DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

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Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Post by Tripps » 02 Aug 2020, 13:02

No - I think it's from the Latin verb curare - Once only used in the context of museums etc, but now widely used by the 'bien pensant' and avocado eating classes. :smile:


cūrāre
cūrō, cūrāre, cūrāvī, cūrātum (1.)
In English: to attend to, to take care of, to provide for, to undertake, to procure
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Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Post by Tizer » 02 Aug 2020, 15:55

It's not only curate - there's a headline on the BBC News web site right now about Melbourne having to `compose' a curfew because of covid-19.

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Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Post by Wendyf » 02 Aug 2020, 16:11

Tripps, no avocado for me this lunchtime, it was over ripe and straight in the bin (but I do say bath not barth). :laugh5:
Go on, tell me if that full stop should be inside the brackets, should there be a comma before them and is overripe a word?? :smile: I worry, but not for long.

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Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Post by Tripps » 02 Aug 2020, 18:13

Wendyf wrote:
02 Aug 2020, 16:11
Go on, tell me if that full stop should be inside the brackets,
I can't find the question now, but I was looking for someone to tell me - not testing your knowledge. I don't ask questions to which I know the answer. I'm fond of using 'single quotes' for emphasis as much as anything - but then add brackets and you're in trouble. :laugh5:

Yes overripe is a 'thing' . Shocking to allow it to happen. :smile:
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Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Post by Stanley » 03 Aug 2020, 02:41

The Co-p don't understand Avocados. As soon as they get soft they panic and reduce the price. You can't make Guacamole with hard Avocados can you.... I lived in a house in California with a big avocado tree in the back yard and avocados were a staple of our diet. We only used the ones that had fallen off the tree and they were all 'over ripe'!
Getting words confused is so common these days. I don't think they spent enough time reading comics when they were young. Rover, Hotspur and Wizard were all reading and no pics. I've always said they were the foundation of my spelling and use of words. Very well written and edited. Remember Wilson and Rockfist Rogan?
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Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Post by Marilyn » 03 Aug 2020, 02:46

Avocados are like Bananas. I can’t stand them mushy either.
Avocados are out of our reach at present. Last week they were £1.40 each...

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Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Post by Tizer » 03 Aug 2020, 09:26

Talking about whether overripe is a word, I get thrown when reading American published books by them dropping the hyphen where we would (or used to ) use it. For example, mentioning the reentry of a spacecraft into the atmosphere. (I notice reentry is flagged up as wrong as I write this post but I've seen it in American use.)

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Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Post by Stanley » 03 Aug 2020, 12:04

I've just heard 'sextarianism' used instead of 'sectarianism' in an obituary on John Hulme.
Hyphens.... shifting sands Peter. I take the view that as long as the meaning is clear and accurate there are no rules.
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