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  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 9, 2012-- intransigent

    04/09/2012 5:37:18 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 51 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/9/12 ; 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". intransigent; adj. 1. refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible. noun 2. a person who refuses to agree or compromise, as in politics. Etymology: 1875–80; < Spanish intransigente, equivalent to in- in-3 + transigente (present participle of transigir to compromise) < Latin trānsigent- (stem of trānsigēns, present participle of trānsigere to come to an agreement); see transact Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, April 6, 2012 - Tectonics

    04/06/2012 5:39:03 AM PDT · by tioga · 31 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. TectonicsNoun (used with a singular verb) 1. The study of the earth's structural features.2. The art or science of construction, especially of large buildings. 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, April 5, 2012 - chelonian

    04/05/2012 6:00:26 AM PDT · by secret garden · 70 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 5 April 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". chelonian \ki-LOH-nee-uhn\, adjective1. Belonging or pertaining to the order Chelonia, comprising the turtles. noun1. A turtle. Example sentences:At the truly chelonian pace of somewhat under two miles per hour, the passengers and crew onboard would cover the twenty-seven hundred miles in just over two months.-- Caleb H. Johnson, The Mayflower and Her Passengers The study door crashed back and a seventy-year-old politician stood there, top hat firmly on his head, collar awry around...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, April 4, 2012 -

    04/04/2012 5:57:34 AM PDT · by tioga · 38 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. ReifyTr. Verb To regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence. reification n. reifier n.reificatory adj 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, Tuesday April 3, 2012

    04/03/2012 5:18:52 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 90 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, April 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". skosh [skohsh] -n a bit; a jot [< Japanese sukoshi a little (bit) ]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 2, 2012-- licit

    04/02/2012 4:25:29 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 54 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/2/12 ; 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". licit; adj. legal; lawful; legitimate; permissible. Etymology:1475–85; < Latin licitus permitted (past participle of licēre ); replacing earlier licite < Middle French; see -ite 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, March 30, 2012 - Repine

    03/30/2012 5:23:04 AM PDT · by tioga · 57 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. Repine 1. To be discontented or low in spirits; complain or fret. 2. To yearn after something: Immigrants who repined for their homeland. 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,...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - Eidolon

    03/28/2012 5:22:20 AM PDT · by tioga · 38 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. EidolonNounn. pl. eidolons or eidola (-l) 1. A phantom; an apparition. 2. An image of an ideal. 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, March 29, 2012 - catechize

    03/28/2012 4:14:04 AM PDT · by secret garden · 69 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 29 March 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". catechize \KAT-i-kahyz\, verb1. To question closely.2. To instruct orally by means of questions and answers, especially in Christian doctrine.3. To question with reference to belief. Example sentences:He sent her off when the dial made it five o'clock every fourth Sunday—for we had service only once a month, the parson having a church at Brampton, where he lived, and another as well, which made it the more wicked of us to play truant—but whether...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday March 27, 2012

    03/27/2012 5:16:53 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 66 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, March 27, 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". wen [wen] -n 1. Pathology a benign encysted tumor of the skin, especially on the scalp, containing sebaceous matter; a sebaceous cyst. 2. British a large overcrowded city (esp London in the phrase "the great wen" ) [Old English wenn; related to Danish dialect van, vne, Dutch wenn ]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 25, 2012-- burgeon

    03/26/2012 5:31:57 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 118 replies · 57+ views
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/25/12 ; 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". burgeon; verb 1. to grow or develop quickly; flourish: The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into a fine actor. 2. to begin to grow, as a bud; put forth buds, shoots, etc., as a plant (often followed by out, forth ). Etymology: 1275–1325; (noun) Middle English burjon, burion; shoot, bud < Anglo-French burjun, burg ( e ) on; Old French burjon < Vulgar Latin *burriōne...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, March 23, 2012 - Sui Generis

    03/23/2012 5:12:45 AM PDT · by tioga · 33 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. Sui GenerisAdjective Being the only example of its kind; unique. [Latin su generis : su, of its own + generis, genitive of genus, kind.] 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, March 22, 2012 - brisance

    03/22/2012 4:36:02 AM PDT · by secret garden · 44 replies · 1+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 22 March 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". brisance \bri-ZAHNS\ , nounThe shattering effect of a high explosive. Example sentences:The 'There' turned out to be crucial for the sense of brisance and closure and resolving issues of impotent rage and powerless fear that like accrued in Lenz all day being trapped in the northeastern portions of a squalid halfway house all day fearing for his life, Lenz felt.-- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest But this was sustained explosion, reaching now and...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - Demulcent

    03/21/2012 5:19:46 AM PDT · by tioga · 60 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. DemulcentAdjective Serving to soothe or soften. Noun A soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membrane [Latin dmulcns, dmulcent-, present participle of dmulcre, to soften : d-, de- + mulcre, to stroke.] 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...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday March 20, 2012 - First day of spring

    03/20/2012 5:01:02 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 27 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, March 20, 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". quincunx [kwing-kuhngks, kwin-] -n, pl -tus, -tus·es1. an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle. 2. Botany an overlapping arrangement of five petals or leaves, in which two are interior, two are exterior, and one is partly interior and partly exterior. [1640–50; < Latin: five twelfths ( quinc-, variant of quīnque- quinque- +...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 19, 2012-- diffident

    03/19/2012 5:09:16 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 63 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/19/12 ; 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". diffident; adj. 1. lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; 2. self-conscious, self-effacing, abashed, embarrassed, modest, unassuming, unconfident. 3. Archaic . distrustful Etymology:> 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, March 16, 2012 - Gambol

    03/16/2012 5:26:46 AM PDT · by tioga · 77 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of Word for the Day. Gambolintr.v. gamboled or gambolled, gamboling or gambolling, gambols To leap about playfully; frolic. noun A playful skipping or frolicking about. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 15, 2012 - antipode

    03/15/2012 4:47:07 AM PDT · by secret garden · 65 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | The Ides of March | 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". antipode \AN-ti-pohd\, nounA direct or exact opposite. Example sentences:It seemed that this enthusiast was just as cautious, just as much alive to judgments in other minds as if he had been that antipode of all enthusiasm called "a man of the world."-- George Eliot, Daniel Deronda I look for the furthest spot on earth away from Lancaster Lancaster's antipode the middle of the Indian Ocean.-- Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet Here we are,...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - Solipsism

    03/14/2012 5:10:24 AM PDT · by tioga · 76 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. Solipsism Noun 1. The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified. 2. The theory or view that the self is the only reality. [Latin slus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + Latin ipse, self + -ism.]solipsist n. solipsistic adj. 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, Tuesday March 13, 2012

    03/13/2012 4:48:46 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 56 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, March 6, 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". rictus [rik-tuhs] -n, pl -tus, -tus·es1. the gape of the mouth of a bird. 2. the gaping or opening of the mouth. [1750–60; < Latin: wide-open mouth, equivalent to rig-, variant stem of ringī to open the mouth wide + -tus suffix of v. action.] Related forms: rictal, adj subrictal, adj
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 12.2012-- trumpery

    03/12/2012 5:12:10 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 89 replies · 1+ views
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/12/12 ; 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". trumpery; noun 1. something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff. 2. nonsense; twaddle: His usual conversation is pure trumpery. 3. Archaic . worthless finery. Etymology: 142575; late Middle English trompery deceit < Middle French tromperie, equivalent to tromp ( er ) to deceive + -erie -ery Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, March 9, 2012 - invidious

    03/09/2012 5:59:16 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. invidious Adjective 1. Tending to rouse ill will, animosity, or resentment: invidious accusations. 2. Containing or implying a slight; discriminatory: invidious distinctions. 3. Envious. [From Latin invidisus, envious, hostile, from invidia, envy; see envy.]invidiously adv. invidiousness 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....
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 8, 2012 - appertain

    03/08/2012 4:23:20 AM PST · by secret garden · 47 replies
    dictionaries ad mauseam | 8 March 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". appertain \ap-er-TEYN\, verbTo belong as a part, right, possession or attribute. Example sentences:Natural rights are those which appertain to man in right of his existence. Of this kind are all the intellectual rights, or rights of the mind, and also all those rights of acting as an individual for his own comfort and happiness-- Thomas Paine, Common Sense and Other Writings In all matters of discovery and invention, even of those that appertain...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - jacquerie

    03/07/2012 4:55:28 AM PST · by tioga · 63 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. jacquerieNoun a revolt of peasants against the social classes above them. 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...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday March 6, 2012

    03/06/2012 5:07:57 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 84 replies · 2+ views
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, March 6, 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". taradiddle [tar-uh-did-l] -n, informal1. a small lie; fib. 2. pretentious nonsense. [17901800; origin uncertain]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 5, 2012-- phatic

    03/05/2012 5:07:59 AM PST · by xsmommy · 67 replies · 1+ views
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/5/12 ; 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". phatic; adj. denoting speech used to express or create an atmosphere of shared feelings, goodwill, or sociability rather than to impart information: phatic communion. Etymology: 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, March 2, 2012 - Anomie

    03/02/2012 5:38:36 AM PST · by tioga · 82 replies · 59+ 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. AnomieNoun 1. Social instability caused by erosion of standards and values. 2. Alienation and purposelessness experienced by a person or a class as a result of a lack of standards, values, or ideals: "We must now brace ourselves for disquisitions on peer pressure, adolescent anomie and rage" (Charles Krauthammer). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 1, 2012 - abeyance

    03/01/2012 4:26:06 AM PST · by secret garden · 77 replies · 4+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 1 March 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". abeyance (uh-BAY-unss) noun1. a lapse in succession during which there is no person in whom a title is vested2. temporary inactivity : suspension Example sentences:Our plans to go for a bike ride were in abeyance until the weather cleared up. "The remaining $5,000 of the fine is held in abeyance and will not have to be paid unless additional violations are committed by the Venice baseball program during the probationary period."From an article...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - Roil

    02/29/2012 5:33:29 AM PST · by tioga · 92 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. RoilTr. Verb 1. To make (a liquid) muddy or cloudy by stirring up sediment. 2. To displease or disturb; vex: My roommate's off-putting habits began to roil me. In. Verb To be in a state of turbulence or agitation. 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, Monday, February 27, 2012-- mawkish

    02/27/2012 4:47:28 AM PST · by xsmommy · 63 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/27/12 ; 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". mawkish; adj. 1. characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin. 2. having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating Etymology: 1668, sickly, nauseated, from M.E. mawke "maggot" (see maggot). Sense of "sickly sentimental" is first recorded 1702 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, February 24, 2012 - Ruck

    02/24/2012 5:13:35 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. RuckNoun 1. a. A multitude; a throng. b. The undistinguished crowd or ordinary run of persons or things. 2. People who are followers, not leaders. 3. Sports a. A play in Rugby in which a mass of players gathers around a ball dropped by a tackled ball carrier, with each player attempting to gain possession of the ball by kicking it to a teammate. b. The mass of players during such a play....
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 23, 2012 - ad rem

    02/23/2012 4:18:10 AM PST · by secret garden · 87 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 23 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". ad rem \ad REM\ , adverb1. Without digressing; in a straightforward manner. adjective1. Relevant; pertinent. Example sentences:I am sure these things are not ad rem. Some persons think, my lord, it is very hard these men should be forced against their consciences from the church.-- Richard Baxter, The Practical Works of Richard Baxter The letter seems free of formulae, which suggests it was composed specifically ad rem.-- Roger Rees, Layers of Loyalty in...
  • 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 [158090; < 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
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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. 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. exuviated, exuviating, exuviates v.tr. To shed or cast off (a covering). v.intr. To shed or cast off exuviae; molt. exuviation 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
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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. 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: 154555; < 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
    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. 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
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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". 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...