=SDC= Q46: Roots

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Jerry Friedman

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Aug 22, 2011, 6:15:46 PM8/22/11
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"But however entrancing it is to wander unchecked through a garden of
bright images, are we not enticing your mind from another subject of
almost equal importance?"


Which is the odd word out in this, and why?

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Jerry Friedman, T. O. Panelist

Sproz

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Aug 23, 2011, 5:44:48 AM8/23/11
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On Aug 22, 11:15 pm, Jerry Friedman <je...@totally-official.com>
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"But", which Wimsey misses out when he quotes it, in "Busman's
Honeymoon".

Coming to the SDC very late this year - damn google groups!

Mark

CDB

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Aug 23, 2011, 11:36:31 AM8/23/11
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Sproz wrote:
> On Aug 22, 11:15 pm, Jerry Friedman <je...@totally-official.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> "But however entrancing it is to wander unchecked through a garden
>> of bright images, are we not enticing your mind from another
>> subject of almost equal importance?"
>>
>> Which is the odd word out in this, and why?
>>
>> --
>> Jerry Friedman, T. O. Panelist
>
> "But", which Wimsey misses out when he quotes it, in "Busman's
> Honeymoon".
>>
He left out "unchecked" as well, although he got it spot on in _Strong
Poison_ (except that one edition has the "but" in Wimsey's voice and
starts quotation marks right after it; but another has the whole thing
without quotes). Thank you, GoogleBooks.

CDB

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Aug 23, 2011, 10:24:23 PM8/23/11
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Jerry Friedman wrote:
> "But however entrancing it is to wander unchecked through a garden
> of bright images, are we not enticing your mind from another
> subject of almost equal importance?"
>>
> Which is the odd word out in this, and why?
>>
Can it be "away"? The combination "enticing from" is awkward, since
it puts the whole burden of direction on "from"; a lot to ask of a
synonym of "attract" which originally meant "set on fire".


msh210

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Aug 24, 2011, 12:34:15 AM8/24/11
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On Aug 22, Jerry Friedman, TO Panelist, abed:

> "But however entrancing it is to wander unchecked through a garden of
> bright images, are we not enticing your mind from another subject of
> almost equal importance?"
>
> Which is the odd word out in this, and why?

Her ring was of the deepest ruby.

Michael Hamm
TO Panelist

Vinny Burgoo

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Aug 24, 2011, 3:55:47 PM8/24/11
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Her lipstick glistened red; her ring glittered with diamonds.

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VB
T. O. Panellist

Mike Lyle

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Aug 25, 2011, 4:24:36 PM8/25/11
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On Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:55:47 +0100, Vinny Burgoo <hlu...@yahoo.co.uk>
wrote:

(Totally OT, and improper: A friend worked for the electricity board,
dealing with requisitions for parts, including bearings for the spinny
bits on meters. He had to ask a colleague to explain "bottom jewel".
"Those," he was told, "are for the Maharajah's bum-boy.")

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Mike.

Vinny Burgoo

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Aug 25, 2011, 4:47:39 PM8/25/11
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Misdirection.

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VB
T. O. Magician

Vinny Burgoo

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Aug 26, 2011, 2:51:55 PM8/26/11
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In alt.usage.english, Mike Lyle wrote:
>On Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:55:47 +0100, Vinny Burgoo <hlu...@yahoo.co.uk>
>>In alt.usage.english, msh210 wrote:
>>>On Aug 22, Jerry Friedman, TO Panelist, abed:
>>>> "But however entrancing it is to wander unchecked through a garden of
>>>> bright images, are we not enticing your mind from another subject of
>>>> almost equal importance?"
>>>>
>>>> Which is the odd word out in this, and why?
>>>
>>>Her ring was of the deepest ruby.
>>
>>Her lipstick glistened red; her ring glittered with diamonds.
>
>(Totally OT, and improper: A friend worked for the electricity board,
>dealing with requisitions for parts, including bearings for the spinny
>bits on meters. He had to ask a colleague to explain "bottom jewel".
>"Those," he was told, "are for the Maharajah's bum-boy.")

(Too posh for a golden rivet?)

This is an etymological question. Only nine words are significant.

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VB
T. O. Deherringiser

Jeffrey Turner

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Aug 26, 2011, 4:12:03 PM8/26/11
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Miss Anna Direction?

--Jeff

Vinny Burgoo

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Aug 27, 2011, 4:59:15 PM8/27/11
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In alt.usage.english, Vinny Burgoo wrote:

Whoops!

Ten.

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VB
T. O. Innumerator

msh210

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Aug 28, 2011, 10:45:50 AM8/28/11
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On Aug 22, Jerry Friedman, TO Panelist, abed:
> "But however entrancing it is to wander unchecked through a garden of
> bright images, are we not enticing your mind from another subject of
> almost equal importance?"
>
> Which is the odd word out in this, and why?

I think you mean:

Which is the odd word out in this, and why?

Michael Hamm
TO Panelist

the Omrud

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Aug 28, 2011, 12:33:44 PM8/28/11
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"of", because it's the only repeated word.

--
David

James Hogg

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Aug 29, 2011, 3:02:51 PM8/29/11
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"Unchecked" is the only word with a root that does not come from either
Old English or Latin.

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James

Jerry Friedman

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Aug 31, 2011, 10:47:46 AM8/31/11
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On Aug 29, 1:02 pm, James Hogg <Jas.H...@gOUTmail.com> wrote:
> Vinny Burgoo wrote:
> > In alt.usage.english, Mike Lyle wrote:
> >> On Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:55:47 +0100, Vinny Burgoo <hlu...@yahoo.co.uk>
> >>> In alt.usage.english, msh210 wrote:
> >>>> On Aug 22, Jerry Friedman, TO Panelist, abed:
> >>>>> "But however entrancing it is to wander unchecked through agarden of>>>>> bright images, are we not enticing your mind from another subject of

> >>>>> almost equal importance?"
>
> >>>>> Which is the odd word out in this, and why?
>
> >>>> Her ring was of the deepest ruby.
>
> >>> Her lipstick glistened red; her ring glittered with diamonds.
>
> >> (Totally OT, and improper: A friend worked for the electricity board,
> >> dealing with requisitions for parts, including bearings for the spinny
> >> bits on meters. He had to ask a colleague to explain "bottom jewel".
> >> "Those," he was told, "are for the Maharajah's bum-boy.")
>
> > (Too posh for a golden rivet?)
>
> > This is an etymological question. Only nine words are significant.
>
> "Unchecked" is the only word with a root that does not come from either
> Old English or Latin.

That's a very interesting fact that the Panel overlooked. However,
the answer is "odd", the only word in the relevant sentence that's
from Old Norse rather than Old English.

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Jerry Friedman

James Hogg

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Aug 31, 2011, 10:53:14 AM8/31/11
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Cunning. Constantinople is a very long word. How do you spell it?

As for the Fukushima question, I can get "Fukushima nuclear power
station" out of the letters, but I am left baffled with H I A C I D I.


--
James

CDB

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Aug 31, 2011, 11:06:42 AM8/31/11
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"Dai ichi", numbah one reactor.


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