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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...