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  • Word for the Day, FRiday, November 21, 2014 - Cupidity

    11/21/2014 5:35:44 AM PST · by tioga · 120 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. CupidityNoun Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 20, 2014

    11/20/2014 4:21:47 AM PST · by secret garden · 56 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 20 November 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".chiaroscuro \kee-ahr-uh-SKYOOR-oh\ noun1. the distribution of light and shade in a picture. 2. Painting. the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect: Rembrandt is a master of chiaroscuro. Example sentences:film noir genealogies usually reduce Weimar cinema to German expressionism and German expressionism in turn to a catalogue of techniques including: 'foregrounded oblique objected, unbalanced compositions, irregular spatial...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 19, 2014-- iatrogenic

    11/19/2014 5:53:08 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 54 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 19, 2014-- iatrogenic ; 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". iatrogenic [ahy-a-truh-jen-ik, ee-a-]hear it pronounced adjective 1. (of a medical disorder) caused by the diagnosis, manner, or treatment of a physician. 2. (medical) (of an illness or symptoms) induced in a patient as the result of a physician's words or actions, especially as a consequence of taking a drug prescribed by the physician. 3. (social welfare) (of a problem) induced by the means of...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday November 18, 2014

    11/18/2014 5:05:11 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 124 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday November 18, 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". aptonym -nA name that fits a person's nature or occupation, like Jane House for a real estate agent. la botana [boh-TAHN-ah] -nsnack, appetizer El letrero sobre la puerta dice Botanas y Refrescos. The sign over the door says Snacks and Soft Drinks.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 17, 2014-- lagniappe

    11/17/2014 5:43:14 AM PST · by xsmommy · 118 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/17/14 ; 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". lagniappe 1. Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas . a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus. 2. a gratuity or tip. 3. an unexpected or indirect benefit. Etymology: Quotes: We picked up one excellent worda word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word' lagniappe .' -- Mark Twain, Life...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, November 14, 2014 - Slubber

    11/14/2014 4:24:52 AM PST · by tioga · 82 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. SlubberVerb To do lazily, imperfectly, or coarsely. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 13, 2014 anodyne

    11/13/2014 4:35:46 AM PST · by secret garden · 48 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 13 November 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".anodyne \AN-uh-dyne\ adjective 1. serving to alleviate pain 2. not likely to offend or arouse tensions Example sentences:The group's latest album is a fairly anodyne affair; it contains a number of lively tunes that are easy on the ears, but which play it far too safe to ever be anything more than passing amusements. "British comics in the 1950s were pale imitations of American ones. Many were anodyne: the first two prosecutions under a...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 12, 2014-- scrutate

    11/12/2014 5:26:37 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 155 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 12, 2014-- scrutate ; 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". scrutate [SKRU-tayt] verb, transitive To investigate. Origin: From Latin scrutari (to examine). Earliest documented use: 1882. USAGE: "Philosophers have too often thought that they can learn more about human nature by scrutating the murky depths of substance and faculties than by interpreting the obvious evidence." John Lachs; The Relevance of Philosophy to Life; Vanderbilt University Press; 1995. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday November 11, 2014

    11/11/2014 5:06:44 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 52 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday November 11, 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". doyen [doi-en, doi-uh n; French dwa-yan] -nthe senior member, as in age, rank, or experience, of a group, class, profession, etc.[1665-75; < French; Old French deien < Latin decānus dean1] dolor de cabeza [doh-LOHR deh kah-BEH-sah] -nheadache Con el medicamento, sus dolores de cabeza desaparecieron completamente. With the medication, his headaches completely disappeared.
  • Monday, November 10, 2014-- hoyden

    11/10/2014 5:18:17 AM PST · by xsmommy · 65 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/10/14 ; 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". hoyden; noun 1. a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy. adjective: 1. boisterous; rude. Also, hoiden . Etymology: At seven Juliet was an elfish creature A hoyden who cuffed her duller witted brothers impartially and cursed her parents with shocking fluency. -- William Faulkner, "Adolescence," Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner , edited by Joseph Blotner, 1979 Miss Matilda, a strapping hoyden of about fourteen, with a...
  • Word For The Day, Friday, November 7, 2014 trenchant

    11/07/2014 4:14:56 AM PST · by secret garden · 87 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 7 November 2014 | Friday's sub for the 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". trenchant \TREN-chunt\ adjective 1. keen, sharp2. vigorously effective and articulate; also : caustic3. a : sharply perceptive : penetratingb : clear-cut, distinct. Example sentences: The daily news satire show not only offers a healthy dose of laughs but also trenchant commentary on the current events of the day. "Nowhere was hayseed dialect better used to deliver trenchant truths than in 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.' Through the voice of an uneducated river-town boy,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 6, 2014 exiguous

    11/06/2014 4:14:38 AM PST · by secret garden · 70 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 6 November 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". exiguous \ ig-ZIG-yoo-uhs, ik-SIG-yoo-uhs\ adjective Scanty; meager; small. Example sentences: His exiguous nautical pension is hardly enough to pay for the one cockroach infested room which he inhabits in the slum area behind Tatwig Street...-- Lawrence Durrell, Justine , 1957 There is an exiguous anthropological plot, concerning some papers improperly filched from a dying missionary, and an even more exiguous adulterous plot.-- A.S. Byatt, "Barbara Pym," Passions of the Mind,1991 Etymology:Exiguous is related...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 5, 2014-- vindication

    11/05/2014 5:29:10 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 121 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 5, 2014-- vindication ; 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". vindication [vin-di-key-shuh n]hear it pronounced noun 1. the act of vindicating. 2. the state of being vindicated. 3. defense; excuse; justification: Poverty was a vindication for his thievery. 4. something that vindicates: Subsequent events were her vindication. vindicate [vin-di-keyt] verb (used with object), vindicated, vindicating. 1. to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone's honor. 2. to afford...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday November 4, 2014

    11/04/2014 5:08:40 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 58 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday November 4, 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". kickshaw [kik-shaw] -n1. a tidbit or delicacy, especially one served as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre. 2. something showy but without value; trinket; trifle.[1590-1600; back formation from kickshaws < French quelque chose something (by folk etymology)]
  • Word For The Day, Monday, November 3, 2014-- expiate

    11/03/2014 4:31:39 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 30 replies
    Word For The Day, Monday, November 3, 2014-- expiate ; 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". expiate [ek-spee-eyt]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object), expiated, expiating 1. to atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate one's crimes. Origin: 1585-95; < Latin expiātus (past participle of expiāre to atone for, make good), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + piā(re) to propitiate (see pious) + -tus past participle suffix Related forms expiation, noun expiator, noun unexpiated, adjective Rules: Everyone must...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, October 31, 2014 - Adduce

    10/31/2014 5:41:59 AM PDT · by tioga · 44 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. AdduceTr.Verb To cite as an example or means of proof in an argument. 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, Rocktober 30, 2014 antimetabole

    10/30/2014 4:22:59 AM PDT · by secret garden · 52 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 30 October 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".antimetabole (AN-ti-muh-TAB-uh-lee) , noun A repetition of words or an idea in a reverse order. Example: "To fail to plan is to plan to fail." Example sentence:"Carl Sagan's antimetabole 'absence of evidence is not evidence of absence' immediately comes to mind."--Dieter Hartmann; A Multi-Messenger Story; Nature (London, UK); Jul 21, 2011. Etymology:From Greek antimetabole, from anti- (opposite) + metabole (change), from meta- (after, along) + bole (a throw). Earliest documented use: 1589. The sentence...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 29, 2014-- kinesics

    10/29/2014 5:26:11 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 28 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 29, 2014-- kinesics ; 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". kinesics [ki-nee-siks, -ziks]hear it pronounced noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc., as a means of communication. Origin: 1950-55; < Greek kī́nēs(is) (see kinesis) + -ics Related formskinesic, adjective kinesically, 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...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, October 28, 2014-- cliquy

    10/28/2014 6:39:42 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 41 replies
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    Word For The Day, Tuesday, 10/28/14 ; 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". cliquy; noun/verb 1. a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set. verb (used without object), cliqued, cliquing. 2. Informal. to form, or associate in, a clique Etymology: 1705-15; < French, apparently metaphorical use of Middle French clique latch, or noun derivative of cliquer to make noise, resound, imitative word parallel to click1 Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 27, 2014-- mythomane

    10/27/2014 5:58:23 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 83 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/27/14 ; 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". mythomane noun 1. a person with a strong or irresistible propensity for fantasizing, lying, or exaggerating. adjective 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a mythomane. Etymology: 1950-55; perhaps back formation from mythomania 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...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, October 24, 2014 - Persiflage

    10/24/2014 5:58:15 AM PDT · by tioga · 65 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. PersiflagepNoun 1. Light good-natured talk; banter. 2. Light or frivolous manner of discussing a subject. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 23, 2014 pavonine

    10/23/2014 4:11:26 AM PDT · by secret garden · 63 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 23 October 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". pavonine \PAV-uh-nahyn, -nin\ adjective 1. of or like a peacock. 2. resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring. Example sentences: In her hands the curtains rustle; she hangs silks purchased this morning on Princess Road, color stirring pavonine in the lamplight of her bedroom.-- Kate Moses, Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, 2003 "The artists were attacked for being a narcissistic, pavonine, and self-regarding group."--Arifa Akbar; The Cult of Beauty; The...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 22, 2014-- pecuniary

    10/22/2014 4:57:20 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 57 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 22, 2014-- pecuniary ; 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". pecuniary [pi-kyoo-nee-er-ee]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of or pertaining to money: pecuniary difficulties. 2. consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments: pecuniary tributes. 3. (of a crime, violation, etc.) involving a money penalty or fine. Origin: c.1500, from Latin pecuniarius "pertaining to money," from pecunia "money, property, wealth," from pecu "cattle, flock," from PIE root *peku- "wealth, movable property, livestock"...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday October 21, 2014

    10/21/2014 5:03:48 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 65 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday October 21, 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". pasquinade [pas-kwuh-neyd] -n1. a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place. -vt 2. to assail in a pasquinade or pasquinades.[1585-95; Pasquin (< Italian Pasquino, name given an antique Roman statue unearthed in 1501 that was annually decorated and posted with verses) + -ade1; replacing pasquinata < Italian]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 20, 20144-- aporetic

    10/20/2014 6:33:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 54 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/20/14 ; 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". aporetic;. adj. adjective tending to doubt Examples The aporetic voice is that which expresses wonder and perplexity. Word Origin from a Greek word meaning 'to be at a loss' Etymology: c.1600, from French aporetique, from Greek aporetikos, from aporeein "to be at a loss," from aporos "impassable, impracticable, very difficult; hard to deal with; at a loss," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + poros "passage"...
  • An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words

    10/18/2014 9:51:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 10/16/2014 | Paul Anthony Jones
    October 16 is World Dictionary Day, marking the birthday of the great American lexicographer Noah Webster. Born in Connecticut in 1758, Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, in 1806, but it was his two-volume American Dictionary of the English Language published in 1828 (when he was 70 years old) that earned him his place in history as the foremost lexicographer of American English. The statistics alone speak for themselves: Webster's American Dictionary took him 28 years to complete. In preparation he learned 26 languages, including Old English, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. The final...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, October 17, 2014 - Megillah

    10/17/2014 6:07:26 AM PDT · by tioga · 84 replies
    Merriam-Webster Online ^ | 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. MegillahNoun, Slang a long involved story or account 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, Rocktober 16, 2014 hypocorism

    10/16/2014 4:41:10 AM PDT · by secret garden · 71 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 16 October 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". hypocorism \ hahy-POK-uh-riz-uhm, hi- \ , noun1. 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. Example sentences:This must be an offshoot of my brother's enthusiasm for hypocorism. He was always inventing idiotic nicknames for people.-- Adam Davies, Goodbye Lemon , 2006 Powsoddy, a now obsolete name for a pudding, was also used as a hypocorism in the...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 15, 2014-- maieutic

    10/15/2014 5:05:04 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 108 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 15, 2014-- maieutic ; 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". maieutic [mey-yoo-tik]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of or pertaining to the method used by Socrates of eliciting knowledge in the mind of a person by interrogation and insistence on close and logical reasoning. Origin: 1645-55; < Greek maieutiks of, pertaining to midwifery, equivalent to maie(esthai) to serve as a midwife (akin to maa midwife) + -tikos -tic Related forms maieutics, noun Rules: Everyone must...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday October 14, 2014

    10/14/2014 5:05:26 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 90 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday October 14, 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". doleful [dohl-fuh l] -adjsorrowful; mournful; melancholy[1225-75; Middle English dol-ful. See dole2, -ful] el ms o menos [mahs oh MEHN-ohs] -advmore or less, approximately El envo llevar ms o menos diez das. The shipment will take approximately ten days.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, october 13, 2014-- discordant

    10/13/2014 10:04:51 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 51 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, October 13, 2014 discordant 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. being at variance; disagreeing; incongruous: discordant opinions. 2. disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh. 3. Geology. (of strata) structurally unconformable. If a song ends in one key and the next song starts in a discordant key, it psychologically jars the audience. But these two discordant personalities did make their peace. But a minister can be ruined in his calling by a discordant...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, October 10, 2014 - Satori

    10/10/2014 6:09:59 AM PDT · by tioga · 139 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. SatoriNoun The state of sudden indescribable intuitive enlightenment. 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, Rocktober 9, 2014 obloquy

    10/08/2014 11:18:06 PM PDT · by secret garden · 75 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 9 Rocktober 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". obloquy \AH-bluh-kwee\ , noun 1. a strongly condemnatory utterance : abusive language2. the condition of one that is discredited : bad repute Example sentences:The manager walked quickly back to the dugout as insults and obloquy rained down from the stands. "Because of the stigma associated with drug convictions, such an indictment could be tantamount to a life sentence of obloquy in terms of future employment."--Floral Park Dispatch, January 15, 2014 Etymology:English speakers can...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 8, 2014-- Pavlovian

    10/08/2014 5:25:53 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 88 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 8, 2014-- Pavlovian ; 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". Pavlovian [pav-loh-vee-uh n]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Pavlov or his work, especially of experiments in which he elicited predictable responses from laboratory animals. 2. (of a reaction or response) automatic; involuntary Origin: 1931, from the theories, experiments, and methods of Russian physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936), especially in connection with the salivary reflexes of dogs in response to...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday October 7, 2014

    10/07/2014 7:38:09 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 42 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday October 7, 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". debacle [dey-bah-kuh l, -bak-uh l, duh-] -n1. a general breakup or dispersion; sudden downfall or rout: 2. a complete collapse or failure. 3. a breaking up of ice in a river. Compare embacle. 4. a violent rush of waters or ice.[1795-1805; < French débâcle, derivative of débâcler to unbar, clear, equivalent to dé- dis-1+ bâcler to bar ≪ Latin baculum stick, rod]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 6, 2014-- williwaw

    10/06/2014 6:10:50 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 91 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/6/14 ; 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". williwaw; n 1. a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands. Definition of williwaw| See synonyms| Comment on today's word| Suggest tomorrow's word Quotes: Outside, a new note has crept into the wind, a black williwaw sound straight from the terrible wastes to the north. -- Walker Percy, The Moviegoer , 1961 There was a big...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, October 3, 2014 - Panoply

    10/03/2014 5:20:41 AM PDT · by tioga · 66 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. PanoplyNoun, pl - panoplies. A splendid or striking array. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Tuesday, Rocktober 2, 2014 coxcomb

    10/02/2014 4:19:01 AM PDT · by secret garden · 56 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 2 October 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". coxcomb \ KOKS-kohm \ , noun 1. a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.2. Archaic. head; pate.3. Obsolete. cockscomb Example sentences:In a country where intellect and action are trammelled and restrained, men of rank and fortune may become idlers and triflers with impunity; but an English coxcomb is inexcusable-- Washinton Irving, Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists, A Medley , 1821 The comet is predicted to reach aphelion a mere 22 years from now. "...He...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 1, 2014-- lapidary

    10/01/2014 5:39:56 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 133 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 1, 2014-- lapidary ; 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". lapidary [lap-i-der-ee]hear it pronounced noun, plural lapidaries. 1. Also, lapidist [lap-i-dist] a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones. 2. Also, lapidarist [luh-pid-er-ist] an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques used in cutting and engraving them. 3. the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones. 4. an old book on the lore of gems. adjective, Also, lapidarian [lap-i-dair-ee-uh n]...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 30, 2014

    09/30/2014 5:55:31 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 72 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday September 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". wan [won] -adj1. of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: 2. showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: 3. lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness:4. Archaic. a. dark or gloomy. b. pale in color or hue.[before 900; Middle English; Old English wann dark, gloomy] el embotellamiento [ehm-boh-TEH-yah-mee-EHN-toh] -ntraffic jam Ella dice que est atascada en un embotell She says shes stuck in a...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 29, 2014-- animus

    09/29/2014 5:01:00 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 58 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/29/14 ; 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". animus; noun 1. intense dislike; hatred; animosity 2. motive, intention, or purpose 3. (in Jungian psychology) the masculine principle present in the female unconscious See also anima Etymology: 1820, "temper" (usually in a hostile sense), from Latin animus "rational soul, mind, life, mental powers; courage, desire," related to anima "living being, soul, mind, disposition, passion, courage, anger, spirit, feeling," from PIE root *ane- "to blow, to breathe"...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, September 26, 2014 - Tenebrous

    09/26/2014 5:08:55 AM PDT · by tioga · 43 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. TenebrousAdjective Dark and gloomy. 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...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday September 25, 2014

    09/25/2014 5:39:10 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 27 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday September 25, 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". diffident [dif-i-duh nt] -adj1. lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy. 2. restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc. 3. Archaic. distrustful.[1425-75; late Middle English < Latin diffīdent- (stem of diffīdēns mistrusting, despairing present participle of diffīdere), equivalent to dif- dif- + fīd- trust + -ent- -ent]
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 24, 2014-- impalpable

    09/24/2014 5:22:57 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 80 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 24, 2014-- impalpable ; 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". impalpable [im-pal-puh-buh l]hear it pronounced adjective 1. not palpable; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible. 2. abstruse, difficult for the mind to grasp readily or easily: impalpable distinctions. 3. (of powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt. Origin: c.1500, from French impalpable, from Medieval Latin impalpabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of"...
  • Word For The Day, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 aphelion

    09/23/2014 4:44:58 AM PDT · by secret garden · 113 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 23 September 2014 | Tuesday'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". aphelion \a-FEEL-yun\ noun the point in the path of a celestial body (such as a planet) that is farthest from the sun Example sentences:The comet is predicted to reach aphelion a mere 22 years from now. "Although this seems somewhat counter-intuitive for those of us in the northern hemisphere, Earth is actually at perihelion in early January each year, and at aphelion? in early July." — Alan Hale, Alamo Gordo News, August 14,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 22, 2014-- fugacious

    09/22/2014 5:55:36 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 88 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/22/14 ; 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". fugacious; adj. 1. fleeting; transitory: "a sensational story with but a fugacious claim on the public's attention." 2. Botany. falling or fading early. Etymology: 1625-35; < Latin fugāci- (stem of fugāx apt to flee, fleet, derivative of fugere to flee + -ous Related forms Expand fugaciously, adverb fugaciousness, fugacity [fyoo-gas-i-tee] Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, September 19, 2014 - Effluvium

    09/19/2014 7:33:14 AM PDT · by tioga · 65 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. EffluviumNoun n. pl. effluvia (-v-) or effluviums 1. A usually invisible emanation or exhalation, as of vapor or gas. 2. a. A byproduct or residue; waste. b. The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter. 3. An impalpable emanation; an aura. 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, September 18, 2014 hegemony

    09/18/2014 4:15:50 AM PDT · by secret garden · 90 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 18 September 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". hegemony \hih-JEM-uh-nee\ noun1. dominant influence or authority over others2. the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group Example sentences:Consumers welcomed the diversification of the software market as smaller innovators challenged the hegemony of the large companies. "In the novel, a United States aircraft carrier group is sunk in the Pacific Ocean by a mysterious wing of fighter jets, later revealed to bear the red star of the Soviet forces...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2014-- toff

    09/17/2014 5:42:19 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 47 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2014-- toff ; 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". toff [tof]hear it pronounced noun, British Informal. A stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class. Origin: 1850-55 perhaps variant of tuft, nickname for a titled student at Oxford University, wearing a cap with a gold tasselWord Origin and History for toff lower-class British slang for "stylish dresser, member of the smart set,"...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 16, 2014

    09/16/2014 4:12:39 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 39 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday September 16, 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". hypnopompic [hip-nuh-pom-pik] -adjPsychology relating to the state existing between sleep and full waking, characterized by the persistence of dreamlike imagery.[1900-05; hypno- + Greek pomp (ḗ) sending away (see pomp ) + -ic] las noticias [noh-TEES-ee-ahs] -nnews Ellos siempre ven las noticias por la tarde. They always watch the news in the evening.