Nos Nevets seems to have a good vocabulary.

  4. avj commented on Agnes 6 months ago

    This got me curious so I hit Google – turns out the use you refer to is the correct one, and the way we use it is a drift from that! From en.wiktionary.org: "In modern use, ilk is used . . . to mean ‘type’ or ‘sort.’ The use arose out of a misunderstanding of the earlier, Scottish use in the phrase of that ilk, where it means ‘of the same name or place.’ "

    And, @1MadHat, though IL (or MA) may be appropriate on letters, I feel the older, more intuitive Ill. (or Mass.) – though it should be used with the period as indicating an abbreviation – works better in text, and the PO has no interest in what I write there! (They leave that to the NSA.)

    See, I have my own random thoughts!

  5. avj commented on Monty 7 months ago

    My take is it’s not the prescription, it’s the tiny (fashionable) lenses that only bring a very small area into focus.

  6. avj commented on Rudy Park 8 months ago

    Given the ongoing problems with frats, one story more or less doesn’t really make a difference to the situation.

    Though it is incredibly unfortunate as it tends to support those who downplay the real problems.

  7. avj commented on Frazz 9 months ago

    Why stop at oatmeal choco chip? If that’s what I’m doing, I go for the triple whammy—peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip!

    (And I’m not even a fan of plain PB cookies—it’s the combo that makes it.)

    Though I LOVE a moist cinnamon-y oatmeal raisin cookie—there’s a GREAT recipe for “Cape Cod Oatmeal Cookies” in the Fanny Farmer Cookbook.

  8. avj commented on Drew Sheneman 10 months ago

    Perhaps Drew’s “fixation with Christie” has to do with his working for a New Jersey newspaper . . .

  9. avj commented on Candorville 10 months ago

    Sounds like he needs a dog.