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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:08 am



Pronunciation: /ˈbɪmb(ə)l /
British informal
verb
[no object, with adverbial of direction]
Walk or travel at a leisurely pace: on Sunday we bimbled around Spitalfields and Brick Lane

noun
A leisurely walk or journey: we were enjoying a pleasant bimble over the rocks

Origin
1980s: probably an alteration of bumble.

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Children scramble.
Zombies shamble.
Old folks amble.
British bimble.
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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: /ˈretrəˌfleks /
(also retroflexed)
adjective
Anatomy & Medicine
1 Turned backward: retroflex fibers
1.1 Phonetics Pronounced with the tip of the tongue curled up toward the hard palate: the retroflex /r/

Origin
late 18th century: from Latin retroflex- 'bent backward', from the verb retroflectere, from retro 'backward' + flectere 'to bend'.

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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: /rəˈbəf /
verb
[with object]
Reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner: I asked her to be my wife, and was rebuffed in no uncertain terms

noun
An abrupt or ungracious refusal or rejection of an offer, request, or friendly gesture: any attempt to win her friendship was met with rebuffs

Origin
late 16th century: from obsolete French rebuffer (verb), rebuffe (noun), from Italian ri- (expressing opposition) + buffo 'a gust, puff', of imitative origin.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌōlēˈajənəs /
adjective
1 Rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily or greasy.
2 Exaggeratedly and distastefully complimentary; obsequious: candidates made the usual oleaginous speeches in the debate

Origin
late Middle English: from French oléagineux, from Latin oleaginus 'of the olive tree', from oleum 'oil'.

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At the beach we are lean,
Wearing bikinis, very keen.
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Now imagine us oleaginous.
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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 » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:44 am



Pronunciation: /dəˈmôrəˌlīz /
verb
[with object]
1 Cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit: their rejection of the treaty has demoralized the diplomatic community
2 archaic Corrupt the morals of (someone).

Origin
late 18th century: from French démoraliser (a word of the French Revolution), from dé- (expressing reversal) + moral 'moral', from Latin moralis.

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In spite of yesterday's references to bikinis and body oils, there is never an intent in these words of the day to demoralize youth. To the contrary, WotD is not to demoralize, but to inspire all alike, the ancient and archaic along with middle aged word mavens. Finally, WotD is here to encourage the blushing, vocabulary-building young whippernappers.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈhäməˌnoid /
Zoology
noun
A primate of a group that includes humans, their fossil ancestors, and the great apes.
Superfamily Hominoidea: families Hominidae and Pongidae
adjective
Of or relating to primates of the hominoid group; hominid or pongid.

Origin
early 20th century: from Latin homo, homin- 'human being' + -oid.

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I'm a hominoid. You're a hominoid. The whole family is hominoids. We are a little flakey, but we're in it together.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /məˈt(y)o͞otn-əl, ˌmaCHəˈtīnl /
adjective
formal
Of or occurring in the morning.

Origin
mid 16th century: from late Latin matutinalis, from Latin matutinus 'early'.

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Preparing a WotD post is typically a matutinal activity. Sometimes, other things happen to delay until some post meridian hour, but that isn't typical.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /əˈnaTHəməˌtīz /
verb
[with object]
Curse; condemn: she anathematized Tom as the despoiler of a helpless widow

Origin
mid 16th century: from French anathématiser, from Latin anathematizare, from Greek anathematizein, from anathema (see anathema).

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Bob cursed himself. His boss despised him. His wife anathemized him. His mother still adored him.
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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: /ˈnəʊʃ(ə)n(ə)l /
adjective
1 Existing as or based on a suggestion, estimate, or theory; not existing in reality: notional budgets for hospital and community health services
2 Linguistics Denoting or relating to an approach to grammar which is dependent on the definition of terminology (e.g. ‘a verb is a doing word’) as opposed to identification of structures and processes.

Origin
late Middle English (in the Latin sense): from obsolete French, or from medieval Latin notionalis 'relating to an idea', from notio(n-) 'idea' (see notion).

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Feelings far from emotional.
My engagement is just notional.
My heart's not full devotional.
Flat. "Where's that potion, Al?"
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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: /ˈbəʊɡ(ə)l /
noun
1 A phantom or goblin.
1.1 Scottish & Northern English A scarecrow.

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early 16th century: of unknown origin; probably related to bogey2.

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It boggled Bob's mind to see the bogles dancing in the misty field. Then he chalked it up to the seven flasks of ale and ambled on home.
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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 Oct 31, 2014 12:15 pm

I also thoroughly enjoyed The Sharing Knife and the whole series. I had forgotten the use of bogle, though. Thanks for reminding me of it, E.P.S. Like a lot of other words, bogle isn't one I regularly use. Words like it come into my life, usually in a book, and then pass out again. In the US, the "boogeyman" term might be seen as similar to the Scots/English bogle. It isn't that I even use boogeyman often, just that it is more a local term.

You wrote about being non-native for English. You must encounter much more complicated word overlays as a result. Do you think you think first of a Flemish/Dutch word of similar meaning when you read these English WotD words which aren't even common for "natives"?

My father, born in Sweden, was fluent in four or five languages in additon to ancient Greek and Latin from his days in seminary, etc. I did get the chance to take French in high school, a year of German in college and have dipped into a couple more since, but cannot call myself fluent. There is little opportunity to use a "foreign" language in the US. While enjoying the WotD, I realize I'm not even able to call myself a real master of English. Humbling.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈkatzənˌdʒamə /
noun
US informal , dated
1 [mass noun] Confusion; uproar.
2 A hangover; a severe headache resulting from a hangover.

Origin
mid 19th century: from German Katzen (combining form of Katze 'cat') + Jammer 'distress'; popularized by the cartoon Katzenjammer Kids, drawn by Rudolf Dirks in 1897 for the New York Journal, featuring two incorrigible children.

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The day is mostly gone. WotD is late. Katzenjammer abounds. Some may even be getting royally drunk in compensation. I'm sorry for what will result tomorrow.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈanɪmət /
adjective
1 Not alive: inanimate objects like stones
1.1 Showing no sign of life; lifeless: he was completely inanimate and it was difficult to see if he was breathing

Origin
late Middle English: from late Latin inanimatus 'lifeless', from in- 'not' + animatus (see animate).

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I have no animus against the inanimate.
But this morning, there's no excuse to be late.
The clocks went back to standard, Jack.
An hour more of sleep. You should be on track.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /vəˈljuːtə, -ˈluː-/
noun
[mass noun]
1 The value of one currency with respect to its exchange rate with another.
1.1 Foreign currency: these internal flights supply valuta to the cash-starved confederation

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late 19th century: from Italian, literally 'value'.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /bʌɪˈsɛf(ə)ləs , -ˈkɛf-/
adjective
Having two heads.

Origin
early 19th century: from bi- 'two' + Greek kephalē 'head' + -ous.

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My mother read Dr. Doolittle to me when I was a child. The most memorable creature in the book for me was the bicephalous pushmi-pullyu. It fascinated me then and stuck with me. I admit that the description then was "two-headed", and I doubt I'll now start describing it otherwise.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈfʌldʒ(ə)nt /
adjective
literary
1 Shining brightly; radiant.
1.1 (Of a person or their expression) emanating joy or goodness: standing there was my father with the most effulgent smile on his face

Origin
mid 18th century (earlier ( mid 17th century) as effulgence): from Latin effulgent- 'shining brightly', from the verb effulgere, from ex- 'out' + fulgere 'to shine'.

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Wendy smiled often. It was a very visible demonstration of her effulgent personality. In any gathering, she seemed to be the center, with everyone like planets around her, the sun.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌlɪdʒ /
Definition of ullage in English:
noun
[mass noun]
1 The amount by which a container falls short of being full.
1.1 Loss of liquid, by evaporation or leakage.

Origin
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French ulliage, from Old French euillier 'fill up', based on Latin oculus 'eye' (with reference to a container's bunghole).

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The pills of a "full" bottle rose to only 20 percent of the bottle's height. A huge wad of artificial cotton occupied most of the rest. The 1000 pill bottle wasn't any better than the 300 pill bottle, but, of course, was much bigger sitting beside the other on the shelf of the pharmacy. Ullage was not mentioned at all on either bottle.
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