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  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 30, 2015 - Poltroon

    01/30/2015 4:49:23 AM PST · by tioga · 75 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
    xs
    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...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 24, 2014-- manger

    12/24/2014 5:46:54 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 24, 2014-- manger ; 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". [meyn-jer]hear it pronounced noun 1. a box or trough in a stable or barn from which horses or cattle eat. 2. Nautical. 1. a space at the bow of a ship, having a partition for confining water entering at the hawseholes until it can be drained. 2. a sunken bottom in a chain locker, covered by a grating and used to collect water from...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday December 23, 2014

    12/23/2014 3:46:02 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 77 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday December 23, 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". tautology [taw-tol-uh-jee] -n1. needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.”. 2. an instance of such repetition. 3. Logic. a. a compound propositional form all of whose instances are true, as “A or not A.”. b. an instance of such a form, as “This candidate will win or will...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 22, 2014-- portend

    12/22/2014 5:15:15 AM PST · by xsmommy · 57 replies
    12/22/14 | xs
    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
    12/15/14 | xs
    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
    12/8/14 | xs
    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
    12/1/14 | xs
    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...