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  • WORD FOR THE DAY: Friday - dissemble

    03/27/2015 5:11:23 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 46 replies
    Word For The Day, Friday March 26 — dissemble ; 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". dissemble [dih-sem-buh l] hear it pronounced Verb 1. to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: 2. to put on the appearance of; feign: 3. Obsolete. to let pass unnoticed; ignore. Origin: 1490-1500; alteration (by association with obsolete semble to resemble ) of Middle English dissimulen < Latin dissimulāre. See dis-1, simulate Related forms dissembler, noun dissemblingly,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 26, 2015-- hogshead

    03/26/2015 5:20:54 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 26, 2015-- hogshead ; 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". hogshead [hawgz-hed, hogz-]hear it pronounced noun 1. a large cask, especially one containing from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters). 2. any of various units of liquid measure, especially one equivalent to 63 gallons (238 liters). Abbreviation: hhd.British Dictionary definitions for hogshead: 1. a unit of capacity, used especially for alcoholic beverages. It has several values, being 54 imperial gallons in the...
  • Word of the Day, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Draffish

    03/25/2015 5:09:07 AM PDT · by tioga · 43 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | 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. DraffishAdjective Worthless; draffy. 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, Tuesday March 24, 2015

    03/24/2015 5:21:03 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 55 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 24, 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". caudillo [kaw-deel-yohz, -dee-ohz; Spanish kaw-th ee-lyaws, -th ee-yaws] -n(in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, especially a military dictator.[1850-55; < Spanish < Late Latin capitellum, equivalent to Latin capit- (stem of caput) head + -ellum diminutive suffix; see -elle]
  • The Power To Hold On (vanity post)

    03/24/2015 5:00:24 AM PDT · by austinaero · 8 replies
    An Iron Will (book) ^ | 03/24/2015 | Orison Swett Marden
    THE POWER TO HOLD ON The power to hold on is characteristic of all men who have accomplished anything great; they may lack in some other particular, have many weaknesses or eccentricities, but the quality of persistence is never absent from a successful man. No matter what opposition he meets or what discouragement overtakes him, drudgery cannot disgust him, obstacles cannot discourage him, labor cannot weary him; misfortune, sorrow, and reverses cannot harm him. It is not so much brilliancy of intellect, or fertility of resource, as persistency of effort, constancy of purpose, that makes a great man. Those who...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 23, 2015-- impervious

    03/23/2015 5:18:16 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 68 replies
    3/23/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/23/15 ; 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". impervious; adj 1. not permitting penetration or passage; impenetrable: "The coat is impervious to rain." 2. incapable of being injured or impaired: "impervious to wear and tear." 3. incapable of being influenced, persuaded, or affected: "impervious to reason; impervious to another's suffering." Etymology: 1640s, from Latin impervius "that cannot be passed through," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pervius "letting things...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY - picaresque

    03/20/2015 5:17:51 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 56 replies
    Word For The Day,Friday, March 20— picaresque ; 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". picaresquepi-kə-ˈresk,hear it pronounced adjective 1. The picaresque novel is a genre of prose fiction which depicts the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt society. 2. of, relating to, or resembling rogues. Origin: Spanish - "picaresca," from "pícaro," for "rogue" or "rascal" Related forms: unpicaresque Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 19, 2015-- subsume

    03/19/2015 5:07:05 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 19, 2015-- subsume ; 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". subsume [suh b-soom]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) 1.to consider or include (an idea, term, proposition, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one. 2. to bring (a case, instance, etc.) under a rule. 3. to take up into a more inclusive classification. Origin: From Latin subsumere, from sub- (under) + sumere (to take). Ultimately from the Indo-European root em- (to take...
  • Word of the Day, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Acidulous

    03/18/2015 4:43:07 AM PDT · by tioga · 57 replies
    FR ^ | Wednesday | 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. AcidulousAdjective Slightly sour in taste or in manner. 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, St. Patrick's Day 2015

    03/17/2015 4:58:53 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 17, 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". collywobbles [kol-ee-wob-uh lz] -n1. intestinal cramps or other intestinal disturbances. 2. a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness.[1815-25; coinage presumably based on colic, wobble; see -s3]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 16, 2015-- knackered

    03/16/2015 4:57:13 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 87 replies
    3/16/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/16/15 ; 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". knackered;past participle adjective from knacker (v. adjective (Brit, slang) 1. exhausted; tired out 2. worn out; no longer working, esp after long or hard use Etymology: 1885-90; knacker to tire (attenuation of earlier sense to kill; cf. knacker def. 1) + -ed2 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...
  • Word for the Day

    03/13/2015 5:01:08 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 108 replies
    Word For The Day, March 13, 2015 -- cataract ; 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". cataract kætəˌrækthear it pronounced noun 1. a descent of water over a steep surface; a waterfall, especially one of considerable size. 2. any furious rush or downpour of water; deluge. 3. a -partial or total opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye b - the opaque area Origin: from Latin catarracta, from Greek katarrhaktēs, from katarassein to dash down, from arassein to strike...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015-- comminute

    03/12/2015 5:14:56 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 55 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015-- comminute ; 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". comminute [kom-uh-noot, -nyoot]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object), comminuted, comminuting. 1. to pulverize; triturate. adjective 2. comminuted; divided into small parts. 3. powdered; pulverized. Origin: Related forms comminution, noun uncomminuted, adjective 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, Wednesday, March 11, 2012 - Mooncalf

    03/11/2015 4:09:05 AM PDT · by tioga · 68 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | 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. MooncalfNoun 1. A fool. 2. A freak. 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, Tuesday March 10, 2015

    03/10/2015 5:08:39 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 10, 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". sastruga [sas-truh-guh, sah-struh-, sa-stroo-, sah-] -n, plural sastrugi also, zastrugaUsually, sastrugi. ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of the wind.[1830-40; < German < dialectal Russian zastrúga, noun derivative of zastrugátʾ, zastrogátʾ to plane, shave down (wood), equivalent to za- perfective v. prefix + strugátʾ, strogátʾ to plane, smooth (wood)]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 9, 2015-- insouciant

    03/09/2015 5:11:16 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 67 replies
    3/9/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/9/15 ; 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". insouciant; adj. adjective 1. free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant. Etymology: 1829, from French insouciant "careless, thoughtless, heedless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + souciant "caring," present participle of soucier "to care," from Latin sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit ). Related: Insouciantly. 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, Friday, March 6, 2015-- circumvolve

    03/06/2015 6:55:07 AM PST · by xsmommy · 57 replies
    3/6/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Friday, March 6, 2015 circumvolve 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". Circumvolve; verb; to revolve or wind about. Upon my soul, I believe there is not a Letter in those words, round which a world of imagery does not circumvolve Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Sir Humphrey Davy, October 9, 1800, in Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Volume 1, 1895 Hope not in mortal things!so years do say, / So warn the hours, which circumvolve...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 5, 2015-- escarp

    03/05/2015 5:29:15 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 53 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 5, 2015-- escarp ; 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". escarp [ih-skahrp]hear it pronounced noun 1. Fortification. the inner slope or wall of the ditch surrounding a rampart. 2. any similar steep slope. verb (used with object) 3. to make into an escarp; give a steep slope to; furnish with escarps. Origin: "steep slope," 1680s, from French escarpe (16c.), from Italian scarpa (see scarp). Related forms escarpment, noun 1. Geology. a long, precipitous, clifflike...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 4, 2015-- repletion

    03/04/2015 6:06:54 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 79 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 4, 2015-- repletion ; 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". repletion [ri-plee-shuh n]hear it pronounced noun 1. the state or condition of being replete; fullness, especially excessive fullness due to overeating 2. the satisfaction of a need or desire Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English replecioun surfeit (< Middle French) < Late Latin replētiōn- (stem of replētiō), equivalent to Latin replēt(us) (see replete) + -iōn- -ion Related forms replete, adjectiveRules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday March 3, 2015

    03/03/2015 4:21:57 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 3, 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". harridan [hahr-i-dn] -na scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew.[1690-1700; perhaps alteration of French haridelle thin, worn-out horse, large, gaunt woman (compared with the initial element of haras stud farm, though derivation is unclear)]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 2, 2015 - Cajole

    03/02/2015 7:28:58 AM PST · by tioga · 36 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. CajoleVerb 1. To persuade by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language: "He knew how she cajoled him into getting things for her and then would not even let him kiss her" (Theodore Dreiser). 2. To elicit or obtain by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language: The athlete cajoled a signing bonus out of the team's owner. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, February 27, 2015 - Vilipend

    02/27/2015 5:18:11 AM PST · by tioga · 74 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. VilipendTr. Verb 1. To view or treat with contempt; despise. 2. To speak ill of; disparage. 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, February 26, 2015 - captious

    02/26/2015 5:16:51 AM PST · by secret garden · 59 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 26 February 2015 | Thursday's sub for the last time
    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". captious \KAP-shuss\ adjective 1. marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections2. calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument Example sentences:Befuddled by the captious question, the suspect broke down and confessed to the crime. "During the past 15 years Mr. Maxwell has established himself as one of the few sui generis voices in experimental theater, and like all truly original talents, he has been subject to varied and...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 25, 2015-- hormesis

    02/25/2015 4:54:33 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 77 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 25, 2015-- hormesis ; 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". hormesis [hor-me-sis]hear it pronounced noun a theoretical phenomenon of dose-response relationships in which something (as a heavy metal or ionizing radiation) that produces harmful biological effects at moderate to high doses may produce beneficial effects at low doses Origin: Hormesis (from Greek hórmēsis "rapid motion, eagerness," from ancient Greek hormáein "to set in motion, impel, urge on") is the term for generally favorable biological...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 24, 2015

    02/24/2015 5:04:32 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 24, 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". demassify [dee-mas-uh-fahy] -vt1.to cause (society or a social system) to become less uniform or centralized; diversify or decentralize: 2. to break (something standardized or homogeneous) into elements that appeal to individual tastes or special interests:[de- + mass + -ify]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 23, 2015-- augur

    02/23/2015 5:48:30 AM PST · by xsmommy · 83 replies
    2/23/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/23/15 ; 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". augur; noun 1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. 2. soothsayer; prophet. verb (used with object) 3. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: "Mounting sales augur a profitable year." verb (used without object) 5. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict. 6....
  • Word of the Day, FRiday, February 20, 2015 - Lout

    02/20/2015 5:05:12 AM PST · by tioga · 99 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. LoutNoun An awkward and stupid person; an oaf. 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, February 19, 2015 - effulgent

    02/19/2015 4:09:19 AM PST · by secret garden · 68 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 19 February 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". effulgent [ih-fuhl-juh nt, ih-foo l-] adjectiveShining forth brilliantly; radiant Example sentences:Warmest climes but nurse the cruellest fangs: the tiger of Bengal crouches in spiced groves of ceaseless verdure. Skies the most effulgent but basket the deadliest thunders: gorgeous Cuba knows tornadoes that never swept tame northern lands.--Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, 1851 I am your brother of light, and have floated with you in the effulgent valleys.--H. P. Lovecraft, "Beyond the Wall of Sleep," Pine...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 18, 2015-- akimbo

    02/18/2015 5:15:52 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 97 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 18, 2015-- akimbo ; 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". akimbo [uh-kim-boh]hear it pronounced adjective, adverb 1. with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms akimbo. Origin: 1375-1425; late Middle English in kenebowe < Old Norse *i keng boginn bent into a crook (i in, keng accusative of kengr hook, boginn past participle of bjūga to bend) Additional Word Origin and History: c.1400, in kenebowe, of unknown origin, perhaps from...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 17, 2015

    02/17/2015 5:14:53 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 41 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 17, 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". demimonde [dem-ee-mond; French duh-mee-mawnd] -n1.(especially during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity. 2. a demimondaine. 3. prostitutes or courtesans in general. 4. a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: 5. a group characterized by lack of success or status:[1850-55; < French, equivalent to demi-...
  • Word for the day, Monday, February 16, 2015--

    02/16/2015 6:10:50 AM PST · by xsmommy · 45 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, February 16, 2015-- sangfroid 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. coolness of mind; calmness; composure: They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid. Origin Expand 1740-17501740-50; < French: literally, cold blood Synonyms Expand self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on.... >>
  • Word for the Day, FRiday the 13th, 2015 - Triskaidekaphobia

    02/13/2015 5:23:35 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. TriskaidekaphobiaNoun An abnormal fear of the number 13. 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, February 12, 2015 - inimical

    02/12/2015 4:05:39 AM PST · by secret garden · 55 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 12 February 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". inimical \in-NIM-ih-kul\ adjective1. being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence2a. having the disposition of an enemy : hostile b. reflecting or indicating hostility : unfriendly Example sentences:The mayor's proposal received an inimical response from members of the town council. "Profiling and other means of applying stereotypes to certain types of persons on the basis of how they appear, as opposed to how they behave, is inimical to the very foundations of...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 11, 2015-- sybarite

    02/11/2015 5:55:56 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 62 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 11, 2015-- sybarite ; 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". sybarite [ sib-uh-rahyt]hear it pronounced noun 1. (usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure. 2. an inhabitant of Sybaris. Origin: C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris: "person devoted to pleasure," 1610s (implied in Sybaritical), literally "inhabitant of Sybaris," ancient Greek town in southern Italy, whose people were noted for their love of luxury. From Latin Sybarita, from Greek...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 10, 2015

    02/10/2015 5:24:36 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 52 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 10, 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". misremember [mis-ri-mem-ber] -vt, vi1. to remember incorrectly. 2. to fail to remember; forget. [1525-35; mis-1+ remember]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 9, 2015-- overweening

    02/09/2015 6:12:46 AM PST · by xsmommy · 52 replies
    2/9/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, February 9, 2015 overweening 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". overweening; adjective 1. presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud: a brash, insolent, overweening fellow. 2. exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant: overweening prejudice; overweening pride.1300-50; Middle English overwening (e) (gerund); see overween, -ing2 Related forms Expand overweeningly, adverb overweeningness, noun 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, February 6, 2015 - Phenom

    02/06/2015 5:10:04 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. PhenomNoun -Slang A phenomenon, especially a remarkable or outstanding person. 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, February 5, 2015 - rallentando

    02/05/2015 3:00:44 AM PST · by secret garden · 36 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 5 February 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". rallentando [rah-luh n-tahn-doh; Italian rahl-len-tahn-daw] adjectiveslackening; becoming slower (used as a musical direction). Example sentences:Sir Norman, a marked rallentando there please, a marked rallentando there. Professor Sevchik always insisted. It is consequent and logical as well as pleasing to the ear and that passage following should be taken like this.--Ralph Cusack, Cadenza, 1958 On the other hand, he would become quite depressed if he had to stop in the middle of a verse,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 4, 2015-- polymath

    02/04/2015 5:54:09 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 4, 2015-- polymath ; 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". polymath [pol-ee-math]hear it pronounced noun 1. a person of great learning in several fields of study Origin: 1615-25; < Greek polymathḗs learned, having learned much, equivalent to poly- poly- + -mathēs, adj. derivative of manthánein to learn Related forms polymathic, adjective polymathy (po-lim -a-thee) noun Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 3, 2015

    02/03/2015 4:50:41 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 36 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 3, 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". grok [grok] -vt1. to understand thoroughly and intuitively. -vi 2. to communicate sympathetically.[coined by Robert A. Heinlein in the science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 2, 2015-- ineluctable

    02/02/2015 7:03:26 AM PST · by xsmommy · 65 replies
    2/2 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/2/15 ; 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". ineluctable; adj. incapable of being evaded; inescapable: "an ineluctable destiny." Synonyms: inevitable, unavoidable, irrevocable, unpreventable, unstoppable, inexorable. Antonyms: certain, sure, fated. Etymology: 1615-25; < Latin inēluctābilis, equivalent to in- in-3+ ēluctā (rī) to force a way out or over, surmount ( ē- e-1+ luctārī to wrestle) + -bilis -ble Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must,...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 30, 2015 - Poltroon

    01/30/2015 4:49:23 AM PST · by tioga · 86 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, 180159, 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 hypokrisma 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
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    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 irascibility noun irascibleness noun irascibly 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 handsa 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]