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Word for the Day, Tuesday March 20, 2012 - First day of spring

Posted on 03/20/2012 5:01:02 AM PDT by SoothingDave

Word For The Day, Tuesday, March 20, 2012



In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

quincunx [kwing-kuhngks, kwin-]

-n, pl -tus, -tus·es

1. an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.
2. Botany an overlapping arrangement of five petals or leaves, in which two are interior, two are exterior, and one is partly interior and partly exterior.

[1640–50; < Latin: five twelfths ( quinc-, variant of quīnque- quinque- + uncia twelfth; see ounce1 ); originally a Roman coin worth five twelfths of an as and marked with a quincunx of spots ]


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1 posted on 03/20/2012 5:01:04 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; ...

Rise and shine on this vernal equinox.


2 posted on 03/20/2012 5:02:12 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

When my husband died a year ago, I asked that trees be planted in Israel.

Several people on FR arranged for the JNF to plant a Quincunx of trees in his memory.

True story...little groups of five.


3 posted on 03/20/2012 5:12:40 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; ...

Rise and shine on this vernal equinox.


4 posted on 03/20/2012 5:12:43 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave
Your WFTD is a longstanding rule of landscaping and how to plant groupings, always in odd numbers too.
It is supposed to break a record for high temps today. And we'll be in your town on Thursday, and we're bringing the prodigal Russian.
5 posted on 03/20/2012 5:25:55 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

I remember when Malkin defected, basically. Ran away from his team to join the NHL.


6 posted on 03/20/2012 5:27:48 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

There are plenty of mixed feelings with Radulov. Because if I was a 21 year old, in a foreign country, homesick, and someone waved a big bag of money under my nose and told me I could come home and be a star, I’m not sure what I would do.


7 posted on 03/20/2012 5:31:40 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

Quincunx.

I think I understand this quincunx. You have your first base, second base, third and then home base with a pitcher in the middle more or less. There it is. Quincunx. Kinda offish spelling but we always used x’s too when we weren’t real clear on the right spelling.
This quincunx could also be like those teaching blocks they use over at the high school too except they go all the way to ten.


8 posted on 03/20/2012 5:50:06 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

And if you only have 2 trees, it’s a twincunx.


9 posted on 03/20/2012 5:54:35 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

leave it to you to pick something filthy ; )


10 posted on 03/20/2012 6:03:36 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

It’s about trees, man.


11 posted on 03/20/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

That’s the noise my old Honda used to make when it was idling.


12 posted on 03/20/2012 6:22:17 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SoothingDave

Twincunx? Two guys from Canada that look alike?


13 posted on 03/20/2012 6:41:42 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: SoothingDave
In a quincunx of news we have Biden getting booed, Biden claiming audacious plan,Biden is cheered by unions in Ohio, Biden claims the GOP will bankrupt the country of they win....all giving cover to Obama's executive order giving himself new powers.
14 posted on 03/20/2012 7:19:29 AM PDT by tioga
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To: tioga

I like your example of the definition the best!


15 posted on 03/20/2012 8:07:30 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Congress touched me inappropriately, they should be put on administrative leave immediately)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Thanks, I try. Beautiful day here.....will be a nice week, like summer is already here. I figure that means snow for us soon.


16 posted on 03/20/2012 9:41:27 AM PDT by tioga
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; xsmommy

Thanks to Pirates owner Bob Nutting, the Baldwin girls softball team will get to compete in a tournament in South Carolina even after the airline they planned to use folded abruptly last week.

Read more: Nutting’s offer saves Baldwin girls’ softball trip - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_787294.html#ixzz1pfyUKsyX

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This was a no-brainer for the Pirates’ owner. Good for him.


17 posted on 03/20/2012 9:42:43 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Well, thank heavens Rush only called Miz Fluke a slut and not a slut times five!

Wait a minute, what did this word mean, again?


18 posted on 03/20/2012 9:56:55 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Explorer89; xsmommy

You two and your dirty minds!


19 posted on 03/20/2012 10:11:53 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave; xsmommy

Ha! I swear I did not read the thread before posting!


20 posted on 03/20/2012 10:36:09 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: SoothingDave; Explorer89

and that’s precisely why you chose it. Must be a BURGH thang... ; )


21 posted on 03/20/2012 10:40:31 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

It’s be an awesome name for a metal band.


22 posted on 03/20/2012 11:26:24 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

Nothing quite warms the cockles of my heart like when I arrange a meeting, send out invitations, and then the room I reserved sends me an email to accept my invitation.

That’s special.


23 posted on 03/20/2012 11:35:52 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave
Let the groundswell begin!
24 posted on 03/20/2012 11:53:57 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

Wow, did it rain last night-4 inches here, and more upriver where it is most needed...

When congress talks about reform
They ought to keep it little-
With one idea on each corner
And another one in the middle

That quincunx might be easier
For all the sheeple to believe
Thereby making the spending cuts
Much less onerous to achieve

Ryan has a thankless job
He’s constantly dodging rocks-
Still, he keeps on shouting
Because he’s dumb as a fox...


25 posted on 03/20/2012 12:26:10 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: xsmommy

Anyone see the new commercial with Obama throwing the old lady off the cliff when she wanted a pacemaker? OMG PERFECT!


26 posted on 03/20/2012 2:20:59 PM PDT by tioga
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To: SoothingDave

well if the room weren’t included it might be awkward....


27 posted on 03/21/2012 4:21:48 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: tioga

no, but i saw the Obama’s War on Women one and that was good.


28 posted on 03/21/2012 4:23:01 AM PDT by xsmommy
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