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  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, August 1, 2012-- gormless

    08/01/2012 6:11:29 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 64 replies
    8/1/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 8/1/12 ; 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". gormless; adj. lacking intelligence : stupid Etymology: alteration of English dialect gaumless, from gaum attention, understanding (from Middle English gome, from Old Norse gaum, gaumr) + -less First Known Use: 1883 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, Tuesday July 31, 2012

    07/31/2012 5:14:03 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 54 replies
    Word For The Day, July 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". usageaster [yoo-sij-as-ter] -n a self-styled authority on language usage. [Usageaster is derived from the word usage and the suffix -aster which refers to something that imperfectly resembles or mimics the true thing.]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 30, 2012-- footle

    07/30/2012 4:42:12 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 87 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/30/12 ; 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". footle; noun/verb 1. nonsense; foolishness; silliness. 2. to act or talk in a foolish or silly way. Etymology: "to trifle," 1892, from dial. footer "to trifle," footy "mean, paltry" (1752), probably from Fr. se foutre "to care nothing," from O.Fr. foutre "to fuck," from L. futuere, originally "to strike, thrust" (cf. confute). But O.E.D. derives the Eng. dial. words from foughty (1600), from Du. vochtig or Dan...
  • Boiled Like a Frog

    07/26/2012 11:24:28 PM PDT · by AMP1 · 6 replies
    AmpersanArchist ^ | 2012-04-30 | Amp1
    Q. How do you boil a frog? A. Put it in a pot of cold water and turn on the heat. HaHa. LOL. Yeah, not so funny when it happens to you and me. And I have news for you, it’s happening ALL THE TIME. The heat is being turned up so slowly you don’t even realize it and soon it may be too late. This is a silly metaphor with very serious real world implications. Incrementalism is the process of making very small, but steady changes over time, chipping away at tasks, ideas, theories or beliefs. Over time, perceptions,...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, July 26, 2012 - Maunder

    07/26/2012 8:48:57 AM PDT · by tioga · 110 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Thursday | 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”. MaunderInt. Verb 1. To talk incoherently or aimlessly. 2. To move or act aimlessly or vaguely; wander. 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, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - Cynosure

    07/25/2012 10:27:06 AM PDT · by tioga · 40 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday afternoon | 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”. CynosureNoun 1. An object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration. 2. Something that serves to guide. 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, Tuesday July 24, 2012

    07/24/2012 5:51:36 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 48 replies
    Word For The Day, July 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". sumpsimus [suhmp-suh-muhs] -n 1. adherence to or persistence in using a strictly correct term, holding to a precise practice, etc., as a rejection of an erroneous but more common form ( opposed to mumpsimus). 2. a person who is obstinate or zealous about such strict correctness ( opposed to mumpsimus). [1520–30; from a story, which perhaps originated with Erasmus, of an illiterate priest who said mumpsimus rather...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 23, 2012-- anathema

    07/23/2012 6:16:57 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 101 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday,7/23/12 ; 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". anathema; noun 1. a person or thing detested or loathed: That subject is anathema to him. 2. a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction. 3. a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication. 4. any imprecation of divine punishment. 5. a curse; execration Etymology: 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, July 20, 2012 - Hebetude

    07/20/2012 6:01:00 AM PDT · by tioga · 45 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”. HebetudeNoun Dullness of mind; mental lethargy. 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, July 19 & 26, 2012 - paronymous

    07/19/2012 1:22:29 PM PDT · by secret garden · 24 replies
    dictionaries, books, usual sources | 19 July 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".paronymous \puh-RON-uh-muhs\, adjectiveContaining the same root or stem, as the words wise and wisdom. Example sentences:The sentence seems to reverberate with echoes of assonance—another distinctive trait of Haweke's writing often enriched with alliterative patterns or even rhymes—on both sides of the two central words: "pale petal," whose juxtaposition involves an anagramatical and paronymous variation.-- Heide Ziegler, Facing Texts This in itself is a significant achievement in a language so flowery and paronymous to the...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - Booboisie

    07/18/2012 3:50:45 AM PDT · by tioga · 44 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”. BooboisieNoun A class of people regarded as stupid and gullible. 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, Tuesday, July 17, 2012-- cozen

    07/17/2012 5:03:54 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 51 replies
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    Word For The Day, Tuesday, Date7/17/12 ; 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". cozen; verb to cheat, deceive, or trick Etymology: 1565–75; perhaps < Old North French coçonner to resell, verbal derivative of coçon retailer (< Latin coctiōnem, accusative of coctiō, cōciō dealer), influenced by Middle French cousin dupe, literally, cousin . Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 16, 2012-- inimical

    07/16/2012 5:20:59 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 112 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/16/12 ; 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". inimical; adj. 1. adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful: a climate inimical to health. 2. unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical gaze Synonyms 1. noxious. 2. antagonistic. See hostile. Etymology:>b>1635–45; < Latin inimīc ( us ) unfriendly, hostile ( see enemy) + -al1 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, FRiday, July 13, 2012 - Valetudinarian

    07/13/2012 5:21:09 AM PDT · by tioga · 66 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”. Valetudinarian (also: valetudinarianism)Noun A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health Adjective 1. Chronically ailing; sickly. 2. Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 12, 2012 - scherzando

    07/12/2012 4:18:30 AM PDT · by secret garden · 66 replies
    12 July 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". scherzando \skert-SAHN-doh\, adjectivePlayful; sportive. Example sentences:A short coda recalls the scherzando music, and the piece concludes with the jazzy harmony.-- Howard Pollack, John Alden Carpenter A recapitulation satisfies the sonata principle by partially transposing both of the episodes to the tonic, and to cap off the movement with a tour de force Weber combines the last statement of the refrain with the scherzando theme.-- R. Larry Todd, Nineteenth-Century Piano Music The sentence must,...
  • Word of the Day, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 -

    07/11/2012 4:12:46 AM PDT · by tioga · 68 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”. BagatelleNoun 1. An unimportant or insignificant thing; a trifle. 2. A short, light piece of verse or music. 3. A game played on an oblong table with a cue and balls. [French, from Italian bagatella, diminutive of dialectal bagata, little property, possibly from Latin bca, berry.] 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 July 10, 2012

    07/10/2012 4:08:56 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 47 replies
    Word For The Day, July 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". petard [pi-tahrd] -n 1. an explosive device formerly used in warfare to blow in a door or gate, form a breach in a wall, etc. 2. a kind of firecracker. 3. ( initial capital letter ) Also called Flying Dustbin. a British spigot mortar of World War II that fired a 40-pound (18 kg) finned bomb, designed to destroy pillboxes and other concrete obstacles. [1590–1600; < Middle...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 9, 2012-- untenable

    07/09/2012 4:47:29 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 76 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/9/12 ; 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". untenable; adj. 1. (of theories, propositions, etc) incapable of being maintained, defended, or vindicated 2. unable to be maintained against attack 3. rare (of a house, etc) unfit for occupation untena'bility Etymology: 1647, "incapable of being held against attack," from un- (1) "not" + pp. of tenable. Fig. sense is recorded from 1692./font> Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, July 6, 2012 - Mazy

    07/06/2012 5:38:53 AM PDT · by tioga · 96 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”. MazyAdjective - also: mazier, maziest Resembling a maze, as in design or complexity; labyrinthine. mazily - adverb maziness - 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 5, 2012 - mumpsimus

    07/05/2012 4:36:02 AM PDT · by secret garden · 55 replies
    distionaries ad nauseam | 5 July 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".mumpsimus \MUHMP-suh-muhs\ , noun1. Adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy.2. A person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice. Example sentences:"I profess, my good lady," replied I, "that had any one but you made such a declaration, I should have thought it as capricious as that of the clergyman, who, without vindicating his false reading, preferred, from habit's sake, his...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday July 4, 2012

    07/04/2012 11:49:44 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 9 replies
    7/4/2012 | The Patriotic 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". pyrotechnics [pye-ruh-TEK-niks] noun, plural 1. the art of making or the manufacture and use of fireworks 2. a display of fireworks . 3. a spectacular display (as of extreme virtuosity) Did you know? The use of military fireworks in elaborate celebrations of war and peace is an ancient Chinese custom, but our term for the making and launching of fireworks is a product of the 17th and 18th centuries. "Pyrotechnics" and the earlier...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday July 3, 2012

    07/03/2012 4:59:20 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 70 replies
    Word For The Day, July 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". pleonasm [plee-uh-naz-uhm] -n 1. the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy. 2. an instance of this, as free gift or true fact. 3. a redundant word or expression. [1580–90; < Late Latin pleonasmus < Greek pleonasmós redundancy, surplus, derivative of pleonázein to be or have more than enough, itself derivative of pleíōn more ( see pleo-)]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 2, 2012-- ineffable

    07/02/2012 4:53:17 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 105 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/2/12 ; 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". ineffable; adj. 1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy. 2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity. 1. too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable 2. too sacred to be uttered 3. indescribable; indefinable Etymology: C15: from Latin ineffābilis unutterable, from in- 1 + effābilis, from effārī to utter, from fārī...
  • Word for the Day - Lugubrious

    06/29/2012 5:44:33 AM PDT · by tioga · 140 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”. LugubriousAdjective Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree. lugubriously, adverb lugubriousness, noun[From Latin lgubris, from lgre, to mourn.] 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, June 28, 2012 - subitize

    06/28/2012 4:41:50 AM PDT · by secret garden · 102 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 28 June 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". subitize \SOO-bi-tahyz\, verb To perceive at a glance the number of items presented. Example sentences:Below seven the subjects were said to subitize; above seven they were said to estimate.-- H. Gutfreund and G. Toulouse, Biology and Computation: A Physicist's Choice I wanted to see if Pedro could subitize, so I asked, “Pedro, how many stars are in the first circle?”-- Melissa Conklin, It Makes Sense! Etymology: Subitize comes from the Latin word subitāre...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - Commination

    06/27/2012 5:42:18 AM PDT · by tioga · 65 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday, Hump Day | 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”. ComminationNoun A formal denunciation. The act of threatening, especially revenge or punishment. Comminatory - Adjective[Middle English comminacioun, from Latin comminti, commintin-, from commintus, past participle of comminr, to threaten : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + minr, to threaten; see menace.] 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 June 26, 2012

    06/26/2012 5:01:20 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 63 replies
    Word For The Day, June 26, 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". gauche [gohsh] -adj lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless: [1745–55; < French: awkward, left; Middle French, derivative of gauchir to turn, veer < Germanic]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 25, 2012-- durance

    06/25/2012 5:39:50 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 51 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/28/12 ; 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". durance; noun 1. incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile ). 2. Archaic . endurance. Etymology:From French durance (duration), from durer (to last), from Latin durare (to last), from durus (hard). Earliest documented use: 1513 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...
  • Carter - Iran, Obama - Egypt

    06/24/2012 3:18:10 PM PDT · by trekdown · 2 replies
    Two great victories of the two great leaders ...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, June 22, 2012 - Boulevardier

    06/22/2012 5:23:13 AM PDT · by tioga · 75 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday's Sub | FRiday
    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”. BoulevardierNoun A man about town. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!) Review Thread Two:...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 21, 2012 - divulse

    06/21/2012 4:49:30 AM PDT · by secret garden · 109 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 21 June 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". divulse \dahy-VUHLS\, verbTo tear away or apart. Example sentences:A perforation having been so made, it is safer to divulse the opening rather than to enlarge it by cutting in order to avoid the possibility of opening a blood vessel in an inaccessible region.-- Eugene Fuller, M.D., The Journal of the American Medical Association Even if you are the kooper of the winkel over measure never lost a license. Nor a duckindonche divulse from...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - obsequious

    06/20/2012 4:37:01 AM PDT · by tioga · 76 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday, Hump Day | 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”. ObsequoiusAdjective Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning. obsequiously adv., obsequiousness 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 posts #92 and...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday June 19, 2012

    06/19/2012 4:57:39 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 49 replies
    Word For The Day, June 19, 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". haboob [huh-boob] -n a thick dust storm or sandstorm that blows in the deserts of North Africa and Arabia or on the plains of India. [1895–1900; < Arabic habūb a strong wind]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 18, 2012-- deterge

    06/18/2012 5:00:49 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 52 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/18/12 ; 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". deterge; verb 1. to wipe or wash away; cleanse. 2. to cleanse of impurities or undesirable matter, as a wound Etymology: Origin: 1615–25; (< F) < Latin dētergēre to wipe off, equivalent to dē- de- + tergēre to wipe Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day....
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, June 15, 2012 - Naif

    06/15/2012 5:29:41 AM PDT · 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”. Naif (see pronunciation at site) Noun a naive or inexperienced person Adjective marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life" 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 14, 2012 - prescind

    06/14/2012 4:25:45 AM PDT · by secret garden · 49 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | Flag 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".prescind \prih-SIND\, verb to withdraw one's attention Example sentences:If we prescind from the main issue for a moment, there is much to be gained by studying some corollary questions. "For my purposes, we may happily prescind from the metaphysics." -- From John Collins' 2011 book The Unity of Linguistic Meaning Etymology: "Prescind" derives from the Latin verb "praescindere," which means "to cut off in front." "Praescindere," in turn, was formed by combining "prae-" ("before")...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, June 12, 2012 - asperity

    06/13/2012 5:13:38 AM PDT · by tioga · 41 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”. AsperityNoun 1. a. Roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate: the asperity of northern winters. b. Severity; rigor. 2. A slight projection from a surface; a point or bump. 3. Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability. 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, Tuesday June 12, 2012

    06/12/2012 6:22:07 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 35 replies
    Word For The Day, June 12, 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". fantod [fan-tod] -n 1. Usually, fantods. a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets (usually preceded by the ) 2. Sometimes, fantods. a sudden outpouring of anger, outrage, or a similar intense emotion. [ 1835–40; apparently fant ( igue ) (earlier fantique, perhaps blend of fantasy and frantic; -igue probably by association with fatigue) + -od ( s ), of obscure origin; see -s3...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 11, 2012--faineant

    06/11/2012 4:36:58 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 113 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/11/12 ; 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". faineant; adj.Howjoosaythat? idle; indolent. Etymology:1610s (n.), from Fr. fainéant (16c.) do-nothing, from fait, third person singular present tense of faire + néant nothing (cf. dolce far niente). As an adj., from 1855. 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...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, June 8, 2012 - Moil

    06/08/2012 4:54:29 AM PDT · 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”. Moil intr.v. moiled, moil·ing, moils 1. To toil; slave. 2. To churn about continuously. n. 1. Toil; drudgery. 2. Confusion; turmoil. 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, June 7, 2012 - enjoin

    06/07/2012 4:30:29 AM PDT · by secret garden · 49 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 7 June 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". enjoin (en-JOIN) verb tr.1. To order or prescribe a course of action.2. To forbid or restrain. Example sentences: "Ajanlekoko enjoined the members of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) to continue the struggle."---Okwy Iroegbu-Chikezie; Group Advises Govt on Building Failures; The Nation (Lagos, Nigeria); May 22, 2012. "It asks a court to declare the ordinance invalid and enjoin the city from enforcing it."---Bruce Vielmetti; Hispanic Group Sues Over Milwaukee Contracting Rule; The Journal...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, June 6, 2012-- mordant

    06/06/2012 5:46:50 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 63 replies
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    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 6/6/12 ; 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". mordant; adj. 1. sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; biting. 2. burning; corrosive. 3. having the property of fixing colors, as in dyeing. noun 4. a substance used in dyeing to fix the coloring matter, especially a metallic compound, as an oxide or hydroxide, that combines with the organic dye and forms an insoluble colored compound or lake in the fiber. 5. an adhesive...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday June 5, 2012

    06/05/2012 4:59:51 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 77 replies
    Word For The Day, June 5, 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". haimish [hey-mish] -adj, slang homey; cozy and unpretentious. [ Yiddish heymish < Middle High German heimisch, Old High German heimisc literally, pertaining to the home; see home, -ish1 ] Also, heimish.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 4, 2012-- gorgonize

    06/04/2012 4:45:09 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 26 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, June 4, 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". gorgonize; verb verb (used with object), gor·gon·ized, gor·gon·iz·ing. to affect as a Gorgon; hypnotize; petrify. Etymology: 1600–10; Gorgon + -ize 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, June 1, 2012 - Propound

    06/01/2012 6:01:49 AM PDT · by tioga · 41 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”. PropoundTr. Verb To put forward for consideration; set forth. See Synonyms at propose. Propounder, 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 31, 2012 - ventose

    05/31/2012 4:30:29 AM PDT · by secret garden · 48 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". ventose \VEN-tohs\, adjectiveGiven to empty talk; windy. Example sentences:Anyhow, it is better to wind up that way than to go growling out one's existence as a ventose hypochondriac.-- Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley The ventose orator was confounded, and put himself and his glass down together.-- L. J. Bigelow, Bench and Bar Etymology: First used in English in the 1700s, ventose is derived from the Latin word for...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - Agon

    05/30/2012 4:45:31 AM PDT · by tioga · 64 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. Agon (pl, agones) noun 1. A conflict, especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a work of literature. 2. The part of an ancient Greek drama, especially a comedy, in which two characters engage in verbal dispute. 3. A test of will; a conflict: "Freud's originality stemmed from his aggression and ambition in his agon with biology" (Harold Bloom). 4. A contest in ancient Greece, as in athletics or music, in which prizes...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - Agon

    05/30/2012 4:44:45 AM PDT · by tioga
    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”. Agon (pl, agones) noun 1. A conflict, especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a work of literature. 2. The part of an ancient Greek drama, especially a comedy, in which two characters engage in verbal dispute. 3. A test of will; a conflict: "Freud's originality stemmed from his aggression and ambition in his agon with biology" (Harold Bloom). 4. A contest in ancient Greece, as in athletics or music, in which prizes...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday May 29, 2012

    05/29/2012 5:05:41 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 32 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, May 29, 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". logomachy [loh-gom-uh-kee] -n 1. a dispute about or concerning words. 2. an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words; meaningless battle of words. 3. a game played with cards, each bearing one letter, with which words are formed.. [1560–70; < Greek logomachía. See logo-, -machy ]
  • Word of the Day - Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy)

    05/28/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 1 replies
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    Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers. syn- socialism.