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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /flouns/
verb
[no object]
1 Go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner: he stood up in a fury and flounced out
1.1 Move with exaggerated motions: she flounced around, playing the tart and flirting
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An exaggerated action, typically intended to express one’s annoyance or impatience: she left the room with a flounce

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mid 16th century: perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian flunsa 'hurry', or perhaps symbolic, like bounce or pounce.

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Ulrich flounced around the room. Nobody cared.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌtaˈblō/
noun (plural tableaux /ˌtaˈblōz/)
A group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history; a tableau vivant.

Origin
late 17th century (in the sense 'picture', figuratively 'picturesque description'): from French, literally 'picture', diminutive of table (see table).

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The gruesome tableau spread before him. Dead littered the field. Not a single motion betrayed a living being. There was a single sheaf of wheat which had incongruously remained upright throughout the battle. The breeze made the nodding heads of grain slowly shake, as if in wonder and dismay.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌmegəˈläpələs/
noun
A very large, heavily populated city or urban complex.

Origin
mid 19th century: from megalo- 'great' + Greek polis 'city'.

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Compared to Lost Springs, Phillipsville was a megalopolis. In many ways, the people of Lost Springs also looked down on those in Phillipsville.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈo͞odlz/
noun
informal
A very great number or amount of something: if only I had oodles of cash

Origin
mid 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.

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Unfortunately, having oodles of bills in certain currencies isn't worth much.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:36 am



Pronunciation: /iˈnimikəl/
adjective
1 Tending to obstruct or harm: actions inimical to our interests
1.1 Unfriendly; hostile: an inimical alien power

Origin
early 16th century: from late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus (see enemy).

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"Spy vs. Spy" epitomized antagonistic behavior. Though inimical, their relationship was also comical. I wonder if today, their meetings are scheduled with the ical calendar protocol. Will there ever be a musical based on their almost lyrical machinations?

[Is being intentionally inimical to the broadening of our vocabulary. . Therefore, the challenge is to be as innovative or ingenious or inventive (not insulting nor insensitive) in the use of today's interminably iterative word.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /enˈCHant/
verb
[with object]
1 Fill (someone) with great delight; charm: Isabel was enchanted with the idea
1.1 Put (someone or something) under a spell: (as adjective enchanted) an enchanted garden

Origin
late Middle English (in the senses 'put under a spell' and 'delude'; formerly also as inchant): from French enchanter, from Latin incantare, from in- 'in' + cantare 'sing'.

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Strangely, the siren's song when sung by the police cruiser didn't attract or enchant. Most watched carefully from behind the edge of a shade or a lifted slat of the blinds.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:55 am

Now, there's a perfect example of an enchanting tale about your grandmother, E.P.S. She's a bright character in my mind even when you are not adding a new bit to the story.

If you were a car collector, I bet you would include that beauty and wish it were actually the one your grampa used to drive.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:03 am



Pronunciation: /ˈiNGkliNG/
noun
A slight knowledge or suspicion; a hint: the records give us an inkling of how people saw the world

Origin
late Middle English (in the sense 'a mention in an undertone, a hint'): from the rare verb inkle 'utter in an undertone', of unknown origin.

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Sally had an inkling
Sue would do a rink thing.
She had no anticipation
The horse stuff was so stinking.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈzānˌzo͝oKHt/
noun
literary
Yearning; wistful longing.

Origin
German

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All the futbol (soccer) teams not in the round of 16 are enduring anguish or at least Sehnsucht.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ilk/
noun
[in singular]
1A type of people or things similar to those already referred to: the veiled suggestions that reporters of his ilk seem to be so good at there was music by Parry and Elgar and others of that ilk
1.1 (of that ilk) Scottish chiefly archaic Of the place or estate of the same name: Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk

Origin
Old English ilca 'same', of Germanic origin; related to alike.

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People of her ilk
Exclusively wear silk.
Never polyester.
In winter, wool,
For undies, cotton.
Never nylon,
Friends would pile on.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:27 am

I thought that the ilk of the elk included the moose (élan vs orignal in french) but I found out that what you call an elk in the US is what we call a wapiti, of the same ilk as the (red) deer, which we just call cerf (sometimes : cerf élaphe). I didn't have an ilkling, sorry, an inkling....
This is how learning a WoTD can lead to a greater improvement of one's vocabulary.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrn(ə)rē/
adjective
North American informal
1 Bad-tempered and combative: some hogs are just mean and ornery
1.1 Stubborn: taking the singer’s ornery radicalism in a different direction

Origin
early 19th century: variant of ordinary, representing a dialect pronunciation.

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Alf's wife was ALWAYS ornery.
Alf always at pub at the corner, see?
She grimaced and frowned;
The scorn was real loud without even a sound.

Alf shrugged and slipped out.
He'd have just one stout.
Be back in a flash
With just a little less cash.

The a nap would be nice.
His second best vice.
The wife could pound sand.
Isn't life grand?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /mīˈstōsō, ˌmīe-, -ˈstōzō/
Music
adverb & adjective
(Especially as a direction) in a majestic manner.
noun (plural maestosos)
A movement or passage marked to be performed in a majestic manner.

Origin
Italian, 'majestic', based on Latin majestas 'majesty'.

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Is it even possible to play "Jingle Bells" maestoso?

That was the challenge for the student maestros. They strived and struggled as their instruments they juggled. The sound was rich, though not always on pitch.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈjərməˌfōb/
(also germaphobe)
noun
A person with an extreme fear of germs and an obsession with cleanliness: I’m not a germophobe, but everyone knows that hotel remote controls are never cleaned and are probably filthy

Origin
late 19th century: from germ + -phobia.

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Sam had a love/hate relationship with the wipes he bought. He struggled because after the first swipe, he had to throw the wipe away. He couldn't be sure if the already-used side might fold over and touch his skin. He couldn't face the thought of a chicken salad sandwich. He was a card carrying germophobe. The index-stock card had been laminated, of course, and he made sure to wipe it down after showing it to anybody.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /disˈkəmfit/
verb (discomfits, discomfiting, discomfited)
[with object]
Make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed: he was not noticeably discomfited by her tone

Origin
Middle English (in the sense 'defeat in battle'): from Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire, based on Latin dis- (expressing reversal) + conficere 'put together' (see confection).

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The audience at Boston's Hatch Shell were discomfited when the lightning and thunder outdid the fireworks for the Fourth of July.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈampərˌsand/
noun
The sign & (standing for and, as in Smith & Co., or the Latin et, as in &c.

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late 18th century: alteration of and per se and '& by itself is and', chanted as an aid to learning the sign.

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Make a choice. Use either the plus symbol or the ampersand, not both.
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