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  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 23, 2015-- pannier

    04/23/2015 5:32:46 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 132 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 23, 2015-- pannier ; 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". pannier [pan-yer, -ee-er]hear it pronounced noun 1. a basket, especially a large one, for carrying goods, provisions, etc. 2. a basket for carrying on a person's back, or one of a pair to be slung across the back of a beast of burden. 3. a similar type of bag, usually one of a pair, fastened over a bicycle's rear wheel. 4. (on a dress,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 16, 2015-- palliate

    04/16/2015 5:02:12 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 57 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 16, 2015-- palliate ; 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". palliate [pal-ee-eyt]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) palliated, palliating. 1. to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate. 2. to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate. Origin: 1540-50, from Late Latin palliāre to cover up, from Latin pallium a cloak, pallium Related forms palliation, noun palliator, noun nonpalliation, noun unpalliated, adjective palliative, adjective,...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY - BRUME

    04/10/2015 4:51:58 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 38 replies
    Word For The Day, April 10, 2015— BRUME ; 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". BRUMEhear it pronounced Noun1.mist; fog. Origin: Brume entered English in the 1800s. By way of French and Provençal, it stems from the Latin word brūma, which means "winter" and is a contraction of brevima diēs meaning "shortest day." 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, Thursday, April 9, 2015-- cachet

    04/09/2015 5:15:23 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 52 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 9, 2015-- cachet ; 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". cachet [ka-shey, kash-ey; French ka-she]plural cachets [ka-sheyz, kash-eyz; French ka-she] hear it pronounced noun 1. an official seal, as on a letter or document. 2. a distinguishing mark or feature; stamp: Courtesy is the cachet of good breeding. 3. a sign or expression of approval, especially from a person who has a great deal of prestige. 4. superior status; prestige: The job has a...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY

    04/03/2015 5:44:29 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 60 replies
    Friday, April 3, 2015
    Word For The Day, Friday, April 3, 2015 — profligate ; 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". profligate[prof-li-git, -geyt]hear it pronounced adjective, noun 1. utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute. 2. recklessly prodigal or extravagant. Origin: 1525-35; < Latin prōflīgātus broken down in character, degraded, orig. past participle of prōflīgāre to shatter, debase, equivalent to prō- pro-1+ -flīgāre, derivative of flīgere to strike; see inflict, -ateRelated forms: profligately, adverb profligateness, noun Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 2, 2015-- via dolorosa

    04/02/2015 5:18:41 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 53 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 2, 2015-- via dolorosa ; 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". via dolorosa [dol-uh-roh-suh, doh-luh-]hear it pronounced noun 1. (initial capital letters) Christ's route to Golgotha. 2. a trying, painful, or sorrowful course or series of experiences. Origin: Latin via dolōrōsa literally, sorrowful road 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 - dissemble

    03/27/2015 5:11:23 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 46 replies
    Word For The Day, Friday March 26 — dissemble ; 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". dissemble [dih-sem-buh l] hear it pronounced Verb 1. to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: 2. to put on the appearance of; feign: 3. Obsolete. to let pass unnoticed; ignore. Origin: 1490-1500; alteration (by association with obsolete semble to resemble ) of Middle English dissimulen < Latin dissimulāre. See dis-1, simulate Related forms dissembler, noun dissemblingly,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 26, 2015-- hogshead

    03/26/2015 5:20:54 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 26, 2015-- hogshead ; 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". hogshead [hawgz-hed, hogz-]hear it pronounced noun 1. a large cask, especially one containing from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters). 2. any of various units of liquid measure, especially one equivalent to 63 gallons (238 liters). Abbreviation: hhd.British Dictionary definitions for hogshead: 1. a unit of capacity, used especially for alcoholic beverages. It has several values, being 54 imperial gallons in the...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY - picaresque

    03/20/2015 5:17:51 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 56 replies
    Word For The Day,Friday, March 20— picaresque ; 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". picaresquepi-kə-ˈresk,hear it pronounced adjective 1. The picaresque novel is a genre of prose fiction which depicts the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt society. 2. of, relating to, or resembling rogues. Origin: Spanish - "picaresca," from "pícaro," for "rogue" or "rascal" Related forms: unpicaresque Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 19, 2015-- subsume

    03/19/2015 5:07:05 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 19, 2015-- subsume ; 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". subsume [suh b-soom]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) 1.to consider or include (an idea, term, proposition, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one. 2. to bring (a case, instance, etc.) under a rule. 3. to take up into a more inclusive classification. Origin: From Latin subsumere, from sub- (under) + sumere (to take). Ultimately from the Indo-European root em- (to take...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015-- comminute

    03/12/2015 5:14:56 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 55 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015-- comminute ; 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". comminute [kom-uh-noot, -nyoot]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object), comminuted, comminuting. 1. to pulverize; triturate. adjective 2. comminuted; divided into small parts. 3. powdered; pulverized. Origin: Related forms comminution, noun uncomminuted, adjective 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, Thursday, March 5, 2015-- escarp

    03/05/2015 5:29:15 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 53 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 5, 2015-- escarp ; 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". escarp [ih-skahrp]hear it pronounced noun 1. Fortification. the inner slope or wall of the ditch surrounding a rampart. 2. any similar steep slope. verb (used with object) 3. to make into an escarp; give a steep slope to; furnish with escarps. Origin: "steep slope," 1680s, from French escarpe (16c.), from Italian scarpa (see scarp). Related forms escarpment, noun 1. Geology. a long, precipitous, clifflike...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 4, 2015-- repletion

    03/04/2015 6:06:54 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 79 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 4, 2015-- repletion ; 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". repletion [ri-plee-shuh n]hear it pronounced noun 1. the state or condition of being replete; fullness, especially excessive fullness due to overeating 2. the satisfaction of a need or desire Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English replecioun surfeit (< Middle French) < Late Latin replētiōn- (stem of replētiō), equivalent to Latin replēt(us) (see replete) + -iōn- -ion Related forms replete, adjectiveRules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 25, 2015-- hormesis

    02/25/2015 4:54:33 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 77 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 25, 2015-- hormesis ; 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". hormesis [hor-me-sis]hear it pronounced noun a theoretical phenomenon of dose-response relationships in which something (as a heavy metal or ionizing radiation) that produces harmful biological effects at moderate to high doses may produce beneficial effects at low doses Origin: Hormesis (from Greek hórmēsis "rapid motion, eagerness," from ancient Greek hormáein "to set in motion, impel, urge on") is the term for generally favorable biological...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 18, 2015-- akimbo

    02/18/2015 5:15:52 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 97 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 18, 2015-- akimbo ; 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". akimbo [uh-kim-boh]hear it pronounced adjective, adverb 1. with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms akimbo. Origin: 1375-1425; late Middle English in kenebowe < Old Norse *i keng boginn bent into a crook (i in, keng accusative of kengr hook, boginn past participle of bjūga to bend) Additional Word Origin and History: c.1400, in kenebowe, of unknown origin, perhaps from...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 11, 2015-- sybarite

    02/11/2015 5:55:56 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 62 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 11, 2015-- sybarite ; 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". sybarite [ sib-uh-rahyt]hear it pronounced noun 1. (usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure. 2. an inhabitant of Sybaris. Origin: C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris: "person devoted to pleasure," 1610s (implied in Sybaritical), literally "inhabitant of Sybaris," ancient Greek town in southern Italy, whose people were noted for their love of luxury. From Latin Sybarita, from Greek...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 4, 2015-- polymath

    02/04/2015 5:54:09 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 4, 2015-- polymath ; 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". polymath [pol-ee-math]hear it pronounced noun 1. a person of great learning in several fields of study Origin: 1615-25; < Greek polymathḗs learned, having learned much, equivalent to poly- poly- + -mathēs, adj. derivative of manthánein to learn Related forms polymathic, adjective polymathy (po-lim -a-thee) noun Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 28, 2015-- Baedeker

    01/28/2015 5:37:42 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 28, 2015-- Baedeker ; 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". Baedeker [bey-di-ker]or [bay-di-ker]hear it pronounced noun 1. Karl, 180159, German publisher, notably of guidebooks for travelers. 2. any of the series of guidebooks for travelers issued by the him or his successors. 3. any guidebook, pamphlet, or the like, containing information useful to travelers: a Baedeker to the restaurants of the region. Origin: "travel guide," 1863, from German printer and bookseller Karl Baedeker (1801-1859)...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 21, 2015-- tumbrel

    01/21/2015 5:19:38 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 78 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 21, 2015-- tumbrel ; 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". tumbrel [tuhm-bruh l]hear it pronounced noun 1. one of the carts used during the French Revolution to convey victims to the guillotine. 2. a farmer's cart, especially one for hauling manure, that can be tilted to discharge its load. 3. Obsolete. a two-wheeled covered cart accompanying artillery for carrying tools, ammunition, etc. 4. an obsolete word for a ducking stool, which is: a former...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 14, 2015-- caryatid

    01/14/2015 5:25:18 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 99 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 14, 2015-- caryatid ; 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". caryatid [kar-ee-at-id]hear it pronounced noun, plural caryatids, caryatidesArchitecture 1. a sculptured female figure used as a column. Origin: C16: from Latin Caryātides, from Greek Karuatides priestesses of Artemis at Karuai (Caryae), village in Laconia Related forms caryatidal, caryatidean, caryatic, caryatidic , adjective 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, Wednesday, January 7, 2015-- preternatural

    01/07/2015 5:59:56 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 90 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 7, 2015-- preternatural ; 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". preternatural [pree-ter-nach-er-uh l, -nach-ruh l]hear it pronounced adjective 1.out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal: preternatural powers. 2. outside of nature; supernatural. Origin: 1570s, from Medieval Latin preternaturalis (mid-13c.), from Latin phrase praeter naturam (praeterque fatum) "beyond nature (and beyond fate)," from praeter "beyond" + accusative of natura "nature" Related forms preternaturalism, noun preternaturality [pree-ter-nach-uh-ral-i-tee] , noun preternaturalness, noun preternaturally, adverb...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 31, 2014gallivant

    12/31/2014 5:50:30 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 44 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 31, 2014gallivant (Also, galavant) ; 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". gallivant [gal-uh-vant]hear it pronounced verb, intransitive, i.e., used without an object 1. to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad. 2. to go about with members of the opposite sex. Origin: 1815-25; perhaps fanciful alteration of gallant Word Origin and History for gallivant 1809, probably a playful elaboration of gallant in an obsolete verbal sense of "play the gallant, flirt, gad about." Related:...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 24, 2014-- manger

    12/24/2014 5:46:54 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 24, 2014-- manger ; 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". [meyn-jer]hear it pronounced noun 1. a box or trough in a stable or barn from which horses or cattle eat. 2. Nautical. 1. a space at the bow of a ship, having a partition for confining water entering at the hawseholes until it can be drained. 2. a sunken bottom in a chain locker, covered by a grating and used to collect water from...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 17, 2014-- higgledy-piggledy

    12/17/2014 5:53:27 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 67 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 17, 2014-- higgledy-piggledy ; 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". [hig-uh l-dee-pig-uh l-dee]hear it pronounced adverb in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter. adjective confused; jumbled, chaotic, messy Origin: "confusedly, hurriedly," 1590s, a "vocal gesture" [OED] probably formed from pig and the animal's suggestions of mess and disorder. Reduplications in the h-/p- pattern are common (e.g. hanky-panky, hocus-pocus, hinch(y)-pinch(y), an obsolete children's game, attested from c.1600). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 10, 2014-- vexillology

    12/10/2014 5:55:49 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 78 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 10, 2014-- vexillology ; 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". vexillology [vek-suh-lol-uh-jee]hear it pronounced noun 1. the study and collection of information about flags Origin: 1959, from Latin vexillum "flag" + -ology. -ology: word-forming element indicating "branch of knowledge, science," now the usual form of -logy. Originally used c.1800 in nonce formations (commonsensology, etc.), it gained legitimacy by influence of the proper formation in geology, mythology, etc., where the -o- is a stem vowel...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 3, 2014-- metathesis

    12/03/2014 5:45:29 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 92 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 3, 2014-- metathesis ; 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". metathesis [muh-tath-uh-sis]hear it pronounced noun, plural: metatheses 1. the transposition of letters, syllables, or sounds in a word, as in the pronunciation [kuhmf-ter-buh l] for comfortable or [aks] for ask. 2. Chemistry, double decomposition: a reaction whose result is the interchange of two parts of two substances to form two new substances, as AgNO 3 + NaCl → AgCl + NaNO 3 Origin: 1600-10;...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 26, 2014-- filial

    11/26/2014 5:37:49 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 26, 2014-- filial ; 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". filial [fil-ee-uh l]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or befitting a son or daughter: filial obedience. 2. noting or having the relation of a child to a parent. 3. Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations following the parental generation, each generation being designated by an F followed by a subscript number indicating its place in the sequence. Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 19, 2014-- iatrogenic

    11/19/2014 5:53:08 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 54 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 19, 2014-- iatrogenic ; 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". iatrogenic [ahy-a-truh-jen-ik, ee-a-]hear it pronounced adjective 1. (of a medical disorder) caused by the diagnosis, manner, or treatment of a physician. 2. (medical) (of an illness or symptoms) induced in a patient as the result of a physician's words or actions, especially as a consequence of taking a drug prescribed by the physician. 3. (social welfare) (of a problem) induced by the means of...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 12, 2014-- scrutate

    11/12/2014 5:26:37 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 155 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 12, 2014-- scrutate ; 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". scrutate [SKRU-tayt] verb, transitive To investigate. Origin: From Latin scrutari (to examine). Earliest documented use: 1882. USAGE: "Philosophers have too often thought that they can learn more about human nature by scrutating the murky depths of substance and faculties than by interpreting the obvious evidence." John Lachs; The Relevance of Philosophy to Life; Vanderbilt University Press; 1995. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 5, 2014-- vindication

    11/05/2014 5:29:10 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 121 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 5, 2014-- vindication ; 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". vindication [vin-di-key-shuh n]hear it pronounced noun 1. the act of vindicating. 2. the state of being vindicated. 3. defense; excuse; justification: Poverty was a vindication for his thievery. 4. something that vindicates: Subsequent events were her vindication. vindicate [vin-di-keyt] verb (used with object), vindicated, vindicating. 1. to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone's honor. 2. to afford...
  • Word For The Day, Monday, November 3, 2014-- expiate

    11/03/2014 4:31:39 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 30 replies
    Word For The Day, Monday, November 3, 2014-- expiate ; 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". expiate [ek-spee-eyt]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object), expiated, expiating 1. to atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate one's crimes. Origin: 1585-95; < Latin expiātus (past participle of expiāre to atone for, make good), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + piā(re) to propitiate (see pious) + -tus past participle suffix Related forms expiation, noun expiator, noun unexpiated, adjective Rules: Everyone must...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 29, 2014-- kinesics

    10/29/2014 5:26:11 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 28 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 29, 2014-- kinesics ; 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". kinesics [ki-nee-siks, -ziks]hear it pronounced noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc., as a means of communication. Origin: 1950-55; < Greek kī́nēs(is) (see kinesis) + -ics Related formskinesic, adjective kinesically, adverb 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, Wednesday, October 22, 2014-- pecuniary

    10/22/2014 4:57:20 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 57 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 22, 2014-- pecuniary ; 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". pecuniary [pi-kyoo-nee-er-ee]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of or pertaining to money: pecuniary difficulties. 2. consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments: pecuniary tributes. 3. (of a crime, violation, etc.) involving a money penalty or fine. Origin: c.1500, from Latin pecuniarius "pertaining to money," from pecunia "money, property, wealth," from pecu "cattle, flock," from PIE root *peku- "wealth, movable property, livestock"...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 15, 2014-- maieutic

    10/15/2014 5:05:04 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 108 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 15, 2014-- maieutic ; 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". maieutic [mey-yoo-tik]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of or pertaining to the method used by Socrates of eliciting knowledge in the mind of a person by interrogation and insistence on close and logical reasoning. Origin: 1645-55; < Greek maieutiks of, pertaining to midwifery, equivalent to maie(esthai) to serve as a midwife (akin to maa midwife) + -tikos -tic Related forms maieutics, noun Rules: Everyone must...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 8, 2014-- Pavlovian

    10/08/2014 5:25:53 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 88 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 8, 2014-- Pavlovian ; 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". Pavlovian [pav-loh-vee-uh n]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Pavlov or his work, especially of experiments in which he elicited predictable responses from laboratory animals. 2. (of a reaction or response) automatic; involuntary Origin: 1931, from the theories, experiments, and methods of Russian physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936), especially in connection with the salivary reflexes of dogs in response to...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 1, 2014-- lapidary

    10/01/2014 5:39:56 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 133 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 1, 2014-- lapidary ; 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". lapidary [lap-i-der-ee]hear it pronounced noun, plural lapidaries. 1. Also, lapidist [lap-i-dist] a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones. 2. Also, lapidarist [luh-pid-er-ist] an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques used in cutting and engraving them. 3. the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones. 4. an old book on the lore of gems. adjective, Also, lapidarian [lap-i-dair-ee-uh n]...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 24, 2014-- impalpable

    09/24/2014 5:22:57 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 80 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 24, 2014-- impalpable ; 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". impalpable [im-pal-puh-buh l]hear it pronounced adjective 1. not palpable; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible. 2. abstruse, difficult for the mind to grasp readily or easily: impalpable distinctions. 3. (of powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt. Origin: c.1500, from French impalpable, from Medieval Latin impalpabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of"...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2014-- toff

    09/17/2014 5:42:19 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 47 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2014-- toff ; 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". toff [tof]hear it pronounced noun, British Informal. A stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class. Origin: 1850-55 perhaps variant of tuft, nickname for a titled student at Oxford University, wearing a cap with a gold tasselWord Origin and History for toff lower-class British slang for "stylish dresser, member of the smart set,"...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 10, 2014-- ne plus ultra

    09/10/2014 5:05:34 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 60 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 10, 2014-- ne plus ultra ; 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". ne plus ultra [ne ploo s oo l-trah]hear it pronounced noun Latin 1. the highest point; acme. 2. the most intense degree of a quality or state. 3. the extreme or perfect point or state Origin: literally: not more beyond (that is, go no further), allegedly a warning to sailors inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at Gibraltar Rules: Everyone must leave...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 3, 2014-- patina

    09/03/2014 5:48:32 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 71 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 3, 2014-- patina ; 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". patina [pat-n-uh, puh-tee-nuh]hear it pronounced noun 1. a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value. 2. a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance. 3. a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age. Origin: Patina is adopted from Italian, from Latin patina, a dish (from...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 27, 2014-- bum-rush

    08/27/2014 5:56:18 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 72 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 27, 2014-- bum-rush ; 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". bum-rush [buhm-ruhsh] verb, transitive to force one's way into; crash: to bum-rush a rap concert.From the Urban Dictionary: 1. To run full speed into somebody and body slam them into a brick wall, chain link fence, or similar immovable object. "Dude, I just got bum rushed on the corner of E.9th and Euclid Avenue." 2. The act of attacking someone or something (usually by...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 20, 2014-- amphigory

    08/20/2014 4:59:20 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 20, 2014-- amphigory ; 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". amphigory [am-fi-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee]hear it pronounced noun 1. a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody. 2. a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose. Origin: Related forms amphigories, pluralAlso, amphigouri. amphigoric [am-fuh-gawr-ik, -gor-] Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 13, 2014-- peshmerga

    08/13/2014 5:29:22 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 57 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 13, 2014-- peshmerga ; 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". peshmerga [peSHˈmərgə] (the “g” is hard, as in “give”)hear it pronounced noun A member of a Kurdish nationalist guerrilla organization. Origin: from Kurdish pêshmerge, from pêsh 'before' + merg 'death'. From Wikipedia: Peshmerga or Peshmerge (Kurdish pronunciation [pɛʃmærˈɡæ]; Kurdish: پێشمەرگە Pêşmerge}, literally "those who confront death") is the term used by Kurds to refer to armed Kurdish fighters. The Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan have...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 6, 2014-- interregnum

    08/06/2014 5:18:40 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 82 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 6, 2014-- interregnum ; 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". interregnum [in-ter-reg-nuh m]hear it pronounced noun, plural in•ter•reg•nums, in•ter•reg•na 1. an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of his or her normal or legitimate successor. 2. any period during which a state has no ruler or only a temporary executive. 3. any period of freedom from the usual authority. 4. any pause or interruption in continuity. Origin:...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 30, 2014-- abrogate

    07/30/2014 5:24:42 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 63 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 30, 2014-- abrogate ; 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". abrogate [ab-ruh-geyt]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) ab•ro•gat•ed, ab•ro•gat•ing. 1. to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal: to abrogate a law. 2. to put aside; put an end to. Origin: 1520-30 from Latin abrogātus repealed, from ab- 1 + rogāre to propose (a law)] Related forms ab•ro•ga•ble [ab-ruh-guh-buh l], adjective ab•ro•ga•tion, noun ab•ro•ga•tive, adjective ab•ro•ga•tor, noun...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 23, 2014-- potentate

    07/23/2014 5:23:13 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 49 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 23, 2014-- potentate ; 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". potentate [poht-n-teyt]hear it pronounced noun a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler. Origin: [1350-1400: from Late Latin potentātus ruler, from Latin: rule, command, from potens powerful, from posse to be able] 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, Wednesday, July 16, 2014-- oriflamme

    07/16/2014 5:15:38 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 78 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 16, 2014-- oriflamme ; 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". oriflamme [awr-uh-flam, or-]hear it pronounced noun 1. the red banner of St. Denis, near Paris, carried before the early kings of France as a military ensign. 2. any ensign, banner, or standard, especially one that serves as a rallying point or symbol. Origin 142575; late Middle English oriflam < Middle French oriflamme, Old French, equivalent to orie golden (< Latin aurea, feminine of aureus,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 9, 2014-- philology

    07/09/2014 5:07:36 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 54 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 9, 2014-- philology ; 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". philology [fi-lol-uh-jee]hear it pronounced noun 1. the study of literary texts and of written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning. 2. (especially in older use) linguistics, especially historical and comparative linguistics. 3. Obsolete . the love of learning and literature. Origin: Origin: 13501400; Middle English philologie < Latin philologia < Greek philologa love of...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 2, 2014-- plonk

    07/02/2014 4:35:01 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 67 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 2, 2014-- plonk ; 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". plonk [plɒŋk]hear it pronounced noun (Chiefly British) inferior or cheap wine. Origin: 1925–30; perhaps alteration of French ( vin ) blanc white (wine) — verb 1. ( often foll by down ) to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly: he plonked the money on the table — noun 2. the act or sound of plonking — interjection 3. an exclamation imitative of...
  • Word For The Day, Friday, June 27, 2014-- decant

    06/27/2014 5:00:20 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 43 replies
    Word For The Day, Friday, June 27, 2014-- decant ; 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". decant [dih-kant]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) 1. to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment. 2. to pour (a liquid) from one container to another. 3. to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished Origin: 1625–35; < Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + Medieval Latin canth ( us )...