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Word For The Day, Tuesday, August 12, 2003
The Verbivores | 8/12/03 | Teacher

Posted on 08/12/2003 5:23:18 AM PDT by RikaStrom

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”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....


attenuate \at*ten*u*ate\, verb; adjective
attenuating, attenuates, attenuated; intransitive verb
attenuation; noun

1. To make slender, fine, or small: The drought attenuated the river to a narrow channel.
2. To reduce in force, value, amount, or degree; weaken: Medicine attentuated the fever's effect.
3. To lessen the density of; rarefy.
4. Biology: To make (bacteria or viruses) less virulent.
5. Electronics.: To reduce (the amplitude of an electrical signal) with little or no distortion.
6. To become thin, weak, or fine.
7. Reduced or weakened, as in strength, value, or virulence.
8. Botany: Gradually tapering to a slender point.

We may reject and reject till we attenuate history into sapless meagerness. --Sir F. Palgrave

Etymology: [Latin attenu re, attenu t- : ad-, ad- + tenu re, to make thin (from tenuis, thin. See ten- in Indo-European Roots).]


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Good Morning Students. Welcome to class!

Class is now in session. The rules are simple; you get a grade if you use the WFTD in a sentence, haiku, limerick, or quatrain. You get a "+" if you make a link, or make the teacher laugh, or you offer the appropriate bribes. I hold the grade book; the whip and chair.

"We need to know more about how long this feature (the dome) has been in existence. If it's been there for quite a while, perhaps it's relatively stable and doesn't pose any significant hazard."

They are talking about a volcano that is in Yellowstone Lake. Apparently, no one ever told it that just because you've been dormant for a while means you're relatively safe. There has been no good tracking data on any such phenomena, we've only been really monitoring things for the last 100 years or so, the Earth is older than that by an order of a magnitude. Such cavalier comments of "no significant hazard" show a certain attenuation of understanding. In the scheme of things, if that puppy blows in the next 20 years, that's SOON! But then again, to be fair, it may not do anything for another 20,000 years. I would just hate to bet the pot on it not doing something, I would be more inclined to bet that it will do something, and something spectacular at that. Although if it erupts, we can kiss Seattle goodbye.

Explosive find, of the volcano kind.

Arrogant, with no contemplation
Leads to a gargantuan eruption
More thought; less attenuation
Might save a Yellowstone vacation!

1 posted on 08/12/2003 5:23:19 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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Morning Gang
2 posted on 08/12/2003 5:23:32 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
Hi!
3 posted on 08/12/2003 5:23:47 AM PDT by secret garden (now what?)
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To: Countyline; TruthShallSetYouFree; Robert A. Cook, PE; wingnuts'nbolts; SeaDragon; white rose; ...
Morning Gang
4 posted on 08/12/2003 5:23:47 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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Morning Gang
5 posted on 08/12/2003 5:24:02 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
nmoring
6 posted on 08/12/2003 5:24:06 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Laura Earl; HairOfTheDog; Lunatic Fringe; Dan from Michigan; pankot; thegreatbeast; SCalGal; ...
Morning Gang
7 posted on 08/12/2003 5:24:16 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: secret garden
Well good morning Miss Garden... and how is school for the kiddies? ;-)
8 posted on 08/12/2003 5:24:41 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
!
9 posted on 08/12/2003 5:24:41 AM PDT by hobbes1 ( Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: RikaStrom
nice pome, miss rika.
10 posted on 08/12/2003 5:25:02 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
Morning Pet.... How is your beautiful puppy, did xschildren take him out?
11 posted on 08/12/2003 5:25:12 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: hobbes1
Morning Tiger!
12 posted on 08/12/2003 5:25:39 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
Present
13 posted on 08/12/2003 5:25:53 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (If they make a John Kerry bobble head doll, they will need to make the head smaller.)
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To: xsmommy
Thanks. :-)
14 posted on 08/12/2003 5:25:58 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
yes he did, thanks. at xsbrownie's behest, i got him some of the frosty paws, doggie ice cream. he ate with great relish. later, however, he barfed on the couch.... maybe he is lactose intolerant?
15 posted on 08/12/2003 5:26:14 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Flurry
Here
16 posted on 08/12/2003 5:26:25 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Never wear panties to a party!)
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To: xsmommy
i got him some of the frosty paws, doggie ice cream. he ate with great relish. later, however, he barfed on the couch

Well of course he barfed, silly. What kind of nut puts Relish on ice cream.....

17 posted on 08/12/2003 5:28:17 AM PDT by hobbes1 ( Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: RikaStrom
They had a wonderful half day yesterday and are off today, so we are taking them out to breakfast. The full days start tomorrow. The person who writes these schedules has an attentuated grasp on logic. :-)
18 posted on 08/12/2003 5:28:38 AM PDT by secret garden (now what?)
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To: secret garden
God i hate those schedules!!! the schedulers are INSANE!
19 posted on 08/12/2003 5:29:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: hobbes1
hm
20 posted on 08/12/2003 5:29:21 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Flurry
Morning Flurry!
21 posted on 08/12/2003 5:29:37 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
I watched a drunk eating a salad one night. He complained that the lettuce was too chewy and complained to the waitess. He pulled a piece of the offending lettuce out of his mouth and waving it said, see. The waitress said sir that isn't lettuce it's money and it appears that it's attenuate.
22 posted on 08/12/2003 5:29:57 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (If they make a John Kerry bobble head doll, they will need to make the head smaller.)
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To: xsmommy
Ahhh, maybe he's just to young to have such a rich treat?!

Good grief woman, let that pup grow a bit before feeding it frosty paws!

23 posted on 08/12/2003 5:30:26 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Laura Earl
Morning Laura Earl, are the evil work demons leaving you alone today?
24 posted on 08/12/2003 5:30:50 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: xsmommy
Why thank you...I love a good hm job first thing in the morning.
25 posted on 08/12/2003 5:31:08 AM PDT by hobbes1 ( Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: secret garden
LOL, I'm sure they do. I am also reminded that I have a longer commute now that the kiddies are starting school.
26 posted on 08/12/2003 5:31:32 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Flurry
LOL!
27 posted on 08/12/2003 5:32:04 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
They just haven't shown up yet...with school back in session here, it is to my benefit to get to work earlier to avoid idiot traffic.
28 posted on 08/12/2003 5:34:21 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Never wear panties to a party!)
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To: RikaStrom
he didn't eat the whole cup of it, not even a quarter of it, he just licked away for a few minutes, with xsbrownie holding the cup for him. hey, you are as bad as the pediatrician bi#hing me out for giving xsteen a tiny taste of ice cream at 6 mo. of age, and she broke out into hives. she said why are you giving a baby ice cream!
29 posted on 08/12/2003 5:35:22 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Laura Earl; RikaStrom
i just have a few more weeks of sailing into work with minimal traffic. those last minute august vacations are still going on here. school starts after labor day.
30 posted on 08/12/2003 5:36:30 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: RikaStrom
In this battle of the morally-attenuated, I can only think of one thing to say - JP2, we're rooting for you!
31 posted on 08/12/2003 5:37:02 AM PDT by secret garden (now what?)
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To: xsmommy
Let the puppy eat puppy food, then when he's older you can feed him stuff like that. Poor Puppy
32 posted on 08/12/2003 5:37:37 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
mornin teach...(yawn!) Lo Mein figured how to turn the alarm off last night...
33 posted on 08/12/2003 5:38:22 AM PDT by camle (dis blondes in MY presence willya?!)
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To: All
Anyone going Christmas shopping?
34 posted on 08/12/2003 5:39:53 AM PDT by secret garden (now what?)
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To: RikaStrom
I'll be attenuating school today, Miss Rika. LOL!
35 posted on 08/12/2003 5:40:02 AM PDT by Slip18
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To: RikaStrom; xsmommy
I once split a BOX of Thin Mints with a toy poodle. Results were bad.
36 posted on 08/12/2003 5:40:07 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Never wear panties to a party!)
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To: secret garden
You have to register for that site... can you give us the highlights?

A+

37 posted on 08/12/2003 5:42:01 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Laura Earl
did the poodle croak? i know chocolate is deathly for dogs. xspup ferreted out a runaway choc easter egg from under the seat in the van once. then there was the time that he snatched the chocolate donut off the table that had xsbrownie's ADD meds in it... he acted like a weirdo ALL day long!
38 posted on 08/12/2003 5:42:06 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
No she didn't croak, but she hurled o'plenty. This is the same dog that ate M&Ms on a daily basis, and usually a scoop of ice cream (the human variety, usually chocolate). She should have died many times, but was 14 y.o. when she died of cancer. By the way, her name was Farrah...guess when she was born.
39 posted on 08/12/2003 5:46:46 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Never wear panties to a party!)
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To: xsmommy
Pups tend to barf. As long as he is eating, don't worry about it, unless it lasts a week.

Didn't the xskids barf on your shoulder when they were young?

40 posted on 08/12/2003 5:49:12 AM PDT by Slip18
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To: secret garden
Hoorahhhhh! First day of SGkids school days? Sleep in. Have a party.
41 posted on 08/12/2003 5:50:30 AM PDT by Slip18
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To: Laura Earl
Thin mints have dark chocolate. That's a no-no for doggies. Now M&Ms are different.
42 posted on 08/12/2003 5:51:10 AM PDT by Slip18
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To: RikaStrom
I mailed you the full description. The best part is the picture of the W doll on Iowahawk's post.
43 posted on 08/12/2003 5:52:02 AM PDT by secret garden (now what?)
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To: Flurry
Oh, geez. A ten you ate?
44 posted on 08/12/2003 5:52:21 AM PDT by Slip18
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To: RikaStrom
Morning!

The runaway dumocrats are quiet
After attempting to start a riot.
Public opinion attenuates their position
And puts it in a shabby condition.
45 posted on 08/12/2003 5:52:36 AM PDT by Texan5
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To: Slip18
It was a big no-no. LulaBelle has never, and will never get an opportunity to taste chocolate, dark or otherwise. The only "people food" she gets is cheese. And an occasional grilled burger.
46 posted on 08/12/2003 5:53:35 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Never wear panties to a party!)
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To: camle
So the alarm was on and Lo Mein turned it off?
47 posted on 08/12/2003 5:54:48 AM PDT by Slip18
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To: Laura Earl
Same here. Our dogs never get chocolate or any other kind of sweets, but do get leftover meat, etc. They are particularly fond of scalloped potatoes and fresh cooked Texmati rice. No, they aren't overweight (yet).
48 posted on 08/12/2003 5:57:49 AM PDT by Texan5
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To: Slip18
I could not resist. It was overwhelming. I beat the other word nuts to it.
49 posted on 08/12/2003 5:57:59 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (If they make a John Kerry bobble head doll, they will need to make the head smaller.)
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To: Slip18
yep. Whenever I get up, I always reset the alarm for tomorrow. When I go to bad, I recheck it to see that it is set (a light comes on).
sometime in the middle of the night, Lo Mein woke me up playing on the nightstand where the clock sets.
Thsi morning, I woke up and saw that the alarm light was off and it was 45 minutes late...
@#$%#@$%cat!
50 posted on 08/12/2003 5:58:56 AM PDT by camle (dis blondes in MY presence willya?!)
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