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  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 22, 2014-- portend

    12/22/2014 5:15:15 AM PST · by xsmommy · 55 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/22/14 ; 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". portend; verb verb (used with object) 1. to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does: "The street incident may portend a general uprising."2 to signify; mean. Etymology: 1400-50; late Middle English < Latin portendere to point out, indicate, portend, variant of prōtendere to extend. Synonyms:foretell, forecast, augur, promise, forebode. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 19, 2014 - Nescience

    12/19/2014 5:46:00 AM PST · by tioga · 55 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”. NescienceNoun 1. Absence of knowledge or awareness; ignorance. 2. Agnosticism. 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, December 18, 2014 – fustian

    12/18/2014 5:41:08 AM PST · by secret garden · 50 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 18 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".fustian \ FUHS-chuhn \ , noun A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc.2. An inflated style of writing or speech; pompous or pretentious language.adjective: 1. Made of fustian.2. Pompous; ridiculously inflated; bombastic. Example sentences: Apparel made of fustian, canvas, leather, and wool is always deemed appropriate for those of the ‘inferior sort’. Don't squander the court's patience puffing your cheeks up on stately bombast and lofty...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 17, 2014-- higgledy-piggledy

    12/17/2014 5:53:27 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 67 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 17, 2014-- higgledy-piggledy ; 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". [hig-uh l-dee-pig-uh l-dee]hear it pronounced adverb in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter. adjective confused; jumbled, chaotic, messy Origin: "confusedly, hurriedly," 1590s, a "vocal gesture" [OED] probably formed from pig and the animal's suggestions of mess and disorder. Reduplications in the h-/p- pattern are common (e.g. hanky-panky, hocus-pocus, hinch(y)-pinch(y), an obsolete children's game, attested from c.1600). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • SMOKIN' IN THE BOY'S ROOM - Ted Cruz (vanity)

    12/16/2014 11:23:13 PM PST · by txhurl · 69 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | 12/16/14 | Vanity
    When that LA artist gave up this badass print, Cruz said he don't smoke cigs. He smokes Cigars.
  • Word for the Day, tuesday December 16, 2014

    12/16/2014 4:13:18 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 97 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday December 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". doxing -nDoxing (from dox, abbreviation of documents),[1] alternatively spelled doxxing,[2][3] is the Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual. [The term dox derives from the slang “dropping dox,” which according to writer Matt Honan was "an old-school revenge tactic that emerged from hacker culture in 1990s." ] la ubicación [oo-bee-kahs-ee-OHN] -nlocation, position La ubicación exacta de la casa es desconocida. The...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 15, 2014-- quale

    12/15/2014 5:17:15 AM PST · by xsmommy · 55 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/15/14 ; 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". quale; noun noun, plural qualia [kwah-lee-uh, kwey-] 1: a property (as redness) considered apart from things having the property : universal 2: a property as it is experienced as distinct from any source it might have in a physical object Qualia is a term used in philosophy to refer to individual instances of subjective, conscious experience. The term derives from the Latin adverb quālis (Latin pronunciation: [ˈkwaːlis])...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 12, 2014 - Sophistic

    12/12/2014 5:34:20 AM PST · by tioga · 27 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”. SophisticAdjective Plausible but misleading. Apparently sound but really fallacious; specious: sophistic refutations. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 11, 2014 – calumny

    12/11/2014 4:25:03 AM PST · by secret garden · 48 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 11 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". calumny \KAL-um-nee\ noun 1. a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation 2. the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another's reputation Example sentences: The notion that the mayor knew about the problem before the newspaper broke the story is nothing but calumny. "Some say that showing respect for your opponent after heaping disrespect upon him … and having disrespect heaped upon you civilizes our politics. In truth, however,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 10, 2014-- vexillology

    12/10/2014 5:55:49 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 78 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 10, 2014-- vexillology ; 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". vexillology [vek-suh-lol-uh-jee]hear it pronounced noun 1. the study and collection of information about flags Origin: 1959, from Latin vexillum "flag" + -ology. -ology: word-forming element indicating "branch of knowledge, science," now the usual form of -logy. Originally used c.1800 in nonce formations (commonsensology, etc.), it gained legitimacy by influence of the proper formation in geology, mythology, etc., where the -o- is a stem vowel...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday December 9, 2014

    12/09/2014 5:07:38 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 63 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday December 9, 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". philosophaster [fi-los-uh-fas-ter, fi-los-uh-fas-ter] -na person who has only a superficial knowledge of philosophy or who feigns a knowledge he or she does not possess. [1605-15; < Late Latin: a bit of a philosopher. See philosopher, -aster1] por lo visto [pohr loh BEES-toh] -advapparently Por lo visto la cuenta no incluye la propina. The bill apparently doesn’t include the tip.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 8, 2014-- bonhomie

    12/08/2014 5:04:01 AM PST · by xsmommy · 61 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/8/14 ; 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". bonhomie; noun frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality Etymology: 1795-1805; < French, equivalent to bonhomme good-natured man (see boon2, Homo ) + -ie -y3 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...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 5, 2014 - Clairaudience

    12/05/2014 6:21:19 AM PST · by tioga · 69 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    I 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”. ClairaudienceNoun The supposed power to hear things outside the range of normal perception. 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, December 4, 2014 – caitiff

    12/04/2014 4:22:14 AM PST · by secret garden · 69 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 4 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". caitiff \KAY-tif\ adjective cowardly, despicable Example sentences: "Oh, horrible wretch! a murderer! unmanly murderer!—a defenceless woman smothered by caitiff hands!" — Edward Bulwer-Lytton, What Will He Do With It?, 1858 "… the Vichy cabinet accepted the German offer of air support from Sicily and Sardinia. This caitiff decision enabled the Germans to take the quick, decisive action of occupying airfields in Tunisia, with all its costly consequences upon our campaign." — Winston Churchill,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 3, 2014-- metathesis

    12/03/2014 5:45:29 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 92 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 3, 2014-- metathesis ; 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". metathesis [muh-tath-uh-sis]hear it pronounced noun, plural: metatheses 1. the transposition of letters, syllables, or sounds in a word, as in the pronunciation [kuhmf-ter-buh l] for comfortable or [aks] for ask. 2. Chemistry, double decomposition: a reaction whose result is the interchange of two parts of two substances to form two new substances, as AgNO 3 + NaCl → AgCl + NaNO 3 Origin: 1600-10;...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday December 2, 2014

    12/02/2014 5:14:06 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 26 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday December 2, 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". corybantic [kawr-uh-ban-tik, kor-] -adjfrenzied; agitated; unrestrained.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 1, 2014-- jocund

    12/01/2014 4:55:52 AM PST · by xsmommy · 111 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/1/14 ; 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". jocund; adj adjective 1. cheerful; merry; gay; blithe; glad: "a witty and jocund group." Etymology: 1350-1400; Middle English jocound < Late Latin jocundus, alteration of Latin jūcundus pleasant, equivalent to ju (vāre) to help, benefit, please, delight + -cundus adj. suffix Related forms jocundly, adverb quasi-jocund, adjective Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some...
  • Happy Thanksgiving, and Thank You, from Governor Palin(video)

    11/29/2014 7:38:41 PM PST · by jonrick46 · 10 replies
    The Sarah Palin Channel ^ | 11-27-2014 | Sarah Palin Channel
    Such a wonderful look into Sarah Palin's children and her Thanksgiving greetings. Video at link: https://sarahpalinchannel.com/video/happy-thanksgiving-and-thank-you-from-governor-pal-1231
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, November 28, 2014 - Tiffin

    11/28/2014 6:34:50 AM PST · by tioga · 47 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”. TiffinNoun A meal at midday; a luncheon. 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 27, 2014, Thanksgiving Day – pabulum

    11/27/2014 5:41:29 AM PST · by secret garden · 25 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 27 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". pabulum \ PAB-yuh-luhm\ noun 1. material for intellectual nourishment. 2. something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment.3. something (as writing or speech) that is insipid, simplistic, or bland Example sentences:He had two papers to provide for; papers diverse in character, papers published a hundred and fifty miles apart, papers to which expectant thousands looked for their weekly supply of mental pabulum.-- James Parton, The Life of Horace Greeley, 1868 The...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 26, 2014-- filial

    11/26/2014 5:37:49 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 26, 2014-- filial ; 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". filial [fil-ee-uh l]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or befitting a son or daughter: filial obedience. 2. noting or having the relation of a child to a parent. 3. Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations following the parental generation, each generation being designated by an F followed by a subscript number indicating its place in the sequence. Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday November 25, 2014

    11/25/2014 5:12:57 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 59 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday November 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". nostomania [nos-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] -nintense homesickness; an irresistible compulsion to return home.[1850-55; < Greek nósto (s) a return home + -mania]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 24, 2014-- propinquity

    11/24/2014 5:12:22 AM PST · by xsmommy · 84 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/24/14 ; 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". propinquity; noun 1. nearness in place; proximity. 2. nearness of relation; kinship. 3. affinity of nature; similarity.4. nearness in time Etymology: 1350-1400; Middle English propinquite < Latin propinquitās nearness, equivalent to propinqu (us) near ( prop (e) near (see pro-1) + -inquus adj. suffix) + -itās -ity Examples from the web for pro-pin-qui-ty: Residents tolerate--even welcome--human propinquity. We have no idea what makes them friends other than...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, November 21, 2014 - Cupidity

    11/21/2014 5:35:44 AM PST · by tioga · 121 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 word—a 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
    10/28/14 | xs
    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
    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”. 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!)...