Articles Posted by xsmommy

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 20, 2017-- perfervid

    03/20/2017 6:11:14 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 33 replies
    3/20/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/20/17 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". perfervid; adj. very fervent; extremely ardent; impassioned: perfervid patriotism. Etymology: C19: from New Latin perfervidus, from Latin per- (intensive) + fervidus fervid Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 13, 2017-- luciferous

    03/13/2017 6:35:22 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 20 replies
    3/13/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/13/17 ; 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". luciferous; adj. 1. bringing or providing light. 2. providing insight or enlightenment Etymology: "light-bringing, emitting light," 1650s, from Latin lucifer (see Lucifer ) + -ous. Figurative use is earliest (1640s) and more common. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, March 9, 2017-- bereft

    03/09/2017 7:22:17 AM PST · by xsmommy · 26 replies
    3/9/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Thursday, 3/9/17 ; 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". bereft; adj./bereave; verb bereft /bɪˈrɛft/ adjective 1. (usually foll by of) deprived; parted (from): bereft of hope bereave /bɪˈriːv/ verb (transitive) 1. (usually foll by of) to deprive (of) something or someone valued, esp through death 2. (obsolete) to remove by force Etymology: Old English bereafian "to deprive of, take away, seize, rob," from be + reafian "rob, plunder," from Proto-Germanic *raubojanan, from PIE *reup- "to snatch"...
  • Word for the Day-- Monday, March 6, 2017-- ubiquitous

    03/06/2017 6:01:26 AM PST · by xsmommy · 22 replies
    3/6/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/6/17 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". Ubiquitous; adj. existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent: ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants. Etymology: "turning up everywhere," 1837, from ubiquity + -ous. The earlier word was ubiquitary (1580s), from Modern Latin ubiquitarius, from ubique. Related: Ubiquitously ; ubiquitousness. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 27, 2017 -- meritorious

    02/27/2017 6:08:50 AM PST · by xsmommy · 37 replies
    2/27/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/27/17 ; 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". meritorious; adj. 1. praiseworthy; showing merit Etymology: C15: from Latin merit ō rius earning money Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, February 23, 2017 -- condonation

    02/23/2017 6:16:34 AM PST · by xsmommy · 21 replies
    2/23/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Thursday, 2/23/17 ; the act of condoning; the overlooking or implied forgiving of an offense. Etymology: 1615-25; < New Latin cond ō n ā ti ō n - (stem of condōnātiō), Latin: a giving away, equivalent to cond ō n ā t (us) (past participle of cond ō n ā re; see condone ) + - i ō n - -ion. See con-, donation Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on.......
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 13, 2017-- opprobrium

    02/13/2017 6:39:22 AM PST · by xsmommy · 42 replies
    2/13/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/13/17 ; 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". opprobrium; noun noun 1. the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy. 2. a cause or object of such disgrace or reproach. Etymology: 1650-60; < Latin: reproach, equivalent to op- op- + probr (um) infamy, disgrace + -ium -ium Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 6, 2017--paralogize

    02/06/2017 6:31:24 AM PST · by xsmommy · 46 replies
    2/6/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/6/17e ; 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". paraologize; verb to draw conclusions that do not follow logically from a given set of assumptions. Etymology: Paralogize entered English from Medieval Latin paralogizāre, from Greek paralogízesthai meaning “to reason falsely.” It's been used in English since the late 1500s. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, February 2, 2016 - prolixity

    02/02/2017 5:37:47 AM PST · by xsmommy · 33 replies
    2/2/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Thursday, 2/2/17 ; 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". prolixity; noun adjective 1. extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy. 2. (of a person) given to speaking or writing at great or tedious length 1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin prōlixus extended, long, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -lixus, akin to līquī to flow; see liquor Etymology: Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The...
  • Word for the Day, Monday January 23, 2017--froideur

    01/23/2017 6:46:18 AM PST · by xsmommy · 34 replies
    1/23/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/23/17 ; 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". froideur French. an attitude of haughty aloofness; cold superiority. Etymology: Froideur means coldness in French and is formed from the adjective froid cold (from the Latin adjective frigidus). The French suffix -eur (from the Latin suffix -or) is also used in English loanwords from French, e.g., entrepreneur, voyeur. The word entered English in the 18th century Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 16,2017-- irascible

    01/16/2017 6:17:19 AM PST · by xsmommy · 29 replies
    1/16/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, January 16, 2017— irascible ; 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”. irascible; adjective 1. easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man. 2. characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response. 1350-1400; Middle English irascibel < Late Latin īrāscibilis, equivalent to Latin īrāsc- (stem of īrāscī to grow angry; equivalent to īr (a) ire + -ā- theme vowel + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ī infinitive ending; see -esce ) + -ibilis -ible Related...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 9, 2017-- crepitate

    01/09/2017 6:16:47 AM PST · by xsmommy · 43 replies
    1/9/17 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/9/17 ; 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". crepitate verb (used without object), crepitated, crepitating. 1. to make a crackling sound; crackle Etymology: 1615-25; < Latin crepitātus, past participle of crepitāre to rattle, rustle, chatter, frequentative of crepāre; see -ate1 Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 19, 2016 -- festoon

    12/19/2016 7:17:48 AM PST · by xsmommy · 48 replies
    12/19/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/19/16 ; 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". festoon; noun/verb un 1. a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points. 2. a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery. 3. a fabric suspended, draped, and bound at intervals to form graceful loops or scalloped folds. 4. Dentistry. the garlandlike area of the gums surrounding the necks of the teeth. verb (used with object)...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 12, 2016 -- thrasonical

    12/12/2016 6:53:29 AM PST · by xsmommy · 40 replies
    12/12/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/12/16 ; 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". thrasonical boastful; vainglorious Etymology: 1555-65; < Latin Thrasōn- (stem of Thrasō, braggart in Terence's Eunuchus) + -ical Examples: His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. -- William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, 1598 ... [The audience] howled its delight over the ignominy of Pantaloon, the buffooneries of his sprightly lackey Harlequin,...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, December 8, 2016-- autodidactic

    12/08/2016 7:16:20 AM PST · by xsmommy · 44 replies
    12/8/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Thursday, 12/8/16 ; 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". autodidactic; adj. self taught. autodidact: noun a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person Etymology: 1525-35; < Greek autoddaktos self-taught; see auto-1, didactic Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 28, 2016-- effluvia

    11/28/2016 7:09:20 AM PST · by xsmommy · 42 replies
    11/28/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/28/16 ; 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". effluvia; noun See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural effluvia [ih-floo-vee-uh] (Show IPA), effluviums. 1. a slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, especially one that is disagreeable or noxious. Etymology: 1640-50; < Latin, equivalent to ef- ef- + fluv-, base of fluere to flow (see effluent ) + -ium -ium Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 21, 2016 - retromingent

    11/21/2016 6:16:18 AM PST · by xsmommy · 41 replies
    11/21/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/21/16 ; 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". retromingent; noun/adjective adjective 1. urinating backward because of bodily configuration: The lion is a retromingent animal. noun 2. an animal that urinates backward Etymology: 1645-55; retro- + Latin mingent- stem of mingens), present participle of mingere to urinate
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 14, 2016 -- anathema

    11/14/2016 5:10:09 AM PST · by xsmommy · 52 replies
    11/14/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/14/16e ; 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". anathema; noun noun, plural anathemas. 1. a person or thing detested or loathed: That subject is anathema to him. 2. a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction. 3. a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication. 4. any imprecation of divine punishment. 5. a curse; execration. Etymology: 1520-30; < Latin < Greek: a thing accursed, devoted to evil, orig. devoted, equivalent to ana (ti) th...
  • Word for the Day, Monday November 7, 2016- bathos

    11/07/2016 5:33:24 AM PST · by xsmommy · 85 replies
    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/7/16 ; 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". bathos; noun 1. a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax. 2. insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness. 3. triteness or triviality in style Etymology: 1630-40; < Greek: depth Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, October 25, 2016-- stalwart

    10/25/2016 7:59:39 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 20 replies
    10/25/16 | xs
    Word for The Day,Tuesday, 10/25/16 ; 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". stalwart; noun and adjective adjective 1. strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust. 2. strong and brave; valiant: a stalwart knight. 3. firm, steadfast, or uncompromising: a stalwart supporter of the U.N. noun 4. a physically stalwart person. 5. a steadfast or uncompromising partisan: They counted on the party stalwarts for support in the off-year campaigns. Etymology: 1325-75; Middle English (Scots), variant of stalward, earlier stalwurthe; see stalworth...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 24, 2016 -- compunction

    10/24/2016 6:33:00 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 59 replies
    10/24/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 10/24/16 ; 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". compunction; noun 1. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse. 2. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action Etymology: 1350-1400; Middle English compunccion (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin compūnctiōn- (stem of compūnctiō), equivalent to Latin compūnct (us), past participle of compungere to prick severely ( com- com- + pungere to prick;...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 17, 2016 -- apocalyptic

    10/17/2016 5:59:45 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 34 replies
    10/17/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 10/17/16 ; 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". apocalyptic; adj. 1. of or like an apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy. 2. pertaining to the Apocalypse or biblical book of Revelation. 3. predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction: the apocalyptic vision of some contemporary writers. apocalyptical. Etymology: 1620-1630 1620-30; < Late Greek apokalptikos, equivalent to apokalpt (ein) to uncover, disclose (see apocalypse ) + -ikos -ic Rules: Everyone must leave a...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, October 13, 2016 - dilatory

    10/13/2016 6:12:37 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 39 replies
    10/13/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Thursday, 10/13/16 ; 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". dilatory; adj. 1. tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy. 2. intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision: a dilatory strategy. Etymology: Dilatory is related to the Latin verb differre meaning "to postpone." It entered English around 1300 Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the...
  • word for the day, Monday, October 3, 2016-- amphiboloy

    10/03/2016 7:01:02 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 47 replies
    10/3/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 10/3/16 ; 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". amphiboly; noun noun, plural amphibolies. 1. ambiguity of speech, especially from uncertainty of the grammatical construction rather than of the meaning of the words, as in The Duke yet lives that Henry shall depose. Etymology: 1580-90; < Latin amphibolia < Greek. See amphibolous Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 26, 2016-- bon mot

    09/26/2016 6:24:10 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 47 replies
    9/26/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday,9/26/16 ; 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". bon mot; noun 1. a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism. Etymology: 1725-35; < French: literally, good word; see boon2, motto Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, September 12, 2016-- corybantic

    09/12/2016 5:59:09 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 79 replies
    9/12/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 9/12/16 ; 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". corybantic; adj. 1. frenzied; agitated; unrestrained. 2. (initial capital letter). Also, Corybantian [kawr-uh-ban-shuh n, kor-] (Show IPA), Corybantine [kawr-uh-ban-tin, -tahyn, kor-] (Show IPA). of or relating to a Corybant Etymology: 1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Corybant- (stem of Corybās) < Greek Korybant- (stem of Korýbās)Corybant, kor′i-bant, n. a priest of Cybele, whose rites were accompanied with noisy music and wild dances:—Eng Rules: Everyone must leave a post...
  • Word for the Day, Monday August 29, 2016--

    08/29/2016 6:36:01 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 42 replies
    8/29/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 30, 2015— limacine ; 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”. limacine; adjective 1. pertaining to or resembling a slug; sluglike (adjective)Word Origin C19: from New Latin, from Latin līmax, from līmus mud
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 15, 2016-- whigmaleerie

    08/15/2016 7:19:37 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 61 replies
    8/15/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, August 15, 2016 whigmaleerie ; 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. whigmaleerie (noun)a whim; notion. a whimsical or fanciful ornament or contrivance; gimmick. Whigmaleerie is a Scots term of uncertain origin. It is first attested in the 1700s.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 8, 2016-- Presentiment

    08/08/2016 6:03:29 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 59 replies
    8/8/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, August 8, 2016 presentiment ; 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. presentiment; noun.a sense of something about to happen; premonition 1714, from obsolete French presentiment (Modern French Related: pressentiment), from Middle French pressentir "to have foreboding," from Latin praesentire "to sense beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre- ) + sentire "perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 1, 2016-- conciliate

    08/01/2016 5:56:47 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 34 replies
    8/1/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, August 1, 2016— conciliate ; 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”. : 1. to gain (as goodwill) by pleasing acts 2 : to make compatible : reconcile 3 : appease intransitive verb : to become friendly or agreeable conciliation play \-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun conciliative play \-ˈsi-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective conciliator play \-ˌā-tər\ noun Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 25, 2016 -- apocryphal

    07/25/2016 6:50:31 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 21 replies
    Word For The Day, Monday, July 25, 2016 apocryphal ; 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. adjective ; origin:1580s, "of doubtful authenticity," from Apocrypha + -al (1). Middle English had apocrive (late 14c.) in same sense. 1.of doubtful authorship or authenticity. 2.Ecclesiastical.(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Apocrypha. of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.3.false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 18, 2016-- ephemeral

    07/18/2016 9:28:05 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 51 replies
    7/18/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, July 18, 2016—ephemeral ; 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”. adjective 1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood. 2. lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower. noun 3. anything short-lived, as certain insects. from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera da
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 11, 2016-- itinerant

    07/11/2016 6:21:00 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 38 replies
    7/11/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 7/11/16 ; 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". intinerant; adj. 1. traveling from place to place, especially on a circuit, as a minister, judge, or sales representative; itinerating; journeying. 2. characterized by such traveling: itinerant preaching. 3. working in one place for a comparatively short time and then moving on to work in another place, usually as a physical or outdoor laborer; characterized by alternating periods of working and wandering: an itinerant farm hand. noun...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 16, 2016 -- accrete

    05/16/2016 6:21:59 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 48 replies
    5/16/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 5/16/16 ; 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". accrete/ accretion; verb/noun verb (used without object), accreted, accreting. 1. to grow together; adhere (usually followed by to). verb (used with object), accreted, accreting. 2. to add, as by growth. adjective 3. Botany. noun 1. an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growth in size or extent. 2. the result of this process. 3. an added part; addition: The last part of the legend...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 9, 2016-- ubiquitous

    05/09/2016 6:59:09 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 72 replies
    5/9/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 5/9/16 ; 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". ubiquitous; adj. existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent: ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants. Etymology:"turning up everywhere," 1837, from ubiquity + -ous. The earlier word was ubiquitary (1580s), from Modern Latin ubiquitarius, from ubique. Related: Ubiquitously ; ubiquitousness. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 2, 2016-- pillory

    05/02/2016 6:31:44 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 45 replies
    5/2/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 5/2/16 ; 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". pillory; verb 1. a wooden framework into which offenders were formerly locked by the neck and wrists and exposed to public abuse and ridicule 2. exposure to public scorn or abuse verb (transitive) -ries, -rying, -ried 3. to expose to public scorn or ridicule 4. to punish by putting in a pillory Etymology: C13: from Anglo-Latin pillorium, from Old French pilori, of uncertain origin; related to Provenal...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 25, 2016 -- sinecure

    04/25/2016 5:29:46 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 70 replies
    4/25/16 | xs
    b>Word for The Day, Monday,4/25/16 ; 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". sinecure; noun 1. an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns. 2. an ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls. Etymology: 1660s, "church benefice with an emolument but without parish duties," from Medieval Latin beneficium sine cura "benefice without care" (of souls), from Latin sine "without" (see sans ) + cura, ablative singular of cura "care" (see cure (n.1)). Rules: Everyone must leave...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 18, 2016-- premiate

    04/18/2016 6:33:53 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 31 replies
    4/18/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 4/18/16 ; 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". premiate; verb to grant a prize or an award to. Etymology:Premiate stems from the Latin term praemiāre meaning "to reward." It entered English in the mid-1500s. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 11, 2016-- ersatz

    04/11/2016 5:47:44 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 118 replies
    4/11/13 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday,4/11/13 ; 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". ersatz; adj. 1. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: an ersatz coffee made from grain. noun 2. an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute. Etymology: 1875, from German Ersatz "units of the army reserve," literally "compensation, replacement, substitute," from ersetzen "to replace," from Old High German irsezzen, from ir-, unaccented variant of ur- + setzen "to set" (see set (v.)). As...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 28, 2016-- cognomen

    03/28/2016 6:28:50 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 34 replies
    3/28/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 3/28/16 ; 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". cognomen; noun any name, especially a nickname. 2.a surname. 3.the third and commonly the last name of a citizen of ancient Rome, indicating the person's house or family, as “Caesar” in “Gaius Julius Caesar.” Compare agnomen. Etymology: from Latin: additional name, from co- together + nōmen name; influenced in form by cognōscere to learn She inquired my name, and I repeated the plain, homely Scotch-Irish cognomen that...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 21, 2016-- renascent

    03/21/2016 5:09:28 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 64 replies
    3/21/16 | xs
    Word for The Day, Monday, 3/21/16 ; 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". renascent; adj. adjective 1. becoming active or vigorous again; reviving: renascent nationalism Etymology:1727, from Latin renascentem (nominative renascens), present participle of renasci "be born again" (see renaissance ). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 14, 2016 -- saturnine

    03/14/2016 5:53:00 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 71 replies
    3/14/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/14/16 ; 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". saturnine; adj. adjective 1. sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn. 2. suffering from lead poisoning, as a person. Etymology: Saturnine derives from the name of the planet Saturn, which in turn was named after the Roman god Saturnus. The original sense of the word had an astrological meaning, and referred to a person who was born under the influence of Saturn. Saturnine entered English early 1400s. Rules: Everyone...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 7, 2016 --

    03/07/2016 5:38:44 AM PST · by xsmommy · 58 replies
    3/7/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday,3/7/16 ; 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". donnybrook; noun 1. an inordinately wild fight or contentious dispute; brawl; free-for-all. Etymology: A riotous scene, esp a general and energetic brawl; brannigan: A donnybrook began when police arrested the operators [1852+; fr the reputation of a fair held annually at the Dublin suburb of Donnybrook] Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 29, 2016-- calumniate

    02/29/2016 5:58:07 AM PST · by xsmommy · 143 replies
    2/29/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/29/16 ; 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". calumniate; verb 1. to make false and malicious statements about; slander. Etymology: 1545-55; < Latin calumniātus (past participle of calumniārī to accuse falsely, trick), equivalent to calumni (a) calumny + -ātus -ate1 Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 22, 2016

    02/22/2016 5:40:26 AM PST · by xsmommy · 113 replies
    2/22/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, February 22, 2015— passel ; 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”. passel noun 1. a group or lot of indeterminate number: a passel of dignitaries. origin:1825-35; alteration of parcel Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 18, 2016 -- alacrity

    02/18/2016 5:52:36 AM PST · by xsmommy · 101 replies
    2/18/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Thursday, 2/18/16 ; 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". alacrity; noun 1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity. 2. liveliness; briskness Etymology: n. mid-15c., from Latin alacritatem (nominative alacritas) "liveliness, ardor, eagerness," from alacer (genitive alacris) "cheerful, brisk, lively;" of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with Gothic aljan "zeal," Old English ellen "courage, zeal, strength," Old High German ellian. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 8, 2016-- convivial

    02/08/2016 5:07:27 AM PST · by xsmommy · 125 replies
    2/8/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/8/16 ; 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". convivial; adj. 1. friendly; agreeable: a convivial atmosphere. 2. fond of feasting, drinking, and merry company; jovial. 3. of or befitting a feast; festive. Etymology: 1660s, "pertaining to a feast," from Late Latin convivialis, from Latin convivium "a feast," from convivere "to carouse together," from com- "together" (see com- ) + vivere "to live" (see vital ). Meaning "sociable" is from 18c. Related: Conviviality. Rules: Everyone must...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, February 2, 2016--nimiety

    02/02/2016 6:31:25 AM PST · by xsmommy · 32 replies
    2/2/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – nimiety 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". Word Origin noun, plural nimieties. 1. excess; overabundance: nimiety of mere niceties in conversation. 2. an instance of this."excess, redundancy," from Latin nimietas "excessiveness," from nimius "beyond measure, excessive," from nimis (adv.) "too much, beyond measure, excessively."
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 1, 2016 -- nonce

    02/01/2016 5:22:35 AM PST · by xsmommy · 63 replies
    2/1/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/1/16 ; 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". nonce; noun 1. the present, or immediate, occasion or purpose (usually used in the phrase for the nonce). Etymology: abstracted from phrase for þe naness (c.1200) "for a special occasion, for a particular purpose," itself a misdivision (see N for other examples) of for þan anes "for the one," in reference to a particular occasion or purpose, the þan being from Middle English dative definite article þam...
  • Word for the Day, January 11, 2016-- inveigle

    01/11/2016 5:53:46 AM PST · by xsmommy · 53 replies
    1/11/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/11/16 ; 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". inveigle; verb verb (used with object), inveigled, inveigling. 1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into): to inveigle a person into playing bridge. 2. to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually followed by from or away): to inveigle a theater pass from a person Etymology: 1485-95; variant of envegle < Anglo-French enveogler, equivalent to...