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The Internet Book Database of Fiction • View topic - GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:51 pm
by voralfred

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:33 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:57 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:23 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:59 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /jēˈäfəjē/
noun
the practice of eating earth, especially chalk or clay in famine-stricken regions.

Origin:
mid 19th century: from geo- 'earth' + Greek phagia 'eating, feeding' (from phagein 'eat')

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I wonder with geophagy, especially if the ingested dirt is chalk, whether the effect is partially useful as an antacid.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:59 am
by Algot Runeman


noun
In quantum mechanics, quantum decoherence is the loss of coherence or ordering of the phase angles between the components of a system in a quantum superposition.

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Carl spoke incoherently about decoherence. His skills were difficult to quantify, in any case. Carl went through phases during which he tried to get an angle and advantage over his competitors. He was usually sidelined as an unneeded component of any job in which he took part. He never occupied a super position, relegated to the most limted mechanics of the task.

[Sometimes I feel just like Carl. I need somebody to define the definition. I am reading 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson from which I've taken today's WotD. I wonder how much he understands about what he is writing.]

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:24 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:31 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈkemˌtrāl/
noun
a visible trail left in the sky by an aircraft and believed by some to consist of chemical or biological agents released as part of a covert operation.

Origin:
1990s: blend of chemical and trail, on the pattern of contrail

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"General Adams, could you please describe to me the covert nature of this operation?"
The President stared at the general, waiting, as he watched the video of the chemtrails over the enemy capital.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:10 pm
by MidasKnight

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:49 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:36 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˌpäliˈhēdrən/
noun (plural polyhedrons or polyhedra /-ˈhēdrə/)
Geometry
a solid figure with many plane faces, typically more than six.

Origin:
late 16th century: from Greek poluedron, neuter (used as a noun) of poluedros 'many-sided'

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Starr deeply wished to be a Polly but the group had requirements she could not satisfy. The Pollys of Hedron College demanded a multi-sided individual, preferring polymaths over experts in any one field. Starr, sadly was only good up to pentagonal perspectives. True polyhedra perplexed her. The Dough Deca Hedron social club did court her, though, because she COULD bake and then decorate cakes.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:44 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:20 am
by Algot Runeman
A propros decoherence from a few days back, science and a capella fans can combine while watching and listening to this YouTube Video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rjbtsX7 ... tx8z1e87fQ



[Convergence of WotD with other stuff is always fascinating to me.]

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:37 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˌflôrəˈlējēəm/
noun (plural florilegia /-ˈlējēə/ or florilegiums)
a collection of literary extracts; an anthology.

Origin:
early 17th century: modern Latin, literally 'bouquet' (from Latin flos, flor- 'flower' + legere 'gather'), translation of Greek anthologion (see anthology)

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"Worst", "Cities", "Pip", "Scrooge", "House".
Thus we see a minimalist florilegium of Dickens.

Can you now claim to have read the classics?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:14 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˌhäsēˈendə/
noun
(in Spanish-speaking regions) a large estate or plantation with a dwelling house.

Origin:
Spanish, from Latin facienda 'things to be done', from facere 'make, do' (see fazenda)

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Bruna had to think of the shack in the favela as her hacienda. She had no other choice.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:18 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:26 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /gōSH/

adjective
lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward.

Origin:
mid 18th century: French, literally 'left'

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Adam was actually adroit in spite of being gauche. There wasn't a position in baseball which he couldn't play perfectly.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:07 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:39 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈskarəˌmo͞oSH, -ˌmo͞oCH/
noun
archaic
a boastful but cowardly person.

Origin:
mid 17th century: from Italian Scaramuccia, the name of a stock character in Italian farce, from scaramuccia 'skirmish', ultimately from the same Germanic base as skirmish

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Manfred strutted into the room, stared down the crowd. Secretly, he feared their scorn. Scaramouch, no doubt.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:49 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /iˈkwiləbrist/
noun
chiefly archaic
an acrobat who performs balancing feats, especially a tightrope walker.

Origin:
mid 18th century: from equilibrium + -ist

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Is it strange to anybody else that an equilibrist, a person who walks high above the ground across a narrow wire, tenuously balanced, isn't thought of as "unbalanced"?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:02 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:48 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈstāpēz/
noun (plural same)
Anatomy
a small stirrup-shaped bone in the middle ear, transmitting vibrations from the incus to the inner ear. Also called stirrup.

Origin:
mid 17th century: modern Latin, from medieval Latin stapes 'stirrup'

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Carl didn't intend to stir up trouble. He wanted the country's goal to stay peace. Sadly the others in the legislature were all missing their stapes, so his pleas fell on deaf ears. War!

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:24 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:38 am
by Algot Runeman
Nicely said EPS.

["Stay, Peas" might have worked if Peas had been a dog. Pets with paws have been known to pause on demand.

When I was a kid, it took more than a voice command to control the horse I rode (not my own, just one used at a summer camp).
I needed the stirrups of steel, leather and wood to brace my feet while hauling the reins to get the equine beast to pause, especially if there was a bucket of oats waiting in the stable.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:49 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈjentrē/
noun
(often the gentry)
people of good social position, specifically (in the UK) the class of people next below the nobility in position and birth:a member of the landed gentry
[with adjective] people of a specified class or group:a New Orleans family of Creole gentry

Origin:
late Middle English (in the sense 'superiority of birth or rank'): from Anglo-Norman French genterie, based on gentil (see gentle1)

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Many novels written in the 1800s examined the question of whether entering by the back door and exiting from the front could make a person part of the gentry.