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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:12 am 
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I think it's going a bit far to say that plinth is "very common", but it was the only one of those other words mentioned (except "jamb" ofc) I knew the meaning of, or had even heard of.

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Hereabouts the idea of a "saner design" are windows that don't open or close at all. Give me my shitty, jammy, dirty, rattly, expensive sash windows over that any day.

How often to people talk about "sills"? (Not "windowsills", but just plain "sills"?)


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I think I see what's going on here. These sash windows (as those in the know call them to distinguish them) are so ubiquitous that the general populace just calls them windows, and adjectives/appositional nouns are appended to describe other types.

And for the record, I'm fairly confident my parents' house does have the system Sal describes, on its ground floor windows. It was built in 1977, so I haven't seen them or anything and new windows are probably are different, but one of them won't stay up, which is probably because the cord broke. We just prop it open with a 'handheld' blender (it's a foot tall, so isn't exactly hand-sized...). The basement windows are different, being fire exits, so they slide open horizontally, which I dearly hope means they don't have any pulley/counterweights.

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I think some of the confusion in this thread would be alleviated if we had a similar thread for two-syllable words. That way we could note the rare use of "common" to mean "rare", a meaning evidently most common when talking about how common rare words are.


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sed and awk

Non-English example: Polish word for weir is jaz.


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more like cocks cum two syllables i can't do anything with am i right

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Switch one subfamily to the east and call them комсь.

(I wonder if that would have yielded ˣkuusi or ˣkusi or ˣkumsi if it had been retained in Finnic.)

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