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Old 04-11-2012, 11:38 AM
Elendil's Heir Elendil's Heir is offline
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Four common English words ending in "-dous"

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...ending-in-dous

A lot of those towards the end there are uncommon, obviously. I've gone all these years without needing them and probably will die without ever having done so.

A correction. This part of the column should not be italicized:

Dear Cecil:

No. To forget something you have to have heard of it in the first place, which frankly I hadn't, mainly because the last cited use of jeapardous in the Oxford English Dictionary was in 1661. ("Yo, varlet, is the new quiz show 'What's My Linish' or 'Wheel of Fortunesque'?" "Neither, milord, it is 'Jeopardous.'") So sue me.


And the salutation should be "Dear M.H.," since it's clearly Cecil's response to the message just above it.

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Old 04-11-2012, 12:25 PM
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nvm

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:02 PM
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And the salutation should be "Dear M.H.," since it's clearly Cecil's response to the message just above it.

Thanks.
Or, rather, it should be "Cecil replies:" to make it consistent with the rest.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:49 PM
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The late Isaac?

Why does Cecil refer to Dr. Asimov as "the late Isaac" in a column dated November 9, 1990? Asimov was still very much alive on that date. He didn't die until 1992.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:12 PM
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Elendil'ls Heir: Thanks for the catch, I'll have the italicization etc corrected.

Dr. Chaotica: Some columns are updated when they appear (later) in a book, but they retain their original publication date.
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:24 AM
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and yet, it is still ar·du·ous
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:14 AM
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Fixed. And for the record, I feel ridiculous.

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Old 04-12-2012, 01:43 PM
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You shouldn't. You're splendiferous!
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:18 AM
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What about "horrendous?"
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:15 PM
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What about "horrendous?"
It's in the column, mentioned in the original letter that kicks everything off.
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