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  • Word for the Day, FRiday, September 19, 2014 - Effluvium

    09/19/2014 7:33:14 AM PDT · by tioga · 62 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. EffluviumNoun n. pl. effluvia (-v-) or effluviums 1. A usually invisible emanation or exhalation, as of vapor or gas. 2. a. A byproduct or residue; waste. b. The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter. 3. An impalpable emanation; an aura. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 18, 2014 hegemony

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

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

    09/16/2014 4:12:39 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 39 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday September 16, 2014 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". hypnopompic [hip-nuh-pom-pik] -adjPsychology relating to the state existing between sleep and full waking, characterized by the persistence of dreamlike imagery.[1900-05; hypno- + Greek pomp (ḗ) sending away (see pomp ) + -ic] las noticias [noh-TEES-ee-ahs] -nnews Ellos siempre ven las noticias por la tarde. They always watch the news in the evening.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, Sept 15, 2014-- impuissant

    09/15/2014 4:57:11 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 180 replies
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    Word For The Day, Day, Date ; 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". impuissant; adj. adjective 1. lacking strength; feeble; weak. Examples from the web for im-pu-is-sant Expand To the extent that they are non-facts, they are equally impuissant. The evidence was similarly impuissant to show intent. The double-counting claim is, therefore, impuissant Etymology: 1620-30; < Middle French; see im-2, puissant Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, September 12, 2014 - Scaremonger

    09/12/2014 5:18:27 AM PDT · by tioga · 65 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. ScaremongerNoun One who spreads frightening rumors; an alarmist. 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, September 11, 2014 promulgate

    09/11/2014 4:34:51 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". promulgate (PROM-uhl-gayt, pro-MUHL-) verb, tr.1. To make a law, rule, etc. known by public declaration.2. To make publicly known an idea, belief, etc. Example sentence:"In recent years the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has also promulgated rules limiting the release of mercury and other toxins from power plants."--Appalachian Fall; The Economist (London, UK); Sep 28, 2013. Etymology:From Latin promulgare (to make known), from pro- (forward) + mulgere (to milk, to cause to come out)....
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 10, 2014-- ne plus ultra

    09/10/2014 5:05:34 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 60 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 10, 2014-- ne plus ultra ; 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". ne plus ultra [ne ploo s oo l-trah]hear it pronounced noun Latin 1. the highest point; acme. 2. the most intense degree of a quality or state. 3. the extreme or perfect point or state Origin: literally: not more beyond (that is, go no further), allegedly a warning to sailors inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at Gibraltar Rules: Everyone must leave...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 9, 2014

    09/09/2014 5:05:16 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 87 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday September 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". flexuous [flek-shoo-uh s] -adjfull of bends or curves; sinuous.[1595-1605; < Latin flexuōsus full of turns, winding, crooked, equivalent to flexu (s) (see flex1) + -ōsus -ous] en cambio [ehn KAHM-bee-oh] however; on the other hand En cambio, podríamos ir más bien mañana. On the other hand, we could go tomorrow instead.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 8, 2014-- panegyric

    09/08/2014 5:37:23 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 64 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/8/14 ; 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". panegyric; noun 1. a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy. 2. formal or elaborate praise. Etymology: 1590-1600; < Latin, noun use of panēgyricus of, belonging to a public assembly < Greek panēgyrikós, equivalent to panḗgyr (is) solemn assembly ( pan- pan- + -ēgyris, combining form of ágyris gathering; cf. category ) + -ikos -ic panegyrical, adjective panegyrically, adverb self-panegyric, adjective Rules:...
  • Word of the Day - FRiday, September 5, 2014 - Restive

    09/05/2014 8:40:25 AM PDT · by tioga · 76 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. RestiveAdjective 1. Uneasily impatient under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay. 2. Resisting control; difficult to control. 3. Refusing to move. Used of a horse or other animal. 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, September 4, 2014 consonance

    09/04/2014 4:43:16 AM PDT · by secret garden · 66 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". consonance (KON-suh-nuhns) noun1. Agreement or accord.2. A combination of sounds pleasing to the ear.3. The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the ends of words, such as st in the phrase first and last. Example sentences:"Chin said the stance was in full consonance with the policy of the party."--Jacob Achoi; SUPP Reconciliation 'Bright'; The Borneo Post (Malaysia); Mar 23, 2014. "The show felt like the sweetest kind of chamber music, with perfectly satisfying...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 3, 2014-- patina

    09/03/2014 5:48:32 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 71 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 3, 2014-- patina ; 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". patina [pat-n-uh, puh-tee-nuh]hear it pronounced noun 1. a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value. 2. a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance. 3. a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age. Origin: Patina is adopted from Italian, from Latin patina, a dish (from...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 2, 2014

    09/02/2014 4:10:51 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 76 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday September 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". aeolian [ee-OH-lee-uhn] -adj1.of or caused by the wind; wind-blown. 2. pertaining to Aeolus, or to the winds in general.[1595-1605; Aeoli(us) pertaining to Aeolus + -an -an] la propina [proh-PEEN-ah] -n tip Dejamos propinas generosas en los hoteles y restaurantes. We leave generous tips at hotels and restaurants.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 1, 2014,LABOR DAY-- pernicious

    09/01/2014 7:22:48 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 47 replies
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    b>Word For The Day, Mondday, September 1, 2014 – pernicious 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". pernicious; adj. causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful: pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie. 2. deadly; fatal: a pernicious disease. 3. Obsolete. evil; wicked.Related forms perniciously, adverb perniciousness, noun unpernicious, adjective unperniciously, examples for pernicious But a bias can be real, and pernicious, without being legally actionable. But a more pernicious problem is the impact upon incentives of all firms. In the end,...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 29, 2014 - Aloof

    08/29/2014 5:52:43 AM PDT · by tioga · 153 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. AloofAdjective Distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote. 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, August 28, 2014 prorogue

    08/28/2014 4:25:53 AM PDT · by secret garden · 118 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". prorogue (pro-ROHG) verb, transitive1. To discontinue a session of something, for example, a parliament.2. To defer or to postpone. Example sentence:"This sitting will be the last one before Parliament is prorogued."--Lee U-Wen; Cost of Catching Sports on TV a Hot House Topic; The Business Times (Singapore); Apr 12, 2014. Etymology:From French proroger (to adjourn), from Latin prorogare (to prolong or defer), from pro- (before) + rogare (to ask). Ultimately from the Indo-European root...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 27, 2014-- bum-rush

    08/27/2014 5:56:18 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 72 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 27, 2014-- bum-rush ; 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". bum-rush [buhm-ruhsh] verb, transitive to force one's way into; crash: to bum-rush a rap concert.From the Urban Dictionary: 1. To run full speed into somebody and body slam them into a brick wall, chain link fence, or similar immovable object. "Dude, I just got bum rushed on the corner of E.9th and Euclid Avenue." 2. The act of attacking someone or something (usually by...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday August 26, 2014

    08/26/2014 4:13:37 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 108 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday August 26, 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". wistful [wist-fuh l] -adj1.characterized by melancholy; longing; yearning. 2. pensive, especially in a melancholy way.[1605-15; obsolete wist quiet, silent, attentive (variant of whist2) + -ful] la duda [DOO-dah] -n doubt Existe una duda acerca de su edad. There is some doubt about her age.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 25, 2014-- incubus

    08/25/2014 5:34:03 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 121 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/25/14 ; 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". incubus; noun 1. An evil spirit believed to have sexual intercourse with women as they sleep.2.A nightmare. 3.An oppressive or nightmarish burden. Etymology: c.1200, from L.L. (Augustine), from L. incubo "nightmare, one who lies down on (the sleeper)," from incubare "to lie upon" (see incubate ). Plural is incubi. In the Middle Ages, their existence was recognized by law. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 22, 2014 - Bricolage

    08/22/2014 5:56:00 AM PDT · by tioga · 77 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. BricolageNoun Something made or put together using whatever materials happen to be available: 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, August 21, 2014 lambent

    08/21/2014 4:29:04 AM PDT · by secret garden · 148 replies
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    > In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". lambent \ LAM-buhnt \ , adjective1. dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful: lambent wit.2. running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame.3. softly bright or radiant: a lambent light. Example sentences: American Literature would surely be the poorer if the great Boston Brahmin had not enlivened it with his rich humor, his lambent wit and his sincere pathos -- William Lyon Phelps (18651943), edited by Harold Bloom,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 20, 2014-- amphigory

    08/20/2014 4:59:20 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 20, 2014-- amphigory ; 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". amphigory [am-fi-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee]hear it pronounced noun 1. a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody. 2. a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose. Origin: Related forms amphigories, pluralAlso, amphigouri. amphigoric [am-fuh-gawr-ik, -gor-] Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday August 19, 2014

    08/19/2014 5:07:17 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 64 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday August 19, 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". wunderkind [voo n-der-kind, wuhn-; German voo n-duh r-kint] -n1. a wonder child or child prodigy. 2. a person who succeeds, especially in business, at a comparatively early age.[1890-95; < German, equivalent to Wunder wonder + Kind child] salvaje [sahl-BAH-heh ] -adj wild l ha estado actuando como un animal salvaje. Hes been acting like a wild animal.
  • Word for the Day, Monday August 18, 2014

    08/18/2014 5:09:15 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 49 replies
    Word For The Day, Monday August 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". schmaltz [shmahlts, shmawlts] -n1. Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or soap operas. 2. fat or grease, especially of a chicken.[1930-35; < Yiddish shmalts or German Schmaltz; cognate with smelt1]
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 15, 2014 - Usageaster

    08/14/2014 9:00:47 PM PDT · by tioga · 109 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. UsagaesterNounA self-styled authority on language usage. 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, August 14, 2014 desiderium

    08/14/2014 4:12:02 AM PDT · by secret garden · 59 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". desiderium \des-i-DEER-ee-uhm\ noun1. an ardent longing, as for something lost. Example sentence:I think as seldom as I can of what I loved or esteemed in it, to avoid the desiderium which of all things makes life most uneasy.— Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), Letter to Alexander Pope on June 28, 1715, The Works of Jonathan Swift, 1859 Etymology:Desiderium comes from the Latin verb dēsīderāre meaning "to long for; require." It entered English in the early...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 13, 2014-- peshmerga

    08/13/2014 5:29:22 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 57 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 13, 2014-- peshmerga ; 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". peshmerga [peSHˈmərgə] (the “g” is hard, as in “give”)hear it pronounced noun A member of a Kurdish nationalist guerrilla organization. Origin: from Kurdish pêshmerge, from pêsh 'before' + merg 'death'. From Wikipedia: Peshmerga or Peshmerge (Kurdish pronunciation [pɛʃmærˈɡæ]; Kurdish: پێشمەرگە Pêşmerge}, literally "those who confront death") is the term used by Kurds to refer to armed Kurdish fighters. The Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan have...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday August 12, 2014

    08/12/2014 5:06:25 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 27 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday August 12, 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". droll [drohl] -adj 1. amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish. -n2. a droll person; jester; wag. -vi 3. Archaic. to jest; joke.[161525; < Middle French drolle pleasant rascal < Middle Dutch drol a fat little man] la factura [fahk-TOOR-ah ] -n invoice; bill Por favor envenos la ltima factura. Please send us the latest bill.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 11, 2014-- cat's-paw

    08/11/2014 4:56:41 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 89 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/11/14 ; 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". cat's-paw; noun 1. a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool. 2. Nautical . a. a hitch made in the bight of a rope so that two eyes are formed to hold the hook of one block of a tackle. b. a light breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a comparatively small area. c. the small area ruffled by such a breeze....
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 8, 2014 - Nous

    08/08/2014 8:20:52 AM PDT · by tioga · 49 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. Noun Mind, intellect. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 7, 2014 balkanize

    08/07/2014 4:29:59 AM PDT · by secret garden · 53 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". balkanize \BAWL-kuh-nyze\ verb1. to break up (as a region or group) into smaller and often hostile units2. divide, compartmentalize Example sentences:"Even if Richards wanted to balkanize his life into personal and professional spheres, he would have had difficulty, for his private life resounds with his public concerns, often in disturbing ways." Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times Magazine, November 22, 1987 "And such are the gifts of diplomatic nicety still being bestowed...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 6, 2014-- interregnum

    08/06/2014 5:18:40 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 82 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 6, 2014-- interregnum ; 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". interregnum [in-ter-reg-nuh m]hear it pronounced noun, plural in•ter•reg•nums, in•ter•reg•na 1. an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of his or her normal or legitimate successor. 2. any period during which a state has no ruler or only a temporary executive. 3. any period of freedom from the usual authority. 4. any pause or interruption in continuity. Origin:...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, August 5, 2014-- lollygag

    08/05/2014 6:32:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 56 replies
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    Word For The Day, Tuesday, 8/5/14 ; 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". lollygag; verb to loiter aimlessly Etymology: of unknown origin 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.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 4, 2014-- halcyon

    08/04/2014 5:49:21 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 93 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/4/14 ; 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". halcyon;adjective Also, halcyonian [hal-see-oh-nee-uhn] halcyonic [hal-see-on-ik] 1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather. 2. rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace. 3. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth. 4. of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher. noun 5. a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 1, 2014 - Concinnity

    08/01/2014 6:53:17 AM PDT · by tioga · 51 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. ConcinnityNoun 1. Harmony in the arrangement or interarrangement of parts with respect to a whole. 2. Studied elegance and facility in style of expression: "He has what one character calls 'the gifts of concinnity and concision,' that deft swipe with a phrase that can be so devastating in children" (Elizabeth Ward). 3. An instance of harmonious arrangement or studied elegance and facility. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 31, 2014 celerity

    07/31/2014 4:40:20 AM PDT · by secret garden · 39 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". celerity \suh-LAIR-uh-tee\ nounrapidity of motion or action : swiftness Example sentences:Monica was impressed by the ease and celerity with which the new waiter she had hired could wipe down and set up a table. "The Common Core entered public discourse suddenly this year, due in large part to the celerity with which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation financed and coordinated its implementation in 2010." Micah Meadowcroft, The American Spectator, June 9,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 30, 2014-- abrogate

    07/30/2014 5:24:42 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 63 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 30, 2014-- abrogate ; 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". abrogate [ab-ruh-geyt]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) ab•ro•gat•ed, ab•ro•gat•ing. 1. to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal: to abrogate a law. 2. to put aside; put an end to. Origin: 1520-30 from Latin abrogātus repealed, from ab- 1 + rogāre to propose (a law)] Related forms ab•ro•ga•ble [ab-ruh-guh-buh l], adjective ab•ro•ga•tion, noun ab•ro•ga•tive, adjective ab•ro•ga•tor, noun...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday July 29, 2014

    07/29/2014 5:07:48 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 61 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday July 29, 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". gibbosity [gi-BOS-i-tee] -n 1. a protuberance or swelling. 2. the state of being gibbous..[00; Middle English < Middle French gibbosite < Medieval Latin gibbōsitāt- (stem of gibbōsitās ). See gibbous, -ity]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 28, 2014 -- behoove

    07/28/2014 5:04:40 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 75 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/28/14 ; 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". Behoove; verb (used with object), be·hooved, be·hoov·ing. 1. to be necessary or proper for, as for moral or ethical considerations; be incumbent on: It behooves the court to weigh evidence impartially. 2. to be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage: It would behoove you to be nicer to those who could help you. verb (used without object), be·hooved, be·hoov·ing. 3. Archaic. to be needful, proper,...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, July 25, 2014 - Redolent

    07/25/2014 9:11:50 AM PDT · by tioga · 51 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. RedolentAdjective 1. Having or emitting fragrance; aromatic. 2. Suggestive; reminiscent: a campaign redolent of machine politics. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 24, 2014 mot juste

    07/24/2014 4:57:43 AM PDT · by secret garden · 43 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 24 July 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". mot juste \ moh ZHYST \ , noun French . the exact, appropriate word. Example sentences: I felt very bad because here was the man I liked and trusted the most as a critic then, the man who believed in the mot juste the one and only correct word to usethe man who had taught me to distrust adjectives as I would later learn to distrust certain people in certain given situations...-- Ernest...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 23, 2014-- potentate

    07/23/2014 5:23:13 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 49 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 23, 2014-- potentate ; 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". potentate [poht-n-teyt]hear it pronounced noun a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler. Origin: [1350-1400: from Late Latin potentātus ruler, from Latin: rule, command, from potens powerful, from posse to be able] 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....
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday July 22, 2014

    07/22/2014 5:09:56 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 55 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday July 22, 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". cunctation [kuhngk-tey-shuhn] -n delay; tardiness.[1575–85; < Latin cunctātiōn- (stem of cunctātiō ) delay, equivalent to cunctāt ( us ) (past participle of cunctārī to delay) + -iōn- -ion] la pesadilla [pehs-ah-DEE-yah ] -n nightmare El tráfico de las 5:00 es habitualmente una pesadilla. The traffic at 5:00 is usually a nightmare.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 21, 2014-- succor

    07/21/2014 6:40:37 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 66 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, July 21, 2014 succor; noun/verb In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". noun 1. help; relief; aid; assistance. 2. a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc. verb (used with object) 3. to help or relieve. Also, especially British, succour. Origin: 12501300; (v.) Middle English sucuren < Old French suc ( c ) urre, socorre < Latin succurrere to go beneath, run to help, equivalent to suc- suc- + currere to run (see...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, July 18, 2014 - Eclat

    07/18/2014 11:07:07 AM PDT · by tioga · 36 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. EclatNoun 1. brilliant or conspicuous success, effect, etc 2. showy display; ostentation 3. social distinction 4. approval; acclaim; applause 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, July 17, 2014 factitious

    07/17/2014 4:44:15 AM PDT · by secret garden · 79 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 17 July 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".factitious (fak-TISH-uhs) adjective1. Artificial.2. Sham. Example sentence:"'For me, this is the only real place,' David says in the novel, but for the reader the city remains disappointingly factitious."--Say Nice Things About Detroit; The New Yorker; Aug 27, 2012. Etymology:From Latin facticius (artificial), past participle of facere (to do). Earliest documented use: 1646. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 16, 2014-- oriflamme

    07/16/2014 5:15:38 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 78 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 16, 2014-- oriflamme ; 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". oriflamme [awr-uh-flam, or-]hear it pronounced noun 1. the red banner of St. Denis, near Paris, carried before the early kings of France as a military ensign. 2. any ensign, banner, or standard, especially one that serves as a rallying point or symbol. Origin 142575; late Middle English oriflam < Middle French oriflamme, Old French, equivalent to orie golden (< Latin aurea, feminine of aureus,...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday July 15, 2014

    07/15/2014 6:11:24 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 70 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday July 15, 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". Coxcomb [KOKS-kohm] -n 1.a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop 2. Archaic head; pate.[Coxcomb is a corrupted spelling of cock's comb , the comb of a rooster, hence the badge resembling it that was worn in the cap of a professional fool or jester, hence the wearer of the cap, hence a fool or a vain and silly man.]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 14, 2014-- suppurate

    07/14/2014 5:08:13 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 127 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/14/14 ; 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". suppurate; verb (used without object), sup·pu·rat·ed, sup·pu·rat·ing. to produce or discharge pus, as a wound; maturate. Etymology: 1555–65; < Latin suppūrātus (past participle of suppūrāre ), equivalent to sup- sup- + pūr- (stem of pūs ) pus + -ātus -ate1 "I'm glad I can't explain Just in what jaws you were to suppurate: You may have thought things would come right again If you could only keep...