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  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 9, 2016

    02/09/2016 4:16:18 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 1 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 9, 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". omphaloskepsis [om-fuh-loh-skep-sis] -ncontemplation of one's navel as part of a mystical exercise.[< Greek omphal (ós) omphalos + -o- -o- + sképsis act of looking}
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 8, 2016-- convivial

    02/08/2016 5:07:27 AM PST · by xsmommy · 123 replies
    2/8/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/8/16 ; 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". convivial; adj. 1. friendly; agreeable: a convivial atmosphere. 2. fond of feasting, drinking, and merry company; jovial. 3. of or befitting a feast; festive. Etymology: 1660s, "pertaining to a feast," from Late Latin convivialis, from Latin convivium "a feast," from convivere "to carouse together," from com- "together" (see com- ) + vivere "to live" (see vital ). Meaning "sociable" is from 18c. Related: Conviviality. Rules: Everyone must...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, February 5, 2016 - Apocryphal

    02/05/2016 3:56:28 AM PST · by tioga · 36 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ApocryphalAdjective 1. of questionable authenticity 2. (Bible) (sometimes capital) of or like the Apocrypha 3. untrue; counterfeit 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...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Nascent

    02/04/2016 4:00:07 AM PST · by tioga · 43 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". NascentAdjective Coming into existence; emerging: "the moral shock of our nascent imperialism" (Richard Hofstadter). 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...
  • Word For The Day: BRABBLE

    02/02/2016 6:16:32 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 54 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | Norman Schur
    ; 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". BRABBLE [BRAB ul]hear it pronounced noun Brabble is loud, acrimonious wrangling. To brabble is to engage in quarrelsome arguments, usually stubborn ones, about trifles.We get this word from the Dutch very brabbelen (to wrangle). In Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (Act II, Scene 1), the Moot Aaron, beloved of the evil Tamora, Queen of the Goths, comes upon her sons Demetrius and Chiron, both smitten with Lavinia, Titus' daughter, wrangling and threatening each other. Aaron...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, February 2, 2016--nimiety

    02/02/2016 6:31:25 AM PST · by xsmommy · 32 replies
    2/2/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – nimiety 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". Word Origin noun, plural nimieties. 1. excess; overabundance: nimiety of mere niceties in conversation. 2. an instance of this."excess, redundancy," from Latin nimietas "excessiveness," from nimius "beyond measure, excessive," from nimis (adv.) "too much, beyond measure, excessively."
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 1, 2016 -- nonce

    02/01/2016 5:22:35 AM PST · by xsmommy · 63 replies
    2/1/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/1/16 ; 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". nonce; noun 1. the present, or immediate, occasion or purpose (usually used in the phrase for the nonce). Etymology: abstracted from phrase for þe naness (c.1200) "for a special occasion, for a particular purpose," itself a misdivision (see N for other examples) of for þan anes "for the one," in reference to a particular occasion or purpose, the þan being from Middle English dative definite article þam...
  • [Vanity] A Word to Know

    01/29/2016 12:10:58 PM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    Merriam Webster ^ | ??????? | Merriam Webster
    trumpery noun trum·pery \ˈtrəm-p(ə-)rē\ Definition of TRUMPERY 1 a : worthless nonsense b : trivial or useless articles : junk 2 archaic : tawdry finery — trumpery adjective See trumpery defined for kids Examples of TRUMPERY
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 29, 2016 - Obstreperous

    01/29/2016 4:46:50 AM PST · by tioga · 33 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ObstreperousAdjective Noisily unruly or defiant: The restaurant owner ejected the obstreperous customer. 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, January 28, 2016 - Pecksniffian

    01/28/2016 3:55:25 AM PST · by tioga · 104 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". PecksniffianAdjective Hypocritically benevolent; sanctimonious. 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: GALDRAGION

    01/26/2016 7:48:16 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 76 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | Norman Schur
    ; 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". GALRAGON [GAL druh guhn]hear it pronounced noun If you saw the word and didn't know where the accent was you might think it was a slang term for a female dragon, but you'd be wide of the mark, unless you want to stretch a point.To end the suspense, GALRAGON is what the people of the Shetland Islands used to call a sorceress or witch. The word has nothing to do with dragons in...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 26, 2016

    01/26/2016 4:42:17 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 32 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday January 26, 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". nimiety [ni-mahy-i-tee] -n1. excess; overabundance 2. an instance of this[1555-65; < Late Latin nimietās, equivalent to nimi (us) too much + -etās, variant (after i) of -itās -ity]
  • Word for the Day, Monday January 25, 2016

    01/25/2016 6:00:29 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 32 replies
    Word For The Day, Monday January 25, 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". Paraprosdokian -nA paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. ["Paraprosdokian" comes from the Greek "παρά", meaning "against" and "προσδοκία", meaning "expectation". The term "prosdokia" ("expectation") occurs with the preposition "para" in Greek rhetorical writers of...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 22, 2016 -

    01/22/2016 4:31:41 AM PST · by tioga · 66 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". BumptiousAdjective Offensively self-assertive or conceited. 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 21, 2016 - Peccable

    01/21/2016 7:07:46 AM PST · by tioga · 56 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". PeccableAdjective Liable to sin; susceptible to temptation. 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 fhr the Day #2 for JAN 20: PUSSYFOOT

    01/20/2016 12:08:25 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 7 replies
    Pussyfoot Palin's endorsement makes an old political insult spike Pussyfoot spiked the morning of January 20th, following Sarah Palin’s use of the word the prior evening in her endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Palin made a speech at Iowa State University and, in giving praise to the candidate uttered the phrase “No more pussyfooting around!” Her choice of words, while more colloquial in tone than is typically encountered in classic rhetoric, were well suited to pussyfoot’s linguistic history, as the term began its life as a political term. “No more pussyfooting around!” —Palin, endorsing Donald Trump for President The...
  • Word For The Day:

    01/19/2016 6:33:36 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 37 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | Norman Schur
    ; 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". ASCESIS [uh SEE sis]hear it pronounced noun ASCESIS is self discipline, and can be used as a synonym of asceticism. ASCESIS is one of those cases of an unfamiliar word that underles a familiar one, here ascetic. An ascetic is one who practices ASCESIS, i.e., gives up the normal pleasures of life, preferring the rigors of self denial to the satisfactions flowing from material gain. As an adjective, ascetic describes such a person,...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 19, 2015

    01/19/2016 4:27:29 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 39 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday January 19, 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". kerflooey [ker-floo-ee] -advInformal. to cease functioning, especially suddenly and completely; fall apart; fail:
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 18, 2016 - Chimera

    01/18/2016 7:04:36 AM PST · by tioga · 40 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Monday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ChimeraNoun 1. Greek Mythology A fire-breathing female monster usually represented as a composite of a lion, goat, and serpent. 2. An imaginary monster made up of grotesquely disparate parts. 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...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 15, 2016 - Reify

    01/15/2016 6:48:29 AM PST · by tioga · 26 replies
    Dicionary.com ^ | FRiday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ReifyVerb To regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence. 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, January 14, 2015 - Mome

    01/14/2016 5:32:48 AM PST · by tioga · 16 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". MomeNoun Archaic. a fool; blockhead. 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: "VERJUICE"

    01/12/2016 7:13:58 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 41 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | January 12, 2016 | Norman Schur
    ; 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". VERJUICE [VUR joos]hear it pronounced noun VERJUICE, literally, is the sour juice of unripe fruit, especially crab apples and grapes. Figuratively, VERJUICE is sourness of temperament, disposition, or expression. It is the hallmark of a curmudgeon, itself an interesting word, generally described in dictionaries as of unknown origin, though Samuel Johnson (the English lexicographer, 1709-1784) says in his Dictionary: "It is a vitious (the old spelling, based on Latin vitiosis) manner of pronouncing...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 12, 2016

    01/12/2016 4:23:01 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday January 12, 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". stelliferous [ste-lif-er-uh s] -adjhaving or abounding with stars.[1575-85; < Latin stellifer star-bearing ( stell (a) star + -i- -i- + -fer -fer ) + -ous; see -ferous]
  • Word for the Day, January 11, 2016-- inveigle

    01/11/2016 5:53:46 AM PST · by xsmommy · 53 replies
    1/11/16 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/11/16 ; 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". inveigle; verb verb (used with object), inveigled, inveigling. 1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into): to inveigle a person into playing bridge. 2. to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually followed by from or away): to inveigle a theater pass from a person Etymology: 1485-95; variant of envegle < Anglo-French enveogler, equivalent to...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 8, 2015 - Jackanape

    01/08/2016 4:08:58 AM PST · by tioga · 48 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". JackanapeNoun1. A conceited or impudent person. 2. A mischievous child. 3. Archaic A monkey or an ape. 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...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, January 7, 2015 - Incarnation

    01/07/2016 3:41:50 AM PST · by tioga · 53 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". IncarnationNoun 1. a. The act of incarnating. b. The condition of being incarnated. 2. Incarnation Christianity The doctrine that the Son of God was conceived in the womb of Mary and that Jesus is true God and true man. 3. A bodily manifestation of a supernatural being. 4. One who is believed to personify a given abstract quality or idea. 5. A period of time passed in a given bodily form or condition:...
  • Wrd For The dayu: PRIAPIC

    01/05/2016 6:21:35 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 81 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | Norman Schur
    ; 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". PRIAPIC [prye AP ik]hear it pronounced adjective A priapic man is one inordinately preoccupied with his maleness and virility.Priapism is lascivious behavior, lewd display. Priapus, in classical mythology, was the god of male procreative power, who eventually came to be regarded as the principal deity of lasciviousness. The phallus was his chief symbol. He was the son of Aphrodite and was sired by Dionysis, whose other name was Bacchus, the god of fertility,...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 5, 2016

    01/05/2016 6:35:50 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 32 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday January 5, 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". kvell [kvel] -vi, slangto be extraordinarily pleased; especially, to be bursting with pride, as over one's family.[1965-70, Americanism; < Yiddish kveln be delighted; compare Middle High German, German quellen well up, gush
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 4, 2016-- epiphany

    01/04/2016 5:11:42 AM PST · by xsmommy · 73 replies
    xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/4/16 ; 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". epiphany; noun (initial capital letter) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day. 2. an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity. 3. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. 4. a literary work...
  • word for the Day, Thursday, December 31, 2015 - Laconic

    12/31/2015 6:31:52 AM PST · by tioga · 39 replies
    FRee Dictionary | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". LaconicAdjective Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise. 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: <i>BOTHY</i>

    12/29/2015 7:42:58 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 43 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | Norman Schur
    ; 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". (bothy) [BOTH ee]hear it pronounced noun This is an OE word with lots of character. It pertains to a hovel or small, ill equipped, meagre, usually one room dwelling used as temporary shelter or for laborers or servants. A Scottish term applying to a shepherd's or hunter's shelter. The OED tells us that bothies were used as collective lodgings by masons and quarrymen as well as farm laborers and for female servants. A...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, December 29, 2015-- shibboleth

    12/29/2015 5:56:12 AM PST · by xsmommy · 52 replies
    12/29/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, 12/29/15 ; 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". shibboleth; noun 1.a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons. 2.a slogan; catchword. 3.a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth. Etymology: late 14c., the Hebrew word shibboleth, meaning "flood, stream," also "ear of corn;" in Judges xii:4-6. It was the password used by the Gileadites to distinguish their own men from fleeing Ephraimites,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 28, 2015-- munificence

    12/28/2015 5:58:46 AM PST · by xsmommy · 52 replies
    12/28/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/28/15 ; 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". munificence; n. the quality of being munificent, or showing unusual generosity: The museum's collection was greatly increased by the munificence of the family's gift. Etymology: n. early 15c., from Middle French munificence, from Latin munificentia "bountifulness, liberality, generosity," from stem of munificus "generous, bountiful, liberal," literally "present-making," from munus "gift or service, duty, office" (see municipal ) + unstressed stem of facere "to do" (see factitious )....
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, December 24, 2015 - Consubstantial

    12/24/2015 5:06:00 AM PST · by tioga · 47 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ConsubstantialAdjective Of the same substance, nature, or essence. 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: COCTILE

    12/22/2015 7:11:55 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 67 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | 12/23/15 | Norman Schur
    ; 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". coctile [COCK tuhl]hear it pronounced adjective Here is a word virtually unused in modern language with a deep and long history of very common usage.Coctile means simply "heated" as in a stew or a baked brick. The Latin derivation is to cook, bake, boil or roast. Ovid used to word to describe the walls of Babylon in the sense of "made of baked brick." The Latin noun coctio gave us coction, boiling, cooking,...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday December 22, 2015

    12/22/2015 4:08:14 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 16 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday December 22, 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". valediction [val-i-dik-shuh n] -n1. an act of bidding farewell or taking leave. 2. an utterance, oration, or the like, given in bidding farewell or taking leave; valedictory..[1605-15; < Latin valedictiōn- (stem of valedictiō), equivalent to valedict (us), past participle of valedīcere (vale farewell + dictus, past participle of dīcere to say) + -iōn- -ion]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 21, 2015-- lugubrious

    12/21/2015 5:10:49 AM PST · by xsmommy · 53 replies
    12/21/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/21/15 ; 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". lugubrious; adj. Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner Etymology: Lugubrious comes from Latin lugubris, from lugere, to mourn. 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. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 18, 2015 - Limn

    12/18/2015 5:21:22 AM PST · by tioga · 41 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".LimnVerb 1. To describe or depict by painting or drawing. 2. To suffuse or highlight with light or color; illuminate: "There was just enough juice left in Merrill's flashlight to limn the outlines: A round lobe here. Another lobe over there" (Hampton Sides). 3. To describe or portray in words. 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, Thursday, December 17, 2015 - Comity

    12/17/2015 4:23:03 AM PST · by tioga · 38 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". Comity Mutual civility; courtesy. 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: LAMIA

    12/15/2015 7:34:09 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 76 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | Norman Schur
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 30, 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". lamia [LAY me uh]hear it pronounced noun The lamia in classical mythology, were a race of monsters with female heads and breasts and the bodies of serpents, who enticed young people and little children in order to devour them. The enticement or devouring of the young has long been a theme in legend, all the way from the Minataur of Crete to the Pied Piper...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday December 15, 2015

    12/15/2015 5:39:11 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 56 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday December 15, 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". clishmaclaver [pan-dik-yuh-ley-shuh n] -n, Scot.gossip; idle or foolish talk.[1720-30; clish(-clash) gossip (gradational compound based on clash ) + -ma- (< ?) + claver]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 14, 2015-- paroxysm

    12/14/2015 6:12:10 AM PST · by xsmommy · 61 replies
    12/14/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/14/15 ; 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". paroxysm; noun 1. any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion: paroxysms of rage. 2. Pathology. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually recurring periodically. Etymology: "sudden attack, convulsion," early 15c., from Middle French paroxysme (16c.), earlier paroxime (13c.), from Medieval Latin paroxysmus "irritation, fit of a disease," from Greek paroxysmos "irritation, exasperation," from paroxynein "to irritate, goad,...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 11, 2015 - Korrigan

    12/11/2015 4:15:20 AM PST · by tioga · 32 replies
    Mirriam -Webster ^ | FRiday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". KorriganNoun A long-haired nocturnal often malevolent Breton fairy sorceress. 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, December 10, 2015 - Ingannation

    12/10/2015 5:49:07 AM PST · by tioga · 35 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".IngannationNoun Cheat; deception. 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...
  • Words For The Day: PETARD and GRAGER

    12/08/2015 6:27:48 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 37 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | Norman Schur
    ; 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". petard [peh TARD] andgrager [GRAH guhr - rough r as in French] petard - hear it pronounced andgrager - hear it pronounced nouns Two words today that share a kinship. Use both together. 1 - PETARD - Wiktionary hoist by one's own petard. (idiomatic) To be hurt or destroyed by one's own plot or device intended for another; to be "blown up by one's own bomb". A petard is, or rather was, as...
  • Word for the Day Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    12/08/2015 4:16:30 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 47 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday December 8, 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". scop [skop] -nan Old English bard or poet.[before 900; learned borrowing (19th century) of Old English scop; cognate with Old Norse skop mocking, Old High German skof derision]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 7th, 2015-- bombinate

    12/07/2015 5:31:57 AM PST · by xsmommy · 65 replies
    12/6/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday,12/7/15 ; 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". bombinate; v intransitive verb 1. To buzz; to hum; to drone. 2. to make a humming or buzzing noise Quotes Like his co-workers he had been somewhat stampeded by Dorn's imitative faculties, faculties which enabled the former journalist to bombinate twice as loud in a void three times as great as any of his colleagues. -- Ben Hecht, Erik Dorn, 1921 Origin Bombinate derives from the Latin verb...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 4, 2015 - Philippic

    12/04/2015 1:34:14 AM PST · by tioga · 30 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". PhilippicNoun A verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language; a tirade. 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 3, 2015 - Compunction

    12/03/2015 5:13:58 AM PST · by tioga · 58 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". CompunctionNoun 1. A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt: stole the money without compunction. 2. A sting of conscience or a pang of doubt aroused by wrongdoing or the prospect of wrongdoing: "commercial speculators and hired politicians who had no compunction about pillaging their country for personal gain" (Leo Damrosch). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way,...
  • Word for the Day: IMBRUE

    12/02/2015 4:57:46 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 76 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | Norman Schur
    ; 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". (imbrue) [im BROOH]hear it pronounced verb To imbrue something is to soak or drench it, especially with blood. It is not to be confused with imbue (im BYOOH), used in connection with inspiring a person with opinions or sentiments (e.g., to imbue someone with patriotism). According to the dictionaries, it, too, can mean to "drench with blood," but this must be a rare use indeed. The English poet John Milton (1608-1674) wrote of...