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  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 13, 2012 - tu quoque

    09/13/2012 4:13:08 AM PDT · by secret garden · 51 replies
    WSJ | 13 September 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". tu quoque \ˈtü-ˈkwō-kwē, ˈtyü-, -ˈkō-\ noun, interjection you likewise: a retort made by a person accused of a crime implying that the accuser is also guilty of the same crime Example sentence:We found this quote through Weigel, who thinks he has effectively answered conservative criticism of the current administration with a tu quoque. But in contrast with the Bush State Department, neither the president nor Mrs. Clinton vigorously, or even limply, defended the...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 12, 2012-- marmoreal

    09/12/2012 4:59:07 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 70 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 12, 2012-- marmoreal ; 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". marmoreal [mahr-mawr-ee-uhl, -mohr-]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of, relating to, or suggestive of marble or a marble statue, especially in coldness or aloofness Origin: 17901800; < Latin marmore ( us ) made of marble ( see marble, -eous) + -al1 Related forms marmoreally, adverb Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 11, 2012

    09/11/2012 5:03:22 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, September 11, 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". billet-doux [bil-ey-doo, bil-ee-; Fr. bee-yey-doo] -n a love letter. [ 166575; < French: literally, sweet note. See billet1 , douce ]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, Sept. 10, 2011-- gainsay

    09/10/2012 5:25:10 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 52 replies
    9/10/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/10/12 ; 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". gainsay; verb verb (used with object), gainsaid, gainsaying. 1. to deny, dispute, or contradict. 2. to speak or act against; oppose. Etymology: "to contradict," c.1300, lit. "say against," from O.E. gegn- "against" + say. "Solitary survival of a once common prefix" [Weekley], which was used to form such now-obsolete compounds as gain-taking "taking back again," gainclap "a counterstroke," gainbuy "redeem," and gainstand "to oppose." Rules: Everyone must...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, September 7, 2012 - Fictive

    09/07/2012 3:48:10 AM PDT · by tioga · 91 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. FictiveAdjective 1. Of, relating to, or able to engage in imaginative invention. 2. Of, relating to, or being fiction; fictional. 3. Not genuine; sham.fictively - adv. fictiveness - 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 5, 2012 - cacology

    09/06/2012 3:18:43 AM PDT · by secret garden · 110 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 5 September 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". cacology \ka-KOL-uh-jee\, nounDefectively produced speech; socially unacceptable diction. Example sentences:As to prose, I don't know Addison's from Johnson's; but I will try to mend my cacology.-- Lord Byron, The Works and Letters of Lord Byron Such cacology drives some people to distraction.-- Linton Weeks, "R Grammar Gaffes Ruining the Language? Maybe Not", NPR Etymology: Cacology comes from the root caco- meaning "bad." This prefix occurs in loanwords from Greek. Similarly the suffix -logy...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 5, 2012-- vainglory

    09/05/2012 4:48:38 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 100 replies
    ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". vainglory \ˈvān-ˌglȯr-ē, ˌvān-ˈ\hear it pronounced noun 1. excessive elation or pride over one's own achievements, abilities, etc.; boastful vanity. 2. empty pomp or show. vainglorious veɪnˈglɔriəs,-ˈgloʊr-[veyn-glawr-ee-uhs, -glohr-] adjective 1. filled with or given to vainglory: a vainglorious actor. 2. characterized by, showing, or proceeding from vainglory: a vainglorious estimate of one's ability. Etymology: Origin: vainglory c.1300, "worthless glory," waynglori, from O.Fr. vaine glorie, from M.L. vana gloria (see vain + glory). Related:...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 4

    09/04/2012 4:47:02 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 88 replies
    Word For The Day, September 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". ataraxia [at-uh-rak-see-uh] -n a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity. [15951605; < Latin < Greek: calmness, equivalent to atark ( tos ) unmoved ( a- a-6 + tarak-, variant stem of tarssein to disturb + -tos verbid suffix) + -s ( is ) -sis + -ia -ia] -adj ataractic, ataraxic
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 3, 2012, LABOR DAY -- bereft

    09/03/2012 5:50:50 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 71 replies
    9/3/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/3/12 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". bereft; adj. 1.a simple past tense and past participle of bereave. verb (used with object), be·reaved or be·reft, be·reav·ing. 1. to deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of ): Illness bereaved them of their mother. 2. to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually followed by of ): The war bereaved them of their home. 3. Obsolete . to take away by violence2. deprived: They...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 31, 2012 - Slake

    08/31/2012 4:38:10 AM PDT · by tioga · 65 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. Slake 1. To satisfy (a craving); quench: slaked her thirst. 2. To lessen the force or activity of; moderate: slaking his anger.3. To cool or refresh by wetting or moistening. 4. To combine (lime) chemically with water or moist air. 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, August 30, 2012 - sedulous

    08/30/2012 4:26:08 AM PDT · by secret garden · 56 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 39 August 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".sedulous \SEJ-uh-lus\ adjective1. involving or accomplished with careful perseverance2. diligent in application or pursuit Example sentences:Daphne was a sedulous student whose hard work and determination earned her a number of college scholarships. "We were sedulous. We were driven. Our vocabularies were formidable and constantly expanding." — From a short story by Molly Patterson in The Atlantic, May 21, 2012 Etymology: No fooling—the word "sedulous" ultimately comes from the Latin "se dolus," which literally means...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 29, 2012false flag (false-flag)

    08/29/2012 4:09:07 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 152 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 29, 2012false flag (false-flag) ; 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". false flag, noun False flag (also known as black flag) operations are covert operations designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is: flying the flag of a country other than ones own. False flag operations are...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday August 28, 2012

    08/28/2012 5:08:05 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 90 replies
    Word For The Day, August 28, 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". oh-ver-wee-ning] -adj 1. presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud 2. exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant
  • Word For the Day, Monday, August 27, 2012-- vouchsafe

    08/27/2012 5:33:18 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 67 replies
    8/20/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/27/12 ; 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". vouchsafe; verb (used with object) 1. to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension: to vouchsafe a reply to a question. 2. to allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness: They vouchsafed his return to his own country. Etymology: 12751325; Middle English phrase vouche sauf. See vouch, safe Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 24, 2012 - Contradistinction

    08/24/2012 5:44:13 AM PDT · by tioga · 48 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. ContradistinctionNoun Distinction by contrasting or opposing qualities. contradistinctive - adj. contradistinctively adv. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 23, 2012 - apophasis

    08/23/2012 4:11:34 AM PDT · by secret garden · 41 replies
    WSJ | 23 August 2012 | The penultimate 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".apophasis [uh-pof'-uh-sis] noun 1. denial of one's intention to speak of a subject that is at the same time named or insinuated, as I shall not mention Caesar's avarice, nor his cunning, nor his morality. 2. the raising of an issue by claiming not to mention it (as in we won't discuss his past crimes) Example sentence:Obama similarly employed apophasis when he asserted that "nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon." --James Taranto,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 22, 2012-- penultimate

    08/22/2012 3:35:57 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 66 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 22, 2012-- penultimate ; 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". penultimate (pi-nuhl-tuh-mit)hear it pronounced adjective 1. next to the last: the penultimate scene of the play. 2. of or pertaining to a penult. (okay, gang, what the hell is a “penult?”) penult (pee-nuhlt, pi-nuhlt) noun, the next to the last syllable in a word Etymology: Origin: 1530–40; < Latin paenultima ( syllaba ), contraction of paene ultima almost the last; see pen-, ultima What penultimate...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday August 21, 2012

    08/21/2012 5:13:05 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 118 replies
    Word For The Day, August 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". velleity [vuh-LEE-i-tee] -n 1. Volition in its weakest form. 2. A mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it. [1610–20; < Neo-Latin velleitās, equivalent to Latin velle to be willing + -itās -ity]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 20, 2012-- rantipole

    08/20/2012 4:47:16 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 75 replies
    8/2-/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/20/12 ; 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". rantipole; adj, noun and verb n. 1. A wild, romping young person. a. 1. Wild; roving; rakish. v. i. 1. To act like a rantipole. She used to rantipole about the house. - Arbuthnot. Etymology: When in Great Expectations Charles Dickens has Pips ill-tempered older sister refer to him as young Rantipole, his readers would have known it was not a compliment. It actually refer to somebody...
  • Word of the Day, FRiday, August 17, 2012 - frisson

    08/17/2012 4:09:24 AM PDT · by tioga · 78 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. Frisson A moment of intense excitement; a shudder: The story's ending arouses a frisson of terror. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 16, 2012 - aliquant

    08/16/2012 4:20:43 AM PDT · by secret garden · 70 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 16 August 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".aliquant \AL-i-kwuhnt\, adjectiveContained in a number or quantity, but not dividing it evenly: An aliquant part of 16 is 5. Example sentences:Cunning is the aliquant of talent; as hypocrisy is of religion; all the threes in the universe cannot make ten.-- Thomas Hall, The Fortunes and Adventures of Raby Rattler and His Man Floss ...even though that number was an odd number and by a quarter the number of his confiteors, even though four...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 15, 2012--atrabilious

    08/15/2012 3:01:10 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 61 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 15, 2012--atrabilious ; 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". atrabilious (at-rah-BIL-yes)hear it pronounced adjective: 1. melancholic; gloomy. 2. irritable; ill-natured; peevish Etymology: Origin: 1645–55; < Latin ātra bīli ( s ) black bile + -ousA mean word that means as it sounds, and a fluid pronunciation in keeping with its etymology: black bile. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way,...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday August 14, 2012

    08/14/2012 6:16:01 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 24 replies
    Word For The Day, August 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". aesopian [ee-SOH-pee-uhn] -adj 1. Conveying meaning by hint, euphemism, innuendo, or the like. 2.Pertaining to, or characteristic of Aesop or his fables. [1870–75; < Late Latin Aesōpi ( us ) + -an]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 13, 2012-- demagogue

    08/13/2012 4:40:27 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 119 replies
    8/13/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/13/12 ; 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". demagogue;noun, verbnoun: 1.person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people; a political agitator who appeals with crude oratory to the prejudice and passions of the mob 2. (esp in the ancient world) any popular political leader or orator 3. to treat or manipulate (a political issue) in the manner of a demagogue; obscure...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 10, 2012 - Malediction

    08/10/2012 6:20:34 AM PDT · by tioga · 69 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. MaledictionNoun 1. a. The calling down of a curse. b. A curse. 2. Slander. also: maledictory 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: Raffish (Be SURE to...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 9, 2012 - nubilous

    08/09/2012 6:01:13 AM PDT · by secret garden · 90 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 9 August 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".nubilous \NOO-buh-luhs\, adjective 1. Cloudy or foggy.2. Obscure or vague; indefinite.. Example sentences:...trunks as thick as whisky casks and bark like rough-out leather, tower overhead so that the path between them is sheltered from the sun, creating a nubilous atmosphere, soft and pungent with resins, while soft brown needles cushion one's tread.-- Michael Petracca, Captain Zzyzx The sky above, dark and nubilous, parted like torn, plump bread and under a sun absorbent and intense,...
  • <b>Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 8, 2012--mean, median, mode</b></font><p>

    08/08/2012 4:10:07 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 72 replies
    August 8, 2012 | TruthShallSetYouFree
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 8, 2012--mean, median ; 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". (in statistics) mean (or arithmetic mean) = the mean obtained by adding several quantities together and dividing the sum by the number of quantities: the arithmetic mean of 1, 5, 2, and 8 is 4. median = the middle number in a given sequence of numbers, taken as the average of the two middle numbers when the sequence has an even number of numbers:...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    08/07/2012 5:16:58 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 102 replies
    Word For The Day, August 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". brazen [brey-zuhn] -adj 1. shameless or impudent 2. made of brass. 3. like brass, as in sound, color, or strength. [before 1000; Middle English brasen (adj.), Old English brsen of brass]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August, 6, 2012-- soi-disant

    08/06/2012 5:40:13 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 71 replies
    8/6/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/6/12 ; 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". soi-disant; adj. 1. calling oneself thus; self-styled. 2. so-called or pretended. Etymology: French, literally, saying oneself First Known Use: 1752 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....
  • Obamiasma: New term for what is happening to our country

    Obamiasma: This is the malevolent fog that is creeping across our country Definition of "MIASMA", per Merriam-Webster.com 1 a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease 2 an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 3, 2012 - Fainant

    08/03/2012 5:05:08 AM PDT · by tioga · 33 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. FainantAdjective Given to doing nothing; idle. See Synonyms at lazy. Noun An irresponsible idler; a sluggard. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 2, 2012 - vilipend

    08/02/2012 6:06:50 AM PDT · by secret garden · 36 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 2 August 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". vilipend\VIL-uh-pend\, verb1. to hold or treat as of little worth or account2. to express a low opinion of : disparage Example sentences:As a women's movement pioneer, Susan B. Anthony fought against the dictums of those who would vilipend women by treating them as second-class citizens. "But many accepted canine breeds began in lowly circumstances. No matter how we may vilipend their names, denying their cuteness is difficult." From Bill Casselman's 2010 book...
  • 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
    7/30/12 | xs
    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, its happening ALL THE TIME. The heat is being turned up so slowly you dont 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
    2/23/12 | xs
    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 assonanceanother distinctive trait of Haweke's writing often enriched with alliterative patterns or even rhymeson 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...