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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:42 pm
by voralfred
Algot Runeman wrote:Recently the regional rabblement roused to read Rabelais while resisting relaxing to Ravel.

Arrrrh!


You too, eh ?
Sometimes I also feel that the rabblement(*) rampant in this thread, mostly by E Pericoloso Sporgersi and by yourself, is rapidly driving me rabid...

(*) Here I am referring to the first meaning in the definition rather than the second one that you and EPS preferred.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:47 am
by Algot Runeman
psephology

Definitions
WordNet 3.0

n. The study of political election trends (as by opinion polls).

‘Psephology’ comes from the Greek ‘psephos,’ pebble, ballot, from the ancient Greeks' use of pebbles for voting.

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Today, of all days in the U.S. election cycle, the integrity of the pebbles matters. That is my opinion on psephology.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:29 am
by Algot Runeman
robocall

Pronunciation: /ˈrōbōˌkôl/

noun
an automated telephone call that delivers a recorded message, typically on behalf of a political party or telemarketing company.

Origin:
1990s: blend of robot and call

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Mike Licht

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Now that the U.S. election "season" has ended, maybe my robocall cycle will return to normal, just the steady stream of, "We've tried to reach you before, and this will be the last time you get this offer to lower your interest rates." from Card Services.

[ODO has restarted sending WotD emails. Hmm.]

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:42 am
by voralfred
Algot Runeman wrote:robocall

Pronunciation: /ˈrōbōˌkôl/

noun
an automated telephone call that delivers a recorded message, typically on behalf of a political party or telemarketing company.

(...)

[ODO has restarted sending WotD emails. Hmm.]


Oh!
So the rODOcall is working again, then ?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:39 am
by Algot Runeman
dubiety

Pronunciation: /d(y)o͞oˈbī-itē/

noun
formal
the state or quality of being doubtful; uncertainty: his enemies made much of the dubiety of his paternity

Origin:
mid 18th century: from late Latin dubietas, from Latin dubium 'a doubt'

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There is definite dubiety that I will use a word when I doubt it is better than the more common ones.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:25 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:dubiety

Is there any doubt that dubiety is a prerequisite to become a customs officer in Dubai?

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:40 pm
by Algot Runeman
E.P.S. wrote:Is there any doubt that dubiety is a prerequisite to become a customs officer in Dubai?

To abuse the phrase from "My Fair Lady": "By George, I think he's got it!" :clap:

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:29 am
by Algot Runeman
salut

Pronunciation: /saˈlo͞o, säˈlY/

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

Origin:
French

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Ben raised his glass in salute, joined the rest in saying "Salut!" and left the estaminet happy.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:01 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:Image

Is this where they got the shitty idea for the tiles in Windows 8 ?

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Algot Runeman wrote:salut...
Ben raised his glass in salute, joined the rest in saying "Salut!" and left the estaminet happy.

But just before Ben slurred his last "Salut!", he managed to grab the last two pieces of Port Salut and porc salé.
He washed them down with the rest of his drink.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:52 am
by Algot Runeman
anodyne

adjective
not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so: anodyne New Age music I attempted to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible

noun
a painkilling drug or medicine.

Origin:
mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek anōdunos 'painless', from an- 'without' + odunē 'pain'

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Keith Ramsey

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Isn't it odd. Anodyne elevator music was intended to be inoffensive. Yet it has become synonymous with anything irritating.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:49 am
by Algot Runeman
forswear

verb (past forswore; past participle forsworn)
[with object] formal
agree to give up or do without (something): he would never forswear the religion of his people
(forswear oneself/be forsworn) swear falsely; commit perjury: I swore that I would lead us safely home and I do not mean to be forsworn

Origin:
Old English forswerian(see for-, swear)

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Sally and Sara, like most kids, decided to forswear foursquare in favor of tennis in their teens.
Of course, some of their friends decided to play field hockey instead.
Life moves on.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:40 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:forswear

Did circumcised boys forswear there foreskin or did their parents?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:18 am
by Algot Runeman
spindrift

noun
spray blown from the crests of waves by the wind.
driving snow or sand.

Origin:
early 17th century (originally Scots): variant of spoondrift, from archaic spoon 'run before wind or sea' + the noun drift

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Carlie surfed safely, none of those 30 foot monsters for her. Still, she enjoyed the spindrift in her face as she paddled to the next wave.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:52 am
by Algot Runeman
bullyrag

verb (bullyrags, bullyragging, bullyragged)
[with object] informal
treat (someone) in a scolding or intimidating way: he would bullyrag his staff around but then kiss up to his superiors

Origin:
late 18th century: of unknown origin

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Maciek Lempicki

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Mark was the 'perfect' middle manager. He didn't actually do any productive work, but by following every direction from his superiors and bullyragging his own staff, his division was successful. Of course, there was a lot of turnover.


[US equivalent might be just part of bullyrag.]
[[rag on someone and rake on someone
Sl. to bother someone; to irritate someone; to criticize and humiliate someone. I wish you would stop ragging on me. I don't know why you are so annoyed at me. Stop raking on me! - McGraw-Hill]]

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:30 am
by voralfred
To bullyrag EPS, or to be bullyragged by him, that is the question !

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:52 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
voralfred wrote:To bullyrag EPS, or to be bullyragged by him, that is the question !

I have the distinct impression that during the latest election campaigns, the involved parties were mostly bullyragging each other. Maybe because in the recent past they had no significant achievements themselves to bullyboast about?

Anyway, I had better concentrate on finding a new LMB-quote-game assignment before Voralfred starts bullyragging me about it. Then again, no matter what conundrum I come up with, easy, hard or tricky, sooner or later, he'll gleefully bullyrag me anyway.

P.S. I mean the Belgian provincial and local council elections (14 October). Though the US seem sick in the same bed.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:21 pm
by voralfred
E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:
voralfred wrote:To bullyrag EPS, or to be bullyragged by him, that is the question !

I have the distinct impression that during the latest election campaigns, the involved parties were mostly bullyragging each other. Maybe because in the recent past they had no significant achievements themselves to bullyboast about?

This is an interesting point of psephology, alas much too generally true ! Rabblement, rabblement and not much more than that...
E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:
Anyway, I had better concentrate on finding a new LMB-quote-game assignment before Voralfred starts bullyragging me about it.

I was indeed wondering, with dubiety, what caused your long aposiopesis...
E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:Then again, no matter what conundrum I come up with, easy, hard or tricky, sooner or later, he'll gleefully bullyrag me anyway.

Should I forswear an innocent, anodyne pastime ?

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:P.S. I mean the Belgian provincial and local council elections (14 October). Though the US seem sick in the same bed.

Oh, that's what you meant ? Too generally true indeed!

Salut !

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:43 pm
by Algot Runeman
virality

Pronunciation: /ˌvīˈralətē/

noun
the tendency of an image, video, or piece of information to be circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another; the quality or fact of being viral: new metrics will allow marketeers to better assess the virality of their campaigns

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I don't think that I've heard this form before. "Gone viral" or "Go viral" is more common, I think. Maybe this represents they style of virality associated with the love of making words to sound smart. Every business now "monetizes" instead of just making decisions to get money. The smart folk "grow" a business instead of building it. Et cetera.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:10 pm
by Algot Runeman
ossicle

Pronunciation: /ˈäsikəl/

noun
Anatomy & Zoology
a very small bone, especially one of those in the middle ear.
Zoology a small piece of calcified material forming part of the skeleton of an invertebrate animal such as an echinoderm.

Origin:
late 16th century: from Latin ossiculum, diminutive of os 'bone'

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[The bones labeled Malleus, Incus and StapesStapedius are the ossicles of the middle ear.]
Thanks to E.P.S. for the correction. (next post)
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Bob sat astride his bicycle slurping happily on his Popsicle. The house across the street had one huge icicle at the corner of the eaves on this chilly eve. Bob waited, hoping the train that was due would do what he hoped. The train passing quickly would jostle the icicle, causing it to wiggle and, quick as a piglet, would crash to the sidewalk which would tickle his ossicles. Bob laughed when he was tickled.

[It might also be worth noting that it doesn't take much more than the rattle of a single pit viper to set the Stapedius of a horse moving and then there's likely to be a stampedius, too.]

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:57 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:ossicle
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[The bones labeled Malleus, Incus and Stapedius are the ossicles of the middle ear.]

Actually the Stapedius is a minuscule muscle, while the Stapes is one of the three little ossicles in the middle ear.

Not all stapes are made of bone. Those made of iron are used for equilibrium instead of hearing. Just observe the stirrups of the horsemen of Middle Earth.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:46 am
by Algot Runeman
wassup

Pronunciation: /wəˈsəp/

(also whassup)

exclamation
informal
used as a friendly or informal greeting: ‘Wassup, hot stuff?’ Bridget called

Origin:
early 20th century: representing an informal pronunciation of what's up?

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'Sup with Wassup? It's such a long word.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:31 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:wassup

Now why do I think of a raccoon encountering a grizzly fishing for salmon in the rapids of the Yukon River and yelling "Wassup?" with a raspy John Wayne voice?

I guess the raccoon meant "What's for supper?" and the bear thought "Ask a dumb question ...".

Spoiler: show
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Of course some New Yorkers passing in the street simply say "Sup?" to inquire what's left standing.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:27 am
by Algot Runeman
fan-tan

noun
1a Chinese gambling game in which players try to guess the remainder after the banker has divided a number of hidden objects into four groups.
2a card game in which players build on sequences of sevens.

Origin:
late 19th century: from Chinese fān tān, literally 'repeated divisions'

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He was a card, making all his friends laugh. He was seven times lucky. He loved to play fan-tan.

At another venue, some watchers of American football do not wear shirts at the games. They don't even wear shirts in very cold weather. Their skin turns very red from the cold: a cold fan tan?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:56 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:fan-tan

fan-tan
won ton
dim sum
chop suey

Take-out anyone?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:20 pm
by Algot Runeman
hackathon

Pronunciation: /ˈhakəˌTHän/

noun
informal
an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming: a series of 48-hour hackathons to build new web and mobile services

Origin:
1990s: from hack1, on the pattern of marathon

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There are several pieces of software which I use that have been made better with hackathons.