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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:46 am

bogus

Pronunciation: /ˈbōgəs/

adjective
not genuine or true; fake:a bogus insurance claim

Origin:
late 18th century (originally US, denoting a machine for making counterfeit money): of unknown origin

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Carl carried the bogus bills to the table and spread them across the faux wood surface. He looked carefully and told the boss that they were fake. The robbery had been abig waste of time, and he didn't want to add to the mess by claiming the haul was real.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:19 am

Algot Runeman wrote:bogus

One early spring day, my grandma's fur couturier suggested fitting her with a demi-saison coat made of artificial fur. You know, with bogus pelt?

Oh boy! That day, grandpa seemed to have instantly sprouted eight arms, the way he segued into keeping ballistic objects from hitting the reckless couturier.

Fortunately there were no innocent bystanders around ...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:32 am

germane

Pronunciation: /jərˈmān/

adjective
relevant to a subject under consideration:that is not germane to our theme

Origin:
early 17th century: variant of german, with which it was synonymous from Middle English. The current sense has arisen from a usage in Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Does it bother anybody else that so many things are germane simply because they were included somewhere in Shakespeare's work? I've always wished that Gaius Plinius Secundus would have more influence on our daily lives.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:57 am

Algot Runeman wrote:germane

To have grandma's furs cleaned, her couturier strongly recommended his niece Germaine as "the most germane expert in the field!".
Any refurbishing he would do himself.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:02 am

mucronate

Pronunciation: /ˈmyo͞okrəˌnāt/

adjective
Botany & Zoology
ending abruptly in a short sharp point or mucro.

Origin:
late 18th century: from Latin mucronatus, from mucro, mucron- 'point'

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As a boy, I ran around barefoot a lot. The bane of and my friends and me was a plant that we called "stickums", the seeds of which had several mucronate projections. OUCH! Since I grew up, bare feet are rare except at the beach. Using mucronate tips on the needles for telling a quick difference between spruce and fir is more common.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:30 pm

gaud

Pronunciation: /gôd/

noun
archaic
a showy and purely ornamental thing:displays of overpriced gauds

Origin:
Middle English (denoting a trick or pretense): perhaps via Anglo-Norman French from Old French gaudir 'rejoice', from Latin gaudere. Current senses may have been influenced by obsolete gaud 'a large ornamental bead in a rosary'

Todd was awed by the gaud so much that exclaimed to his girlfriend, Crystal, "Gawd, that thing is huge. It could only be more impressive if it were actually a diamond instead of glass."
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:18 am

blatherskite

Pronunciation: /ˈblaT͟Hərˌskīt/
noun
chiefly North American
1a person who talks at great length without making much sense.
foolish talk; nonsense:politicians get away all the time with their blatherskite

Origin:
mid 17th century: from blather + skite, a Scottish derogatory term adopted into American colloquial speech during the American Revolution, from the Scottish song Maggie Lauder, by F. Semphill, which was popular with American troops

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"On and on, on and on, and on and on." So go the words of a recent song.
In those classes where the subject didn't seem important to my developing mind, I'd have often described the teacher's lecture as blatherskite. I know it wouldn't have been fair. The teacher found the subject fascinating, I'm sure.

[ Blather is familiar to me. I've use the term occasionally and heard/read it. As blatherskite, though, it isn't familiar. Maybe it was popular in the mid 17th century, a bit before my time. Mayber "North American" is also a hint that this might be more Canadian than U.S. usage. I don't know. ]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:21 am

rebarbative

Pronunciation: /rəˈbärbətiv/
adjective
formal
unattractive and objectionable:rebarbative modern buildings

Origin:
late 19th century: from French rébarbatif, -ive, from Old French se rebarber 'face each other “beard to beard” aggressively', from barbe 'beard'

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Sally, the fairy princess, rarely wanted to kiss. Of course, rubbing her prince's lizard beard against her soft cheek was rebarative in the extreme.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:04 am

Algot Runeman wrote:rebarbative

Excellent!

A new description for the WotD thread:

A Cacophony of Gaudy Rebarbative Blatherskites
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:37 pm

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:
Algot Runeman wrote:rebarbative
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Origin:
late 19th century: from French rébarbatif, -ive, from Old French se rebarber 'face each other “beard to beard” aggressively', from barbe 'beard'
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Excellent!

A new description for the WotD thread:

A Cacophony of Gaudy Rebarbative Blatherskites


If I may coin a neologism,:
since we don't 'face each other “beard to beard” aggressively', being too far apart, but rather 'face each other “word to word” aggressively' and thus should be called rewordative

a better description should be

A Cacophony of Gaudy Rewordative Blatherskites
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:24 am

logomachy

Pronunciation: /lōˈgäməkē/

noun (plural logomachies)
rare
an argument about words.

Origin:
mid 16th century: from Greek logomakhia, from logos 'word' + -makhia 'fighting'

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The cacophany of gaudy rewordative blatherskites escalated into full-blown logomachy much sooner than anyone expected. Pens were mightier than swords and keyboards positively bristled with menace.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby MidasKnight » Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:50 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:blatherskite

Pronunciation: /ˈblaT͟Hərˌskīt/
noun
chiefly North American
1a person who talks at great length without making much sense.
foolish talk; nonsense:politicians get away all the time with their blatherskite

Origin:
mid 17th century: from blather + skite, a Scottish derogatory term adopted into American colloquial speech during the American Revolution, from the Scottish song Maggie Lauder, by F. Semphill, which was popular with American troops

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"On and on, on and on, and on and on." So go the words of a recent song.
In those classes where the subject didn't seem important to my developing mind, I'd have often described the teacher's lecture as blatherskite. I know it wouldn't have been fair. The teacher found the subject fascinating, I'm sure.

[ Blather is familiar to me. I've use the term occasionally and heard/read it. As blatherskite, though, it isn't familiar. Maybe it was popular in the mid 17th century, a bit before my time. Mayber "North American" is also a hint that this might be more Canadian than U.S. usage. I don't know. ]


We aren't done overreacting to a former president's public speaking eccentricities?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:36 pm

MidasKnight wrote:We aren't done overreacting to a former president's public speaking eccentricities?


No more than we are finished overreacting to a former President's military career...
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Presidents, current or former, are always fair game for humor, or at least they ought to be.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby MidasKnight » Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:05 am

Then let's start making fun of the worst president in our nation's history.

There's nothing funny about Obama's Death to America agenda however.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:04 pm

cur

Pronunciation: /kər/

noun
an aggressive dog or one that is in poor condition, especially a mongrel.
informal a contemptible man.

Origin:
Middle English (in the general sense 'dog'): probably originally in cur-dog, perhaps from Old Norse kurr 'grumbling'

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Callie carried her toy poodle in a basket to keep it safe from other dogs. It didn't matter to her if the others were purebred or cur. She wasn't too interested in mingling with cats, either.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:37 pm

monocular

Pronunciation: /məˈnäkyələr, mä-/

adjective
with, for, or in one eye:he had only monocular vision
noun

an optical instrument for viewing distant objects with one eye, like one half of a pair of binoculars.

Origin:
mid 17th century: from late Latin monoculus 'having one eye' + -ar1

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Pirate Pete attacked the pleasure boat fleet.
He was so bold, never had been beat.
He gazed through his spyglass,
Looking for a likely lass.

He didn't use binoculars; his patch made that silly.
A monocular sufficed, but sounded too frilly.
He swung himself onto the last of the craft.
Sending shivers through the crew, he menacingly laughed.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:24 am

Algot Runeman wrote:monocular

Monocular Pete's jocular warning subdued the patrons of the Shivering Timbers.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:58 pm

talkie

Pronunciation: /ˈtôkē/

noun
informal
a movie with a soundtrack, as distinct from a silent film.

Origin:
early 20th century (in the phrase the talkies): from talk, on the pattern of movie

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Mimes were little sought as actors in the early talkies. They were not generally popular in them later, either.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:27 am

etui

Pronunciation: /āˈtwē/

noun (plural etuis)
dated
a small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles.

Origin:
early 17th century: from French étui, from Old French estui 'prison', from estuier 'shut up, keep'. Compare with tweezers

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"Etui, Brutus!" Ceasar fell to the steps of the Roman senate. His man bag burst open, strewing his precious posessions. Brutus scooped it up before everyone could see, attentive to Ceasar's last wish.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:09 pm

epiphora

Pronunciation: /əˈpifərə/

noun
1 Medicine excessive watering of the eye.
2 Rhetoric - another term for epistrophe.

Origin:
late 16th century (sense 2): via Latin from Greek epi 'upon' + pherein 'to bear or carry'. sense 1 dates from the mid 17th century

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She blamed the epiphora on being constantly sad, but Evie knew she wasn't fooling anyone, she never fooled anyone, which was a fact that could be seen by anyone.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:58 am

Algot Runeman wrote:epiphora

Pronunciation: /əˈpifərə/

noun
1 Medicine excessive watering of the eye.
2 Rhetoric - another term for epistrophe.

Origin:
late 16th century (sense 2): via Latin from Greek epi 'upon' + pherein 'to bear or carry'. sense 1 dates from the mid 17th century

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She blamed the epiphora on being constantly sad, but Evie knew she wasn't fooling anyone, she never fooled anyone, which was a fact that could be seen by anyone.

Epiphora is excessive watering of the eye
Epiphora is also a fungus genus in the Dothideomycetes order
Epiphora is also a moth genus in the Saturniidae family
Epiphora is also an orchid genus nowadays considered a synonym of Polystachya
Epiphora is also a synonym of epistrophe, which is repeating the same expression over and over
Epiphora is also how I express lukewarm enthusiasm
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regular enthusiasm would be "Hip Hip Hourra", à la française
Only enthusiastic enthusiasm will have me go to my english accented HIP! HIP! HURRAY!!!

Epiphora is also whatever you might associate with this word...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:53 am

Algot Runeman wrote:epiphora

Hm ... occasionally, yes ...

But I do love a nice Amphora pousse-café any day.
It does not provoke epiphora at all, though an overdose may induce euphoria.

(It says Amphora on the lower third of the label.)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:26 am

kibitz

Pronunciation: /ˈkibits/

verb
[no object] informal, chiefly North American
look on and offer unwelcome advice, especially at a card game.
speak informally; chat:she kibitzed with friends

Origin:
1920s: Yiddish, from colloquial German, from German Kiebitz 'interfering onlooker' (literally 'lapwing')

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Sam stood behind him as governor Bob Kamut took the podium. There was no point to his being right there. Like all politicians of the level of governor or more, there was a teleprompter to guide the speech. No kibitzing was necessary. Still, Sam felt his presence supported Bob, his friend, his governor, his puppet, if truth be told.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:21 am

Algot Runeman wrote:kibitz

Kibitz 2.0 - Chatroom for pedants, nitpickers and commascrewers (*).

(*) See Pilkunnussija, #1 on 9 Foreign Words the English Language Desperately Needs; also Commaneukers in Dutch.
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