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  • Word for the Day, Tuesday December 20, 2011

    12/20/2011 4:22:35 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 146 replies · 2+ views
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 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". quangocracy{kwæŋˈgɒkrəsɪ} -n 1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the control or influence ascribed to quangos 2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) quangos collectively quango{kwang-goh} -n(especially in Great Britain) a semi-public advisory and administrative body supported by the government and having most of its members appointed by the government. [1975–80; qu ( asi ) -a ( utonomous ) n ( on- ) g ( overnmental ) o ( rganization...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 19, 2011-- intromit

    12/19/2011 6:20:20 AM PST · by xsmommy · 105 replies
    12/19/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/19/11 img src=”http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae143/CyberLiberty/wftd.jpg"; 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". intromit; verb verb (used with object), -mit·ted, -mit·ting. to send, put, or let in; introduce; admit. Etymology:1375–1425; late Middle English intromitten < Latin intrōmittere to send in, equivalent to intrō- intro- + mittere to send 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...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 16, 2011 - Tautological

    12/16/2011 4:32:09 AM PST · by tioga · 62 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. TautologicalNoun a. Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy. b. An instance of such repetition. adverb - tautologically; adjective - tautological, tautologic 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 15, 2011 - mundify

    12/15/2011 4:42:31 AM PST · by secret garden · 72 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 15 December 2011 | 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". mundify \MUHN-duh-fahy\, verbTo purge or purify. Example sentences:The cleric, fatigued and mumpish, scolded her, saying that a woman of her burdensome years should return home and mundify her morphewed sins.-- Edward Dahlberg, The Olive of Minerva: Or, The Comedy of a Cuckold Vigorous efforts to mundify old nasty habits should find priority as a substruction on which the edifice of the efforts of humanising the police should be built.-- Praveen Kumar, Indian Police...
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - Limn

    12/14/2011 12:08:03 AM PST · by tioga · 60 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | FRiday's Sub subbing for Wednesday'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. Limn tr.v. limned, limning (lmnng), limns 1. To describe. 2. To depict by painting or drawing. 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, Tuesday December 13, 2011

    12/13/2011 4:19:53 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 74 replies · 2+ views
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 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". peculate{pek-yuh-leyt} -vt, -vi to steal or take dishonestly (money, especially public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle. [1740–50; v. use of peculate embezzlement (now obsolete) < Latin pecūlātus, equivalent to pecūlā ( rī ) to embezzle, literally, to make public property private + -tus suffix of v. action. See peculiar, -ate1].
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 12, 2011- ephemeral

    12/12/2011 5:26:49 AM PST · by xsmommy · 123 replies · 1+ views
    12/12/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/12/11 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". ephemeral;adj. 1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood. 2. lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower Etymology: C16: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day] Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 9, 2011 - Pecksniffian

    12/09/2011 5:07:56 AM PST · by tioga · 47 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. PecksniffianAdjective Hypocritically benevolent; sanctimonious. [After Seth Pecksniff, a character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel by Charles Dickens.] 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, December 8, 2011 - operose

    12/08/2011 4:39:31 AM PST · by secret garden · 107 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 8 December 2011 | 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". operose \OP-uh-rohs\, adjective1. Done with or involving much labor.2. Industrious, as a person. Example sentences:It seems to me a circuitous and operose way of relieving myself to put upon your community the emancipation which I ought to take on myself.-- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter But what an operose method! What a train of means to secure a little conversation!-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays"It takes a lot to disturb the equable temperament of...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, December 7, 2011 PEARL HARBOR DAY-- louche

    12/07/2011 4:32:16 AM PST · by xsmommy · 60 replies
    12/7/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 12/7/11 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". louche; adj. dubious; shady; disreputable. Etymology: 181020; < French: literally, cross-eyed; Old French losche, feminine of lois < Latin luscus blind in one eye 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....
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, December 6, 2011- animadversion

    12/06/2011 6:35:04 AM PST · by xsmommy · 46 replies
    12/6/11 | xs thanks to dr. bogus pachysandra
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, 12/6/11 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". animadversion; noun an unfavorable or censorious comment: to make animadversions on someone's conduct. 2. the act of criticizing. synonyms:1. aspersion, reflection, derogation. Etymology: 1590–1600; < Latin animadversiōn- (stem of animadversiō ) a heeding, censure, equivalent to animadvers ( us ) (past participle of animadvertere to heed, censure; see animadvert) + -iōn- -ion Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 5, 2011-- callithumpian

    12/05/2011 5:29:51 AM PST · by xsmommy · 45 replies
    Dr. Bogus Pachysandra | 12/5/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/5/11 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". callithumpian; adj. noun Chiefly Northeastern U.S. 1. pertaining to a shivaree. 2. Midwestern U.S. Also called callithump parade . a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes. Also, callathump. Etymology: 185560, Americanism ; compare earlier callithumpian band assembly of noisemakers on New Year's Eve, British dialect gallithumpians disturbers of order at Parliamentary elections, probably equivalent to dial. gally to frighten...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 2, 2011 - Bobbery

    12/02/2011 4:57:55 AM PST · by tioga · 93 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. BobberyNoun Informal a noisy commotion Adjective Informal noisy or excitable Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 1, 2011 - equable

    12/01/2011 4:43:04 AM PST · by secret garden · 91 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 1 December 2011 | 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". equable (EK-wuh-buhl, EE-kwuh-) adjective1. Not easily upset; tranquil.2. Uniform; steady.3. Free from extremes. Example sentences:"It takes a lot to disturb the equable temperament of Celtic goalkeeper Jonathan Gould."---Ian Paul; Enforced Rest Has Left Gould Seething; The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland); Sep 29, 1999. "What was, until quite recently, predictable, temperate, mild, and equable British weather, now sees the seasons reversed and temperature and rainfall records broken almost every year."---John Vidal; Extreme Weather Ahead; The...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - fascicle

    11/30/2011 3:08:40 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 56 replies
    Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Word of the Day ^ | 11/30/2011 | The Traveling Slacker
    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". fascicle \FASS-ih-kul\ - noun 1. a small or slender bundle (as of pine needles or nerve fibers) 2. one of the divisions of a book published in parts Example sentence: "It was a word that was due to be included in the dictionary's second fascicle, or part, being readied to be printed and published in the later summer of 1885." --- From the 1998 book The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday November 29, 2011

    11/29/2011 5:11:36 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 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". jobbernowl -n A blockhead. [OE. jobbernoule, fr. jobarde a stupid fellow; cf. E. noll.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 28, 2011-- redolent

    11/28/2011 4:34:24 AM PST · by xsmommy · 57 replies
    11/28/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/28/11 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". redolent;adj. 1. having a pleasant odor; fragrant. 2. odorous or smelling (usually followed by of ): redolent of garlic. 3. suggestive; reminiscent (usually followed by of ): verse redolent of Shakespeare. Etymology: 1350–1400; Middle English < Latin redolent- (stem of redolēns ), present participle of redolēre to emit odor, equivalent to red- red- + ol ( ēre ) to smell (akin to odor) + -ent- -ent Rules: Everyone...
  • Powell Blames Media and Tea Party for Divisive Nature in Washington.

    11/28/2011 3:04:20 AM PST · by Evergolightly · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 27 November 2011 | Noel Sheppard
    Colin Powell on Sunday blamed the media as well as the Tea Party for the divisive political tone in Washington. Not surprisingly, neither the class warfare stoked by President Obama and his Party nor the resulting Occupy Wall Street movement was mentioned during this seven minute interview with Christiane Amanpour on ABC's This Week (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST: What about this tone in the country right now? It's still very divisive. It's still very sort of brash, some say poisonous. I mean, you can barely get anything done on Capitol Hill, just behind me there....
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, November 25, 2011 - widdershins

    11/25/2011 5:33:13 AM PST · by tioga · 68 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    WiddershinsAdverb In a contrary or counterclockwise direction: "The coracle whirled round, clockwise, then widdershins" (Anthony Bailey). 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, Tuesday 1/14/03: RoisterReview Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03:...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 24, 2011, Happy Thanksgiving - mantissa

    11/24/2011 5:06:48 AM PST · by secret garden · 48 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 24 November 2011 | 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". mantissa (man-TIS-uh) noun1. An addition of little importance.2. The decimal part of a logarithm or the positive fractional part of a number. Example sentence: "Are we supposed to think that most criticism of Mr. John Fowles is a mantissa?"---John Leonard; Books of the Times; The New York Times; Aug 31, 1982. Etymology: Via Latin mantisa/mantissa (makeweight, something put in a scale to complete a needed weight), from a now extinct language, Etruscan, once...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - trammel

    11/23/2011 6:46:05 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 61 replies
    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". trammel \TRAM-ul\ - noun 1. a net for catching birds or fish 2. something impeding activity, progress, or freedom; restraint -- usually used in plural Also: verb - "to confine" or "to enmesh" Also: adjective (trammeled) - "confined or limited" Example sentence: "I cast the miserable trammels of worldly discretion to the winds, and spoke with the fervour that filled me." -- From Wilkie Collins' 1868 novel The Moonstone Extra Example sentence: "Those...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday november 22, 2011

    11/22/2011 5:09:14 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 47 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 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". sequestration [sē-kwəs-ˈtrā-shən, ˌse-; (ˌ)sē-ˌkwes-] -n 1.the act of sequestering : the state of being sequestered 2a. a legal writ authorizing a sheriff or commissioner to take into custody the property of a defendant who is in contempt until the orders of a court are complied with 2b. a deposit whereby a neutral depositary agrees to hold property in litigation and to restore it to the party...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 21, 2011-- mingy

    11/21/2011 4:11:19 AM PST · by xsmommy · 67 replies
    BogusPachysandra | 11/21/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/21/11 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". mingy; adj. mean and stingy; niggardly. Etymology: 188590; m(ean2 ) + ( st)ingy 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....
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, November 18, 2011 - Vitiate

    11/18/2011 5:15:56 AM PST · by tioga · 87 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. VitiateTr. Verb 1. To reduce the value or impair the quality of. 2. To corrupt morally; debase. 3. To make ineffective; invalidate. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 17, 2011 - parergon

    11/17/2011 3:52:51 AM PST · by secret garden · 79 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 17 November 2011 | 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".parergon \pa-RUR-gon\, noun 1. Work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.2. Something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment. Example sentences:This labor resulted in a side adventure or parergon: On his way to the chase, Heracles was entertained by the centaur Pholus, who set before him a jar of wine that belonged to all the centaurs in common.-- P. O. Morford, Robert J. Lenardon, Classical mythology "It is a...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - mountebank

    11/16/2011 6:30:32 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 46 replies
    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". mountebank \MOUN-tih-bank\ - noun 1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platform 2. a boastful unscrupulous pretender; charlatan Example sentence: In his newspaper column, Gavin criticized the talk-radio host as "a mountebank whose 'expert' opinions and advice are complete hooey." Extra Example sentence: "Bring your five-minute tales related to all things fraudulent and pseudo. Flimflammers, mountebanks, poseurs and snake oil salesmen especially welcome." -- From a literary events listing by Gina...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday November 15, 2011

    11/15/2011 5:05:32 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 71 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, November 15, 2011 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". kef [keyf] -n 1.A state of drowsy contentment 2. Also, keef. a substance, especially a smoking preparation of hemp leaves, used to produce this state. Kef comes from the Arabic word kaif meaning well-being or pleasure.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 14, 2011-- verisimilitude

    11/14/2011 5:12:25 AM PST · by xsmommy · 90 replies
    11/14/11 | xs
    Word For The Day,Monday, 11/14/11 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". verisimilitude; noun 1.the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude. 2.something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth. Etymology: 1595–1605; < Latin vērīsimilitūdō,equivalent to vērī(genitive singular of vērumtruth) + similitūdōsimilitude 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...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, 11/11/11 - Eclat

    11/11/2011 5:09:35 AM PST · by tioga · 36 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. EclatNoun 1. Brilliancy of success or effort; splendor; brilliant show; striking effect; glory; renown. 2. Demonstration of admiration and approbation; 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:...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 10, 2011 - anoesis

    11/10/2011 4:49:31 AM PST · by secret garden · 90 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 10 November 2011 | 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". anoesis \an-oh-EE-sis\, noun A state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content. Example sentences: Normally, on my long-distance walks, anoesis descends within a few miles: the mental tape loop of infuriating resentments, or inane pop lyrics, or nonce phrases gives way to the greeny-beige noise of the outdoors.-- Will Self, Psychogeography Wiggy felt sudden release from all tension: exalted, drawn up in a freedom like dance. Then he was...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - fey

    11/09/2011 6:03:14 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 38 replies
    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". fey \FAY\ - adjective 1. marked by a foreboding of death or calamity 2a. marked by an otherworldly air or attitude 2b. crazy 3a. excessively refined; precious 3b. quaintly unconventional; campy Example sentence: Grandfather always said grandmother was "fey," and he often joked that he believed she was raised by woodland fairies. Extra Example sentence: "The Danny Elfman score is augmented, somehow appropriately for a twee story, by songs from the ultra-fey Sufjan...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday November 8, 2011

    11/08/2011 5:13:16 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 68 replies · 2+ views
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2011 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". cheeseparing [cheez-pair-ing] -adj 1.meanly economical; parsimonious. -n 2. something of little or no value. 3. niggardly economy
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 7, 2011-- oeuvre

    11/07/2011 6:00:36 AM PST · by xsmommy · 104 replies
    11/7/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/7/11 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". oeuvre; noun 1. a work of art, literature, music, etc 2. the total output of a writer, painter, etc Etymology: "a work," esp. a work of literature, also "the body of work produced by an artist," 1875, from Fr. oeuvre "work," from L. opera (see opus). 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, November 4, 2011 - Denude

    11/04/2011 4:33:23 AM PDT · 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. DenudeTr. Verb To divest of covering; make bare. 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, November 3, 2011 - metemperical

    11/03/2011 4:37:37 AM PDT · by secret garden · 94 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 3 November 2011 | 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".metempirical \met-em-PIR-i-kuhl\, adjective1. Beyond or outside the field of experience.2. Of or pertaining to metempirics. Example sentences: ...but the quality of her innate wit had deepened, strange metempirical (as Van called them) undercurrents seemed to double internally, and thus enrich, the simplest expression of her simplest thoughts.-- Vladimir Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor, a Family Chronicle Still however, instead of aspiring to becoming rigorous and metempirical, poetry lives by the heart, the sense and singing.--...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, November 2, 2011-- desuetude

    11/02/2011 6:38:38 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 61 replies
    11/2/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 11/2/11 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". desuetude; noun the state of being no longer used or practiced Etymology: 1425–75; late Middle English < Latin dēsuētūdo,equivalent to dēsuē-,base of dēsuēscereto become disaccustomed to, unlearn (dē-de-+ suēscereto become accustomed to) + -tūdō-tude Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for...
  • Word for the Day, November 1, 2011

    11/01/2011 5:06:35 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 72 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, November 1, 2011 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". amain [uh-meyn] -adv Archaic 1.with full force. 2. at full speed. 3. suddenly; hastily. 4. exceedingly; greatly.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 31, 2011, HAPPY HALLOWEEN-- beshrew

    10/31/2011 4:51:23 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 65 replies · 2+ views
    10/31/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/31/11 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". beshrew; verb verb (used with object) Archaic. to curse; invoke evil upon. Etymology: early 14c., "deprave, pervert, corrupt," from be-+ shrew (v.) "to curse;" see shrew. Meaning "to invoke evil upon" is from late 14c. 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...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, October 28, 2011 - Offal

    10/28/2011 3:51:47 AM PDT · by tioga · 56 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. OffalNoun 1. Waste parts, especially of a butchered animal. 2. Refuse; rubbish. 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, Rocktober 27, 2011 - catachresis

    10/27/2011 4:33:44 AM PDT · by secret garden · 50 replies
    dictionaries, etc. | 27 October 2011 | 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".catachresis \kat-uh-KREE-sis\ , noun1 use of the wrong word for the context2 use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech Example sentences: "Online dictionaries are handy. One can click on synonyms and antonyms, follow new links and lures, and get pleasantly lost in a high-tech thicket of info. Being a tap or two away, more people might be tempted to look up unfamiliar words. And anything that counteracts catachresis is fine with...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, October 26, 2011-- trope

    10/26/2011 6:32:18 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 31 replies
    10/26/11 | xs
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 10/26/11 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". trope; noun Rhetoric. a.any literary or rhetorical device, as metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony, that consists in the use of words in other than their literal sense. b.an instance of this. Compare figure of speech. 2.a phrase, sentence, or verse formerly interpolated in a liturgical text to amplify or embellish. 3.(in the philosophy of Santayana) the principle of organizationaccording to whichmatter moves to form an objectduring the various...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday October 25, 2011

    10/25/2011 12:59:20 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 113 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, October 25, 2011 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". swith [swith] -adv Chiefly British immediately, quickly [before 900; Middle English (adv.), Old English swīthe strongly, equivalent to swīth strong (cognate with German geschwind, Old Norse svinnr fast, Gothic swinths strong) + -e adv. suffix ]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 24, 2011-- eclat

    10/24/2011 4:35:40 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 92 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/24/11 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". eclat; noun [ey-klah] 1.brilliance of success, reputation, etc.: the clat of a great achievement. 2.showy or elaborate display: a performance of great clat. 3.acclamation; acclaim. synonyms: acclaim, acclamation, plaudit, plaudits, pomp Etymology:166575; < French: splinter, fragment, burst, flash, brilliance, Old French esclat,noun derivative of esclaterto burst, break violently, probably < Old Low Franconian *slaitanto split, break (compare Old High German sleizanto tear), a causative of Germanic *slitan;see slit...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, October 21, 2011 - Factotum

    10/21/2011 5:33:33 AM PDT · by tioga · 64 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. FactotumNoun An employee or assistant who serves in a wide range of capacities. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 20, 2011 - hobson jobson

    10/20/2011 4:24:09 AM PDT · by secret garden · 60 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 20 October 2011 | 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".hobson jobson \HOB-suhn-JOB-suhn\ , nounThe alteration of a word borrowed from a foreign language to accord more closely with the linguistic patterns of the borrowing language. Example sentences: They did the Englishman's dirty work, spoke his language in their own ugly hobson-jobson, full of vulgar abuse, but had none of his cricketing spirit.-- Khushwant Singh, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale She had learned enough hobson-jobson to get along with the other servants, but...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, Rocktober 19, 2011 - hendiadys

    10/19/2011 4:36:34 AM PDT · by secret garden · 42 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 19 October 2011 | Thursday's sub doing double duty
    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".hendiadys \hen-DYE-uh-dis\ noun the expression of an idea by the use of usually two independent words connected by and (as nice and warm) Example sentence: The hendiadys "good and loud" appears in many reviews of the concert. "In the source text, Claudius's distress is represented through doubling -- more specifically, in the form of a hendiadys where the two nouns 'discord' and 'dismay' are connected by 'and,' which creates intensification." -- From Roshni Mooneeram...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday October 18, 2011

    10/18/2011 5:03:24 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 77 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, October 18, 2011 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". puissant [pyoo-uh-suhnt, pyoo-is-uhnt, pwis-uhnt] -adj Literary powerful; mighty; potent. [1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *possent- (stem of *possēns ), for Latin potent- (stem of potēns ), present participle of posse to be able, have power; see potent, -ant ] puissantly, adverb overpuissant, adjective overpuissantly, adverb
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 17, 2011-- vituperative

    10/17/2011 5:22:29 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 56 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/11/11 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". Vituperative; adj. using verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation Etymology: 1475–85; < Latin vituperātiōn- (stem of vituperātio ), equivalent to vituperāt ( us ) ( see vituperate) + -iōn- -ion 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....
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, October 14, 2011 - Rapacious

    10/14/2011 5:19:31 AM PDT · by tioga · 90 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. RapaciousAdjective 1. Taking by force; plundering. 2. Greedy; ravenous. See Synonyms at voracious. 3. Subsisting on live prey. rapaciously - adv. rapacity, rapaciousness - n. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 13, 2011 - nihilism

    10/13/2011 4:06:31 AM PDT · by secret garden · 99 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 13 October 2011 | 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". nihilism [nahy-uh-liz-uhm, nee-] noun 1. total rejection of established laws and institutions. 2. anarchy, terrorism, or other revolutionary activity. 3. total and absolute destructiveness, especially toward the world at large and including oneself: the power-mad nihilism that marked Hitler's last years. 4. Philosophy a. an extreme form of skepticism: the denial of all real existence or the possibility of an objective basis for truth. b. nothingness or nonexistence. 5. ( sometimes initial capital...