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  • U.S. Names Mideast Military Effort ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

    10/16/2014 10:54:36 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/16/2014 | Julian E. Barnes
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has picked a name for its military effort against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve. .... Despite the initial reaction at the Pentagon, military officials said that Central Command pressed to adopt Operation Inherent Resolve as the moniker. Additionally, some officials thought that a mundane name also would be a safe choice, unlikely to offend any member of the international coalition the U.S. has assembled to strike extremist targets.
  • Freep this CNN poll: Should children be allowed to learn to shoot guns under adult supervision?

    09/02/2014 10:26:09 PM PDT · by VRWCmember · 65 replies
    CNN Online ^ | 9/2/2014 | CNN Pollster
    Scroll down to bottom right of the CNN page to answer the poll question: Should children be allowed to learn to shoot guns under adult supervision?
  • NRA Releases Controversial First Person Shooter Game: NRA Practice Range

    01/15/2013 12:04:04 PM PST · by VRWCmember · 24 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 01/15/2013 | Bert Atkinson Jr.
    Just a few short weeks ago, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said America needs to consider the impact violent video games and movies can have on our children. He specifically noted “vicious, violent video games, with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, and Splatterhouse.” And LaPierre is correct in many ways. The NRA came out during a time in which guns were being given a crazy amount of attention and brought light to a few of the issues that were not being given an appropriate amount of attention, such as mental health issues and entertainment violence. However, it does...
  • WORST Christmas Songs Ever - Vanity

    11/19/2012 9:17:52 PM PST · by VRWCmember · 97 replies
    11/19/2012 | VRWCmember
    As some radio stations have already begun playing Christmas Songs, it is time once again to compile our annual list of the absolute worst musical offerings of the season. The first three songs on my list are pretty much indisputibly the worst songs ever written as musical celebrations of the season. The fourth I've only heard recently but immediately recognized that it certainly belongs in any top ten list of worst Christmas songs. The rest of the list should be wide open, so please post your contributions. Here is my top four songs on the list, with the top three...
  • Woman Shoots 2 Intruders, 1 Dead: Police

    10/17/2012 2:16:17 PM PDT · by VRWCmember · 41 replies
    NBC 5i - DFW ^ | 10/17/2012 | Elvira Sakmari
    Dallas police say a woman shot two people who kicked in the door to her house and one of the intruders died. It happened at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 7200 block of Concordia Drive. Dallas police said the woman was home alone when she heard a noise -- two men had kicked in the front door of her house. She confronted the two men as they reached the second floor landing and shot them several times, according to police. The intruders ran out the front door and police said one of the men collapsed from a gunshot wound,...
  • Justice Stevens: 'Maybe You Have Some Kind of Constitutional Right to a Cell Phone...'

    10/17/2012 7:11:14 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 77 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | 10/16/2012 | Melanie Hunter
    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, speaking at an event hosted by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s Legal Action Project, said Monday said that having “some kind of constitutional right to a cell phone with a predialed 911 at your bedside might be better protection than a gun.” “I’m not sure I actually have captured the entire question, but it does occur to me that one thing that I thought about from time to time is that maybe you have some kind of constitutional right to have a cell phone with a predialed 911 number at your...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday July 4, 2012

    07/04/2012 11:49:44 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 9 replies
    7/4/2012 | The Patriotic Slacker
    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". pyrotechnics [pye-ruh-TEK-niks] noun, plural 1. the art of making or the manufacture and use of fireworks 2. a display of fireworks . 3. a spectacular display (as of extreme virtuosity) Did you know? The use of military fireworks in elaborate celebrations of war and peace is an ancient Chinese custom, but our term for the making and launching of fireworks is a product of the 17th and 18th centuries. "Pyrotechnics" and the earlier...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - fascicle

    11/30/2011 3:08:40 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 56 replies
    Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Word of the Day ^ | 11/30/2011 | The Traveling Slacker
    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". fascicle \FASS-ih-kul\ - noun 1. a small or slender bundle (as of pine needles or nerve fibers) 2. one of the divisions of a book published in parts Example sentence: "It was a word that was due to be included in the dictionary's second fascicle, or part, being readied to be printed and published in the later summer of 1885." --- From the 1998 book The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - trammel

    11/23/2011 6:46:05 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 61 replies
    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". trammel \TRAM-ul\ - noun 1. a net for catching birds or fish 2. something impeding activity, progress, or freedom; restraint -- usually used in plural Also: verb - "to confine" or "to enmesh" Also: adjective (trammeled) - "confined or limited" Example sentence: "I cast the miserable trammels of worldly discretion to the winds, and spoke with the fervour that filled me…." -- From Wilkie Collins' 1868 novel The Moonstone Extra Example sentence: "Those...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - mountebank

    11/16/2011 6:30:32 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 46 replies
    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 \MOUN-tih-bank\ - noun 1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platform 2. a boastful unscrupulous pretender; charlatan Example sentence: In his newspaper column, Gavin criticized the talk-radio host as "a mountebank whose 'expert' opinions and advice are complete hooey." Extra Example sentence: "Bring your five-minute tales related to all things fraudulent and pseudo. Flimflammers, mountebanks, poseurs and snake oil salesmen especially welcome." -- From a literary events listing by Gina...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - fey

    11/09/2011 6:03:14 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 38 replies
    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". fey \FAY\ - adjective 1. marked by a foreboding of death or calamity 2a. marked by an otherworldly air or attitude 2b. crazy 3a. excessively refined; precious 3b. quaintly unconventional; campy Example sentence: Grandfather always said grandmother was "fey," and he often joked that he believed she was raised by woodland fairies. Extra Example sentence: "The Danny Elfman score is augmented, somehow appropriately for a twee story, by songs from the ultra-fey Sufjan...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - languid

    10/12/2011 5:01:54 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 40 replies
    Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Word of the Day ^ | 10/12/2011 | The traveling slacker
    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". languid \LANG-gwid\ - adjective 1. drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion; weak 2. sluggish in character or disposition; listless 3: lacking force or quickness of movement; slow Example sentence: The trial proceeded at a languid pace as each attorney called up a whole roster of witnesses to testify. Extra Example sentence: "From Gadhafi to Irene, the month that ended yesterday was hardly languid: London erupted, Steve Jobs resigned and the...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - moiety

    09/28/2011 5:14:02 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 45 replies · 1+ views
    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". moiety \MOY-uh-tee\ - noun 1a. one of two equal parts; half 2b. one of two approximately equal parts 2. one of the portions into which something is divided; component, part 3: one of two basic complementary tribal subdivisions Example sentence: "According to the FDA, a new molecular entity or new chemical entity is a drug that contains no active moiety that has been approved by the FDA for any other application submitted under...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - prepradial

    09/21/2011 6:20:29 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 65 replies
    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". prepradial \pree-PRAN-dee-ul\ - adjective of, relating to, or suitable for the time just before dinner Example sentence: Although dinner was served late, the preprandial conversation was so diverting that no one minded. Extra Example sentence: "Churchill celebrated Christmas with the Roosevelts, took part in FDR's preprandial cocktail hours, shared most meals with the president, and, to Eleanor Roosevelt's great dismay, kept her husband up until the early hours each morning, drinking brandy, puffing...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - haruspex

    09/14/2011 6:27:04 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 111 replies
    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". haruspex \huh-RUSS-peks\ - noun a diviner in ancient Rome basing his predictions on inspection of the entrails of sacrificial animals Example sentence: The haruspex declared that the outcome of the battle would be favorable. Extra Example sentence: "The coroner-cum-haruspex will divine the mystery of her death, read the entrails of the bird that flew too far and too fastÂ…." -- From an article by Violet LeVoit in the Baltimore City Paper, August 17,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - marginalia

    09/07/2011 6:05:23 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 81 replies
    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". marginalia \mahr-juh-NAY-lee-uh\ - noun 1. marginal notes or embellishments (as in a book) 2. nonessential items Example sentence: "Read between the lines of an old family recipe and you're liable to read the story of the family itself. The scrawled marginalia and cooking stains, the collective memory of shared feasts…." -- From an article by Lila Byock on GiltTaste.com, August 15, 2011 Did you know? We don't consider a word's etymology to be...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - homiletic

    08/24/2011 6:30:46 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 93 replies
    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". homiletic \hah-muh-LET-ik\ - adjective 1. of, relating to, or resembling a homily 2. of or relating to the art of preaching; also - preachy Example sentence: The lecturer sprinkled his talk with homiletic aphorisms. Extra example: "In clerical collar and vestments, Mr. Gomes was a figure of homiletic power in the pulpit, hammering out the cadences in a rich baritone that The New Yorker called a blend of James Earl Jones and John...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - bower

    08/03/2011 6:00:05 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 121 replies
    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". bower \BOW-er\ - noun 1. an attractive dwelling or retreat 2. a lady's private apartment in a medieval hall or castle 3. a shelter made with tree boughs or vines twined together; arbor Example sentence: Bryan knelt down before Maura -- who was seated on a bench in the bower -- took her hand, and asked her if she would marry him. Extra example: "With its urban parks and backyard bowers, and its...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 27 2011 - volition

    07/27/2011 3:05:11 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 60 replies
    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". volitionv \voh-LISH-un\ - noun 1. an act of making a choice or decision; also a choice or decision made 2. the power of choosing or determining; will Example sentence: The employee left the company of his own volition. Extra example: "I'd been promoting a novel non-stop for four months, advancing through my schedule without volition, feeling more and more like the graphical lozenge on a media player's progress bar." -- From an article...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 13 2011 - flivver

    07/13/2011 6:12:30 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 74 replies
    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". flivver - \FLIV-er\ - noun a small cheap usually old automobile Example sentence: Kevin plans to keep his new convertible off the roads during the harsh, cold months when streets are salted and sanded, so he is looking for a flivver to use as a winter beater. Extra example: "She shook my hand -- a man's strong grip -- and then drove away in her flivver." -- From a story by Stephen King...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 6 2011 - hard-boiled

    07/06/2011 6:02:42 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 59 replies
    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". hard-boiled - \HAHRD-BOYLD\- adjective 1a. devoid of sentimentality; tough 1b. of, relating to, or being a detective story featuring a tough unsentimental protagonist and a matter-of-fact attitude towards violence 2. hardheaded, practical Example sentence: The young tycoon proved that to be successful in the cutthroat world of business you need to occasionally put aside hard-boiled business practices and go with your gut instincts. Extra example: "At the beginning of his career, in his...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 29 2011 - mantic

    06/29/2011 6:15:08 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 86 replies
    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". mantic - \MAN-tik\ - adjective of or relating to the faculty of divination; prophetic Example sentence: Ever since we visited that fortune teller at the carnival, Mary has shown a strong interest in astrology and the other mantic arts. Extra example: "Like everyone else, I was in awe of her mantic abilities, and I think she looked upon my storytelling endeavors with indulgence, having known both my father and my grandfather in their...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 22 2011 - refection

    06/22/2011 6:41:39 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 73 replies
    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". refection - \rih-FEK-shun\ - noun 1: refreshment of mind, spirit, or body; especially : nourishment 2a : the taking of refreshment b : food and drink together : repast Example sentence: "Miss Vavasour, so assiduous in other areas of her care of us, is capricious, not to say cavalier, in the matter not only of luncheon but of meals in general, and dinner especially at the Cedars can be an unpredictable refection." --...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 15 2011 - absinthe

    06/15/2011 4:40:57 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 99 replies
    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". absinthe - \AB-sinth\ - noun a green liqueur which is flavored with wormwood, anise, and other aromatic herbs and commercial production of which is banned in many countries for health concerns; also : a liqueur resembling absinthe Example sentence: "I guess they'll put her out of here, too -- she's getting to have crazy fits, from drinking absinthe." -- From Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel The Jungle Extra example: "Many a writer or artist...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 8 2011 - reciprocate

    06/08/2011 6:14:30 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 64 replies
    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". reciprocate - \rih-SIP-ruh-kayt\ - verb 1. to move backward and forward alternately 2. to give and take mutually 3. to make a return for something done or given Example sentence: It was kind of Jake to give us a ride to the airport, and we’d like to find a way to reciprocate the favor. Extra example: "Reese Witherspoon invited Prince William and Kate Middleton to her wedding -- but they didn't reciprocate." --...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 18 2011 - acolyte

    05/18/2011 6:28:21 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 70 replies
    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". acolyte \AK-uh-lyte\ noun 1. one who assists a member of the clergy in a liturgical service by performing minor duties 2. one who attends or assists; follower Example sentence: The lawyer arrived with one of her acolytes, an eager young attorney who looked at her with obvious admiration. Extra example: "The abbess's rank is clear -- below the masters, above the acolytes -- but Housekeeper Satsuki shoulders more duties than she enjoys privileges."...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 11 2011 - pursy

    05/11/2011 6:16:52 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 70 replies
    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". pursy \PER-see\ adjective 1. having a puckered appearance 2. purse-proud Example sentence: "There was a picture of a pale gent with a narrow face and a woman with dark eyes and a pursy mouth." -- From Stephen King's 1987 novel Misery Extra example: "Colleagues exchange amused looks at the way Byrd kept circling the chamber, a little scrawny fellow with … a pursy mouth…." -- From Burton Hersh's 2010 book Edward Kennedy: An...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 27 2011 - axiomatic

    04/27/2011 6:25:49 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 89 replies
    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". axiomatic \ak-see-uh-MAT-ik\ adjective 1. taken for granted : self-evident 2. based on or involving an axiom or system of axioms Example sentence: The axiomatic concept of supply and demand dictates that if there is a decrease in the amount of a commodity available and an increase in the public need for it, then the price of that commodity will go up. (While the LAW of Supply and Demand should be axiomatic - especially...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 13 2011 - vestige

    04/13/2011 6:19:41 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 101 replies
    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". vestige \VESS-tij\ noun a mark or visible sign left by something that existed before; also: a minute remaining amount Example sentence: Viaducts, walls, and ancient baths remain as vestiges of the Roman occupation of Britain. Extra example: "Outside her home flies a large American flag, but inside there are vestiges of her native France, with paintings all round of the City of Lights and its grand boulevards and striking architecture." -- From an...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - stultify

    04/06/2011 6:33:57 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 68 replies
    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". stultify \STUL-tuh-fye\ verb 1. to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical 2a. to impair, invalidate, or make ineffective; negate 2b. to have a dulling or inhibiting effect on Example sentence: Placing too many people in decision-making positions often has the effect of stultifying discussion and new ideas. Extra example: "Without continuing support for higher education, we will stultify our national progress and go down a vicious spiral of ever-diminishing...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - proximity

    03/30/2011 6:32:59 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 91 replies
    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". proximity \prahk-SIM-uh-tee\ noun the quality or state of being proximate (near); closeness Example sentence: Although the proximity of the large dog made her nervous, Carla tried to keep her composure. Extra example: "The tiny island nation of Malta, owing to its proximity to Libya -- Tripoli is closer to Malta than to Benghazi -- has emerged as a major transport hub as nations scramble to evacuate their citizens from Libya." -- From a...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - microcosm

    03/16/2011 6:26:06 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 40 replies
    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". microcosm \MY-kruh-kahz-um\ noun 1. a little world; especially, the human race or human nature seen as an epitome of the world or the universe 2. a community or other unity that is an epitome of a larger unity Example sentence: The city’s downtown shopping district, where several stores have come and gone in the last six months, is a microcosm of the nation’s fluctuating economy as a whole. Extra example: "The pushing and...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - edacious

    02/23/2011 6:25:08 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 72 replies
    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". edacious \ih-DAY-shus\ adjective 1. having a huge appetite; ravenous 2. excessively eager; insatiable Example sentence: My edacious dining companion could always be counted on to order the largest -- and often most expensive -- item on the menu. Extra example: "My adoration is edacious, idolatrous. I have loved a lot of cakes. And I have loved some of them in shameful ways." -- From Leslie F. Miller's 2009 memoir Let Me Eat Cake:...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - vicissitude

    02/09/2011 3:48:19 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 112 replies
    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". vicissitude \vuh-SISS-uh-tood\ noun 1. the quality or state of being changeable; mutability 2. a: an unexpected change or fluctuation 2. b: a difficulty or hardship usually beyond one's control Example sentence: A good investor cannot simply rely on the vicissitude of the market; one must also have patience and use strategy to invest wisely. Extra example: "Ten years is a lifetime in the art world, where the vicissitudes of trends and tastes can...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - linchpin

    02/02/2011 5:45:33 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 34 replies
    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". linchpin \LINCH-pin\ noun 1. a locking pin inserted crosswise (as through the end of an axle or shaft) 2. one that serves to hold together parts or elements that exist or function as a unit Example sentence: A matching DNA sample was the linchpin in the murder case. Extra example: "Although ties to the EU remain its economic linchpin, the country has shifted economic and foreign policy toward its old Ottoman holdings in...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - plinth

    01/12/2011 6:12:03 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 36 replies
    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". plinth \PLINTH\ noun 1. the lowest part of the base of an architectural column 2. a block used as a base (as for a statue) Example sentence: The museum workers reverently set the newly restored statue back onto an imposing plinth. Extra example: "Anthony put on his glasses and bent down, searching for a minute label taped to the marble plinth on which the Atlas figures stood." -- From Rose Tremain's 2010 novel...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - proselytize

    01/05/2011 6:14:35 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 44 replies
    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". proselytize \PRAH-suh-luh-tyze\ verb 1. to induce someone to convert to one's faith 2. to recruit someone to join one's party, institution, or cause Example sentence: Eliza is a staunch environmentalist who always feels the need to proselytize to anyone who doesn't recycle or drive a hybrid automobile. Extra example: "There is also no denying that in some of its iterations, the pacifism that [John] Lennon championed can seem truly beautiful. So long as...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - plummy

    12/29/2010 8:41:18 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 34 replies · 3+ views
    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". plummy \PLUMM-ee\ adjective 1.a : full of plums 1.b : choice, desirable 2.a : having a plum color 2.b : rich and mellow often to the point of affectation Example sentence: She got a plummy job as a lifeguard over the summer. Extra example: "His impossibly smooth, domed head, chiseled features and plummy voice make him instantly recognizable in the regal, authoritative roles he so often plays." -- From a theater review by...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - numinous

    12/22/2010 7:07:04 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 43 replies · 2+ views
    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". numinous \NOO-muh-nus\ adjective 1. supernatural, mysterious 2. filled with a sense of the presence of divinity; holy 3. appealing to the higher emotions or to the aesthetic sense; spiritual Example sentence: As she listened to the choir sing in the candlelit sanctuary, Marianne was overcome by a sense of numinous awe. (sense 2) Extra example: "The instrumental interlude is notated as a musical staff drawn in a circle with eight more musical staffs...
  • Vanity - WORST Christmas Songs Ever

    12/21/2010 6:50:05 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 149 replies
    12/21/2010
    Yesterday we had a thread about favorite Christmas albums, so today I thought I would post one to ask everybody: What are the WORST Christmas songs ever recorded?
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - quincunx

    12/15/2010 6:35:21 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 20 replies
    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 \KWIN-kunks\ noun an arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle Example sentence: The tables were arranged in a quincunx, with the hosting family at the center table and guests at the four corners. Extra example: "As we walked along the geometric beds -- many of them planted in an ancient Roman quincunx pattern -- I made notes on the beautiful...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - rectrix

    12/08/2010 6:08:31 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 63 replies · 2+ views
    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". rectrix \REK-triks\ noun any of the quill feathers of a bird's tail that are important in controlling flight direction Example sentence: In general, your only chance to see most or all of a bird's rectrices is when the bird is in flight. Extra example: "As in other passerines, the juveniles of many species show more pointed rectrix tips than do adults." -- From National Geographic's 2009 book Complete Birds of the World Did...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - plangent

    12/01/2010 4:40:38 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 111 replies
    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". plangent \PLAN-junt\ adjective 1. having a loud reverberating sound 2. having an expressive and especially plaintive quality Example sentence: The campers were awoken by the plangent howl of a coyote off in the distance. (sense 2) Extra example: "Mr. Packard is the finest Candide I’ve seen, singing with rich, plangent tone and acting with an un-self-conscious sincerity that never falters." -- From a theater review by Charles Isherwood in the New York Times,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - tu quoque

    11/24/2010 6:42:59 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 38 replies · 1+ views
    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". tu quoque \TOO-KWOH-kwee\ noun a retort charging an adversary with being or doing what he or she criticizes in others Example sentence: A good debater recognizes that resorting to a tu quoque only weakens one's position in the argument. Extra example: "Thomas describes Williams's defense tactic as 'tu quoque' (you're another), basically the aggressive defense for which Williams was known, accusing the accusers." -- From Kim Eisler's 2010 book Masters of the Game:...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - banausic

    11/17/2010 3:50:40 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 57 replies
    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". banausic \buh-NAW-sik\ relating to or concerned with earning a living -- used pejoratively; also - utilitarian, practical Example sentence: The heiress dismissively declared that she would never have to worry about such banausic concerns as holding down a job. Extra example: "At the far end was a wooden board on which were hung saws, chisels, knives and other banausic instruments of the trade." -- From Sebastian Faulk's 2005 novel Human Traces Did you...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - precentor

    11/10/2010 6:12:26 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 54 replies · 2+ views
    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". precentor \prih-SEN-ter\ noun a leader of the singing of a choir or congregation Example sentence: He was deeply devoted to our congregation, and served as precentor at the church for the last 20 years of his life. Extra example: "Congregations were led in song by a precentor, who would choose a tune to fit a psalm, then sing each phrase for the congregation to repeat after him." -- From Barrymore Laurence Scherer's 2007...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - pungle

    11/03/2010 3:30:14 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 99 replies
    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". pungle \PUNG-gul\ verb to make a payment or contribution of money -- usually used with up Example sentence: We all decided to pungle up for pizza. Extra example: "They visited the pound over the weekend with their own Chihuahua, Kiki, to make sure the two dogs would get along. And they pungled up $107 to cover the adoption fee, castration fee, inoculation fee, licensing fee and microchipping fee." -- From an article by...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - notch

    10/27/2010 6:31:52 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 48 replies
    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". notch\NAHTCH\ noun 1: a V-shaped hollow in an edge or surface 2: a narrow pass between two mountains 3: degree, step Example sentence: The instructions said to cut small notches at the corners of the fabric.(sense 1) Extra example: "The center said at 5 p.m. EDT that Paula had dropped a notch from a Category 2 storm as it took a track forecast to pass very near or over western Cuba later in...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - farraginous

    10/20/2010 6:14:46 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 46 replies · 1+ views
    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". farraginous \fuh-RAJ-uh-nus\ adjective consisting of a confused mixture; formed of various materials in no fixed order or arrangement Example sentence: The large box at the hotel’s lost and found desk contained a farraginous assortment of hats, umbrellas, cell phones, and other personal items. Extra example: "Like the Habsburg empire, the kingdom of Sweden encompassed a farraginous set of languages, including Swedish, Finnish, Latvian, Estonian, and German, the language of administration." -- From the...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - erstwhile

    10/13/2010 7:16:34 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 32 replies
    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". erstwhile\ERST-wile\ adverb (also can be used as an adjective) in the past; formerly Example sentence: We were delighted to discover a new community garden where erstwhile had been a trash-filled vacant lot. Extra example: "In Florida, the erstwhile popular Republican governor, Charlie Crist, dropped out of the party's Senate primary race to run as an independent after encountering Tea Party opposition." -- From the Economist Intelligence Unit Ltd.'s Country Report Select, October 1,...