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  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 28, 2014 prorogue

    08/28/2014 4:25:53 AM PDT · by secret garden · 118 replies
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    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". prorogue (pro-ROHG) verb, transitive1. To discontinue a session of something, for example, a parliament.2. To defer or to postpone. Example sentence:"This sitting will be the last one before Parliament is prorogued."--Lee U-Wen; Cost of Catching Sports on TV a Hot House Topic; The Business Times (Singapore); Apr 12, 2014. Etymology:From French proroger (to adjourn), from Latin prorogare (to prolong or defer), from pro- (before) + rogare (to ask). Ultimately from the Indo-European root...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 21, 2014 lambent

    08/21/2014 4:29:04 AM PDT · by secret garden · 148 replies
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    > 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". lambent \ LAM-buhnt \ , adjective1. dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful: lambent wit.2. running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame.3. softly bright or radiant: a lambent light. Example sentences: American Literature would surely be the poorer if the great Boston Brahmin had not enlivened it with his rich humor, his lambent wit and his sincere pathos -- William Lyon Phelps (18651943), edited by Harold Bloom,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 14, 2014 desiderium

    08/14/2014 4:12:02 AM PDT · by secret garden · 59 replies
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    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". desiderium \des-i-DEER-ee-uhm\ noun1. an ardent longing, as for something lost. Example sentence:I think as seldom as I can of what I loved or esteemed in it, to avoid the desiderium which of all things makes life most uneasy.— Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), Letter to Alexander Pope on June 28, 1715, The Works of Jonathan Swift, 1859 Etymology:Desiderium comes from the Latin verb dēsīderāre meaning "to long for; require." It entered English in the early...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 7, 2014 balkanize

    08/07/2014 4:29:59 AM PDT · by secret garden · 53 replies
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    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". balkanize \BAWL-kuh-nyze\ verb1. to break up (as a region or group) into smaller and often hostile units2. divide, compartmentalize Example sentences:"Even if Richards wanted to balkanize his life into personal and professional spheres, he would have had difficulty, for his private life resounds with his public concerns, often in disturbing ways." Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times Magazine, November 22, 1987 "And such are the gifts of diplomatic nicety still being bestowed...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 31, 2014 celerity

    07/31/2014 4:40:20 AM PDT · by secret garden · 39 replies
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    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". celerity \suh-LAIR-uh-tee\ nounrapidity of motion or action : swiftness Example sentences:Monica was impressed by the ease and celerity with which the new waiter she had hired could wipe down and set up a table. "The Common Core entered public discourse suddenly this year, due in large part to the celerity with which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation financed and coordinated its implementation in 2010." Micah Meadowcroft, The American Spectator, June 9,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 24, 2014 mot juste

    07/24/2014 4:57:43 AM PDT · by secret garden · 43 replies
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    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". mot juste \ moh ZHYST \ , noun French . the exact, appropriate word. Example sentences: I felt very bad because here was the man I liked and trusted the most as a critic then, the man who believed in the mot juste the one and only correct word to usethe man who had taught me to distrust adjectives as I would later learn to distrust certain people in certain given situations...-- Ernest...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 17, 2014 factitious

    07/17/2014 4:44:15 AM PDT · by secret garden · 79 replies
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    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".factitious (fak-TISH-uhs) adjective1. Artificial.2. Sham. Example sentence:"'For me, this is the only real place,' David says in the novel, but for the reader the city remains disappointingly factitious."--Say Nice Things About Detroit; The New Yorker; Aug 27, 2012. Etymology:From Latin facticius (artificial), past participle of facere (to do). Earliest documented use: 1646. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 10, 2014 epenthesis

    07/10/2014 5:16:40 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
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    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". epenthesis \ih-PEN-thuh-sis\noun the insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of a word. Example sentences:The "b" in the adjective "nimble" is the result of epenthesis; in Middle English, the word was spelled "nimel." "When Yogi Bear talks about swiping 'pick-a-nick' baskets in Jellystone Park, it sounds as if he's just having fun, but he's also demonstrating 'epenthesis,' inserting a vowel to avoid the consonants bumping up against each other."...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 3, 2014 chivy

    07/03/2014 4:38:40 AM PDT · by secret garden · 46 replies
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    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". chivy \CHIV-ee\ verb1. to tease or annoy with persistent petty attacks2. to move or obtain by small maneuvers. Example sentence: "After chivvying a batch [of whirligig beetles] into a food storage box, Lemann, manager of animal and visitor programs [at the Audubon Insectarium], sniffed his fingers. The beetles emit a chemical to deter predators, but they're no stink bugs: 'It smells like sour apple candy. I love it.'" Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 26, 2014 canaille

    06/26/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT · by secret garden · 56 replies
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    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". canaille (kuh-NAYL, -NY) nounThe common people; the masses; riffraff. how it sounds Example sentence: "The gang in the alley was not canaille; fine gentlemen from the court were raging here." --Isak Dinesen; Last Tales; Random House; 1957. Etymology:From French canaille (villain, rabble), from Italian canaglia (pack of dogs, rabble), from cane (dog), from Latin canis (dog). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwon- (dog), which is also the source of canine, chenille (from French...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 19, 2014 strident

    06/19/2014 4:38:49 AM PDT · by secret garden · 63 replies
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    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". strident \STRAHYD-nt \ adjective1. making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges. 2.having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.3.Linguistics . (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates. Example sentences: Only the parasites seemed to live there in a sinuous rush upwards into the air and sunshine, feeding onthe dead...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 12, 2014 meta

    06/12/2014 6:33:43 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
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    > 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".meta \ MET-uh \ , adjective1. pertaining to or noting a story, conversation, character, etc., that consciously references or comments upon its own subject or features, often in the form of parody: A movie about making movie is just so metaespecially when the actors criticize the acting.2. pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type. noun 1. a consciously and playfully self-referential...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 5, 2014 verbicide

    06/05/2014 6:02:06 AM PDT · by secret garden · 119 replies
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    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". verbicide \ VUR-buh-sahyd \ , noun1.the willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word.2.a person who willfully distorts the meaning of a word. Example sentences: Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide --that is, violent treatment of a word withfatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life--are alike forbidden.-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table," The Atlantic Monthly , 1857 Men often commit verbicide...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 29, 2014 meliorism

    05/29/2014 4:52:58 AM PDT · by secret garden · 72 replies
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    > 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". meliorism \MEEL-yuh-riz-uhm, MEE-lee-uh- \ , noun The doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort. Example sentences: For a life worthy to be lived is one that is full of active aspiration, for something higher and better; andsuch a contemplation of the world we call meliorism . -- Paul Carus, Monism and Meliorism , 1885 The leaders rejected the soft meliorism of more secular activists,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 22, 2014 Ophelian

    05/22/2014 7:09:39 AM PDT · by secret garden · 68 replies
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    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".Ophelian (o-FEE-lee-uhn) adjective Displaying madness, suicidal tendencies, and similar characteristics. Example sentence: "She had an Ophelian streak of potential craziness that he had, since day one, deemed wiser to steer clear of."--Jean-Christophe Valtat; Aurorarama; Melville House; 2010. Etymology:After Ophelia, a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet, who is driven to insanity and kills herself. Earliest documented use: 1903. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 15, 2014 eidetic

    05/15/2014 4:28:12 AM PDT · by secret garden · 89 replies
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    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".eidetic \eye-DET-ik\ adjectivemarked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images Example sentences:Thanks to her eidetic memory, Kirsten was able to recall every last detail of what happened that night, including the colors of each person's outfit. "Jason Bateman, making his feature directing debut after directing episodes of his 'Arrested Development' series, plays an adult who uses a loophole to enter a spelling bee and whose eidetic memory all but...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 8, 2014 augur

    05/08/2014 4:44:03 AM PDT · by secret garden · 65 replies
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    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".augur /ˈôgər/ noun 1. an official diviner of ancient Rome2. one held to foretell events by omens. transitive verb1. to foretell especially from omens 2. to give promise of : presage intransitive verb to predict the future especially from omens Example sentences:Indeed, to have an operation begin with a helicopter crash does not augur well for its outcome. In the case of the augurs or haruspices of Rome, the animal was sacrificed to permit...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 1, 2014 fissiparous

    05/01/2014 4:27:25 AM PDT · by secret garden · 51 replies
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    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". fissiparous \fih-SIP-uh-rus\ adjective 1. tending to break up into parts.2. creating disunity or dissension : divisive. Example sentences:The election for class president had a fissiparous effect on the school as students took sides for their favorite candidate. "In Calvinism: A History, D.G. Hart shows how Protestantism's fissiparous nature has allowed it to adapt and, in some instances, transmogrify to fit local and personal needs." From a book review by Michael P....
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 24, 2014 pusillanimous

    04/24/2014 4:38:00 AM PDT · by secret garden · 86 replies
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    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". pusillanimous [pyoo-suh-lan-uh-muhs] adjective 1. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.2. proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit. Example sentence:It takes a lot to make Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill. But President Obama, who bats not an eye as a Russian warplane buzzes a U.S. warship in the Black Sea, has accomplished that with his pusillanimous policy regarding Moscow's creeping anschluss in Ukraine.-- What Would Reagan Do: Revive Europe Missile Defense, Investors...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 17, 2014 recondite

    04/17/2014 4:44:20 AM PDT · by secret garden · 103 replies
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    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".recondite \REK-un-dyte\ adjective 1. hidden from sight; concealed2. difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend : deep3. of, relating to, or dealing with something little known or obscure Example sentence:"We hear from mathematicians that bees have practically solved a recondite problem, and have made their cells of the proper shape to hold the greatest possible amount of honey, with the least possible consumption of precious wax in their construction."...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 10, 2014 mordant

    04/10/2014 6:12:41 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
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    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".mordant [mawr’ dnt] adjective 1. sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; biting.2. burning; corrosive.3. having the property of fixing colors, as in dyeing. noun 4. a substance used in dyeing to fix the coloring matter, especially a metallic compound, as an oxide or hydroxide, that combines with the organic dye and forms an insoluble colored compound or lake in the fiber.5. an adhesive substance for binding gold or silver leaf to...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 3, 2014 basilic

    04/03/2014 4:35:17 AM PDT · by secret garden · 91 replies
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    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".basilic (buh-SIL-ik, -ZIL-) adjective Kingly; royal. Example sentence:"The fair Prince Filiberto solemnly approached the Pope. ... 'Are You quite good now?' the boy continued, with great black basilic eyes." -- Frederick Rolfe; Hadrian the VII; 1904. Etymology: From Latin basilicus, from Greek basilikos (royal). Earliest documented use: 1727. Many things are named after this kingly word: plants, animals, architecture, and more. Basil, the aromatic herb of the mint family, is named so because it...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 27, 2014 infix

    03/27/2014 4:38:23 AM PDT · by secret garden · 138 replies
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    > 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".infix \IN-fiks\ noun a derivational or inflectional affix appearing in the body of a word Example sentences:The Philippine language of Tagalog adds infixes such as "-um-" and "-su-" to verbs to convey different tenses and voices. "As Mark Peters writes, [The Simpsons character Ned] Flanders is 'hyper-holy,' and his infixes sanctify a typically profane process. He is also gratingly cheerful and diddly perfectly conveys his sunny attitude: murder and dilemma sound a lot...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 20, 2014 sciolism

    03/20/2014 4:25:48 AM PDT · by secret garden · 72 replies
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    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".sciolism (SY-uh-liz-uhm) noun Pretentious display of superficial knowledge.. Example sentence: "This consists of some of the dullest sciolism in the history of prose, a standardized academic jargon and rhetoric, the dutiful rehearsal of received theory, and the deliberate misrepresentation of anything challenging or rejecting academic postmodernism."--Michael Donaghy; The Shape of the Dance; Picador; 2009. Etymology:From Late Latin sciolus (smatterer), diminutive of Latin scius (knowing), from scire (to know). Ultimately from the Indo-European root skei-...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 6, 2014 zeitgeber

    03/06/2014 4:53:16 AM PST · by secret garden · 67 replies
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    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". zeitgeber \TSYTE-gay-ber\ nounan environmental agent or event that provides the stimulus setting or resetting a biological clock of an organism. Example sentences: "Food availability seems to be a weaker zeitgeber than light. Although food is more essential than light for an animal's survival, light exerts a finer control than food availability over the activity rhythm." From Roberto Refinetti's 2006 book Circadian Physiology, Second Edition "Night-shift workers also struggle, he says, because they...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 27, 2014 manumit

    02/27/2014 4:21:54 AM PST · by secret garden · 51 replies
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    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".manumit (man-yuh-MIT) tr.verb To free from slavery. Example sentence: "George Washington always intended to manumit those of his slaves who were his own to free (as opposed to the 'dower slaves' from his wife's estate) and he did free them in his will."--First Among Equals; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 21, 2010. Etymology: From Latin manus (hand) + mittere (to let go). Ultimately from the Indo-European root man- (hand), which also gave us manual,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 20, 2014 misoneism

    02/19/2014 9:40:28 PM PST · by secret garden · 79 replies
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    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".misoneism \ mis-oh-NEE-iz-uhm, mahy-soh- \ , nounhatred or dislike of what is new or represents change. Example sentences:But it is necessary to note that hereditary anomaly, if it provokes an anomaly in the moral sense, also suppresses misoneism, the horror of novelty which is almost the general rule of humanity.-- Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent, 1907 ...he saw he was the only one to stand ready for the new thing, because the others were...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 6, 2014 neologize

    02/06/2014 4:34:56 AM PST · by secret garden · 147 replies
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    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". neologize \ nee-OL-uh-jahyz \ , verb1. to make or use new words or create new meanings for existing words.2. to devise or accept new religious doctrines. Example sentences:Scientists at Northwestern University, inspired by the faux pundits ability to neologize, created a set of nouns for Colbertian, which they could use to test the effects of bilingualism.-- Amina Khan, Bilingualism: Stephen Colbert's 'truthiness' inspires a language, The Los Angeles Times, 2012 In the meanwhile,...
  • Word For The Day, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 malversation

    02/04/2014 4:27:55 AM PST · by secret garden · 119 replies
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    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". malversation \mal-ver-SAY-shun\ noun1. misbehavior and especially corruption in an office, trust, or commission2. corrupt administration. Example sentences: The city council impeached the mayor for administrative misconduct and malversation, charging that he has used his office primarily for personal gain. "The Office of the Ombudsman is still evaluating the plunder cases filed three months ago by the Department of Justice. Included in the first batch of cases were 34 respondents, while at least 10...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 30, 2014 quondam

    01/30/2014 4:35:16 AM PST · by secret garden · 160 replies
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    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".quondam (KWON-duhm) adjectiveFormer; onetime. Example sentence: "One of the assumptions Madison and others labored under was that Britain would be too preoccupied with beating Napoleon to pay much attention to its quondam colonies.--Joyce Appleby; The Washington Post; A Stumbling, Fiery End to War of 1812; May 5, 2013. Etymology: From Latin quondam (formerly). Earliest documented use: 1535. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 23, 2014 aphesis

    01/23/2014 4:39:57 AM PST · by secret garden · 87 replies
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    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". aphesis \ AF-uh-sis \ , noun Historical Linguistics . the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant. Example sentences:In particular, phrases forming a solid continuous unit and having only one main stress can become subjected to aphesis and other phonetic changes.---Mikko Luukko, Grammatical Variation in Neo-Assyrian, 2004 In other cases we witness aphaeresis, or rather aphesis , the loss of...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 16, 2014 sophist

    01/16/2014 4:24:10 AM PST · by secret garden · 59 replies
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    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". sophist (SOF-ist), noun One who makes clever, but unsound arguments. Example sentence: "But this day Mansoor had turned five, and Ma used a sophist's argument to call for a celebration."---M.G. Vassanji; The Assassin's Song; Doubleday; 2007. Etymology: From Latin sophista, from Greek sophistes (sage), from sophos (clever). Earliest documented use: 1542. In ancient Greece, Sophists were philosophers and teachers known for their subtle, but fallacious reasoning. The sentence must, in some way, relate...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 9, 2014 comity

    01/09/2014 4:44:07 AM PST · by secret garden · 124 replies
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    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".co·mi·ty\ˈkä-mə-tē, ˈkō-\, noun 1. a: friendly social atmosphere : social harmony b : a loose widespread community based on common social institutions c : comity of nations d : the informal and voluntary recognition by courts of one jurisdiction of the laws and judicial decisions of another2. : avoidance of proselytizing members of another religious denomination Example sentence: When asked by a fundraiser attendee about civility in the Senate, Coburn reportedly said: “There’s no...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 2, 2014 - nimiety

    01/02/2014 5:17:24 AM PST · by secret garden · 104 replies
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    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". nimiety \nih-MYE-uh-tee\ , noun excess, redundancy Example sentences: Nathan is possessed of a nimiety of get-rich-quick schemes, combined with a paucity of common sense. "Despite the nimiety of blue lighting and an issue over microphone levels, this was a wonderfully gentle evening of poignant country and folk poetry set to simple melodies that go round and round in your brain." From a concert review by Jon Bennett in The Bristol Post, March...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 26, 2013 bluestocking

    12/26/2013 5:43:32 AM PST · by secret garden · 76 replies
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    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".bluestocking \BLOO-stok-ing\ , noun 1. a woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest.2. a member of a mid-18th-century London literary circle: Lady Montagu was a celebrated bluestocking. Example sentences: ...if you rolled the whole group into one girl, she would be what Norine said a rich, assured, beautiful bluestocking.-- Mary McCarthy, The Group, 1963 She reads such deep booksall about facts and figures: she'll be quite a blue-stocking by and...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 19, 2013 importune

    12/19/2013 4:34:52 AM PST · by secret garden · 75 replies
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    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". importune (im-pawr-TOON, im-pawr-TYOON, im-PAWR-chuhn) \ tr. verb To ask someone, repeatedly or annoyingly, to do something. Example sentence: "Jos Luis Rodrguez Zapatero, Spain's prime minister, has cast dignity aside and importuned all and sundry with a request to be invited to a conference."---After the Fiesta; The Economist (London, UK); Nov 6, 2008. Etymology:From Latin importunus, from in- (not) + portus (port, refuge). Ultimately from the Indo-European root per- (to lead, pass over), which...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 12, 2013 invidious

    12/12/2013 4:43:53 AM PST · by secret garden · 83 replies
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    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". invidious\in-ˈvi-dē-əs\ adjective1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful: invidious remarks.2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious: invidious comparisons.3. causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy: an invidious honor.4. Obsolete , envious. Example sentence: We are going to end this item with what may strike some readers as an invidious generalization, but first we'd like to deliver an update that both is heartening and runs counter to that...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 5, 2013 slumgullion

    12/05/2013 4:33:58 AM PST · by secret garden · 129 replies
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    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". slumgullion \sluhm-GUHL-yuhn, SLUHM-guhl-\, noun1. a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.2. a beverage made weak or thin, as watery tea, coffee, or the like.3. the refuse from processing whale carcasses.4. a reddish, muddy deposit in mining sluices. Example sentences: "...d'yever eat good old fashioned slumgullion boy, 'taint nothin but scrambled eggs and potatoes all scrambled up together."-- Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums, 1958 We could not eat the bread or the meat, nor...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013 edacity

    11/28/2013 5:18:28 AM PST · by secret garden · 64 replies
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    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". edacity \ih-DAS-i-tee\ , nounthe state of being edacious; voraciousness; appetite. Example sentences: Craving can be defined as a compelling and overwhelming edacity for a particular substance.-- Robert T. Ammerman, Peggy J. Ott, and Ralph E. Tarter, Prevention and Societal Impact of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1999 ...if thou have any vendible faculty, nay if thou have but edacity and loquacity, come!-- Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History, 1837 Etymology:Edacity comes from the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 21, 2013 homologate

    11/21/2013 4:26:26 AM PST · by secret garden · 70 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 21 November 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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".homologate \hoh-MAH-luh-gayt\ verb to sanction or allow; especially : to approve or confirm officially Example sentences: The plea bargain between the district attorney and the defense must be homologated by a judge. "As Europe and the U.S. get closer in emissions regulations, the cost to homologate (legally certify) cars for both markets will drop." From an automobile review by Dan Neil in the Los Angeles Times, September 18, 2009 Etymology:Who needs "homologate"? We...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 14, 2013 mountebank

    11/14/2013 4:39:32 AM PST · by secret garden · 164 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 14 November 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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". mountebank \ˈmau̇n-ti-ˌbaŋk\ noun 1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platform2. a boastful unscrupulous pretender : charlatan Example sentences:In the more open spaces, jugglers and mountebanks, usually accompanied by performing animals, went through all sorts of gambols and antics. —Lewis Spence Swindlers and mountebanks throng hither, adroit thieves creep stealthily about, all Indian customs and fashions are represented, all castes jostle each other. —Karl Ritter Van Scherzer Etymology:Italian montimbanco, from montare...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 7, 2013 rodomontade

    11/07/2013 4:33:36 AM PST · by secret garden · 85 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 7 November 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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". rodomontade \ˌrä-də-mən-ˈtād, ˌrō-, -ˈtäd\ noun 1. bragging speech2. vain boasting or bluster : rant Example sentence: For all of its jingoistic rodomontade, the government had no thought-out plan for the war and its aftermath. Etymology:from Italian rodomonte a boaster, from Rodomonte the name of a braggart king of Algiers in epic poems by Boiardo and Ariosto. how to say rodomontade The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day....
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 31, 2013 crepuscule

    10/31/2013 4:34:54 AM PDT · by secret garden · 58 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 31 October 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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".crepuscule \kri-PUHS-kyool, KREP-uh-skyool\ , noun twilight; dusk. Example sentences: But when he awoke at length there was a great Phoenix brooding with spread wings above his prostrate form, its white plumage like a ghostly crepuscule and its red eyes glowing close against his own pallid and fervent face.-- Arthur Edward Waite, The Quest of the Golden Stairs, 1893 For that is Anayat in the crepuscule, purple and mellow, sparkling and warm and effulgent when...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 24, 2013 mien

    10/24/2013 4:36:15 AM PDT · by secret garden · 54 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 24 October 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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". mien (meen) noun Appearance, bearing, or demeanor. Example sentence:"Everyone Nanako Coates greets walks away smiling. But beyond that exuberant, youthful mien is a seasoned veteran with years of professional experience in the restaurant business." --Eizo Kobayashi; Daughter Follows in Family's Culinary Tradition; Oakland Tribune (California); Sep 17, 2013. Etymology:Probably a shortened form of demean (to conduct oneself in a specified manner), influenced by French mine (appearance). Earliest documented use: 1522. The sentence must,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 17, 2013 dissilient

    10/17/2013 4:48:38 AM PDT · by secret garden · 79 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 17 October 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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". dissilient \dih-SIL-ee-uhnt\ , adjectivebursting apart; bursting open Example sentences: I imagined the dissilient pod of rumours a creative bureau chief up for promotion might hatch. Stories, once sprung, would snowball out of control, growing more damaging with each repetition.-- Susan Daitch, L.C., 2002 The court was dissilient, generationally fractured, manned (as it were) by an increasingly impatient and acquisitive nobility.-- Eric Scott Mallin, Inscribing the Time, 1995 Etymology:Dissilent comes from the Latin word...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 10, 2013 corrigendum

    10/10/2013 4:32:38 AM PDT · by secret garden · 31 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 10 October 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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". corrigendum \kor-uh-JEN-dum\ nounan error in a printed work discovered after printing and shown with its correction on a separate sheet Example sentences:The day after running the article, the newspaper printed a corrigendum stating that the actress had been born in 1971, not 1871 as indicated. "In summary, the scientific literature is self-correcting through corrigenda and through reader comments. Corrections of various kinds appear at the rate of one to two per hundred journal...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 26, 2013 shibboleth

    09/26/2013 4:26:21 AM PDT · by secret garden · 107 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 26 September 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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". shibboleth (SHIB-uh-lith, -leth) noun1. The use of a word or pronunciation that distinguishes a group of people.2. A slogan, belief, or custom that's now considered outmoded. Example sentences:"Kurdish Iraq's two dominant parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, fought a civil war in the 1990s. Ordinary words turned into shibboleths. Using the word afrat for 'woman' revealed a link with the KDP; the PUK used the word zhin. Today,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 19, 2013 aegis

    09/19/2013 4:44:28 AM PDT · by secret garden · 103 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 19 September 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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".aegis (EE-jis) noun Protection, support, guidance, or sponsorship of a particular person or organization. Example sentence: "The French hope that by April an African force will have come under the UN's aegis.--"The Battle Moves to the Mountains; The Economist (London, UK); Feb 9, 2013. Etymology:From Latin aegis, from Greek aigis (goatskin), from aix (goat). Aigis was the name of the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena in Greek mythology. It was made of...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 12, 2013 bordereau

    09/12/2013 4:35:40 AM PDT · by secret garden · 76 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 12 September 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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".bordereau \bawr-duh-ROH; Fr. bawr-duh-ROH\, nouna detailed memorandum, especially one in which documents are listed. Example sentences: At the War Office, Dreyfus was told to take a letter from dictation, "'so phrased as to include some passages'" from the bordereau.-- Richard Clark Sterne, Dark Mirror, 1994 We need a photograph of the bordereau, he said when he met Dubon at his office that evening.-- Kate Taylor, A Man in Uniform, 2011 Etymology: Bordereau comes from...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 5, 2013 honcho

    09/05/2013 4:44:08 AM PDT · by secret garden · 38 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 5 September 2013 | Thursday's sub
    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".honcho (HAWN-choh) noun: One who is in charge of a situation; leader; boss.verb tr.: To organize, manage, or lead a project, event, etc. Example sentence: The three head honchos are the recipients of the Best CEO Award.--Cool Heads and Calm Nerves at the Helm; The Business Times (Singapore); Aug 12, 2013. Etymology:From Japanese hancho, from han (squad) + cho (chief). Earliest documented use: 1947. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news...