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  • Is the Album Dying? If You Ask Me, Yes

    01/12/2015 7:24:14 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 138 replies
    A Journal of Musical Things ^ | January 12, 2015 | Alan Cross
    Albums are almost as old as recorded music. A hundred years ago when the most music a 78 RPM record could hold was four minutes, long pieces like operas or symphonies were broken up over multiple discs. Those discs were then sold in book-like packages that reminded many of photo albums. That’s how the record album got its name. The multiple disc problem was solved by Columbia in 1948 when in June of that year, they unveiled the 33 1/3 long-playing album. When RCA countered with the 7-inch 45 RPM single a year later, the LP became the domain of...
  • The Dutch Say No to PC and Win

    11/23/2014 7:23:07 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/23/2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Last Saturday in Gouda, Holland, the police arrested as many as 90 people, the majority of whom were protesting against "Black Pete", part of a traditional pre-Christmas children's street party. We don’t normally associate a Santa Claus celebration with police arrests, so this requires a little explanation. Black Pete (Zwarte Piet in Dutch) is a blackface character in Dutch and Belgian folklore. He is the clownish helper of St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) in delivering presents to children.
  • Obama A Complete Electoral Disaster For Dems

    11/04/2014 9:13:57 AM PST · by Abakumov · 11 replies
    Radix News ^ | November 4, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Before the election results are in, and keeping in mind that there may be some unpleasant surprises for one party or the other — or both — it’s possible to assess how the Democratic Party has fared under the leadership of President Obama. To summarize the verdict: not so well. By one metric it has done very badly indeed. When Obama took the oath of office in January 2009, there were 257 Democrats in the House of Representatives. Going into this election there are 201 (including two vacant Democratic seats). ... The geographic clustering of blacks and gentry liberals in...
  • Exclusive Norman Lear Memoir Excerpt: Throwdowns With Carroll O'Connor, Race Battles on 'Good

    10/02/2014 8:25:47 PM PDT · by iowamark · 36 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10/2/2014 | Norman Lear
    [Norman Lear wryly titled his memoir Even This I Get to Experience (out Oct. 14, Penguin) as a wink to his belief that even the bad times in his life were worthwhile because they made the living interesting. And over the course of 92 years, Lear has led as interesting a life as anyone in Hollywood. Born in 1922 in Connecticut, Lear lived with relatives for a time while his father spent three years in jail from 1931 to 1934 for a dodgy get-rich-quick scheme...] [All in the Family: Season 2 Carroll O'Connor's insecurities and fears drove him to great...
  • Women's hoop teams lure fans with bacon, beer

    11/30/2013 12:02:16 PM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 11/29/2013 | DOUG FEINBERG
    A little thirsty? No time for breakfast? Need a ticket to the big game? Come on out and see the women play. From free beer and bacon to in-demand ducats, women's basketball programs across the country are finding creative ways to attract bigger crowds this season.
  • 7th Annual TexasCowboy Memorial Shoot - Live Thread

    10/04/2012 6:03:18 AM PDT · by TheMom · 1,333 replies
    10/04/12 | TheMom
    <p>Thank you humble gunner for the graphic.</p> <p>TexasCowboy (aka COB1) was a true Texas gentleman, great friend, patriot, and a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment. It is truly an honor to continue a tradition he started many years ago, hosting shoots for FRiends around the great state of Texas.</p>
  • Anderson Cooper Attacked by Mob in Egypt

    02/02/2011 6:46:25 AM PST · by Frantzie · 175 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 2-2-2011 | Lindsay Powers
    The anchor was "punched 10 times in the head," CNN producer Steve Brusk Tweeted. Anderson Cooper was attacked in Egypt Wednesday. CNN producer Steve Brusk Tweeted, "Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration."
  • Long lines for section eight housing in atlanta

    08/11/2010 9:50:26 AM PDT · by abortionisalwaysmurder · 115 replies
    Fox, the only honest news ^ | 8-11-2010 | MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta
    EAST POINT, Ga. - Video showed chaos unfolding in the city of East Point on Wednesday morning as hundreds of people waited for their chance to get federal housing assistance. Aerials from above the East Point Housing Authority showed a large group of people congregating around police cars and causing a scene as several people handed out applications. Mobs of people surrounded police cars, and FOX 5 has learned workers were handing out applications to the crowd, but they would only do so with police presence. Those in the crowd would receive an application, then fill it out and wait...
  • Katie Couric Covers Michelle Obama's 'Let Them Eat Stimulus' Spain Vacation Controversy

    08/05/2010 6:38:00 PM PDT · by kristinn · 60 replies
    Thursday, August 5, 2010 | Kristinn
    Well knock me down with a feather! On tonight's broadcast of the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric covered the controversy over Michelle Obama's luxurious 60 room Spain vacation during the continuing economic crisis.The report, which clocked in at a lengthy 2 minutes and 29 seconds, was made by Sharyl Atkisson from the White House and included graphics showing the cost of Michelle Obama's round-trip airfare to Spain on a government plane and the per diem cost for the estimated 70 Secret Service agents on the trip:• Transport on the Air Force version of a 757. That's $146,000 for the round...
  • Obamas Catch A College Basketball Game

    11/29/2009 1:13:16 PM PST · by Baladas · 19 replies · 1,081+ views
    ABC News ^ | Novemeber 29, 2009 | Mallory Thompson
    This Thanksgiving weekend, the First Family did the same thing many Americans families did – catch a game. For the Obamas, the game of choice was basketball. The Beavers of Oregon State, where Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson is the head coach, were in town to play the George Washington University Colonials last night. The game was a family affair with Barack, Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama as well as grandmother Miriam Robinson, arriving at the Smith Center shortly before the game began. Fans were required to go through airport-like security before entering the arena. While there was no official...
  • Vanity: Who is your Favorite Freeper?

    08/17/2009 6:10:52 PM PDT · by Jean S · 912 replies · 22,753+ views
    self
    A thread with this title was posted about 10 years ago. The top choices were JohnHuang2 and kattracks (who sadly died of cancer a couple of years ago). My current favorites are governsleastgovernsbest for posting his great commentaries from newsbusters here (this is NOT an ad). I also like RobinMasters, he finds great articles to post. Also, kudos to Cindy for her relentless research. And of course, Jim Robinson who makes this all possible. This thread is dedicated to kattracks, a true friend of FR. May she rest in peace.
  • Burris Promises "He'll Do Something"

    05/26/2009 5:13:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 21 replies · 1,468+ views
    MyFoxChicago ^ | 5*26*09
    Transcripts of a tape made from an FBI wiretap shows Sen. Roland Burris promised to "personally do something" in response to an appeal for money for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund. The promise came in a phone conversation with Blagojevich's brother, Robert Blagojevich, who is head of the campaign fund. Burris repeatedly says how much he wants to be appointed to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. In response to an appeal for money from the governor's brother Burris says: "I will personally do something." The transcript was released Tuesday as part of a motion by the U.S. attorney's...
  • The price of a good time at political conventions: $500,000?

    05/28/2008 2:49:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 184+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/08 | Michael C. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Want a skybox perch to see John McCain speak at the Republican National Convention, passes to hot GOP parties that week, pampering from the concierge and private wheels to tool around town? Want a chance to mingle with celebrities like Warren Beatty and Al Franken at the Democratic National Convention, and maybe even get face time with Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton? It's yours, for a price. Committees raising money for California delegations to the national conventions are asking wealthy donors to make six-figure donations in exchange for VIP-level treatment and seats to witness history. The...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 3, 2007 - prolix

    05/03/2007 5:37:13 AM PDT · by secret garden · 100 replies · 532+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | 3 May 2007 | secret garden
    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". prolix \pro-LIKS; PRO-liks\, adjective1. Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; wordy.2. Tending to speak or write at excessive length. Example sentences: It was a cumbersome book, widely criticized for being prolix in style and maddeningly circular in argument.-- Simon Winchester, "Word Imperfect", The Atlantic, May 2001 Greenspan, on the other hand, is given to prolix comments whose sentences are hung like Christmas trees with dependent clauses.-- John M. Berry, "Greenspan: A Man...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 19, 2007 - refractory

    04/19/2007 4:39:11 AM PDT · by secret garden · 57 replies · 442+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | April 19, 2007 Patriots Day | secret garden
    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". refractory \rih-FRAK-tuh-ree\, adjective1. Stubbornly disobedient; unmanageable. 2. Resisting ordinary treatment or cure.3. Difficult to melt or work; capable of enduring high temperature. Example sentences: It's a head shot of Lucien Bouchard peering out of the dark, openmouthed, teeth showing, eyes glittering and appearing not to have shaved in a week. In another age, the shot might have been held up to a refractory kid with the warning, "The boogeyman will get you if...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 8, 2007 - diablerie

    03/08/2007 4:46:14 AM PST · by secret garden · 147 replies · 630+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | March 8, 2007 | secret garden
    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". diablerie • \dee-AH-bluh-ree\ • noun 1. black magic : sorcery 2. a : a representation in words or pictures of black magic or of dealings with the devil b : demon lore 3. : mischievous conduct or manner Example sentence: "Gekic can be a dazzling pianist full of diablerie when he's in the mood...." James Roos, The Miami Herald, March 24, 2002 Etymology: Feeling devilish? Then you might be guilty of at least...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 1, 2007 - enjoin

    03/01/2007 5:52:38 AM PST · by secret garden · 71 replies · 378+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | March 1, 2007 | secret garden
    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". enjoin \en-JOIN\, transitive verb1. To direct or impose with authority; to order.2. To prohibit; to forbid. Example sentences: While the Qur'an contains a number of references, some direct and some oblique, to the other four pillars, in only one place does it specifically enjoin fasting during the month of Ramadan: "O you faithful, fasting is ordained for you in the same way that it was ordained for those who came before you, so...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 22, 2007 - impregnable

    02/22/2007 5:54:26 AM PST · by secret garden · 97 replies · 531+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | February 22, 2007 | secret garden
    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". impregnable \im-PREG-nuh-buhl\, adjective1. Not capable of being stormed or taken by assault; unconquerable; as, an impregnable fortress.2. Difficult or impossible to overcome or refute successfully; beyond question or criticism; as, an impregnable argument. Example sentences: During this destruction the villagers . . . relied on their ancient instinct for survival and retreated to the impregnable fortress of the mountain.-- Suheil Bushrui and Joe Jenkins, Kahlil Gibran: Man and Poet What Spinoza says of...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 15, 2007 - slaver

    02/15/2007 4:39:07 AM PST · by secret garden · 107 replies · 557+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | February 15, 2007 | secret garden
    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". slaver \SLAV-uhr; SLAY-vuhr\, intransitive verb1. To slobber; to drool.2. Saliva drooling from the mouth. Example sentences: The tiger was slavering. It was thirsty. Or maybe hungry.-- Eliseo Alberto, Caracol Beach Two ancient, lopsided wooden signs declared NO TRESPASSERS! and BEWARE OF GUARD DOGS! The latter featured a slavering Doberman frothing at the mouth.-- Meera Syal, Anita and Me Etymology: Slaver is probably of Scandinavian origin, perhaps ultimately from Old Norse slafra. The sentence...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 8, 2007 - glabrous

    02/08/2007 5:35:46 AM PST · by secret garden · 131 replies · 639+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | February 8, 2007 | secret garden
    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". glabrous \GLAY-bruhs\, adjectiveSmooth; having a surface without hairs, projections, or any unevenness. Example sentences: How much more powerful then will be the effect -- next week? next month? soon enough -- when Gore, resplendent, clean-shaven, glabrous in his glory, returns from the dead! Radiant! Reborn!-- Lance Morrow, "Al Gore, and Other Famous Bearded Men", Time, August 16, 2001 We offered to the rebarbative Senator Patrick Leahy's demands on us amused resistance and the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 1, 2007 - pellucid

    02/01/2007 6:09:11 AM PST · by secret garden · 130 replies · 643+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | February 1, 2007 | secret garden
    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". pellucid \puh-LOO-sid\, adjective1. Transparent; clear; not opaque.2. Easily understandable. Example sentences: The prevailing atmosphere as one cruises Kukulcan Boulevard, the busy strip where most of Cancun's 122 hotels are clustered, remains that of an Orlando or a Las Vegas dropped intact next to pellucid Caribbean waters.-- Larry Rohter, "What's Doing in Cancun.", New York Times, March 8, 1998 In her scrupulous and pellucid prose, she appears to distance herself from the optimistic Californian...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 25, 2007 - recusant

    01/25/2007 5:48:10 AM PST · by secret garden · 101 replies · 547+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | secret garden
    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". recusant • \REK-yuh-zunt\ • adjective refusing to submit to authority Example sentence: Several recusant senators refused to vote along party lines. Etymology: In 1534, Henry VIII of England declared himself the head of the Church of England, separating it from the Roman Catholic Church, and the resultant furor led to increased attention focused on people's religious observances. A "recusant" was someone who (from about 1570-1791) refused to attend services of the Church of...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 18, 2007 - imprecation

    01/18/2007 4:51:10 AM PST · by secret garden · 124 replies · 686+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | January 18, 2007 | secret garden
    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". imprecation \im-prih-KAY-shuhn\, noun1. The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone.2. A curse. Example sentences: After a while, he stopped hurling imprecations . . . and, as he often did after such an outburst, became quite remorseful.-- Wayne Johnston, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams Would he criticize an erring colleague? "I shall," Dirksen would promise, in a voice like the finest whiskey aged in fog, "invoke upon him every condign imprecation."-- Lance...
  • Word For The Day, Monday, January 8, 2007 - inkhorn

    01/08/2007 5:20:08 AM PST · by secret garden · 110 replies · 615+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | January 8, 2007 | secret garden
    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". inkhorn \INK-horn\, adjective1. Affectedly or ostentatiously learned; pedantic.2. A small bottle of horn or other material formerly used for holding ink. Example sentences: . . .the widespread use of what were called (dismissively, by truly learned folk) "inkhorn terms."-- Simon Winchester, "Word Imperfect", The Atlantic Monthly, May 2001 In prison he wrote the De Consolatione Philosophiae, his most celebrated work and one of the most translated works in history; it was translated ....
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 4, 2007 - neologism

    01/04/2007 5:06:32 AM PST · by secret garden · 76 replies · 531+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | January 4, 2007 | secret garden
    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". neologism \nee-OLL-uh-jiz-um\, noun1. A new word or expression.2. A new use of a word or expression.3. The use or creation of new words or expressions.4. (Psychiatry) An invented, meaningless word used by a person with a psychiatric disorder. 5. (Theology) A new view or interpretation of a scripture. Example sentences: If the work is really a holding operation, this will show in a closed or flat quality in the prose and in the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 28, 2006 -inculcate

    12/28/2006 5:28:07 AM PST · by secret garden · 52 replies · 382+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | December 28, 2006 | secret garden
    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". inculcate • \in-KUL-kayt\ • verb to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions Example sentence: More than anything, Don and Gloria try to inculcate in their children the importance of treating others the way they wish to be treated themselves. Etymology: "Inculcate" derives from the past participle of the Latin verb "inculcare," meaning "to tread on." In Latin, "inculcare" possesses both literal and figurative meanings, referring to either the act of walking...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 21, 2006 - prescind

    12/21/2006 4:20:01 AM PST · by secret garden · 80 replies · 473+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | December 21, 2006 | secret garden
    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". prescind • \pri-SIND\ • verb 1 intransitive verb : to withdraw one's attention2 transitive verb : to detach for purposes of thought Example sentence: If we prescind from the main issue for a moment, there is much to be gained by studying some corollary questions Etymology: "Prescind" derives from the Latin verb "praescindere," which means "to cut off in front." "Praescindere," in turn, was formed by combining "prae-" ("before") and "scindere" ("to cut"...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 14, 2006 - hue and cry

    12/14/2006 4:31:48 AM PST · by secret garden · 129 replies · 751+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | December 14, 2006 | secret garden
    > 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". hue and cry • noun, idiom a loud clamour or public outcry Etymology: Hue and cry contains the obsolete word hue, which people these days know only as a slightly formal or technical word for a colour or shade. As a result, you sometimes see the phrase written as hew and cry.Our modern meaning goes back to part of English common law in the centuries after the Norman Conquest. There wasn’t an organised...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 7, 2006 - clerihew

    12/07/2006 4:36:05 AM PST · by secret garden · 103 replies · 705+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | December 7, 2006 | secret garden
    > 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". clerihew • \KLAIR-ih-hyoo\ • noun a light verse quatrain rhyming aabb and usually dealing with a person named in the initial rhyme Example sentence: My favorite of Edmund C. Bentley's clerihews is the following: "What I like about Clive Is that he is no longer alive. There is a great deal to be said For being dead." Etymology: Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) was an English writer whose book Biography for Beginners was published...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 30, 2006 - galvanic

    11/30/2006 4:46:18 AM PST · by secret garden · 241 replies · 1,178+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | November 30, 2006 | secret garden
    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". galvanic \gal-VAN-ik\, adjective1. Of, pertaining to, or producing a direct current of electricity, especially when produced chemically.2. Affecting or affected as if by an electric shock; startling; shocking.3. Stimulating; energizing. Example sentences: Reading the epic known to us as the Iliad is vastly different from the preliterate experience of hearing and seeing it performed. In place of the bard's galvanic flow of sound and image, the reader beholds a mute tome, the size...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 16, 2006 - inexorable

    11/16/2006 4:59:32 AM PST · by secret garden · 104 replies · 608+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | November 16, 2006 | secret garden
    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". inexorable \in-EK-sur-uh-bul; in-EKS-ruh-bul\, adjectiveNot to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer; firm; determined; unyielding; unchangeable; inflexible; relentless. Example sentences: But the idea of providence, whether the biblical version or the Enlightenment's or Marx's, is at bottom a tragic notion, for it implies that individual human choices count for nothing against the weight of an inexorable, overwhelming force, whether benign or cruel, whether known as God, History, Destiny, Progress or DNA. --...
  • Word For The Day, Monday, November 13, 2006 - peripatetic

    11/13/2006 4:30:24 AM PST · by secret garden · 122 replies · 595+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | November 13, 2006 | secret garden
    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". peripatetic \pair-uh-puh-TET-ik\, adjective1. Of or pertaining to walking about or traveling from place to place; itinerant.2. Of or pertaining to the philosophy taught by Aristotle (who gave his instructions while walking in the Lyceum at Athens), or to his followers. 3. One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant.4. A follower of Aristotle; an Aristotelian. Example sentence: I was born in Italy, my sister on the west coast of Canada, because my father...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 9, 2006 - colligate

    11/09/2006 4:52:22 AM PST · by secret garden · 62 replies · 348+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | November 9, 2006 | secret garden
    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". colligate • \KAH-luh-gayt\ • verb transitive senses 1 : to bind, unite, or group together 2 : to subsume (isolated facts) under a general conceptintransitive sense : to be or become a member of a group or unit Example sentence: All of the files have been colligated as one large searchable database. Etymology: "Colligate" descends from Latin "colligare," itself from "com-" ("with") plus "ligare" ("to tie"). Which of the following words is NOT...
  • Word For The Day, Monday, November 6, 2006 - inveterate

    11/06/2006 4:22:29 AM PST · by secret garden · 92 replies · 512+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | November 6, 2006 | secret garden
    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". inveterate \in-VET-uhr-it\, adjective1. Firmly established by long persistence; deep-rooted; of long standing. 2. Fixed in habit by long persistence; confirmed; habitual. Example sentence: I was an inveterate museum-goer from the age of fourteen, when I'd take the trolley to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts after school and wander the halls of Greek antiquities.-- Jane Alexander, Command Performance Etymology: Inveterate is from the past participle of Latin inveterari, "to grow old, to endure,"...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 2, 2006 - ostracize

    11/02/2006 5:44:55 AM PST · by secret garden · 131 replies · 628+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | November 2, 2006 | secret garden
    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". ostracize \OS-truh-syz\, transitive verb1. To banish or expel from a community or group; to cast out from social, political, or private favor.2. [Greek Antiquity] To exile by ostracism; to banish by a popular vote, as at Athens. Example sentence: New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called Monday on the members of the United Nations to unite in a global effort to eradicate terrorism and to ostracize countries that refuse to join.-- Stevenson Swanson, "Giuliani...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Roctober 26, 2006 - delate

    10/26/2006 4:52:20 AM PDT · by secret garden · 197 replies · 763+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | Roctober 26, 2006 | secret garden
    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". delate • \dih-LAYT\ • verb 1 : accuse, denounce2 : report, relate Example sentence: "In that year Archbishop Blackadder of Glasgow delated some thirty heretics to James IV who let the matter go with a jest." (J.D. Mackie, A History of Scotland) Etymology: To "delate" someone is to "hand down" that person to a court of law. In Latin, "delatus" is the unlikely-looking past participle of "deferre," meaning "to bring down, report, or...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Roctober 19, 2006 - syncretic

    10/19/2006 4:43:22 AM PDT · by secret garden · 113 replies · 597+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | Roctober 19, 2006 | secret garden
    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". syncretic • \sin-KRET-ik\ • adjective characterized or brought about by the combination of different forms of belief or practice Example sentence: Dr. Portman practices a syncretic form of medicine, borrowing from both Eastern and Western medical traditions. Etymology: "Syncretic" has its roots in an ancient alliance. It's a descendant of the Greek word "synkrçtismos," meaning "federation of Cretan cities"—"syn-" means "together, with," and "Krçt-" means "Cretan." The adjective first appeared in English in...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Roctober 12, 2006 - orotund

    10/12/2006 5:13:20 AM PDT · by secret garden · 99 replies · 466+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | Roctober 12, 2006 | secret garden
    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". orotund \OR-uh-tuhnd\, adjective1. Characterized by fullness, clarity, strength, and smoothness of sound.2. Pompous; bombastic. Example sentences: I have been cursed to stalk the night through all eternity, he went on, his voice orotund, carrying all across the playground.-- Michael Chabon, Werewolves in Their Youth. . .a down-at-heel philosopher who no longer thinks but gabs, the bore at the dinner table, growing more self-absorbed and orotund and cynical with each glass of wine.-- "Melting...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Roctober 5, 2006 - rowel

    10/05/2006 4:49:16 AM PDT · by secret garden · 113 replies · 688+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | Roctober 5, 2006 | secret garden
    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". rowel • \ROW-ul ("OW" as in "cow")\ • verb 1 : to goad with or as if with the pointed disk at the end of a spur 2 : vex, trouble Marked by lighthearted unconcern or indifference; carefree; nonchalant. Example sentence: With one of the best fastballs in the league combined with a wicked changeup, Lester roweled the opposing line-up for his second career no-hitter. Etymology: If you've seen Western movies, you've seen...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 28, 2006 - insouciant

    09/28/2006 4:54:57 AM PDT · by secret garden · 135 replies · 662+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | September 28, 2006 | secret garden
    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". insouciant \in-SOO-see-uhnt\, adjectiveMarked by lighthearted unconcern or indifference; carefree; nonchalant. Example sentences: The insouciant gingerbread man skips through the pages with glee, until he meets his . . . demise at the end.-- Judith Constantinides, "The Gingerbread Man", School Library Journal, April 2002 The British right is not so rich in ideas and projects that it can afford to be insouciant about a new one.-- John Lloyd, "The Anglosphere Project", New Statesman, March...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 21, 2006 - tergiversation

    09/21/2006 5:38:42 AM PDT · by secret garden · 70 replies · 622+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | September 21, 2006 | secret garden
    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". tergiversation \tuhr-jiv-uhr-SAY-shuhn\, noun1. The act of practicing evasion or of being deliberately ambiguous. 2. The act of abandoning a party or cause. Example sentences: No doubt if I worked on it, I could evolve some kind of double-talk that would get around the offensive phrase, and make the, to me, face-saving implication; but to hell with that, I have too much respect for the English language, and for your understanding of it, to...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 14, 2006 - pervicacious

    09/14/2006 5:16:05 AM PDT · by secret garden · 100 replies · 575+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | September 14, 2006 | secret garden
    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". pervicacious \puhr-vih-KAY-shuhs\, adjectiveRefusing to change one's ideas, behavior, etc.; stubborn; obstinate. Example sentences: In fact, I'm a word nerd. I get a kick out of tossing a few odd ones into my column, just to see if the pervicacious editors will weed them out.-- Michael Hawley, "Things That Matter: Waiting for Linguistic Viagra", Technology Review, June, 2001 The language of the bureaucrats and administrators must needs be recognized as an outgrowth of legal...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 7, 2006 - arcane

    09/07/2006 5:07:55 AM PDT · by secret garden · 108 replies · 582+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | September 7, 2006 | secret garden
    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". arcane \ar-KAYN\, adjectiveUnderstood or known by only a few. Example sentences: Under Indonesia's arcane system of land tenure, disputes between local residents, and between locals and developers, are commonplace. -- "Not Fair.", TheEconomist, July 26, 1997 Practitioners of this arcane art combine highly abstract mathematical deduction with some of the basic behavioral assumptions of micro-economics to produce theories of the behavior of voters, of representative assemblies, of bureaucracies, and even of courts. --...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 31, 2006 - littoral

    08/31/2006 4:39:11 AM PDT · by secret garden · 145 replies · 747+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | August 31, 2006 | secret garden
    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". littoral \LIH-tuh-rul\, adjective1. Of, relating to, or on a coastal or shore region, especially a seashore. 2. A coastal region, especially the zone between the limits of high and low tides. Example sentences: Professor Henslow tells me, he believes that nearly all the plants which I brought from these islands, are common littoral species in the East Indian archipelago. -- Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle Like 49ers staking claims in California,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 24, 2006 - inveigh

    08/24/2006 4:37:37 AM PDT · by secret garden · 284 replies · 1,374+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | August 24, 2006 | secret garden
    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". inveigh \in-VAY\, intransitive verb To rail (against some person or thing); to protest strongly or attack with harsh and bitter language -- usually with "against"; as, "to inveigh against character, conduct, manners, customs, morals, a law, an abuse." Example sentences: It is my intention to inveigh against what seems to be the gradual (continuing?) publishing practice of making books that are so fat and windy that they sit, with some exceptions, like hefty...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 17, 2006 - fatu

    08/17/2006 5:09:47 AM PDT · by secret garden · 128 replies · 727+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | August 17, 2006 | secret garden
    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". fatuous \FACH-oo-uhs\, adjective1. Inanely foolish and unintelligent; stupid.2. Illusory; delusive. Example sentences: Publishers persist in the fatuous belief that a little hocus-pocus in the front flap blurb will so dazzle readers that they'll be too dazed to notice the quality of what's on the pages inside.-- "A night in the city", Irish Times, October 7, 1997 No enquiry, however fatuous or ill informed, failed to receive his full attention, nor was any irrelevant...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 3, 2006 - concatenation

    08/03/2006 6:40:48 AM PDT · by secret garden · 70 replies · 496+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | August 3, 20 | secret garden
    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". concatenation \kon-kat-uh-NAY-shuhn; kuhn-\, nounA series of links united; a series or order of things depending on each other, as if linked together; a chain, a succession. Example sentence: The process of fossilization and discovery is a concatenation of chance built upon chance. It's amazing that anything ever becomes a fossil at all.-- Henry Gee, In Search of Deep Time Etymology: Concatenation is from Late Latin concatenatio, from concatenare, "to chain together," from Latin...
  • Word For The Day, Monday, July 31, 2006 - contretemps

    07/31/2006 6:27:49 AM PDT · by secret garden · 110 replies · 638+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | July 31, 2006 | secret garden
    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". contretemps \KAHN-truh-tahn\, noun; plural contretemps \-tahnz\An inopportune or embarrassing situation or event; a hitch. Example sentence: Nathan was a fiercely ambitious and competitive man, as quick to take offence as to give it in his business dealings, and it is not difficult to imagine him responding impetuously to such a contretemps. -- Niall Ferguson, The House of Rothschild Etymology: Contretemps comes from French, from contre, "against" (from Latin contra) + temps, "time" (from...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 27, 2006 - jejune

    07/27/2006 6:35:17 AM PDT · by secret garden · 138 replies · 629+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | July 27, 2006 | secret garden
    Word For The Day, Thursday, July 27, 2006 - jejune 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". je·june Pronunciation: ji-'jün • adjective 1. lacking nutritive value .2. devoid of significance or interest Example sentence: One can find many examples of jejune discourse on DU. Etymology: Latin jejunus empty of food, hungry, 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 20, 2006 - ennui

    07/20/2006 6:00:10 AM PDT · by secret garden · 209 replies · 2,291+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | July 20, 2006 | secret garden
    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". en·nui Pronunciation Key (n-w, nw)• noun 1. Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest2. Boredom Example sentence: “The servants relieved their ennui with gambling and gossip about their masters” .-- John Barth Etymology: French, from Old French enui, from ennuyer, to annoy, bore.Word History: Were they alive today, users of Classical Latin might be surprised to find that centuries later a phrase of theirs still survives, although as a single word. The...