s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: Tribond Tuesday

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tribond Tuesday

bacchanalian
martial
narcissistic

8 Comments:

At September 15, 2009 5:40 PM, Blogger Optimistic. said...

I had no idea that's what the root of "martial" was, but now that I think about it, it makes sense.

This one is solid. Probably my favorite so far.

 
At September 15, 2009 5:42 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I feel like people who post in a way that indicates that they know what the answer is without giving it away are so classy ::hat tip to Optimistic::

But this one was all Greek to me...

 
At September 15, 2009 6:39 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Wow. Leave it to a linguist to come up with that.

 
At September 16, 2009 11:54 AM, Blogger Peter said...

Like!

 
At September 16, 2009 12:59 PM, Blogger CavDawg said...

Katya, I need you to explain the rules of this game to me.

 
At September 16, 2009 6:43 PM, Blogger Katya said...

CavDawg - I post three things which have something in common and my readers have to guess what they have in common. I start posting hints the next day if nobody guesses it.

For example, the three things in today's post are all adjectives that are etymologically based on the name of a Greek or Roman mythological figure. (That's why Daniel mentions that it's "Greek" to him.)

For whatever reasons, the people who posted today mostly alluded to the answer without spelling it out. I have no problem with people giving away the answer in the comments, but some readers like it better when they don't.

Optimistic - I tried to think of another common adjective like "martial," since I felt that going with both "narcissistic" and "bacchanalian" was too obvious, but I couldn't find one I liked.

 
At September 16, 2009 7:48 PM, Blogger alea said...

What about erotic? Or is it not clear that the name precedes the noun? Or do you just not like it?

And protean? But that's just because I love that word. But, I think Proteus isn't nearly as well known as Narcissus or Bacchus.

 
At September 17, 2009 8:22 AM, Blogger Katya said...

Erotic I would have thrown out for the name not definitively preceding the noun. (It doesn't show up in the OED etymology, at least.) Protean I just didn't think of!

 

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