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  • Word for the Day, Tuesday March 3, 2015

    03/03/2015 4:21:57 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 3, 2015 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". harridan [hahr-i-dn] -na scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew.[1690-1700; perhaps alteration of French haridelle thin, worn-out horse, large, gaunt woman (compared with the initial element of haras stud farm, though derivation is unclear)]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 2, 2015 - Cajole

    03/02/2015 7:28:58 AM PST · by tioga · 36 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Monday | tioga
    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”. CajoleVerb 1. To persuade by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language: "He knew how she cajoled him into getting things for her and then would not even let him kiss her" (Theodore Dreiser). 2. To elicit or obtain by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language: The athlete cajoled a signing bonus out of the team's owner. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, February 27, 2015 - Vilipend

    02/27/2015 5:18:11 AM PST · by tioga · 74 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. VilipendTr. Verb 1. To view or treat with contempt; despise. 2. To speak ill of; disparage. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, February 26, 2015 - captious

    02/26/2015 5:16:51 AM PST · by secret garden · 59 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 26 February 2015 | Thursday's sub for the last time
    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". captious \KAP-shuss\ adjective 1. marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections2. calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument Example sentences:Befuddled by the captious question, the suspect broke down and confessed to the crime. "During the past 15 years Mr. Maxwell has established himself as one of the few sui generis voices in experimental theater, and like all truly original talents, he has been subject to varied and...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 25, 2015-- hormesis

    02/25/2015 4:54:33 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 77 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 25, 2015-- hormesis ; 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". hormesis [hor-me-sis]hear it pronounced noun a theoretical phenomenon of dose-response relationships in which something (as a heavy metal or ionizing radiation) that produces harmful biological effects at moderate to high doses may produce beneficial effects at low doses Origin: Hormesis (from Greek hórmēsis "rapid motion, eagerness," from ancient Greek hormáein "to set in motion, impel, urge on") is the term for generally favorable biological...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 24, 2015

    02/24/2015 5:04:32 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 24, 2015 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". demassify [dee-mas-uh-fahy] -vt1.to cause (society or a social system) to become less uniform or centralized; diversify or decentralize: 2. to break (something standardized or homogeneous) into elements that appeal to individual tastes or special interests:[de- + mass + -ify]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 23, 2015-- augur

    02/23/2015 5:48:30 AM PST · by xsmommy · 83 replies
    2/23/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/23/15 ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". augur; noun 1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. 2. soothsayer; prophet. verb (used with object) 3. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: "Mounting sales augur a profitable year." verb (used without object) 5. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict. 6....
  • Word of the Day, FRiday, February 20, 2015 - Lout

    02/20/2015 5:05:12 AM PST · by tioga · 99 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. LoutNoun An awkward and stupid person; an oaf. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, February 19, 2015 - effulgent

    02/19/2015 4:09:19 AM PST · by secret garden · 68 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 19 February 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". effulgent [ih-fuhl-juh nt, ih-foo l-] adjectiveShining forth brilliantly; radiant Example sentences:Warmest climes but nurse the cruellest fangs: the tiger of Bengal crouches in spiced groves of ceaseless verdure. Skies the most effulgent but basket the deadliest thunders: gorgeous Cuba knows tornadoes that never swept tame northern lands.--Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, 1851 I am your brother of light, and have floated with you in the effulgent valleys.--H. P. Lovecraft, "Beyond the Wall of Sleep," Pine...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 18, 2015-- akimbo

    02/18/2015 5:15:52 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 97 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 18, 2015-- akimbo ; 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". akimbo [uh-kim-boh]hear it pronounced adjective, adverb 1. with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms akimbo. Origin: 1375-1425; late Middle English in kenebowe < Old Norse *i keng boginn bent into a crook (i in, keng accusative of kengr hook, boginn past participle of bjūga to bend) Additional Word Origin and History: c.1400, in kenebowe, of unknown origin, perhaps from...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 17, 2015

    02/17/2015 5:14:53 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 41 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 17, 2015 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". demimonde [dem-ee-mond; French duh-mee-mawnd] -n1.(especially during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity. 2. a demimondaine. 3. prostitutes or courtesans in general. 4. a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: 5. a group characterized by lack of success or status:[1850-55; < French, equivalent to demi-...
  • Word for the day, Monday, February 16, 2015--

    02/16/2015 6:10:50 AM PST · by xsmommy · 45 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, February 16, 2015-- sangfroid 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". noun 1. coolness of mind; calmness; composure: They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid. Origin Expand 1740-17501740-50; < French: literally, cold blood Synonyms Expand self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness. • The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on.... >>
  • Word for the Day, FRiday the 13th, 2015 - Triskaidekaphobia

    02/13/2015 5:23:35 AM PST · by tioga · 61 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. TriskaidekaphobiaNoun An abnormal fear of the number 13. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 12, 2015 - inimical

    02/12/2015 4:05:39 AM PST · by secret garden · 55 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 12 February 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". inimical \in-NIM-ih-kul\ adjective1. being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence2a. having the disposition of an enemy : hostile b. reflecting or indicating hostility : unfriendly Example sentences:The mayor's proposal received an inimical response from members of the town council. "Profiling and other means of applying stereotypes to certain types of persons on the basis of how they appear, as opposed to how they behave, is inimical to the very foundations of...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 11, 2015-- sybarite

    02/11/2015 5:55:56 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 62 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 11, 2015-- sybarite ; 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". sybarite [ sib-uh-rahyt]hear it pronounced noun 1. (usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure. 2. an inhabitant of Sybaris. Origin: C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris: "person devoted to pleasure," 1610s (implied in Sybaritical), literally "inhabitant of Sybaris," ancient Greek town in southern Italy, whose people were noted for their love of luxury. From Latin Sybarita, from Greek...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 10, 2015

    02/10/2015 5:24:36 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 52 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 10, 2015 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". misremember [mis-ri-mem-ber] -vt, vi1. to remember incorrectly. 2. to fail to remember; forget. [1525-35; mis-1+ remember]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 9, 2015-- overweening

    02/09/2015 6:12:46 AM PST · by xsmommy · 52 replies
    2/9/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, February 9, 2015 – overweening 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". overweening; adjective 1. presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud: a brash, insolent, overweening fellow. 2. exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant: overweening prejudice; overweening pride.1300-50; Middle English overwening (e) (gerund); see overween, -ing2 Related forms Expand overweeningly, adverb overweeningness, noun • 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, FRiday, February 6, 2015 - Phenom

    02/06/2015 5:10:04 AM PST · by tioga · 61 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. PhenomNoun -Slang A phenomenon, especially a remarkable or outstanding person. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 5, 2015 - rallentando

    02/05/2015 3:00:44 AM PST · by secret garden · 36 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 5 February 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". rallentando [rah-luh n-tahn-doh; Italian rahl-len-tahn-daw] adjectiveslackening; becoming slower (used as a musical direction). Example sentences:Sir Norman, a marked rallentando there please, a marked rallentando there. Professor Sevchik always insisted. It is consequent and logical as well as pleasing to the ear and that passage following should be taken like this.--Ralph Cusack, Cadenza, 1958 On the other hand, he would become quite depressed if he had to stop in the middle of a verse,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 4, 2015-- polymath

    02/04/2015 5:54:09 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 4, 2015-- polymath ; 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". polymath [pol-ee-math]hear it pronounced noun 1. a person of great learning in several fields of study Origin: 1615-25; < Greek polymathḗs learned, having learned much, equivalent to poly- poly- + -mathēs, adj. derivative of manthánein to learn Related forms polymathic, adjective polymathy (po-lim -a-thee) noun Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 3, 2015

    02/03/2015 4:50:41 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 36 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 3, 2015 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". grok [grok] -vt1. to understand thoroughly and intuitively. -vi 2. to communicate sympathetically.[coined by Robert A. Heinlein in the science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 2, 2015-- ineluctable

    02/02/2015 7:03:26 AM PST · by xsmommy · 65 replies
    2/2 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/2/15 ; 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". ineluctable; adj. incapable of being evaded; inescapable: "an ineluctable destiny." Synonyms: inevitable, unavoidable, irrevocable, unpreventable, unstoppable, inexorable. Antonyms: certain, sure, fated. Etymology: 1615-25; < Latin inēluctābilis, equivalent to in- in-3+ ēluctā (rī) to force a way out or over, surmount ( ē- e-1+ luctārī to wrestle) + -bilis -ble Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must,...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 30, 2015 - Poltroon

    01/30/2015 4:49:23 AM PST · by tioga · 86 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. PoltroonNoun, Adjective An utter coward. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!) Review Thread Two:...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Tu quoque

    01/29/2015 5:40:04 AM PST · by secret garden · 108 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 29 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". tu quoque /too kwoh-kwee, -kwey/ interjectionYou likewise: a retort made by a person accused of a crime implying that the accuser is also guilty of the same crime. Example sentences:A good debater recognizes that resorting to a tu quoque only weakens one's position in the argument. "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...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 28, 2015-- Baedeker

    01/28/2015 5:37:42 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 28, 2015-- Baedeker ; 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". Baedeker [bey-di-ker]or [bay-di-ker]hear it pronounced noun 1. Karl, 1801–59, German publisher, notably of guidebooks for travelers. 2. any of the series of guidebooks for travelers issued by the him or his successors. 3. any guidebook, pamphlet, or the like, containing information useful to travelers: a Baedeker to the restaurants of the region. Origin: "travel guide," 1863, from German printer and bookseller Karl Baedeker (1801-1859)...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 27, 2015

    01/27/2015 5:22:53 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 47 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday January 27, 2015 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". hypocorism [hahy-pok-uh-riz-uh m, hi-] -n1. a pet name. 2. the practice of using a pet name. 3.the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult.[1840-50; < Greek hypokórisma pet name. See hypocoristic, -ism]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 26, 2015-- irascible

    01/26/2015 6:00:42 AM PST · by xsmommy · 70 replies
    1/26/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/26/15 ; 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; adj marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger — iras·ci·bil·i·ty noun — iras·ci·ble·ness noun — iras·ci·bly adverb Etymology: Middle French, from Late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci to become angry, be angry, from ira First Known Use: circa 1530 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, FRiday, January 23, 2015 - Staid

    01/23/2015 5:40:06 AM PST · by tioga · 79 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. StaidAdjective 1. Characterized by sedateness and often a strait-laced sense of propriety; serious and conventional. 2. Fixed; permanent: "There is nothing settled, nothing staid in this universe" (Virginia Woolf). staidly - adverb. staidness - 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 of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 22, 2015 – pandiculation

    01/22/2015 4:25:11 AM PST · by secret garden · 96 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 22 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    > In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". pandiculation \pan-dik-yuh-LAY-shun\ nouna stretching and stiffening especially of the trunk and extremities (as when fatigued and drowsy or after waking from sleep). Example sentences:"He was coming on to yawn. His breath sucked in the draught from the window. His shoulders hunched, his legs stretched to their toes, he made claws of his fingers in his hands—a fierce pandiculation of his limbs." — Jamie O'Neill, At Swim, Two Boys, 2001 "Carefully orchestrated pandiculations follow...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 21, 2015-- tumbrel

    01/21/2015 5:19:38 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 78 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 21, 2015-- tumbrel ; 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". tumbrel [tuhm-bruh l]hear it pronounced noun 1. one of the carts used during the French Revolution to convey victims to the guillotine. 2. a farmer's cart, especially one for hauling manure, that can be tilted to discharge its load. 3. Obsolete. a two-wheeled covered cart accompanying artillery for carrying tools, ammunition, etc. 4. an obsolete word for a ducking stool, which is: a former...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 20, 2015

    01/20/2015 5:15:25 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 48 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday January 20, 2015 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". taradiddle [tar-uh-did-l] -n1a small lie; fib. 2. pretentious nonsense.[1790-1800; origin uncertain]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 29, 2015-- inexorable

    01/19/2015 4:28:30 AM PST · by xsmommy · 50 replies
    1/19/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, January 19, 2015 – inexorable 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; adjective 1. unyielding; unalterable: inexorable truth; inexorable justice. 2. not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties: an inexorable creditor. • 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, FRiday, January 16, 2015 - Eruct

    01/16/2015 6:08:48 AM PST · by tioga · 57 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. Eruct Tr. and Intr. Verb 1. to belch. 2. to discharge violently; erupt. Eructation - Noun Eructative - Adverb 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 15, 2015 – apricate

    01/15/2015 4:28:33 AM PST · by secret garden · 90 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 15 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". apricate (AP-ri-kayt) verb verb intr.: To bask in the sun.verb tr.: To expose to the sun. Example sentence:“I was also biting into that part of his body that must have been fairer than the rest because it never apricated.” --André Aciman; Call Me by Your Name; Picador; 2007 Etymology:From Latin apricari (to bask in the sun). Earliest documented use: 1691. Despite a similar spelling, the word apricot has a different origin. It’s from...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 14, 2015-- caryatid

    01/14/2015 5:25:18 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 99 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 14, 2015-- caryatid ; 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". caryatid [kar-ee-at-id]hear it pronounced noun, plural caryatids, caryatidesArchitecture 1. a sculptured female figure used as a column. Origin: C16: from Latin Caryātides, from Greek Karuatides priestesses of Artemis at Karuai (Caryae), village in Laconia Related forms caryatidal, caryatidean, caryatic, caryatidic , adjective 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, Tuesday January 13, 2015

    01/13/2015 6:10:47 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 27 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday January 13, 2015 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". catchpenny [kach-pen-ee] -adj1. made to sell readily at a low price, regardless of value or use. -n 2. something that is catchpenny.[1750-60; from phrase catch (a) penny]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 12, 20015-- apocryphal

    01/12/2015 6:27:55 AM PST · by xsmommy · 135 replies
    1/12/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/12/15 ; 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". apocryphal; adj. 1. of doubtful authorship or authenticity. 2.Ecclesiastical. a.(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Apocrypha. b.of doubtful sanction; uncanonical. 3. false; spurious: "He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed." Etymology: 1580s, "of doubtful authenticity," from Apocrypha + -al (1). Middle English had apocrive (late 14c.) in same sense. Pronounced apocryphal. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • “Fetus” or “Baby?”

    01/11/2015 9:58:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | August 20, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    At a conference for abortion providers, held in Los Angeles, nurse Henrietta Blackmon instructed other clinic workers: “We have to be very, very sensitive, and very, very aware what words we are using to describe the procedures used. Use the word “fetus”: this is a fetus; this is not a “baby.” Paul Marx, the Death Peddlers: War on the Unborn (Collegeville, Minnesota: St. John’s University press, 1971) 21
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 9, 2015 - Louche

    01/09/2015 5:43:22 AM PST · by tioga · 61 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. LoucheAdjective Of questionable morality or repute. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!) Review Thread...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 8, 2015 - solecism

    01/08/2015 4:30:55 AM PST · by secret garden · 94 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 8 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". solecism \SAH-luh-sih-zum\ noun1. an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence; also: a minor blunder in speech2. something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order3. a breach of etiquette or decorum Example sentences: As a copyeditor, Jane has the eyes of a hawk; rarely, if ever, does she let a writer's solecism slip past her. "What [Leonard Lyons] presented in his columns was the essence of the person being reported on, and...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 7, 2015-- preternatural

    01/07/2015 5:59:56 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 90 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 7, 2015-- preternatural ; 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". preternatural [pree-ter-nach-er-uh l, -nach-ruh l]hear it pronounced adjective 1.out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal: preternatural powers. 2. outside of nature; supernatural. Origin: 1570s, from Medieval Latin preternaturalis (mid-13c.), from Latin phrase praeter naturam (praeterque fatum) "beyond nature (and beyond fate)," from praeter "beyond" + accusative of natura "nature" Related forms preternaturalism, noun preternaturality [pree-ter-nach-uh-ral-i-tee] , noun preternaturalness, noun preternaturally, adverb...
  • Wofd for the Day, Tuesday January 6, 2015

    01/06/2015 5:25:26 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 98 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday January 6, 2015 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". ethos[ee-thos, ee-thohs, eth-os, -ohs] -n1. Sociology. the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people or period 2. the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc. 3. the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character's action rather than his or her thought or...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 5, 2015-- bombastic

    01/05/2015 4:58:50 AM PST · by xsmommy · 63 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/5/15 ; 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". bombastic; adj. (of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious. Bombastic suggests language with a theatricality or staginess of style far too powerful or declamatory for the meaning or sentiment. Examples: They are quite traditionally liberal in their views--optimistic and indeed bombastic in their beliefs. When her narrators are bombastic, they are usually winningly bombastic. You are correct that my analogy was a little too bombastic. Etymology:...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 2, 2015 - Jobation

    01/02/2015 7:53:16 AM PST · by tioga · 81 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. JobationNoun 1. A scolding; a hand, tedious reproof. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, New Year's Day - incunabula

    01/01/2015 6:24:08 AM PST · by secret garden · 44 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 1 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".incunabula \in-kyoo-NAB-yuh-luh, ing-\ noun1. the earliest stages or first traces of anything. 2. extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type. Example sentence:Similarly, as considered from the entelechial point of view, the "principles" of Greek tragedy would be sought not in the incunabula of tragedy, but in late developments… -- Kenneth Burke, "Myth, Poetry, and Philosophy," Language as Symbolic Action, 1966 Gifted with an extraordinary eye...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 31, 2014—gallivant

    12/31/2014 5:50:30 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 44 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 31, 2014—gallivant (Also, galavant) ; 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". gallivant [gal-uh-vant]hear it pronounced verb, intransitive, i.e., used without an object 1. to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad. 2. to go about with members of the opposite sex. Origin: 1815-25; perhaps fanciful alteration of gallant Word Origin and History for gallivant 1809, probably a playful elaboration of gallant in an obsolete verbal sense of "play the gallant, flirt, gad about." Related:...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday December 30, 2014

    12/30/2014 7:20:11 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 49 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday December 30, 2014 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". bel-esprit[bel-es-pree] (pl) beaux esprits -na person of great wit or intellect. [literally: fine wit]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 29, 2014 - Canard

    12/29/2014 6:30:58 AM PST · by tioga · 35 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Monday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. CanardNoun An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 26, 2014 - Tatterdemalion

    12/26/2014 8:20:29 AM PST · by tioga · 57 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. TatterdemalionNoun A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing; a ragamuffin. Adjective Ragged; tattered. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Christmas Day, 2014 – pericope

    12/25/2014 5:19:39 AM PST · by secret garden · 23 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 25 December 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".pericope \puh-RIK-uh-pee\ noun1. a selection or extract from a book. 2. a portion of sacred writing read in a divine service; lesson; lection. Example sentence: ...a single verse (and, in some cases, even a pericope) is too small a unit to split analytically into fragments. -- Donald Harman Akenson, Surpassing Wonder: the Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds, 1998 Etymology: Pericope came to English in the mid-1600s, and is ultimately derived from the...