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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:50 pm

peradventure

Pronunciation: /ˌpərədˈvenCHər, ˌper-/

archaic humorous
adverb
archaic or humorous
perhaps: peradventure I’m not as wealthy as he is

noun
archaic or humorous
uncertainty or doubt as to whether something is the case: that shows beyond peradventure the strength of the economy

Origin:
Middle English: from Old French per (or par) auenture 'by chance'

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I guess I would rather somebody said "peradventure" than lie outright and say "YES."
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:57 pm

To post on the WOTD thread is always such an adventure !

Will others think my post is humorous?
Or, peradventure will they think that such an archaic old fellow as me should not adventure himself to such risk ?
In such an advent, please humour me and understand that, peradventure, I was just feeling adventurous enough to venture into possible archaism.

I think I'm starting a headache. Perchance, does anyone has Adventuril ? To sleep, or peradventure to dream... (or am I mixing quotes ? - ay, there's the rub ! )
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:59 am

Voralfred :clap:
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:37 am

googol

Pronunciation: /ˈgo͞oˌgôl/

number
equivalent to ten raised to the power of a hundred.

Origin:
1940s: said to have been coined by the nine-year-old nephew of E. Kasner (1878–1955), American mathematician, at Kasner's request

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If I Google the word googol, I'll get a gaggle of links. Whee!
If I oggle the list, I'll be totally strained.
I would not read even 10 to the power of three.
I'd grievously grumble for being so pained.

[ I found this analysis of googol to be helpful: http://scottpatten.ca/2011/05/how-big-is-a-googol.html ]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:22 am

Algot Runeman wrote:googol

Actually E. Kasner asked his nine-year-old nephew whether the boy remembered the very first word he uttered as a baby.

After a little hesitation, the kid opined, "Google?"

But the mathematician misunderstood him to have said, "Googol?"

Henceforth Kasner used his nephew to find new terms. To this day the man regrets having omitted to register and patent his nephew as a search engine ...

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According to my mom, my very first baby word was, "More!"
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:35 pm

onesie

Pronunciation: /ˈwənzē/

noun
an infant’s one-piece close-fitting lightweight garment, usually having sleeves but leaving the legs uncovered and fastening with snaps at the crotch.

Origin:
1980s: from one + -sy

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To buy a onesie,
I searched the store, see.
Two Cs of choices.
But none for big boys-es.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:12 am

Algot Runeman wrote:onesie

Quite a while ago, when I just got married, my grandma offered the advice that onesies were only appropriate for very young children, but not for many, if not most, women.

When I asked why, she replied, "It's impossible not to catch some hairs in the snap fasteners of its crotch! Trust me, I know, I tried it. Grandpa insisted I wore a sleeveless one he bought me, under my high-necked evening gown at a soirée dance. It caused excruciating torture." :help:
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:52 am

exurbia

Pronunciation: /ekˈsərbēə/

noun
the exurbs collectively; the region beyond the suburbs.

Origin:
1955: from ex-1 'out of' + -urbia, on the pattern of suburbia. See exurb

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Today's definition of -urbia is wider than before. Some people travel long distances in their daily commute.
Exurbia includes the "commuter towns" beyond the suburbs.

[ Interesting information at Wikipedia. ]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:57 am

Algot Runeman wrote:exurbia

One can hope house prices and rents in exurbia don't become exorbitant.

There's already one where the rent is not only exorbitant, but downright astronomical. Just try to buy a voucher for a 4-week stay in orbit aboard the ISS.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:11 pm

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:
Algot Runeman wrote:exurbia

One can hope house prices and rents in [b]exurbia don't become exorbitant.[/b]

There's already one where the rent is not only exorbitant, but downright astronomical. Just try to buy a voucher for a 4-week stay in orbit aboard the ISS.


If they do, it would be a curse exurbia and exorbitant, rather than a blessing !
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:50 am

foley

Pronunciation: /ˈfōlē/

noun
[as modifier]
relating to or concerned with the addition of recorded sound effects after the shooting of a film:the aural details that foley artists duplicate

Origin:
named after the inventor of the editing process

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Using today's non linear video editing software makes it easy to add foley effects, even in home movies.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:06 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:foley

At first impression one would think that the tick-tock sound of Hook's crocodile was an erroneous foley.
Until it was revealed that the reptile had swallowed a ticking clock in a prequel. :lol:

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:07 pm

bottomry

Pronunciation: /ˈbätəmrē/

noun
dated
a system of merchant insurance in which a ship is used as security against a loan to finance a voyage, the lender losing the investment if the ship sinks.

Origin:
late 16th century: from bottom (in the sense 'ship') + -ry, influenced by Dutch bodemerij

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The owner lost his ship, the insurer lost his bottomry, but the crew lost their lives.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:24 am

trove

Pronunciation: /trəʊv/

noun
a store of valuable or delightful things: the cellar contained a trove of rare wines

Origin:
late 19th century: from treasure trove

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Tom roved far and wide seeking treasure in field and grove.
He'd stop to check the trash on spec to see what wasn't stove (in).
Most times he rattled on without a single find.
But an occasional trove of attic junk was just that special kind.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:10 am

Algot Runeman wrote:bottomry

Pronunciation: /ˈbätəmrē/

noun
dated
a system of merchant insurance in which a ship is used as security against a loan to finance a voyage, the lender losing the investment if the ship sinks.

Origin:
late 16th century: from bottom (in the sense 'ship') + -ry, influenced by Dutch bodemerij

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The owner lost his ship, the insurer lost his bottomry, but the crew lost their lives.



I wonder if a topiary ship can be used as a security against a loan, and thus be turned into a bottomiary ?

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:23 am

voralfred wrote:runs and hides


We have pun sniffing dogs. We will find you.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:13 pm

Twitterati

Pronunciation: /ˌtwitəˈrätē/

noun
informal
avid or frequent users of the social media website Twitter: no celebrity member of the Twitterati seems to have caused as much of a splash as has Stephen Fry

Origin:
early 21st century: on the pattern of literati, glitterati, etc.

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Teddy told Tim to tweet. Tim's tweets told tales terrifically.
Fred followed. Francine followed...Flora followed. Followers flocked.
Teddy isn't happy, standing in the shadow of his Twitterati twin.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:24 am

self-tracking

Definition ofself-tracking
noun
the practice of systematically recording information about one’s diet, health, or activities, typically by means of a smartphone, so as to discover behavioral patterns that may then be adjusted to help improve one’s physical or mental well-being: self-tracking may provide a glimpse of the future of healthcare

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Bob decided to keep a record of how many walnuts he cracked and ate each day. It didn't do much for his health care, but he wanted in on the self-tracking fun.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:55 am

Algot Runeman wrote:self-tracking

Every time she went dusting in grandpa's man-cave, grandma noticed two opposite wooden supporting beams, each carved with shallow notches. The number of notches increased steadily.

One day she asked grandpa what it meant.
"Well, my love," he said, "That's my self-tracking system. That beam shows the number of times I took off your fur coat and you wore nothing underneath. And the other beam shows how often you yourself took off your fur coat with nothing underneath ...".

Grandma remarked dryly, "You do realise that soon you'll have to replace those beams, don't you? "
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:03 pm

virga

Pronunciation: /ˈvərgə/

noun (plural virgae /-gē, -gī/)
Meteorology
a mass of streaks of rain appearing to hang under a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground.

Origin:
1940s: from Latin, literally 'rod, stripe'

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Vanessa viewed the variation in the virga, the beginnings of tears in her eyes. Her vision cleared as the clouds moved off. The ground around her was still baked dry. All her hopes were dashed. The drought continued.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:34 am

Algot Runeman wrote:virga

Pronunciation: /ˈvərgə/

noun (plural virgae /-gē, -gī/)
Meteorology
a mass of streaks of rain appearing to hang under a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground.

Origin:
1940s: from Latin, literally 'rod, stripe'

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Vanessa viewed the variation in the virga, the beginnings of tears in her eyes. Her vision cleared as the clouds moved off. The ground around her was still baked dry. All her hopes were dashed. The drought continued.


If Vanessa was a virgin, and born between August 23 and September 22, trying to settle in a very arid area where her livelihood depended on rain actually reaching the ground was asking for trouble !

your pun-sniffing dogs won't ever find me; I am a Virgo, you'd need sniffing unicorns...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:10 pm

schlub

Pronunciation: /SHləb/

(also shlub)

noun
informal
a talentless, unattractive, or boorish person.

Origin:
1960s: Yiddish shlub, perhaps from Polish żłób

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Would you use a self-portrait to illustrate the word "shlub"?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:37 pm

severalty

Pronunciation: /ˈsev(ə)rəltē/

noun
archaic
the condition of being separate.

Origin:
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French severalte, from several (see several)

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His house was finally his, alone, in severalty. The mortgage was paid off and he had no wife or children.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:32 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:severalty...
His house was finally his, alone, in severalty. The mortgage was paid off and he had no wife or children.

To celebrate that his mortgage got lifted, he threw a wild party by the swimming pool, with lots of fireworks.

Unfortunately, one of the rochets set fire to the roof of a neighbouring house. The damages and fine for this involuntary arson were so steep that he had to accept a new mortgage on his property.

The party for his severalty cost him a penalty.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:52 am

imprecate

Pronunciation: /ˈimpriˌkāt/

verb
[with object] archaic
utter (a curse) or invoke (evil) against someone or something.

Origin:
early 17th century: from Latin imprecat- 'invoked', from the verb imprecari

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