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SWR: Can Robin or someone make herbaciousness a word, please

Postby Alan Uchrinscko » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:01 pm

Thanks a lot.
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Postby Bill Spencer » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:31 pm

%^)

... herbaceousness ...

Clink !

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Re: SWR: Can Robin or someone make herbaciousness a word, pl

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:55 pm

Alan Uchrinscko wrote:Thanks a lot.


Bill got it in one!

Also consider alternatives, some more specific: Herbal, herby, leafy, grassy, weedy, vegetal, or specific herb names - thyme, tarragon, basil, yada, yada.
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Re: SWR: Can Robin or someone make herbaciousness a word, pl

Postby Alan Uchrinscko » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:02 pm

Still not found...

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=herbaceousness

I'm going with:

"The salinity leads to freshness and, along with the gentle herbal scents of Chablis, sometimes evokes the smell of seawater."

as I'm in a real poetic mood.
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Re: SWR: Can Robin or someone make herbaciousness a word, pl

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:34 pm

Alan Uchrinscko wrote:Still not found...


Well ... dictionaries don't always list subsidiary forms. It's a noun formed from an adjective by adding -ness, which is legit. Here's the definition of the root word:

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her·ba·ceous   Audio pronunciation of "herbaceous" ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (hûr-bshs, ûr-)
adj.

   1. Relating to or characteristic of an herb as distinguished from a woody plant.
   2. Green and leaflike in appearance or texture.


[From Latin herbceus, from herba, herb.]


Your alternate is nice, though. I'd go with it.
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Re: SWR: Can Robin or someone make herbaciousness a word, pl

Postby Alan Uchrinscko » Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:18 pm

Thanks.

The person editing what I was writing said "hold on a minute" on the whole herb...ness thing and I thought it was another one of these minerality things - words we use that don't exist.
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Re: SWR: Can Robin or someone make herbaciousness a word, pl

Postby Harry Cantrell » Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:42 pm

now do that for "typicity"
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Re: SWR: Can Robin or someone make herbaciousness a word, pl

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:39 am

Harry Cantrell wrote:"typicity"


General dictionaries don't handle specialist jargon well, but that doesn't make it wrong, if the term works and is not just a buzzword. I'd say "typicity" meets that standard.
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Re: SWR: Can Robin or someone make herbaciousness a word, pl

Postby Thomas » Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:24 am

Oh please, please, please do it for "varietal." If I had my "druthers" I'd excise that adjective-cum-noun from the language.
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