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  • WORD FOR THE DAY(4/16/18)loquacious

    04/16/2018 11:58:00 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    Merriam Webster | 4/16/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(4/16/18) loquacious adjective lo·qua·cious \ lō-ˈkwā-shəs \ Definition of loquacious 1 : full of excessive talk : wordy 2 : given to fluent or excessive talk : garrulous — loquaciously adverb — loquaciousness noun Examples of loquacious in a Sentence 1. … long-cultivated dislikes and resentments, combined with a general expectation of coming apocalypse. He talked about these topics in a manner that managed to be tight-lipped and loquacious at the same time. —Ian Frazier,  New Yorker,  22 & 29 Dec. 2003 2. … the flaw of the genre is not in betraying the loquacious John...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(4/9/18)querulous

    04/09/2018 8:06:45 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    Merriam Webster | 4/9/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(4/9/18) querulous adjective quer·u·lous \ ˈkwer-yə-ləs , -ə-ləs also ˈkwir- \ •   •   •   •   •   •   Definition of querulous 1 : habitually complaining 2 : fretful, whining • a querulous voice — querulously adverb — querulousness noun Examples of querulous in a Sentence 1. car trips that were frequently spoiled by a couple of querulous passengers in the back Recent Examples of querulous from the Web • Kate Kearney-Patch's Marína, the old nurse who knows how to soothe the querulous personalities around, doesn't want the spotlight, but her presence...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(4/2/18) Agon

    04/01/2018 6:35:14 PM PDT · by left that other site · 8 replies
    Merriam Webster | 4/2/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(4/2/18) agon noun AH-gahn • • • Definition : conflict; especially : the dramatic conflict between the chief characters in a literary work Did You Know? Agon comes from the Greek word agōn, which is translated with a number of meanings, among them "contest," "competition at games," and "gathering." In ancient Greece, agons (the word is also pluralized in English as agones) were contests held during public festivals. The contests—among them the ancient Olympics, on which our modern Olympics is modeled—involved everything from athletics to chariot and horse racing to music and literature. Agon in the...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(3/26/18) Woolgathering

    03/25/2018 5:15:33 PM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    Merriam Webster | 3/26/18 | left that other site
    WORD FOR THE DAY(3/26/18) woolgathering noun WOOL-gath-uh-ring Definition : indulgence in idle daydreaming Did You Know? Woolgathering once literally referred to the act of gathering loose tufts of wool that had gotten caught on bushes and fences as sheep passed by. As you might imagine, woolgathering was not the most profitable of enterprises; its practitioners must have seemed to wander aimlessly, gaining little for their efforts. In the mid-16th century, woolgathering began to appear in figurative phrases such as "my wits went a woolgathering"in other words, "my mind went wandering aimlessly." From there, it wasn't long before the word...
  • Word For the Day (3/19/18)Croesus

    03/18/2018 6:18:18 PM PDT · by left that other site · 23 replies
    Merriam Webster | 3/19/18
    Croesus Definition : a very rich man Did You Know? The original Croesus was a 6th-century B.C. king of Lydia, an ancient kingdom in what is now Turkey. Croesus conquered many surrounding regions, grew very wealthy, and became the subject of legends. In one legend, he was visited by Solon, the wise Athenian lawgiver. (Historians say this isn't chronologically possible, but it makes a good story.) Solon supposedly told Croesus, who thought he had everything: "Account no man happy before his death." These words made Croesus angry, and he threw the lawmaker out of his court. Croesus would rethink...
  • Word For The Day (3/12/18)mnemonic

    03/12/2018 5:37:39 PM PDT · by left that other site · 42 replies
    Merriam Webster | 3/12/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(3/12/18) mnemonic adjective nih-MAH-nik • • Definition 1 : assisting or intended to assist memory; also : of or relating to a technique of improving the memory 2 : of or relating to memory Did You Know? The word mnemonic derives from the Greek mnēmōn ("mindful"), which itself comes from the verb mimnēskesthai, meaning "to remember." (In classical mythology, Mnemosyne, the mother of the Muses, is the goddess of memory.) In addition to its adjectival use, mnemonic is also a noun meaning "a mnemonic device," and the plural form mnemonics is used in the sense of...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(2/26/18)Recuse

    02/26/2018 7:24:39 AM PST · by left that other site · 12 replies
    Merriam Webster | 2/26/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(2/26/18) recuse verb re·cuse \ ri-ˈkyüz \ 
 •   Definition of recuse recused; recusing transitive verb : to disqualify (oneself) as judge in a particular case; broadly : to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest — recusal Recent Examples of recuse from the Web • Quarles had no involvement with the Wells Fargo case because family ties have prompted him to recuse himself from all matters tied to the lender.
— laura j. keller and shahien nasiripour, Houston Chronicle, "Fed's Wells Fargo punishment sets precedent for harsher era," 5 Feb. 2018 •...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(2/19/18)epistemology

    02/19/2018 6:42:33 AM PST · by left that other site · 28 replies
    WORD FOR THE DAY(2/12/18)epistemology noun epis·te·mol·o·gy \ i-ˌpi-stə-ˈmä-lə-jē \ •   Definition of epistemology : the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity — epistemological play \i-ˌpi-stə-mə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective — epistemologically play \i-ˌpi-stə-mə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb — epistemologist play \i-ˌpi-stə-ˈmä-lə-jist\ noun NEW! Time Traveler First Known Use: circa 1856 Recent Examples of epistemology from the Web • Yet if authenticity and consistency are among Spayd’s virtues, her vices include obtuse logic, shoddy epistemology, and the sort of common-sense conventionalism that a public editor ought to be challenging rather than championing.
—...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(2/12/18)Blench

    02/12/2018 9:17:18 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    2/12/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(2/12/18)Blench Definition : to draw back or turn aside from lack of courage : flinch Did You Know? If a stranger approaches you in a dark alley, it might cause you to blench. Do you flinch or turn white? Actually, you could do both, and both would be considered blenching because there are two separate verbs spelled "blench" in English. The blench that means "to flinch" derives from blencan, an Old English word meaning "to deceive." The blench meaning "to turn white" is an alteration of blanch, from the French adjective blanc...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(2/5/18)Pusillanimous

    02/04/2018 4:21:13 PM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    2/5/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(1/22/18)Pusillanimous • Definition of pusillanimous : lacking courage and resolution : marked by contemptible timidity — pusillanimously adverb First Known Use: 15th century Examples of pusillanimous in a Sentence 1. pusillanimous politicians who vote according to whichever way the political wind is blowing Did You Know? Do you know someone who has a small, weak spirit, someone whose reserve of inner strength is too small to draw from in times of danger and adversity? If so, you'll find pusillanimous to be the perfect descriptor for that person. The Latin roots of this derisive adjective are pusillus,...
  • Word For the day(1/29/18) Egregious

    01/28/2018 5:12:27 PM PST · by left that other site · 36 replies
    1/29/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(1/22/18)Egregious • Definition of egregious 1 : conspicuous; especially : conspicuously bad : flagrant • egregious errors • egregious padding of the evidence 2 archaic : distinguished — egregiously adverb — egregiousness noun First Known Use: circa 1534 • 
 Examples of egregious in a Sentence 1. … the public perception is that too many corporate executives have committed egregious breaches of trust by cooking the books, shading the truth, and enriching themselves with huge stock-option profits while shareholders suffered breathtaking losses. —John A. Byrne et al.,  Business Week,  6 May 2002 2. History cannot be...
  • Word For the day (1/22/18) Dystopia

    01/21/2018 8:33:27 PM PST · by left that other site · 27 replies
    1/22/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(1/22/18)Dystopia Definition of dystopia 1 : an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives2 literature : anti-utopia 2 • writing a dystopia — dystopian play \-pē-ən\ adjective First Known Use: circa 1950 Recent Examples of dystopia from the Web • Detroit image makeover Despite its problems, Detroit’s image shifted in national and international media during the past decade from that of a scary dystopia to a resilient, innovative community with hot culture and restaurant scenes.
— bill mcgraw, Detroit Free Press, "10 key Detroit developments since 2007," 21 Dec. 2017 • Instead, this trailer...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(1/15/18)Cabal

    01/15/2018 10:41:52 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    1/15/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(1/8/18)Cabal cabal noun ca·bal \ kə-ˈbäl , -ˈbal \ Definition of cabal 1 : the contrived schemes of a group of persons secretly united in a plot (as to overturn a government); also : a group engaged in such schemes 2 : club, group • a cabal of artists NEW! Time Traveler First Known Use: 1614 Examples of cabal in a Sentence 1. a cabal plotting to overthrow the government 2. a conspiracy theory about the existence of an international cabal devoted to world domination Recent Examples of cabal from the Web • BBC America After...
  • Word For The Day (1/8/18) Ubiquitous

    01/08/2018 8:36:32 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    1/8/18 | left that other site
    WORD FOR THE DAY(1/8/18)Ubiquitous : existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread • a ubiquitous fashion — ubiquitously adverb — ubiquitousness adjective First Known Use: 1772 Examples of ubiquitous in a Sentence 1. Hot dogs are the ideal road trip food—inexpensive, portable, ubiquitous. —Paul Lucas,  Saveur,  June/July 2008 2. Shawarma is the new street meat. Both a late night favourite and a quick lunch classic, the Middle Eastern dish is now ubiquitous on the streets of Toronto. —Chris Dart,  Torontoist,  8 Feb. 2007 3. In major league locker rooms, ice packs are ubiquitous...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(1/1/18)Obsequious

    12/31/2017 6:09:51 PM PST · by left that other site · 31 replies
    1/1/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(1/1/18)Obsequious 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”. (Obsequious ) [phonetic] hear it pronounced (part of speech - adjective) • • 

 •   Definition of obsequious : marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness — obsequiously adverb — obsequiousness noun First Known Use: 1602
  • Word For The Day (12/25/17)Execrable

    12/24/2017 8:45:22 PM PST · by left that other site · 31 replies
    12/25/17
    WORD FOR THE DAY( 12/25/17)Execrable 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”. (execrable ) [phonetic] hear it pronounced (part of speech - adjective) Definition of execrable 1 : deserving to be execrated : detestable • execrable crimes 2 : very bad : wretched • execrable hotel food — execrableness noun — execrably play \ˈek-si-krə-blē\ adverb NEW! Time Traveler First Known Use: 14th century See Words from the same year See execrable defined for English-language learners
  • Word For the Day (12/18/17) Malediction

    12/18/2017 7:18:12 AM PST · by left that other site · 32 replies
    12/18/17
    WORD FOR THE DAY(12/18/17)Malediction 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”. (Malediction) [phonetic] hear it pronounced (part of speech - Noun or verb) • 

 •   Definition of malediction : curse, execration • I taunted him, ridiculed him, and loaded him with maledictions • —Sir Walter Scott — maledictory play \-ˈdik-t(ə-)rē\ adjective • • 


 •   Definition of malediction : curse, execration • I taunted him, ridiculed him, and loaded him with maledictions • —Sir Walter Scott —...
  • Word for the day (Hagiography) 12/11/17

    12/10/2017 7:54:47 PM PST · by left that other site · 37 replies
    12/11/17
    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”. (Hagiography) [phonetic] noun ha·gi·og·ra·phy \ ˌha-gē-ˈä-grə-fē , ˌhā- , -jē- \ (part of speech - Noun) Definition 1 : biography of saints or venerated persons 2 : idealizing or idolizing biography "an account that smacks of hagiography" First Known Use: 1821
  • Word for the Day - EXPATIATE

    03/31/2017 6:17:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    Google ^ | March 31, 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”. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ EXPATIATE ex·pa·ti·ate ikˈspāSHēˌāt/ verb verb: expatiate; 3rd person present: expatiates; past tense: expatiated; past participle: expatiated; gerund or present participle: expatiating speak or write at length or in detail. "she expatiated on working-class novelists" synonyms: speak/write at length, go into detail, expound, dwell, dilate, expand, enlarge, elaborate; formal: perorate "he expatiated on the topic of volunteerism" Origin mid 16th century (in the sense ‘roam freely’): from Latin exspatiari ‘move beyond one's usual bounds,’...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 7, 2015 - Chuffy

    08/07/2015 4:46:24 AM PDT · by tioga · 62 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | tioga
    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. ChuffyAdjective 1. Fat or puffed out in the cheeks. 2. Rough; clownish; surly. 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...