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  • Word for the Day, ASH WEDNESDAY, 2/22/12-- shrive

    02/22/2012 5:56:29 AM PST · by xsmommy · 63 replies · 2+ views
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    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 2/22/12 ; 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". shrive; verb 1. to impose penance on (a sinner). 2. to grant absolution to (a penitent). 3. to hear the confession of (a person). Etymology: O.E. scrifan "assign, decree, impose penance," from W.Gmc. *skriban (cf. O.S. scriban, O.Du. scrivan, Du. schrijven "to write;" O.N. skrjpt "penance, confession"), an early borrowing from L. scribere "to write" (see script). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 21, 2012

    02/21/2012 4:51:36 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, February 21, 2012 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". pedant [ped-nt] -n1. a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning. 2. a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details. 3. a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense. 4. Obsolete a schoolmaster [1580–90; < Italian pedante teacher, pedant; apparently akin to pedagogue; see -ant]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 20, 2012 - Funambulist

    02/20/2012 6:50:51 AM PST · by tioga · 47 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Monday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. FunambulistNoun One who performs on a tightrope or a slack rope. Also: Funambulism, 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 makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, February 17, 2012 - Exuviate

    02/17/2012 4:57:32 AM PST · by tioga · 59 replies · 1+ views
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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”. Exuviatev. ex·u·vi·at·ed, ex·u·vi·at·ing, ex·u·vi·ates v.tr. To shed or cast off (a covering). v.intr. To shed or cast off exuviae; molt. ex·uvi·ation 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 The Day, Thursday...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 16, 2012 - idoneous

    02/16/2012 4:45:23 AM PST · by secret garden · 62 replies · 1+ views
    dictionaries ad naueam | 16 February 2012 | 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". idoneous \ahy-DOH-nee-uhs\ adjectiveAppropriate; fit; suitable; apt. Example sentences:As far as benefices are concerned no one could be more idoneous, fitting or suitable than Martin, since he is an Anglican clergyman.-- Patrick O'Brian, The Truelove It would hardly be possible to apply less idoneous adjectives to it than Watson's reiterated "wailing" and "haunting."-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone Etymology: Idoneous is derived from the Latin word idōneus which meant...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - Minatory

    02/15/2012 6:06:55 AM PST · by tioga · 65 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | 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”. MinatoryAdjective Of a menacing or threatening nature; minacious. Adverb: minatorily [French minatoire, from Late Latin mintrius, from Latin mintus, past participle of minr, to threaten; see minacious.]
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 14, 2012

    02/14/2012 4:26:20 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 53 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2012 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". zeitgeist [tsahyt-gahyst] -n the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era. [C20: from German, literally: time spirit; see tide 1 , ghost ]
  • Word for the Day, Monday February 13, 2012-- gallimaufry

    02/13/2012 4:54:54 AM PST · by xsmommy · 61 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/13/12 ; 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". gallimaufry; noun 1. a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley. 2. a ragout or hash > Etymology: 1545–55; < Middle French galimafree kind of sauce or stew, probably a conflation of galer to amuse oneself ( see gallant) and Picard dialect mafrer to gorge oneself (< Middle Dutch moffelen to eat, nosh Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, February 10, 2012 - Tenebrific

    02/10/2012 5:22:24 AM PST · by tioga · 45 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”. TenebrificAdjective 1. Serving to obscure or darken. 2. Gloomy; dark. [Latin tenebrae, darkness + -fic.] Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 8, 2012 - cacography

    02/09/2012 4:45:34 AM PST · by secret garden · 59 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 8 February 2012 | 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". cacography \ka-KAH-gruh-fee\ noun1. bad spelling2. bad handwriting Example sentences:The letter was marred by cacography and poor punctuation, among other flaws. "I sprang out of the car, sensing that I was different, and that I had only begun to comprehend the enigmas underlying mankind and cacography." -- From Jeff Deck's 2011 book The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time Etymology: In its earliest use in the 16th...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - Panjandrum

    02/07/2012 9:15:15 PM PST · by tioga · 40 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | 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”. PanjandrumNoun An important or self-important person: "a panjandrum of the publishing business" (Nat Hentoff). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 7, 2012

    02/07/2012 4:37:39 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 39 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, February 7, 2012 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". nidus [nahy-duhs] -n, plural -di1. a nest, especially one in which insects, spiders, etc., deposit their eggs. 2.a place or point in an organism where a germ or other organism can develop or breed. [1735–45; < Latin nīdus nest]
  • Word for the Day, Monday February 6, 2012

    02/06/2012 7:18:41 AM PST · by xsmommy · 66 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/6/12 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". "begs the question" "Begging the question" is a form of logical fallacy in which a statement or claim is assumed to be true without evidence other than the statement or claim itself. When one begs the question, the initial assumption of a statement is treated as already proven without any logic to show why the statement is true in the first place. A simple example would be "I...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, February 3, 2012 - Blitzkrieg

    02/03/2012 5:25:43 AM PST · by tioga · 44 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”. BlitzkriegNoun A swift, sudden military offensive, usually by combined air and mobile land forces. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 2, 2012 - peroration

    02/02/2012 4:53:36 AM PST · by secret garden · 63 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | Groundhog Day 2012 | 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". peroration \per-uh-REY-shuhn\ , noun1. A long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.2. Rhetoric. The concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the principal points and urges them with greater earnestness and force. Example sentences:Thus he apostrophised his house and race in terms of the most moving eloquence; but when it came to the peroration—and what is eloquence that lacks a peroration?—he fumbled. He would...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - Encomium

    02/01/2012 5:19:38 AM PST · by tioga · 107 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | 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”. EncomiumNoun 1. Warm, glowing praise. 2. A formal expression of praise; a tribute.pl. encomiums or encomia (-m-)[Latin encmium, from Greek enkmion (epos), (speech) praising a victor, neuter of enkmios, of the victory procession : en-, in; see en-2 + kmos, celebration.] 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...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 31, 2012

    01/31/2012 4:39:32 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 96 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 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". neoterism [nee-OT-uh-riz-uhm] -n1. An innovation in language, as a new word, term, or expression. 2. The use of new words, terms, or expressions. 1870–75; < Greek neōterismós an attempt to change, equivalent to neōter ( ízein ) to make innovations ( see neoterize) + -ismos -ism
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 30,2012-- redound

    01/30/2012 5:03:15 AM PST · by xsmommy · 120 replies
    Mikrofon | 1/30/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/30/12 ; 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". redound; verb [used without object] 1. to have a good or bad effect or result, as to the advantage or disadvantage of a person or thing. 2. to result or accrue, as to a person. 3. to come back or reflect upon a person as to honor or disgrace (usually followed by on or upon ). Etymology: 1382, "to overflow," from O.Fr. redonder "overflow, abound" (12c.), from...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 27, 2012 -

    01/27/2012 5:28:23 AM PST · by tioga · 71 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”. PunctiliousAdjective 1. Strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct. See Synonyms at meticulous. 2. Precise; scrupulous. punctiliously adv. punctiliousness 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 The...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 26, 2012 - argosy

    01/26/2012 4:29:30 AM PST · by secret garden · 55 replies · 1+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 26 January 2012 | 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". argosy (AHR-GUH-see) noun1. A large ship, or a fleet of ships, especially one carrying valuable cargo. 2. A rich source or supply. Example sentences:"Shylock: He hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies." ---William Shakespeare; The Merchant of Venice; 1596. "We get a little bit detective story, a little bit gossip, and an argosy of insight."---Amy Wallen; Book Review: 'Nom de Plume'; Los Angeles Times; Aug 8, 2011. Etymology: Shortening of...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, January 25, 2012-- fey

    01/25/2012 5:36:49 AM PST · by xsmommy · 85 replies · 2+ views
    1/25/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/25/12 ; 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;adj. 1. British Dialect . doomed; fated to die. 2. Chiefly Scot. appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil. 3. supernatural; unreal; enchanted: elves, fairies, and other fey creatures. 4. being in unnaturally high spirits, as were formerly thought to precede death. 5. whimsical; strange; otherworldly: a strange child with a mysterious smile and a fey manner. Etymology: "of...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 24, 2012

    01/24/2012 4:36:31 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 95 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 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". hypophora -nHypophora, also referred to as anthypophora or antipophora, is a figure of speech in which the speaker poses a question and then answers the question.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 23, 2012 - Pawky

    01/23/2012 8:04:43 AM PST · by tioga · 109 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Monday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. PawkyAdjective Shrewd and cunning, often in a humorous manner. Also: pawkier, pawkiestpawkily adv pawkiness 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 The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 20, 2012 -

    01/20/2012 5:48:23 AM PST · by tioga · 52 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”. CautelNoun 1. Caution; prudence; wariness. 2. Craft; deceit; falseness. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 19, 2012 - stochastic

    01/19/2012 4:47:10 AM PST · by secret garden · 133 replies · 1+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 19 January 2012 | 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". stochastic (stuh-KAS-tik) adjective Involving chance; random; probabilistic. Example sentence: "Medicine is a stochastic science -- no doctor can predict the future." ---Sandeep Jauhar; When Doctors Slam the Door; The New York Times; Mar 16, 2003. Etymology: From Greek stokhos (aim, target, a pointed stake for an archer to aim at). Earliest documented use: 1662. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, January 18, 2012- Jobation

    01/18/2012 5:48:29 AM PST · by tioga · 66 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. JobationNoun 1. A scolding; a hand, tedious reproof. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 17, 2012

    01/17/2012 5:13:19 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 43 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, January 17, 2012 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". nebby{nebē, -bi} -adj1. dial : rudely inquisitive : meddlesome 2. dial Brit : sharp-natured : spiteful [neb + -y].
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 16, 2012-- argot

    01/16/2012 5:19:19 AM PST · by xsmommy · 85 replies
    1/16/12 | xs
    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". argot; noun 1. a specialized idiomatic vocabulary peculiar to a particular class or group of people, especially that of an underworld group, devised for private communication and identification: a Restoration play rich in thieves' argot. 2. the special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group: sociologists' argot. Etymology: 1860, from Fr. argot (17c.) "the jargon of Paris rogues and thieves," earlier "the company of beggars," from M.Fr., "group of beggars," origin...
  • Word for the Day - FRiday, January 13, 2012 - Ennui

    01/13/2012 6:05:52 AM PST · by tioga · 76 replies · 1+ views
    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”. EnnuiNoun Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom. 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, January 12, 2012 - paregmenon

    01/12/2012 4:42:54 AM PST · by secret garden · 53 replies · 1+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 12 January 2012 | 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". paregmenon \puh-REG-muh-non\ , nounThe juxtaposition of words that have a common derivation, as in “sense and sensibility.” Example sentences:Although as artificial as his use of traductio, this use of paregmenon at least reveals Sidney's ingenuity and wit.-- Sherod M. Cooper, The Sonnets of Astrophel and Stella The recurrence of the same word with a different inflection, as in the polyptoton, or of different words of the same origin, as in the paregmenon, draws...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - Folderol

    01/11/2012 5:35:51 AM PST · by tioga · 79 replies · 1+ views
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | 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”. Folderol (also spelled Falderal) 1. Foolishness; nonsense. 2. A trifle; a gewgaw. 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, Tuesday January 10, 2012

    01/10/2012 5:15:09 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 76 replies · 1+ views
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 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". tessera{tes-er-uh} -n, plural tesserae 1. one of the small pieces used in mosaic work. 2. a small square of bone, wood, or the like, used in ancient times as a token, tally, ticket, etc. [1640–50; < Latin < Greek (Ionic) tésseres four].
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 9, 2012-- consternate

    01/09/2012 4:46:25 AM PST · by xsmommy · 94 replies · 4+ views
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/9/12 ; 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". consternate; verb verb (used with object), -nat·ed, -nat·ing. to dismay, confuse, or terrify. to fill with anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion Etymology:1645–55; < Latin consternātus, past participle of consternāre to unsettle, throw into confusion, perhaps intensive derivative of consternere to cover, spread (with) ( con- con- + sternere to strew; compare stratum), though sense development uncertain Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Word of the Day, FRiday, January 6, 2012 - Dystopia

    01/06/2012 5:06:49 AM PST · by tioga · 89 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”. DistopiaNoun 1. An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror. 2. A work describing such a place or state: "dystopias such as Brave New World" (Times Literary Supplement). 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, Thursday, January 5, 2012 - gasconade

    01/05/2012 4:49:15 AM PST · by secret garden · 82 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 5 January 2012 | 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". gasconade \gas-kuh-NEYD\ , noun Extravagant boasting; boastful talk. verb To boast extravagantly; bluster. Example sentences:The British officers laugh, because they are well armed and many, and Kemal's men are pitifully few, but they enjoy and admire Kemal's swashbuckling gasconade, and they let his party pass.-- Louis de Bernières, Birds Without Wings The papers, barely days old, were full of boastful malarkey and gasconade, but of much more evident value when it came to...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - Hotspur

    01/04/2012 7:30:43 AM PST · by tioga · 86 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | FRiday's Sub subbing for Wednesday 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”. HotspurNouna rash or impetuous 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 this thread!) Review Thread Two:...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 3, 2012

    01/03/2012 5:09:51 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 126 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, January 3, 2012 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". fusty{FUHS-tee} -adj 1. Having a stale smell; moldy; musty. 2. Old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like. 3. Stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish. [Fusty comes from the Old French word fust, meaning a “wine cask.” As wine casks are stuffy and smelly, the adjective is a logical association.].
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 2, 2012-- numinous

    01/02/2012 6:13:40 AM PST · by xsmommy · 59 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/2/12 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". numinous; adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or like a numen; spiritual or supernatural. 2. surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious: that element in artistic expression that remains numinous. 3. arousing one's elevated feelings of duty, honor, loyalty, etc.: a benevolent and numinous paternity. Etymology: "divine, spiritual," 1647, from L. numen (gen. numinis) "divine will," properly "divine approval expressed by nodding the head," from nuere "to nod" (cf. Gk. neuein...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 30, 2011 - Faustian

    12/30/2011 5:55:17 AM PST · by tioga · 56 replies
    Dictionary.com ^ | 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”. FaustianAdjective 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Faust: a Faustian novel. 2. sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain: a Faustian pact with the Devil. 3. characterized by spiritual dissatisfaction or torment. 4. possessed with a hunger for knowledge or mastery. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 29, 2011 - crepitate

    12/29/2011 5:30:56 AM PST · by secret garden · 69 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 29 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". crepitate \KREP-i-teyt\, verb To make a crackling sound; crackle. Example sentences:The lampwicks crepitate; their flames are about to go out, long mosquitoes flit in rapid circlings about them.-- Gustave Flaubert, The Temptation of Saint Anthony This horrible talk, however, evidently possessed a potent magic for my friend; and his imagination, checked for a while by the influence of his kinsman, began to ferment and crepitate.-- Henry James, Stories Revived Etymology: Crepitate is from...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - Oscitation

    12/28/2011 8:48:49 AM PST · by tioga · 46 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | FRiday's Sub subbing for Wed 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”. OscitationNoun The act of yawning or gaping. 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 December 27, 2011

    12/27/2011 5:24:20 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, December 27, 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". hiemal{HAHY-uh-muhl} -adj Of or pertaining to winter; wintry. [Hiemal is derived from the Sanskrit word hima meaning “cold, frost, snow.”].
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 23, 2011 - Exlex

    12/23/2011 6:50:41 AM PST · by tioga · 78 replies · 5+ views
    Merriam Webster ^ | 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”. ExlexNoun Outlaw. Adjective Without legal authority. 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, December 22, 2011 - calvous

    12/22/2011 3:37:58 AM PST · by secret garden · 63 replies · 2+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 22 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".calvous \KAL-vuhs\ , adjectiveLacking all or most of the hair on the head; bald. Example sentences:The wit's voluminous neckerchief unraveled and slipped to the mold, and the spangled silver wig fell from the telltale calvous head.-- D. M. Cornish, Lamplighter Admittedly most old, bloated, calvous Germans could double for me, and even if he hadn't been doppelganger material, with the beard I had started growing and the two black eyes, you'd need x-rays to...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - Manky

    12/21/2011 6:42:51 AM PST · by tioga · 54 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | FRiday's sub subbing for Wed 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”. MankyAdjective Also: mankier, mankiest 1. worthless, rotten, or in bad taste 2. dirty, filthy, or bad 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...
  • Christian Reflections on the Current World

    12/21/2011 6:26:38 AM PST · by SarahPalin2012 · 2 replies
    Just some passing thoughts (in the tradition of Thomas Sowell). Since the person that puts up Joel Osteen's devotions doesn't like any debate on that thread (I don't blame him for not wanting to defend Osteen) -- for those that didn't know, Osteen is full of bull shit. Try Skip Heitzig, John MacArthur, Jan Markell. Just be ready to defend and vote for any Republican we nominate. For now that's the best strategy -- that includes ANY office. At some point hopefully we'll have the luxury of picking good republicans. I know it's in vogue to criticize Ann Coulter, but...
  • 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...