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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:58 am



Pronunciation: /(h)wo͞omp/
(also whoomph /(h)wo͞omf/)

noun
a sudden sound, such as that made by a muffled or distant explosion: the distant whoomp of antiaircraft shells bursting

Origin:
1950s: imitative

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Sarah watched her uncle across the lawn. He carried his plate of food from the buffet. It was piled high. Thank goodness the catering staff was ready for him and the rest of the hungry guests. She turned away and spun back as she heard his chair collapse with a whoomp. Not only was his plate laden, his 400+ pound body was already too large for the rented seating. Another wedding memory.
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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: /näkˈtambyəlist/

noun
rare
a sleepwalker.

Derivatives
noctambulism
Pronunciation: /-ˌlizəm/ noun

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When I think of sleepwalking, I think of a somnambulist. A noctambulist sounds like somebody who walks because they cannot sleep, making them an insomniac, perhaps walking, but not in their sleep.

[It also seems a little droll that the term "rare" is applied to the word. I wonder if it also fits when considering the number of people who do walk in their sleep. It it common or "rare"?]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:59 pm

That's very strange.

In French, a "noctambule" is definitely not a sleepwalker, but an individual who mostly lives at night, having (supposedly) a lot of fun till dawn, then sleeps till sunset and starts again...
Indded, a sleepwalker is called a "somnambule"...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈlərdn/

noun
an idle or incompetent person.

adjective
lazy; good-for-nothing.

Origin:
Middle English: from Old French lourdin, from lourd 'heavy', lort 'foolish', from Latin luridus 'lurid'


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All my life, I've worked to improve. I've studied. I've practiced. I think I may soon reach my goal: to be a lurdan.

[So, alright. This is an irreverent example based on the work of dear Aunt O'Nym. Without her influence, I might have skipped the studying part.]
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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: /aˈnərj(ē)ə/

noun
Psychiatry
abnormal lack of energy.

Origin:
late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek an- 'without' + ergon 'work'

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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)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:01 am



Pronunciation: /ˈbabəl, ˈbā-/

noun
[in singular]
a confused noise, typically that made by a number of voices: the babel of voices on the road
a scene of noisy confusion.

Origin:
early 16th century: from Babel(see Tower of Babel), where, according to the biblical story in Gen. 11:4–9, God made the builders all speak different languages

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The international air terminal is one fabulous place to encounter babel. In the first place, you won't typically understand what others are saying: language barrier. In the second place, the conversations will probably be like the ones you do understand at the local pub, which is the best football team, who is the latest love interest of so-and-so star, blah, blah, yadda, yadda. Babel indeed, and like all good airports, there is even a tower.
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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 Sep 27, 2012 7:35 am



Pronunciation: /ˈklaNGər/

(British clangour)

noun
[in singular]
a continuous loud banging or ringing sound: he went deaf because of the clangor of the steam hammers

Derivatives
clangorous
Pronunciation: /ˈklaNGərəs/ adjective

Origin:
late 16th century: from Latin clangor, from clangere 'resound'

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Tinnitus troubles some of us. We suffer from a constant clangor inside our own heads (albeit subdued). My own case was exacerbated by a day-long job shoveling gravel from an asphalt driveway. The repetition was clangorous enough to have noticeable after effects ten years later. I now wear sound muffling headphones when I do work with any loud noise.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:50 pm

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:01 am



noun
Law, rare
the killing of a person accidentally in self-defense in a fight.

Origin:
late 15th century: from Anglo-Norman French chance medlee, literally 'mixed chance', from chance 'luck' + medlee, feminine past participle of medler 'to mix' (based on Latin miscere)

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Disclaimer: As far as I know no death occurred in this fight.

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Hmm. Let's see. Through absolutely no fault of my own, I find myself in a place where some other fool is eager to fight so I have no option but to fight back. I'm not able to avoid the situation. I'm not able to leave. I must fight. Through no fault of my own, I must strike my opponent with sufficient force to kill. It isn't enough to merely deck the dope and depart. I am forced by totally unavoidable circumstance to kill. Thank heavens, in 66 years of life, I've managed to avoid such chance-medley.

[Noticing that the term is listed as a legal term, I wonder if it applied equally to the Normans and to the Saxons.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:33 am



Pronunciation: /skōl/

(also skol)

exclamation
used to express friendly feelings toward one’s companions before drinking.

Origin:
early 17th century (a Scots use): from Danish and Norwegian skaal, Swedish skål, from Old Norse skál 'bowl'; perhaps introduced through the visit of James VI to Denmark in 1589. Compare with scale2

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Bob raised his glass. The gathered friends raised theirs, too.
"Skoal," loud and enthusiastic, all around, with one "Cheers" from the lone Brit.
Ceremonial moment over, their empty glasses remained on the table as they turned toward the large screen to see the game begin.
It is nice to think of a sports gathering that isn't completely centered on drinking.
[Fantasy novels are popular, too.]
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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)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:20 am



Pronunciation: /ōˈpasitē/

noun
the condition of lacking transparency or translucence; opaqueness: thinner paints need black added to increase opacity
obscurity of meaning: the difficulty and opacity in Barthes' texts

Origin:
mid 16th century: from French opacité, from Latin opacitas, from opacus 'darkened'

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Paul Newman's movie, "Cool Hand Luke", is marvelously remembered for the image of the guard whose sunglasses provided opacity to his gaze on the prisoners.

[Another option is the Jeopardy one, "What is Athens?" (Opa! city)]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌaspərˈtāSHən/

noun
Law, rare
the detachment, movement, or carrying away of property, considered an essential component of the crime of larceny.

Origin:
late 15th century: from Latin asportation-, from asportare 'carry away'

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In our strange digital world, copyright infringement is equated with theft/larceny in spite of the complete lack of asportation of the digital artifact. There it sits in its original location. It is just also in a new location.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:36 am



Pronunciation: /ˈməmpsiməs/

noun (plural mumpsimuses)
a traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable.
a person who obstinately adheres to unreasonable customs or notions.

Origin:
mid 16th century: erroneously for Latin sumpsimus in quod in ore sumpsimus 'which we have taken into the mouth' (Eucharist), in a story of an illiterate priest who, when corrected, replied “I will not change my old mumpsimus for your new sumpsimus.”

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The method of lecture in a classroom of students is the epitome of mumpsimus. It is the model of "teacher as broadcaster" instead of "mentor in conversation." Putting the lecture on a screen isn't an improvement.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /pəˈrīə/

noun
1an outcast: they were treated as social pariahs
2 historical a member of a low caste in southern India.

Origin:
early 17th century: from Tamil paṛaiyar, plural of paṛaiyan '(hereditary) drummer', from paṛai 'a drum' (pariahs not being allowed to join in with a religious procession)

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Beat, hippie, goth...pariahs all, especially if you've a preppie perspective.
If you were a small bird, you'd probably think the photographed pariah kite wasn't welcome either.
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