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Algot Runeman wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 8:58 am orientate
Already before Marco Polo, explorers, traders and invaders went east.

But the Orient ate alive those who left without thorough preparation.
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E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 11:18 am

But the Orient ate alive those who left without thorough preparation.
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conclave

noun
con·​clave | \ ˈkän-ˌklāv \
1 a private meeting or secret assembly especially : a meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals secluded continuously while choosing a pope
2 a gathering of a group or association

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The group's moderators met in conclave to share their experiences, successes and gripes.

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disarray

noun
dis·​ar·​ray | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈrā \
1 a lack of order or sequence : confusion, disorder
2 disorderly dress : dishabille
verb
disarrayed; disarraying; disarrays
transitive verb
1 to throw into disorder
2 undress

-=-=-

Here is what I have to say:
You can benefit from disarray
When you decide it's time to play.
So disarrange your life today.

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Algot Runeman wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 9:47 am disarray
Looking at the freshly printed Webb pictures, the german astronomer really waxed enthusiastic:
"Even wit de 18 separate mirrors get ve superb images. And also in visible light vill ve egzellent results get from dis array."
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cherish

verb
cher·​ish | \ ˈcher-ish, ˈche-rish \
cherished; cherishing; cherishes
transitive verb
1a to hold dear : feel or show affection for
1b to keep or cultivate with care and affection : nurture
2 to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely

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balance

noun
bal·​ance | \ ˈba-lən(t)s \
1a physical equilibrium
1b the ability to retain one's balance
2a stability produced by even distribution of weight on each side of the vertical axis when the two sides of the scale are in balance
2b equipoise between contrasting, opposing, or interacting elements

[Snipped the much longer definition entry from Merriam-Webster in the interest of forum space...or possibly to save time...or just being lazy.]

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It is often tricky to achieve writing balance, somewhere between verbosity and concise clarity.

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epithet

noun
ep·​i·​thet | \ ˈe-pə-ˌthet also -thət \
1a a characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing
1b a disparaging or abusive word or phrase
1c the part of a taxonomic name identifying a subordinate unit within a genus

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accompany

verb
ac·​com·​pa·​ny | \ ə-ˈkəmp-nē, -ˈkämp-; -ˈkəm-pə-, -ˈkäm- \
accompanied; accompanying
transitive verb
1 to go with as an associate or companion
2 to perform an accompaniment to or for
3a to cause to be in association
3b to be in association with
intransitive verb
music : to perform an accompaniment

-=0=-

Bob accompanied his beloved wife to her appointment.

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indoctrinate

verb
in·​doc·​tri·​nate | \ in-ˈdäk-trə-ˌnāt \
indoctrinated; indoctrinating
transitive verb
1 to imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle
2 to instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments : teach

-=0=-

Bob never tried to indoctrinate his students at any time during his time as a teacher. He wished, instead, to expand their horizons.

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Indoctrination, it seems to me, is like the effects of optical illusions with the "indoctrinator" trying to convince us the gray lines are not straight when they actually are.

Optical illusion above is a recreation of the Coffeehouse illusion from a Wired Magazine article:
"__Coffeehouse__University of Bristol researchers discovered this illusion in the early 1970s while looking at the tiled wall of a café. Hence the name, Café Wall Illusion. The gray lines in between the rows of white and black squares seem to converge, but they are actually parallel. Your brain, overwhelmed by the intense and closely-spaced black-and-white contrasts, sees the gray lines as part of the tile either above or below it. The lines end up appearing higher on alternating sides, creating the trapezoidal illusion. __Thomas Hunt__"
Quoted from Wired Article: https://www.wired.com/2015/10/optical-illusions-like-make-brain-go-haywire/
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Algot Runeman wrote: Wed May 18, 2022 10:37 am indoctrinate
Take care not to confuse indoctrination with trompe-l'œil.

And do not let yourself be indoctrinated by https://youtu.be/ib3zBfCY3AE
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niggle

verb
nig·​gle | \ ˈni-gəl \
niggled; niggling\ ˈni-​g(ə-​)liŋ \
intransitive verb
1a trifle
1b to spend too much effort on minor details
2 to find fault constantly in a petty way : carp she haggles, she niggles, she wears out our patience— Virginia Woolf
3 gnaw
transitive verb
to give stingily or in tiny portions
noun
chiefly British
a trifling doubt, objection, or complaint

-=O=-

Henri wished he were a "broad strokes" kind of guy, but he simply could not avoid niggling over every phrase and comma in any document. His software documentation was woefully unfinished. It didn't help at all that his first draft was done with a quill.

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ad hoc

adverb
\ ˈad-ˈhäk, -ˈhōk, ˈäd-ˈhōk \
for the particular end or case at hand without consideration of wider application
adjective
1a concerned with a particular end or purpose
1b formed or used for specific or immediate problems or needs
2 fashioned from whatever is immediately available : improvised

-=O=-

This is just an ad hoc sentence about today's word.

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paradox

noun
par·​a·​dox | \ ˈper-ə-ˌdäks, ˈpa-rə- \
1 one (such as a person, situation, or action) having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases
2a a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true
2b a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true
2c an argument that apparently derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises
3 a tenet contrary to received opinion

-=0=-

The hope associated with buying a lottery ticket is a paradox, considering the odds against winning.

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catachresis

noun
cat·​a·​chre·​sis | \ ˌka-tə-ˈkrē-səs \
plural catachreses\ ˌka-​tə-​ˈkrē-​ˌsēz \
1 use of the wrong word for the context
2 use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech (such as blind mouths)

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Joe was oft unwitting,
When choosing a word that's fitting,
And thinking that catachresis
Was how to write out sneezes.
Of course, the rest of us knew
It was best to write "Katchoo!"

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Be careful to avoid going down a mute alley while searching for the best chance to use today's word. :wink: :slap:
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mercurial

adjective
mer·​cu·​ri·​al | \ (ˌ)mər-ˈkyu̇r-ē-əl \
1 of, relating to, or born under the planet Mercury
2 having qualities of eloquence, ingenuity, or thievishness attributed to the god Mercury or to the influence of the planet Mercury
3 characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood
4 of, relating to, containing, or caused by mercury
noun
a pharmaceutical or chemical containing mercury

-=0=-

Bob does not have a mercurial personality. His wife describes him as "entirely predictable".

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[For the record, the pedestrian figure illustrating today's word has an American "Mercury" dime for a head.]
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dander

noun
dan·​der | \ ˈdan-dər \
dandruff specifically : minute scales from hair, feathers, or skin that may be allergen

-=0=-

Bob and Betty did not suffer from dander allergies, though their pet-raising days were behind them.
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Algot Runeman wrote: Tue May 24, 2022 5:57 pm dander
Careful! That gander got his dander up!
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benevolent

adjective
be·​nev·​o·​lent | \ bə-ˈnev-lənt, -ˈne-və- \
1a marked by or disposed to doing good
1b organized for the purpose of doing good
2 marked by or suggestive of goodwill

--==0==--

What is the shape of kindness?
What color marks benevolent?
What is the taste of largesse?
None have the smell of "raise the rent!"

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restrain

verb
re·​strain | \ ri-ˈstrān \
restrained; restraining; restrains
transitive verb
1a to prevent from doing, exhibiting, or expressing something
1b to limit, restrict, or keep under control
2 to moderate or limit the force, effect, development, or full exercise of
3 to deprive of liberty especially : to place under arrest or restraint

-==0==-

It is far better to restrain yourself than to constrain others.

When we seek to attain
A goal, it should be plain
That what we seek to gain
Must not come from another's pain.

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Algot Runeman wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 8:02 am restrain
There're still lumps in it. Better restrain the cream soup.
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malice

noun
mal·​ice | \ ˈma-ləs \
1 desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another
2 intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse

-==0==-

Avoid malice in all your dealings.

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propagate

verb
prop·​a·​gate | \ ˈprä-pə-ˌgāt \
propagated; propagating
transitive verb
1 to cause to continue or increase by sexual or asexual reproduction
2 to pass along to offspring
3a to cause to spread out and affect a greater number or greater area : extend
3b to foster growing knowledge of, familiarity with, or acceptance of (something, such as an idea or belief) : publicize
3c to transmit (something, such as sound or light) through a medium
intransitive verb
1 : to multiply sexually or asexually
2 : increase, extend
3 : to travel through space or a material —used of wave energy (such as light, sound, or radio waves)

-==0==-

It pleases us to propagate
A love of words. It's great!
We hope we have a flair
With the daily posts we share.

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Algot Runeman wrote: Sat May 28, 2022 12:10 pm propagate
In the airport, you must pass through the proper gate.
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junket

noun
jun·​ket | \ ˈjəŋ-kət \
1a trip, journey: such as
(1) a trip made by an official at public expense
(2) a promotional trip made at another's expense a film's press junket
1b : a festive social affair
2 : a dessert of sweetened flavored milk set with rennet

-==0==-

A politician's "official" trip to the Bahamas is clearly a junket. Visiting a war-torn country might be different.

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