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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:39 am

Algot Runeman wrote:piebald

I can't remember having seen any Piebalds on this side.

Though plenty of Blacks, Roans, Greys, Arabs, Dappleds, Lippizaners and Gewürztraminers.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:39 am

E.P.S.,

A little further checking (Wikipedia) tells me that piebald is British usage while 'pinto' is used here in the U.S., and my memory confirms 'pinto' along with 'paint' from watching one or two (ahem) cowboy movies in my youth.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:29 am

gadzooks

Pronunciation: /ˌgadˈzo͞oks/
exclamation
archaic
an exclamation of surprise or annoyance.

Origin:
late 17th century: alteration of God's hooks, i.e., the nails by which Jesus Christ was fastened to the cross; see Gad2

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"Gadzooks! Is there a sadder thing than falling behind the times?"

Harry shook his head in dismay. He realized that he didn't know any of today's slang.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:52 pm

scapegrace

Pronunciation: /ˈskāpˌgrās/
noun
archaic
a mischievous or wayward person, especially a young person or child; a rascal.

Origin:
early 19th century: from scape (see scapegoat) + grace, literally denoting a person who escapes the grace of God

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Sid was a scamp, scallywag and scapegrace. That he was over 80 didn't seem to matter.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:35 am

brume

Pronunciation: /bro͞om/
noun
literary
mist or fog:the birds rise like brume

Origin:
early 18th century: from French, from Latin bruma 'winter'

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The brume seemed to slither and pause as the lightest of breezes slipped across the pond.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:14 am

Algot Runeman wrote:brume

"Gadzooks! It's no use to keep searching." said her brother Johnny.

Her boyfriend Wally added, "The scapegrace can hide and elude us forever in the brume."

"No matter." replied dad, "We'll catch the scamp tonight at the table when hunger drives her home. After dinner you boys can dunk her in the horse trough. Later on it's her turn for a hot tub soak anyway."

"Can we watch?" asked the younger twins Annie and Laurie.

"Watch, yes. Help, no." admonished mama.

(excerpt from Catastrophe Jenny by E.P.S.)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:01 am

frowst

Pronunciation: /froust/
informal, chiefly British
noun
[in singular]
a warm, stuffy atmosphere in a room.

verb
[no object]
lounge about in a warm, stuffy atmosphere:don’t frowst by the fire all day

Origin:
late 19th century: back-formation from frowsty

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John attempted to ignore the froust in his mother's house. It was difficult to get a deep breath. He stepped out on the porch and immediatly took a long drag on his cigarette. "M-U-C-H better," he thought.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:46 am

Algot Runeman wrote:frowst

Through the frost speckled window, Father Frost frowned on the frowst in the forest cabin.
"Oh well" he muttered to the frosty air, "I can freeze my breath for the minute I'll be in there."

(From Father Frost's Frozen Frock by E.P.S.)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:49 am

aegis

Pronunciation: /ˈējis/

noun
[in singular]
the protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization:negotiations were conducted under the aegis of the UN
(in classical art and mythology) an attribute of Zeus and Athena (or their Roman counterparts Jupiter and Minerva) usually represented as a goatskin shield.

Origin:
early 17th century (denoting armor or a shield, especially that of a god): via Latin from Greek aigis 'shield of Zeus'

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Joe stood under the portico of the building, putting him metaphorically under the 66 stories of the skyscraper, too. He wasn't feeling too well, under the weather, as they say. He was on his way to meet with representatives of the carpenter's union. He expected little trouble because he was well connected, working under the aegis of the Massucci family. But there was always the potential to wind up under a fresh pour of concrete, so he straightened his shoulders, twisted his head to loosen the stiff muscles of his neck and got into the rear seat of the black Cadillac. He was ready to begin this day's important undertaking.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:05 am

Algot Runeman wrote:aegis

When Icarus took off from Crete International Airport - while he and his father Daedalus worked under the aegis of the military - little did he know his upcoming disastrous fate and its consequences.

When all the wax had melted, Icarus plummeted to his death in the Icarean Sea, thereby causing the FAA to ban aeronautics research for about two thousand years.

(from the Encyclopædia Pericolosa, 1st edition)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:31 am

opsimath

Pronunciation: /ˈäpsəˌmaTH/
noun
a person who begins to learn or study only late in life.

Origin:
late 19th century: from Greek opsimathēs, from opse 'late' + the stem math- 'learn'

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Nancy may not have been an actual opsimath. She did, however, come into her own as a physicist only in her 60s. Her theory explained dark matter, light matter and even medium grey matter. The world was astounded, even though only forty-three other people understood the underlying math equations.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:48 am

collectanea

Pronunciation: /ˌkälˌekˈtānēə/
noun
[also treated as singular]
passages, remarks, and other pieces of text collected from various sources.

Origin:
mid 17th century: Latin, neuter plural of collectaneus 'gathered together', used as an adjective in Caesar's Dicta collectanea and as a noun in Solinus' Collectanea

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In my grade school years, our research report preparation was just a stack of 3x5 index cards which we put together before writing. I never heard of collectanea. That's no surprise. I don't actually read through dictionaries in my spare time.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:15 am

lugubrious

Pronunciation: /ləˈg(y)o͞obrēəs/
adjective
looking or sounding sad and dismal.

Origin:
early 17th century: from Latin lugubris (from lugere 'mourn') + -ous

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Five to six inches of snow this morning, but now rain is soaking in and making it heavy...Refreeze later, though. So I stand at the window with a lugubrious gaze at the prospect of the shoveling ahead.

[The fact is, I love to shovel snow. I'm back inside. It took a bit more than three hours to clear the driveway and the sidewalk. I'm basking in the glow of muscle fatique. But there's a satisfied smile on my face.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:06 am

obviate

Pronunciation: /ˈäbvēˌāt/
verb
[with object]
remove (a need or difficulty):the Venetian blinds obviated the need for curtains
avoid; prevent:a parachute can be used to obviate disaster

Origin:
late 16th century: from late Latin obviat- 'prevented', from the verb obviare, based on Latin via 'way'

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No need to evaluate
To mark or to rate.
He's simply too great.
A judge we obviate.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:39 am

Algot Runeman wrote:obviate

If I didn't know better, I'd say that obviate is one of those typically Hogwartsian spells.

Though it obviously obliviates the need to explain Voralfred ...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:05 am

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:(....)

Though it obviously obliviates the need to explain Voralfred ...


Who is this Dr. Mahlzeyer you keep talking about ?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:35 am

voralfred wrote:Who is this Dr. Mahlzeyer you keep talking about ?

Hmm ... my memory is a bit vague, but I do seem to remember a Dr. Mahlzahn-Bohr and a Fräulein Vorzahnseide.
Could they be distant relatives of this forgetful Dr. Mahlzeyer?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:17 am

eudaemonic

Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞odəˈmänik/
(also eudemonic)
adjective
formal
conducive to happiness.

Origin:
mid 19th century: from Greek eudaimonikos, from eudaimōn 'happy' (see eudaemonism)

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Comfort food. That's eudaemonic, man. A cup, coffee or tea, one for you and one for me. Add a cookie or a slice of pie. Happiness reigns again.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:30 am

blamestorming

Pronunciation: /ˈblāmˌstôrmiNG/
noun
group discussion regarding the assigning of responsibility for a failure or mistake.

Origin:
1990s: on the pattern of brainstorming

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:( ☜ - ☞ :( ☜ - ☞ :( ☜ - ☞ :( ☜ - ☞ :( ☜ - ☞ :( ☜ - ☞ :(

In the season of contemplation, the Costanza family celebrates Festivus "for the rest of us" and they endure the ritual airing of grievances. That would be a good example of blamestorming.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:01 am

jetsam

Pronunciation: /ˈjetsəm/
noun
unwanted material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore, especially material that has been discarded to lighten the vessel. Compare with flotsam.

Origin:
late 16th century (as jetson): contraction of jettison

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It is a moving midden, the ocean wide.
There may be monsters still inside.
In the waves, beneath the spray,
Stressed fish, krill and whales of gray.
But also something more
Tossed from ships and dumped from shore.
Flotsam we expect, but jetsam, some abhor.

Massive mats, offcast of man,
More, still more wide swaths they span.
Plastic foam and other junk,
"It's OK!" is a lot of bunk.
The bees on land are in decline.
"Roundup Ready®" is a clear sign
That man's dominion has not worked out fine.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:02 am

Algot Runeman wrote:jetsam

Nice poem BTW. :clap:

One can wonder how much useless beach jetsam -lost bikinis, toupees, dentures, condoms, etc.- gets collected by the shrimp fishing horses (with impressive rumps) at the Belgian coast.

As the horses are, as it were, marinated live in sea water up to their tummies, could one also wonder if the horse's meat has additional taste, comparable to the exquisitely delicious "Agneau de pré-salé"?

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:38 pm

And I thought Flotsam and Jetsam were two cute mureens....
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:53 am

gooseflesh

Pronunciation: /ˈgo͞osˌfleSH/
noun
a pimply state of the skin with the hairs erect, produced by cold or fright.

Origin:
early 19th century: so named because the skin resembles that of a plucked goose

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CRASH!

Cat had tipped the vase from the table to the floor. Gooseflesh rose all over my arms. Goosebumps rose everywhere else. That cat is such a goose! How can I enjoy reading my horror novels if she keeps interrupting? I'm glad I'm not barefoot! Still, I'm always afraid I'll miss a shard and will find it months later with the ball of my foot. Eww, the blood.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:09 am

Algot Runeman wrote:gooseflesh

According to one of my grandpa's stories, grandma could turn gooseflesh ON and OFF on demand.
I mean, *his* gooseflesh on *her* demand.

In bed, grandma only had to push her ice-cold feet into grandpa's warm belly to turn his goosebumps ON. :cold:
And OFF again by spooning into his lap.

I wonder if that's where the expression "cold feet, warm love" originated?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:17 am

sunder

Pronunciation: /ˈsəndər/
verb
[with object] literary
split apart:the crunch of bone when it is sundered

Origin:
late Old English sundrian; related to German sondern

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The shock was great. After 43 years, Joe and Mary split in twain. The went their own ways. Their marriage was sundered.
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