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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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blank

Pronunciation /blaŋk/
adjective
(of a surface or background) unrelieved by decorative or other features; bare, empty, or plain.

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This post is intentionally blank, just a silly prank.

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[The word was going to be metaverse, for which I worked up what I thought was a neat logo, but then I checked the topic here at IBDoF and found it had been done. It seemed like too much work to come up with another idea all on my own, so I took the lazy-man's way out, dropping this emptiness into the void instead. For the sake of completeness, you do get to see the logo.]

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Algot Runeman wrote: Sat Oct 30, 2021 7:37 am blank
...
This post is intentionally blank, just a silly prank.
...
[The word was going to be metaverse, ...)
...
You might offer to sell a blank metaverse to Meta (formerly Facebook).
I would love to see the blank expression on Zuckerberg's bland face.
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gobble1

Pronunciation /ˈɡɒb(ə)l/
verb
[with object] often gobble something up
1 Eat (something) hurriedly and noisily.
1.1 Use a large amount of (something) very quickly.
1.2 (of a large organization) incorporate or take over (a smaller one)

Origin
Early 17th century probably from gob.

gobble2
Pronunciation /ˈɡɒb(ə)l/
verb
[no object]
1 (of a turkey cock) make a characteristic swallowing sound in the throat.

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One of the children came to the Halloween party dressed at a turkey, they gobbled up all the snacks they could find.

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Algot Runeman wrote: Sun Oct 31, 2021 11:18 am gobble1
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One of the children came to the Halloween party dressed at a turkey, they gobbled up all the snacks they could find.
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Did they also gobble the gooks?
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transgression

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/trɑːnsˈɡrɛʃn/ /trɑːnzˈɡrɛʃn/ /transˈɡrɛʃn/ /tranzˈɡrɛʃn/
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An act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offense.

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Tom trod the well-worn path. It was not fear that kept him there, nor was it the posted trespass warnings. To each side, the forest offered no lure, no reason for transgression, and he was in a hurry to reach the village inn before dark.

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Algot Runeman wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:23 am transgression
When driving in a foreign country, I always try to avoid transgressions of its traffic code. Though I don't always succeed through ignorance or stupid nonchalance, I do try to comply.

Still, once France caught me transgressing at 130 kmph in the rain.

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retribution

Pronunciation /rɛtrɪˈbjuːʃ(ə)n/
noun
mass noun
Punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act.

Origin
Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘recompense for merit or a service’): from late Latin retributio(n-), from retribut- ‘assigned again’, from the verb retribuere, from re- ‘back’ + tribuere ‘assign’.

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Seek out a different solution
To amend the institution.
There will be retribution
If you ignore its constitution.

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[Rambling Remarks: I sense dissonance with the word's meaning, the rhyme for word usage, and the illustration. It may be only my skewed view of the world, of course. I abhor the concept of vengeance, especially when it is multi-generational. Lexico offered up dither] today. That may also have contributed to the lack of clear cohesion among the components of today's WotD post.]
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Algot Runeman wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 6:04 am retribution
A few weeks after my rainy speed limit transgression, France sent me a polite letter offering to absolve me of my infraction, provided I paid the compulsory retribution.

But they did offer a 20 % rebate if I paid the fine before a certain date. Rather nice of them, considering I actually was speeding well over the limit.
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respect

Pronunciation /rɪˈspɛkt/
noun
1 mass noun A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
1.1 The state of being admired or respected.
1.2 respects A person's polite greetings.
1.3 informal Used to express the speaker's approval of someone or something.
2 Due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.
3 A particular aspect, point, or detail.
verb
[with object]
1 Admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
2 Have due regard for (someone's feelings, wishes, or rights)
2.1 Avoid harming or interfering with.
2.2 Agree to recognize and abide by (a legal requirement)

Phrases
in respect of
As regards; with reference to.
in respect that
Because.
with all due respect
Used as a polite formula preceding, and intended to mitigate the effect of, an expression of disagreement or criticism.
‘with all due respect, Father, I think you've got to be more broad-minded these days’

Origin
Late Middle English from Latin respectus, from the verb respicere ‘look back at, regard’, from re- ‘back’ + specere ‘look at’.

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*Must We Genuflect?*

As we examine the use of respect
It's not that we wish to reject
But rather suggest that we inspect.
And take some time to reflect.

As we seek our needed solutions
Must we honor old institutions,
Or perhaps make some substitutions,
Without applying retributions?

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Algot Runeman wrote: Wed Nov 03, 2021 7:23 am respect
Just a little bit ...
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I'm afraid you both don't have any respect for me anymore. This would be a just retribution for the transgressions I have committed, not interactiong for so long.
So I boggled up, sorry for my lysdexia, gobbled up, all your previous posts since I last posted.

Lest I return a blank, I summoned (meaning 2) all my imagination, in order to provide some autumnal ambrosia to this thread, but I fear my post will be one more sepulchal monstrosity. Hopefully you will not be stroppy and spare me too many insinuendos.
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voralfred wrote: Thu Nov 04, 2021 2:15 am I'm afraid you both don't have any respect for me anymore.
:clap: :clap: :clap:

I, for one, (though sometimes it seems it's for two or even three) could not imagine disrespecting your awesome ability to compile such thoroughgoing treatments of a span of focus words!

*scuttles back to the dusty stacks to find more fodder for future foolishness*
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fodder

Pronunciation /ˈfɒdə/
noun
mass noun
1 Food, especially dried hay or straw, for cattle and other livestock.
1.1 A person or thing regarded only as material for a specific use.
verb
[with object]
Give fodder to (cattle or other livestock)

Origin
Old English fōdor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch voeder and German Futter, also to food.

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Varieties of white clover are an important component of cattle fodder.

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Algot Runeman wrote: Thu Nov 04, 2021 8:34 am fodder
You remind me of cannon fodder, which has nothing to do with food or dinner or Canon at all.
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firewall

Pronunciation /ˈfʌɪəwɔːl/
noun
1 A wall or partition designed to inhibit or prevent the spread of fire.
1.1 Computing A part of a computer system or network which is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting outward communication.
1.2 another term for Chinese wall
verb
[with object]Computing
Protect (a network or system) from unauthorized access with a firewall.
as adjective firewalled ‘a firewalled network’

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The river Styx might allegorically be seen as a firewall or at least a firebreak for the flames of the underworld (unless I myth my bet).

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hilarious

Pronunciation /hɪˈlɛːrɪəs/
adjective
1 Extremely amusing.
1.1 archaic Boisterously merry.

Origin
Early 19th century from Latin hilaris (from Greek hilaros ‘cheerful’) + -ous. The sense ‘exceedingly amusing’ dates from the 1920s.

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He tried to be cheerful
Avoiding things tearful,
But his attempts at hilarious
Were really precarious.

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guttered

Pronunciation /ˈɡʌtəd/
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informal Scottish
Very drunk.

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Ted was later very ashamed to have literally exemplified being guttered. At the time he was unaware of his condition.

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bracing

Pronunciation /ˈbreɪsɪŋ/
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1 Fresh and invigorating.
2 (of a support) serving to brace a structure.

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In anticipation of winds racing
We installed extra wall bracing.
Afterwards we're suffering reproof
Because we lost a lot of the roof.

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Algot Runeman wrote: Mon Nov 08, 2021 10:56 am bracing
1 Fresh and invigorating.
2 (of a support) serving to brace a structure.
...
And 3 dental (orthodontic) brace.
Maybe 4 a flying buttress bracing a building. (this expression makes me think of the visiting architect pushing his butt against the wall)
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dynamite

Pronunciation /ˈdʌɪnəmʌɪt/
noun
mass noun
1 A high explosive consisting of nitroglycerine mixed with an absorbent material and typically moulded into sticks.
1.1 Something that could generate extreme reactions or have devastating repercussions.
1.2 informal An extremely impressive or exciting person or thing.
1.3 informal, dated A narcotic, especially heroin.
verb
[with object]
Blow up (something) with dynamite.

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When you need to crack a block of granite
Here is how you might think to plan it.
Go get some sticks of dynamite
And just blow it all out of sight.

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granadilla

Pronunciation /ɡranəˈdɪlə/
noun
(also grenadilla)
A passion fruit, or the fruit of a related plant.
This fruit comes from plants of the genus Passiflora, family Passifloraceae, including the giant granadilla (P. quadrangularis), which has large pale fruits

Origin
Late 16th century Spanish, diminutive of granada ‘pomegranate’.

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There may once have been passion, but in recent times, Joe merely enjoyed the taste of granadilla.

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Wouldn't it be hilarious to attempt bracing a firewall with sticks of dynamite hidden inside giant granadillas ?

No, I am not guttered, but a bad cold (not Covid, as verified by an "antigenic test" a few days ago) is blocking the "normal" functioning of my brain, producing even worse word associations as usual....
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voralfred wrote: Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:03 pm ... a bad cold ... producing even worse word associations as usual....
So now you're a Nasal Tunnel Victim, eh?

But it will pass as all colds sooner or later do. So don't worry and brace up.
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E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote: Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:29 pm
So now you're a Nasal Tunnel Victim, eh?
Ss.. (me: sneezes) somewhat, but mostly (cough-cough) a Pharingal Tunnel Victim. All thanks to my grand-daughter. With all thus business with masks and "social distanciation" we had managed to avoid getting sick for almost two years, but a baby that attends day care weekdays is a health hazard on week-ends.
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Good luck with the common corona cold, voralfred. (said by someone who's mostly wearing masks anywhere indoors other than home...after Covid vaccine and booster.)
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