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  • 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 )...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 25, 2014-- barefaced

    06/25/2014 5:03:53 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 72 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 25, 2014-- barefaced ; 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". barefaced [bair-feyst]hear it pronounced adjective 1. with the face uncovered. 2. shameless; impudent; audacious: a barefaced lie. 3. without concealment or disguise; boldly open: a barefaced approach. Origin: 1580s, "with face uncovered or shaven;" see bare + face. Thus, in a bad sense, "shameless" (1670s). Cf. effrontery. Related forms barefacedly [bair-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] , adverb barefacedness, noun Bald-faced, boldfaced or barefaced? Rules: Everyone must leave...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 18, 2014-- skulduggery

    06/18/2014 5:35:18 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 65 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 18, 2014-- skulduggery ; 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". skulduggery [skuhl-duhg-uh-ree]hear it pronounced noun 1. dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery. 2. an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick. Origin: 1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie "adultery" (1713), sculduddery "bawdry, obscenity" (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin. Related forms: Alternate spellings: skullduggery, sculduggery, scullduggery. Plural: skulduggeries. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 11, 2014-- calumniate

    06/11/2014 4:30:50 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 25 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 11, 2014-- calumniate ; 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". calumniate, [kuh-luhm-nee-eyt]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) ca•lum•ni•at•ed, ca•lum•ni•at•ing. to make false and malicious statements about; slander. Origin: 1545–55; < Latin calumniātus (past participle of calumniārī to accuse falsely, trick), equivalent to calumni ( a ) calumny + -ātus -ate Related forms ca•lum•ni•a•tion, noun ca•lum•ni•a•tor, noun non•ca•lum•ni•at•ing, adjective Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 4, 2014-- hidebound

    06/04/2014 5:03:55 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 59 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 4, 2014-- hidebound ; 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". hidebound [hahyd-bound]hear it pronounced adjective 1. narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible: a hidebound pedant. 2. oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative: a hidebound philosopher. 3. (of a horse, cow, etc.) having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide. Origin: 155060; hide + -bound Related forms hideboundness, noun Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 28, 2014-- veisalgia

    05/28/2014 5:58:41 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 67 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 28, 2014-- veisalgia ; 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". veisalgia [vye-SAL-juh]hear it pronounced An alcohol-induced hangover. noun Origin: It's from the Norwegian kveis or "uneasiness following debauchery," and the Greek algia, which means "pain," as in the pain-reliever called an analgesic. From: Martha Barnette: Buff Up Your Brain Incidentally, the Norwegians have an even more colorful word for this condition: if you have a hangover in Norway, you're said to have toemmermenn, or...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014-- toponym </b></font><p>

    05/21/2014 5:17:49 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 116 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014-- toponym ; 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". toponym [top-uh-nim]hear it pronounced noun 1. a place name. 2. a name derived from the name of a place. Origin: 189095; top- + -onym, or by back formation from toponomy From Wordsmith.org: Once upon a time, a person's name was his complete identification and address. It could comprise his given name, profession, father or mother's name, a personal trait, and even the name of...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 14, 2014-- hypergelast

    05/14/2014 5:37:02 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 43 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 14, 2014-- hypergelast ; 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". hypergelast [hy-PUHR-ji-last]hear it pronounced noun: One who laughs excessively. Origin: From Greek hyper- (over) + gelastes (laughter), from gelan (to laugh). Related forms ageleast [AJ-uh-last] One who never laughs. 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, May 7, 2014-- viperine

    05/07/2014 5:42:51 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 103 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 7, 2014-- viperine ; 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". viperine [vahy-per-in]hear it pronounced adjective of, pertaining to, or resembling a viper; venomous: a gossip with a viperine tongue. Related forms pseu•do•vi•per•ine, adjective Origin: 1540–50; < Latin vīperīnus. See viper, -ine1 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, April 30, 2014-- viatical

    04/30/2014 5:27:05 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 81 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 30, 2014-- viatical ; 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". viatical [vahy-at-i-kuh l, vee‐]]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of or pertaining to a financial transaction in which a company buys life insurance policies from the terminally ill at less than their face value and may sell the policies to investors: viatical settlements. 2. of or denoting a road or a journey 3. botany (of a plant) growing by the side of a road 4....
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 23, 2014-- ceteris paribus

    04/23/2014 4:47:42 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 69 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 23, 2014-- ceteris paribus ; 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". ceteris paribus [say-te-rees pah-ri-booss, key-te-rees pah-ri-boos]hear it pronounced Latin. adverb all other things being equal. Origin: cēterus (“the other”) + paribus ( equal) Literally meaning “with other [things] being equal” or “other things being equal”. Ceteris Paribus was characterized by Sir Alfred Marshall who was one of the most influential economists of his time and is known as one of the founders of...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 16, 2014-- dreadnought

    04/16/2014 5:12:50 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 99 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 16, 2014-- dreadnought ; 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". dreadnought [ dred-nawt]hear it pronounced noun 1. a type of battleship armed with heavy-caliber guns in turrets. 2. an outer garment of heavy woolen cloth. 3. a thick cloth with a long pile. 4. (slang) a heavyweight boxer 5. a person who fears nothing Origin: From the British battleship Dreadnought, launched in 1906, the first of its type. 180010; dread + nought (fear nothing)...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 9, 2014-- arriviste

    04/09/2014 5:32:23 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 42 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 9, 2014-- arriviste ; 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". arriviste[ar-ee-veest; French a-ree-veest]hear it pronounced noun 1. a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem 2. a person who is unscrupulously ambitious Origin: 190005; < French; see arrive, -ist Related forms 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, Wednesday, April 2, 2014-- triptych

    04/02/2014 4:45:34 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 138 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, April 2, 2014-- triptych ; 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". triptych [trip-tik]hear it pronounced noun 1: an ancient Roman writing tablet with three waxed leaves hinged together 2. a : a picture (as an altarpiece) or carving in three panels side by side b : something composed or presented in three parts or sections; especially : trilogy Origin: 172535; < Greek trptychos of three plates, equivalent to tri- tri- + ptych- (stem of ptx...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 26, 2014-- coffle

    03/26/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 146 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 26, 2014-- coffle ; 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". coffle [kaw-fuh l, kof-uh l] noun 1. a line of animals, prisoners, or slaves chained and driven along together. verb (used with object), 2. to chain in a coffle. Origin: [C18: from Arabic qāfilah caravan] Related forms cof•fled, cof•fling 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...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 19, 2014-- jawboning

    03/19/2014 4:46:08 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 86 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 19, 2014-- jawboning ; 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". jawboning [jaw-bohn-ing]hear it pronounced n : the use of public appeals and other forms of spoken persuasion (as by a president) to influence the actions of others. Origin: 148090; jaw + bone Related forms jawbone, jawboned verb 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, Monday, March 10, 2014-- aesthete

    03/10/2014 5:21:37 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 163 replies
    Word For The Day, Monday, March 10, 2014-- aesthete ; 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". aesthete [es-theet]hear it pronounced noun1. a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature. 2. a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters. Origin: 1881, from Gk. aisthetes "one who perceives," from aisthanesthai "to perceive, to feel" (see aesthetic). Related forms hyperaesthete, noun Synonyms 1. connoisseur. 2. dilettante....
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 5, 2014-- superannuated

    03/05/2014 5:02:36 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 78 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 5, 2014-- superannuated ; 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". superannuated [soo-per-an-yoo-ey-tid]hear it pronounced adjective, 1. retired because of age or infirmity. 2. too old for use, work, service, or a position. 3. antiquated or obsolete: superannuated ideas. Origin: [C17: from Medieval Latin superannātus aged more than one year, from Latin super- + annus a year] Related forms su•per•an•nu•ateverb (used with object), su•per•an•nu•at•ed, su•per•an•nu•at•ing. 1. to allow to retire from service or office on...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 26, 2014-- incognito

    02/26/2014 4:54:54 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 103 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 26, 2014-- incognito ; 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". incognito [in-kog-nee-toh]hear it pronounced adjective 1. having one's identity concealed, as under an assumed name, especially to avoid notice or formal attentions. adjective, adverb 2. with the real identity concealed: to travel incognito. noun, plural in•cog•ni•tos for 3, 5. 3. a person who is incognito. 4. the state of being incognito. 5. the disguise or character assumed by an incognito. Origin: 1630–40; < Italian...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 19, 2014-- forte

    02/19/2014 5:20:36 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 113 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 19, 2014-- forte ; 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". forte [fawrt, fohrt or for 1, fawr-tey]hear it pronounced noun 1. a person's strong suit, or most highly developed characteristic, talent, or skill; something that one excels in: I don't know what her forte is, but it's not music. Synonyms: talent, skill, excellence, strength, strong point, specialty, proficiency; knack, bent. 2. the stronger part of a sword blade, between the middle and the hilt...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 12, 2014-- copper-bottomed

    02/12/2014 5:20:28 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 77 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 12, 2014-- copper-bottomed ; 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". copper-bottomed adjective reliable, esp financially reliable, genuine, trustworthy Origin: (from The Phrase Finder) If you come across something that is copper-bottomed these days, it is most likely to be a saucepan. In the 18th century, it would have been a ship. It is unusual for an idiomatic phrase to have such a literal derivation as this. 'Copper-bottomed' described ships that were fitted with copper...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 5, 2014-- demarche

    02/05/2014 5:02:47 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 78 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 5, 2014-- demarche ; 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". demarche, d-marches [dey-marsh]hear it pronounced noun 1. an action or gesture by a diplomat, especially a formal appeal, protest, or the like. 2. a statement, protest, or the like presented to public officials by private citizens, interest groups, etc. 3. a procedure or step; move; maneuver. Origin: C17: literally: walk, gait, from Old French demarcher to tread, trample; see de- , march Related forms...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 29, 2014-- vacuous

    01/29/2014 5:41:33 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 125 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 29, 2014-- vacuous ; 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". vacuous [vak-yoo-uh s]hear it pronounced adjective 1. without contents; empty: the vacuous air. 2. lacking in ideas or intelligence: a vacuous mind. 3. expressing or characterized by a lack of ideas or intelligence; inane; stupid: a vacuous book. 4. purposeless; idle: a vacuous way of life. Origin: 164555; < Latin vacuus empty; see -ous Related forms vacuously, adverb vacuousness, noun nonvacuous, adjective nonvacuously, adverb...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 22, 2014-- panache

    01/22/2014 5:20:05 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 113 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 22, 2014-- panache ; 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". panache [puh-nash,-nahsh]hear it pronounced noun 1. a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair: The actor who would play Cyrano must have panache. 2. an ornamental plume of feathers, tassels, or the like, especially one worn on a helmet or cap. Origin: 1545–55; variant (after F) of pennache < Middle French < early Italian pennachio < Late Latin pinnāculum, diminutive of pinna wing; identical...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 15, 2014-- dragoman

    01/15/2014 5:47:49 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 147 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 15, 2014-- dragoman ; 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". dragoman [drag-uh-muh n]hear it pronounced noun, (in the Near East) a professional interpreter or guide. Origin: 14c., from O.Fr. drugemen, from late Gk. dragoumanos, from Ar. targuman "interpreter," from targama "interpret." Related forms plural dragomans, dragomen. (Treated in Eng. as a compound, with pl. -men.) 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 8, 2014-- demimonde

    01/08/2014 5:02:12 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 208 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 8, 2014-- demimonde ; 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". demimonde [dem-ee-mond, French: duh-mee-mawnd]hear it pronounced noun 1. (esp in the 19th century) those women considered to be outside respectable society, esp on account of sexual promiscuity 2. any social group considered to be not wholly respectable. 3. prostitutes or courtesans in general. 4. a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: a demimonde of investigative journalists writing for the sensationalist tabloids. 5....
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - resolution

    01/01/2014 5:15:42 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 36 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014-—resolution HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! ; 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". resolution [rez-uh-loo-shuh n]hear it pronounced noun 1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group. Compare concurrent resolution, joint resolution. 2. a decision or determination; a resolve: to make a firm resolution to do something. Her resolution to clear her parents' name allowed her no other focus in...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2013-- ex cathedra

    12/25/2013 5:02:00 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 39 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2013-- ex cathedraMerry Christmas to all! ; 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". ex cathedra [eks-kath-i-druh, or eks kuh-thee-druh]hear it pronounced adverb, adjective from the seat of authority; with authority: used especially of those pronouncements of the pope that are considered infallible. Origin: 1810–20; < Latin ex cathedrā literally, from the chair 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, Wednesday, December 18, 2013-- arbitrage

    12/18/2013 5:29:09 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 112 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 18, 2013-- arbitrage ; 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". arbitrage [ahr-bi-trahzh]hear it pronounced 1. Noun: Finance. the simultaneous purchase and sale of the same securities, commodities, or foreign exchange in different markets to profit from unequal prices. 2. Verb, used without object: To engage in arbitrage activities Origin: 1470–80; < Middle French, equivalent to arbitr ( er ) to arbitrate, regulate (< Latin arbitrārī; see arbitrate) + -age -age Related forms arbitrageur, noun...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 11, 2013-- capstone

    12/11/2013 4:28:36 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 47 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 11, 2013-- capstone ; 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". capstone [kap-stohn]hear it pronounced noun 1. one of a set of slabs on the top of a wall, building, etc 2. a crowning achievement; peak: the capstone of his career Origin: 13501400; Middle English. 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, December 4, 2013-- apparatchik

    12/04/2013 5:41:58 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 65 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 4, 2013-- apparatchik ; 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". apparatchik [ah-puh-rah-chik; Russian uh-puh-raht-chyik]hear it pronounced noun 1. a member of a Communist apparat 2. an official or bureaucrat in any organization Origin: 194045; < Russian appartchik, equivalent to appart apparat + -chik agent suffix Related forms noun, plural apparatchiks; Russian , apparatchiki Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 27, 2013-- ochlocracy

    11/27/2013 5:39:03 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 27, 2013-- ochlocracy ; 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". ochlocracy [ok-lok-ruh-see]hear it pronounced noun government by the mob; mob rule; mobocracy. Origin: 1475-85: via French, from Greek okhlokratia, from okhlos mob + kratos power] Related forms: ochlocrat, noun ochlocratic, ochlocratical, adjective ochlocratically, 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 news of the day.
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 20, 2013-- derogate

    11/20/2013 5:19:48 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 80 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 20, 2013-- derogate ; 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". derogate [v. der-uh-geyt; adj. der-uh-git, -geyt]hear it pronounced verb, der•o•gat•ed, der•o•gat•ing, adjective verb (used without object) 1. to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually followed by from). 2. to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually followed by from). verb (used with object) 3. to disparage or belittle. 4. Archaic. to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole. adjective 5....