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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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E.P.S.,

Your ability to evoke your grandmother's peppery personality with mere words makes this forum topic fun to follow. Being able to "see" your grandmother is much appreciated. It makes me feel downright eupeptic! Thanks.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /tenˈdenSHəs
adjective
expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one: a tendentious reading of history

Origin
early 20th century: suggested by German tendenziös

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The US Congress has become a complex mix of tendentious factions. Designed as a dynamic "legislative body", it has recently seemed to be more a dismembered zombie.

[Not that I have a particular point of view about it.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /trist

• literary
noun
a private, romantic rendezvous between lovers: a moonlight tryst

verb
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keep a private, romantic rendezvous: (as noun trysting) a trysting place

Origin
late Middle English (originally Scots): variant of obsolete trist 'an appointed place in hunting', from French triste or medieval Latin trista.

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You ought never trust
To the promise of tryst.
You may hope if you must
But may not insist.

Your lover's first kiss
Is never the best.
Mere start is a miss
Lest follows the rest.

Laundry loads, splinters
False starts and failed schemes
Warm hugs through long winters
Reaching grandchildren's dreams.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäkəˌmāmē, ˌkäkəˈmāmē

(also cockamamy)
adjective
North American • informal
ridiculous; implausible: a cockamamie theory

Origin
1940s (originally denoting a design left by a transfer): probably an alteration of decalcomania.

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It is just a cockamamie concept that anyone would have a mania for decals. Stamps, coins, little ceramic figurines, maybe, but decals?
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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: /granˈdiləkwənt
adjective
pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress: a grandiloquent celebration of Spanish glory

Origin
late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally 'grand-speaking', from grandis 'grand' + loqui 'speak'. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.

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Harry was a grandiloquist. He only had to walk into a room to induce everyone inside to begin long, circuitous, grandiloquent speechifying. As a result, his words seemed homey and genuine.
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Pronunciation: /ˈSHarəˌbaNG, -ˌbaNGk
noun
British
an early form of bus, used typically for pleasure trips.

Origin
early 19th century: from French char-à-bancs 'carriage with benches' (the original horse-drawn charabancs having rows of bench seats).

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Bench Carriage? Why didn't they install Lay-Zee-Boy recliners in charabancs, instead?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiləˌtôrē

adjective
1slow to act: he had been dilatory in appointing a solicitor
1.1intended to cause delay: they resorted to dilatory procedural tactics, forcing a postponement of peace talks

Origin
late Middle English: from late Latin dilatorius 'delaying', from Latin dilator 'delayer', from dilat- 'deferred', from the verb differre.

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Laura lay languidly.
Don stroked slowly.
Defer, deprive, delay.
Gratification is on its way.

Dilatory hastening,
Her breath quickening,
His voice thickening.
"Here it is, darling, your bowl of oatmeal is ready."
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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: /ˈho͞oˌhä
noun
[in singular] • informal
a commotion; a fuss: the book was causing such a hoo-ha

Origin
1930s: of unknown origin.

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"Hoo-Ahh!" yelled the marines in response to their commander. Then they went out of the base gates and settled down the hoo-ha by gently dispersing the crowd.
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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: /ˈvərsəˌfī
verb (versifies, versifying, versified)
[with object]
turn into or express in verse: he versifies others' ideas (as noun versifying) a talent for versifying

Origin
late Middle English: from Old French versifier, from Latin versificare, from versus (see verse).

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Today's a special chance
To get in on the dance.
Make your own solution.
And versify your contribution if you think it is at all possible; well, you decide.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌnōˈveniəl
adjective

1recurring every nine years.
1.1lasting for or relating to a period of nine years.

Origin
mid 17th century: from late Latin novennis 'nine years old' (from Latin novem 'nine') + -al.

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Nine times nine is eighty-one, and Gregor stood proud, having lived through nine national novennial celebrations.
"Nein, nein!" shouted Fritz. "You are just an ordinary octogenarian like me."

Fritz and Gregor shared a common birthdate in spite of being born in different countries. They now occupied matching rocking chairs on the porch at Saint Bartholomew's Home. They were surrounded by old ladies incessantly mumbling novenas for the parade of hearses leaving the gates.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /kwäˈdrəmvərət
noun
a group of four powerful or notable people.

Origin
mid 18th century: from Latin quadru- 'four' + triumvirate.

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It is well that the Latin root was not "quadu" instead. A quadrumvirate would sound less impressive as "quadumvirate."
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌswä dēˈzän(t)
adjective
self-styled; so-called: a soi-disant novelist

Origin
French, from soi 'oneself' + disant 'saying'.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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yo͞oˈtōpēə/
noun
noun: Utopia; plural noun: Utopias; noun: utopia; plural noun: utopias
1.
an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More.
synonyms: paradise, heaven (on earth), Eden, Garden of Eden, Shangri-La, Elysium; More
idyll, nirvana, God's country;
literaryArcadia
"it may be your idea of Utopia, but it's not mine"

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It's all in your imagination. What you see as utopia, others will judge more harshly.

[Based on the screenshot above, the delivery of today's WotD did NOT illustrate utopia well. Refusing to accept cookies?! I've never refused a cookie. A world without cookies, unimaginable.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈro͞ofəs
adjective
reddish brown in color.
noun
a reddish-brown color.

Origin
late 18th century: from Latin rufus 'red, reddish' + -ous.

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The rufous squirrel scampered up the hemlock. He didn't hang out with the bigger grey squirrels.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /əˈvəNGkyələr
adjective
1of or relating to an uncle.
1.1kind and friendly toward a younger or less experienced person: an avuncular manner
2 Anthropology of or relating to the relationship between men and their siblings' children.

Origin
mid 19th century: from Latin avunculus 'maternal uncle', diminutive of avus 'grandfather'.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /äd
noun
• historical
a hypothetical power once thought to pervade nature and account for various phenomena, such as magnetism.

Origin
mid 19th century: arbitrary term coined in German by Baron von Reichenbach (1788–1869), German scientist.

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It may have been a response to living on the pine barrens that Baron Dr. Karl Ludwig Freiherr von Reichenbach chose the odd term od for his proposed hypothetical power. On the other hand, maybe he had just carried around too many magnets in his hat during his youth.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌskripˈtôrēəm
noun (plural scriptoria /-ˈtôrēə/ or scriptoriums)
chiefly • historical
a room set apart for writing, especially one in a monastery where manuscripts were copied.

Origin
late 18th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin script- 'written', from the verb scribere.

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English teachers visit the library computer lab with their classes to have students write and edit their assignments. I guess that makes the computer lab into a sort of modern scriptorium.
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