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  • Word for the Day: verisimilitude

    03/09/2018 6:52:31 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | 03-09-2018 | Red Badger
    ver·i·si·mil·i·tude ˌvərəsəˈmiləˌt(y)o͞od/ noun noun: verisimilitude the appearance of being true or real. "the detail gives the novel some verisimilitude" synonyms: realism, believability, plausibility, authenticity, credibility, lifelikeness "the verisimilitude of her performance is gripping" Origin early 17th century: from Latin verisimilitudo, from verisimilis ‘probable,’ from veri (genitive of verus ‘true’) + similis ‘like.’
  • Word Of The Day: RACONTEUR

    03/02/2018 6:38:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | 03/02/2018 | Red Badger
    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". _____________________________________________________________________________________________ rac·on·teur ˌräˌkänˈtər/ noun noun: raconteur; plural noun: raconteurs a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way. synonyms: storyteller, teller of tales, spinner of yarns, narrator Origin early 19th century: French, from raconter ‘relate, recount.’ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 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. Amuse me or enlighten me for extra...
  • Word For the Day - ENORMITY

    02/16/2018 6:57:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | 02/16/2018 | Red Badger
    Today's Word For The Day, ENORMITY, has changed over the years. It ORIGINALLY MEANT A GRAVE SIN OR MORAL SHORTCOMING. i.e e-norm meaning NOT NORMAL. But today it is used to suggest a relational size of something..... e·nor·mi·ty iˈnôrmədē/ noun noun: enormity; plural noun: enormities 1. the great or extreme scale, seriousness, or extent of something perceived as bad or morally wrong. "a thorough search disclosed the full enormity of the crime" (in neutral use) the large size or scale of something. "I began to get a sense of the enormity of the task" synonyms: immensity, hugeness; More size, extent,...
  • Word for the Day: RICTUS

    01/26/2018 6:20:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | 01/26/2018 | Red Badger
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ric·tus ˈriktəs/ noun noun: rictus; plural noun: rictuses a fixed grimace or grin. "Ned's smile had become a rictus of repulsion" Origin: early 19th century: from Latin, literally ‘open mouth,’ from rict- ‘gaped,’ from the verb ringi . A rictus is a frozen, fake smile. If the star of a play finds herself overcome by stage fright, she might forget her lines and stand, trembling, her mouth twisted into a rictus. The word rictus most often describes a smile that doesn't convey delight or happiness — instead, it's a kind of horrified, involuntary grin. Your smile might freeze on...
  • Word For The Day - FACTOTUM

    01/19/2018 6:38:46 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 01/19/2018 | Red Badger
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ fac·to·tum fakˈtōdəm/ noun noun: factotum; plural noun: factotums an employee who does all kinds of work. "he was employed as the general factotum" synonyms: handyman, jack of all trades; More assistant, man Friday, gal/girl Friday; gofer; informalMr./Ms. Fix-It "back then, these wealthy college boys made sure their personal factotums were just a whistle away" Origin mid 16th century (originally in the phrases dominum (or magister ) factotum, translating roughly as ‘master of everything,’ and Johannes factotem ‘John do-it-all’ or ‘Jack of all trades’): from medieval Latin, from Latin fac! ‘do!’ (imperative of facere ) + totum ‘the whole...
  • Word of the Day - SEDULOUS

    12/15/2017 6:30:48 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | 12/15/2017 | Red Badger
    ======================================================================================= sed·u·lous ˈsejələs/ adjective adjective: sedulous (of a person or action) showing dedication and diligence. "he watched himself with the most sedulous care" synonyms: diligent, careful, meticulous, thorough, assiduous, attentive, industrious, conscientious, ultracareful, punctilious, scrupulous, painstaking, minute, rigorous, particular "he picked the thorn from his leg with sedulous care" Origin mid 16th century: from Latin sedulus ‘zealous’ + -ous.
  • Word For the Day (12/4/17)

    12/03/2017 8:04:34 PM PST · by left that other site · 31 replies
    WORD FOR THE DAY 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. (PILLORY) [phonetic] hear it pronounced (part of speech - Noun or verb) Definition 1 : a wooden frame for public punishment having holes in which the head and hands can be locked 2 : a means for exposing one to public scorn or ridicule Did You Know? In days gone by, criminals who got caught might well have found themselves in the stocks (which held the feet or both...
  • Word of the Day:PERSPICACITY

    11/10/2017 7:57:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | 10 November 2017 | Red Badger
    perspicacity [pur-spi-kas-i-tee] noun 1. keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration. 2. Archaic. keen vision. ORIGIN: 1540-50; earlier perspicacite < Late Latin perspicācitās sharpness of sight, equivalent to perspicāci- (stem of perspicāx sharp-sighted; see perspicuous ) + -tās -ty2 Synonyms 1. shrewdness, acuity, astuteness, insight, acumen. See perspicuity. Antonyms 1. obtuseness.
  • Word For The Day - RITARDANDO

    10/27/2017 9:25:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | 10/27/2017 | Red Badger
    ri·tar·dan·do ˌrētärˈdändō/ Music adverb & adjective adverb: ritardando; adjective: ritardando; adverb: ritard 1.(especially as a direction) with a gradual decrease of tempo. noun noun: ritardando; plural noun: ritardandi; plural noun: ritardandos; noun: ritard; plural noun: ritards 1. a gradual decrease in tempo 2. To go slower Origin: Italian musical term
  • Word For The Day: assiduous

    10/20/2017 6:41:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 10/20/2017 | Red Badger
    Definition of assiduous: showing great care, attention, and effort :marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application assiduous planning an assiduous book collector She tended her garden with assiduous attention. assiduously adverb assiduousness noun First Known Use: circa 1552
  • Pittsburgh: Students mother beats up teacher for disciplining child

    10/19/2017 9:51:03 PM PDT · by BogusTimes · 42 replies
    Bogus Times ^ | 10/19/17 | Kim Parkhurst
    A fourth grade teacher at Pittsburgh King PreK-8 was hospitalized Wednesday after being followed and beaten by a students mother after confiscating the childs cell phone during class. Daishonta Marie Williams, 29, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with aggravated assault, stalking, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.
  • Word For The Day - refractory

    10/06/2017 7:48:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | 10-06-2017 | Red Badger
    REFRACTORY re·frac·to·ry rəˈfrakt(ə)rē/ adjective formal adjective: refractory 1. stubborn or unmanageable. "his refractory pony" synonyms: obstinate, stubborn, mulish, pigheaded, obdurate, headstrong, self-willed, wayward, willful, perverse, contrary, recalcitrant, obstreperous, disobedient, difficult; More informal balky; archaic contumacious, froward "their refractory children" antonyms: obedient 2. resistant to a process or stimulus. "some granules are refractory to secretory stimuli" Medicine (of a person, illness, or diseased tissue) not yielding to treatment. "healing of previously refractory ulcers" Medicine rare (of a person or animal) resistant to infection. technical (of a substance) resistant to heat; hard to melt or fuse. noun technical noun: refractory; plural noun:...
  • Word For The Day - ABNEGATION

    09/29/2017 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 09-29-2017 | Red Badger
    ab·ne·ga·tion ˌabnəˈɡāSH(ə)n/ noun noun: abnegation; plural noun: abnegations the act of renouncing or rejecting something. "abnegation of political lawmaking power" synonyms: renunciation, rejection, refusal, abandonment, abdication, surrender, relinquishment, repudiation, denial; formal abjuration "a serious abnegation of their responsibilities" self-denial. synonyms: self-denial, self-sacrifice, abstinence, temperance, continence, asceticism, austerity, abstemiousness "people capable of abnegation and unselfishness" Origin: Middle English: from Latin abnegatio(n-), from the verb abnegare (see abnegate). ==================================================================================================== 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 - vitiate

    09/22/2017 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | 09-22-2017 | Red Badger
    vi·ti·ate ˈviSHēˌāt/ verb formal verb: vitiate; 3rd person present: vitiates; past tense: vitiated; past participle: vitiated; gerund or present participle: vitiating 1. spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of. "development programs have been vitiated by the rise in population" 2. destroy or impair the legal validity of. Origin: mid 16th century: from Latin vitiat- ‘impaired,’ from the verb vitiare, from vitium (see vice).
  • Word For The Day: Stultify

    09/15/2017 6:53:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | 09-15-2017 | Red Badger
    ========================================================================================= STULTIFY stul·ti·fy ˈstəltəˌfī/ verb verb: stultify; 3rd person present: stultifies; past tense: stultified; past participle: stultified; gerund or present participle: stultifying 1. cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine. "the mentally stultifying effects of a disadvantaged home" synonyms: hamper, impede, thwart, frustrate, foil, suppress, smother More "social welfare was stultified by international trade regulations" bore, make bored, dull, numb, benumb, stupefy "he stultifies her with too much gentleness" 2. cause (someone) to appear foolish or absurd. "Counsel is not expected to stultify himself in an attempt to advance his client's...
  • Word For the Day - CORYBANTIC

    09/01/2017 6:17:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 09-01-2017 | Red Badger
    corybantic [kawr-uh-ban-tik, kor-] Word Origin adjective 1. frenzied; agitated; unrestrained. 2. (initial capital letter). Also, Corybantian [kawr-uh-ban-shuh n, kor-] (Show IPA), Corybantine [kawr-uh-ban-tin, -tahyn, kor-] (Show IPA). of or relating to a Corybant. Origin of corybantic: 1635-1645 First recorded in 1635-45; Corybant + -ic 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 - DIDACTIC

    08/25/2017 6:15:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 08-25-2017 | Red Badger
    ============================================================================================== di·dac·tic dīˈdaktik/ adjective Adjective: didactic intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive. "a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice" synonyms: instructive, instructional, educational, educative, informative, informational, edifying, improving, preceptive, pedagogic, moralistic "the reforming, didactic function of art" in the manner of a teacher, particularly so as to treat someone in a patronizing way. "slow-paced, didactic lecturing" Origin mid 17th century: from Greek didaktikos, from didaskein ‘teach.’ ========================================================================================== Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the...

    08/23/2017 6:43:24 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 38 replies
    2000 MOST CHALLENGING AND OBSCURE WORDS | 8/23/17 | Norman Schur
    ; 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". IRREFRAGABLE [phonetic]hear it pronounced adjective Not to be confused with irrefrangible (unbreakable, as in a rule of etiquette). This adjective applies to whatever cannot be refuted or denied. Initially applied to early Christian apologists and systematic theology. "Irrefragable" does not mean "doctrinaire" or "dogmatic." It applies to stunning, heart-stopping invincible TRUTH. As in, "Trump is president."
  • Word for the Day - ROORBACK

    08/04/2017 6:19:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | 08-04-2017 | Red Badger
    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”. roorback or roorbach [roo r-bak] Word Origin U.S. noun 1. a false and more or less damaging report circulated for political effect, usually about a candidate seeking an office. Origin of roorback: 1844, Americanism; after a fictitious Baron von Roorback, in whose travelogue occurred an account of an incident damaging to the character of James K. Polk British: /ˈrʊəˌbæk/ noun 1. (US) a false or distorted report or account, used to obtain political advantage...
  • Word For The Day - IMPRECATE

    07/28/2017 8:25:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | 07-28-2017 | Red Badger
    im·pre·cate ˈimprəˌkāt/ verb; archaic verb: imprecate; 3rd person present: imprecates; past tense: imprecated; past participle: imprecated; gerund or present participle: imprecating utter (a curse) or invoke (evil) against someone or something. Origin early 17th century: from Latin imprecat- ‘invoked,’ from the verb imprecari . I'm BACK! Had a rather serious MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT on July 4th and haven't been up to my old self for the last three weeks, but am feeling much better now. Road Rash on both arms, left shoulder and left leg, mostly healed but still tender. Bruised ribs and hip, fractured shoulder blade still bothers me enough...