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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: /ˌeksəˈterik
adjective
• formal
(Especially of a doctrine or mode of speech) intended for or likely to be understood by the general public: an exoteric, literal meaning and an esoteric, inner teaching The opposite of esoteric.

Origin
mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō 'outer', comparative of exō 'outside'.

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Arguing the differences between a microcontroller and a microprocessor isn't going to provide an exoteric moment. The public looks at both, caring only to see the pretty boxes surrounding the chips. The box matters. It is better to say iPad Shuffle or iPhone. It is easier to understand a single-purpose gadget vs. a multipurpose tool.
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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: /ˈkrepəˌskyo͞ol
(also crepuscle /ˈkrepəsəl/)
noun
• rare
Twilight.

Origin
late Middle English: from Latin crepusculum 'twilight'.

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Something tells me that the recent vampire/werewolf movies from Stephanie Meyer's books would not have done quite so well if titled "The Crepuscule Saga." The more modern term Twilight is appropriate, as such movies are not rare.

[For what it is worth, I prefer the blooming light of anticipation at dawn over the crepuscular, fading colors of dusk.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaZHo͞oist
noun
1A person who uses clever but unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions; a sophist.
1.1A person who resolves moral problems by the application of theoretical rules to particular instances.

Origin
early 17th century: from French casuiste, from Spanish casuista, from Latin casus (see case1).

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My ideas may be specious.
With reasoning that's blurred.
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No casuist, absurd!
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈvändərˌyär
noun (plural Wanderjahre /-ˌyärə/)
chiefly North American
A year spent traveling abroad, typically immediately before or after a university or college course.

Origin
late 19th century: German, literally 'wander year'.

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Joe needed to go to work immediately to pay for his college years. His Wanderjahr consisted of a weekend at Revere Beach, the oldest public beach in America.

[Chiefly North American? Wandrjahr is a German word. Wouldn't that make it chiefly German?]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈbratl
• dialect
noun
A sharp rattling sound: a distant brattle of thunder
verb
[with object] Back to top
1Rattle (something).
1.1 [no object] Produce a rattling sound.

Origin
early 16th century: probably imitative, from a blend of break1 and rattle.

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Slim sang and prattled on to the cattle, calming them after the distant thunder's brattle. If the storm were closer, his battle for control would be harder.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌdēlekˈtāSHən
noun
• formal or • humorous
Pleasure and delight: a box of chocolates for their delectation

Origin
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin delectatio(n-), from delectare 'to charm' (see delight).

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Reading a book for delectation, Jerry also reaped the benefits of a broader vocabulary, improved imagination and a fine group of friends in the reading group.
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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: /magˈnanəməs
adjective
Very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.

Origin
mid 16th century: from Latin magnanimus (from magnus 'great' + animus 'soul') + -ous.

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Be magnanimous, share a sentence with the rest of the loyal WoTD readers!
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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: /hapˈlägrəfē
noun
The inadvertent omission of a repeated letter or letters in writing (e.g., writing philogy for philology).

Origin
late 19th century: from Greek haploos 'single' + -graphy.

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George did not endear himself to his English teacher with his intentional haplography campaign. He wrote Misisipi or sometimes even Misp to avoid any of that silly letter duplication of Mississippi. The educational dismay spilled over into geography class, of course, when that great river was part of the discussion. Never mind the history lessons with Mark Twain and his paddlewheels. Then, too, Lewis and Clark at the center of focus when they went up the Misp to the Misour on their quest for a northwest passage.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /snärf
verb
[with object] • informal , chiefly North American
Eat or drink quickly or greedily: they snarfed up frozen yogurt

Origin
1950s: perhaps imitative.

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To snarf up the chips is greedy behavior at a party with more people than bowls of snacks. Such behavior is just as disreputable as double dipping into the salsa.

[At least in my US region, the term/spelling is "scarf down". An interesting discussion of this version is found at with a connection back to "scoff". Then from there are 46 synonyms, none of which is snarf. The has "scarf down".]
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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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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /gəˈlaktəˌgäg/
a food or drug that promotes or increases the flow of a mother's milk

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I will not use a galactagogue today or ever. It would not do me, a male, any favors.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:08 pm

voralfred, I think I like your definition much better than the accepted one. In fact, it might be worth writing some actual texts with that use in mind. Lanugage is maleable, and science fiction (the future) is a perfect place to show the change of language.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /kwikˈsätik/
exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical

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Bob was equal parts pedantic and quixotic. It made him hard to live with. Betty was never sure how to take his pronouncements, Was he on track or off the rails?

[I'm thinking that I once had a children's book in which a train kept going off the tracks, shirking responsibilities. I cannot seem to find it with Internet search. Only The Little Engine that Could comes up, but the plot of that book doesn't seem to fit. Can anybody help? Am I crossing up with "Ferdinand the Bull" in my memories?]
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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: /səˈmatik, sō-
adjective
1 Of or relating to the body, especially as distinct from the mind.
1.1 Biology: Of or relating to the soma.

Origin
late 18th century: from Greek sōmatikos, from sōma 'body'.

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"Gimmie somma dat, Sammy. I got a wicked turst an' gotta relax."

Sammy passed the somatic soporific (AKA hooch).

[If somatic is intended to express distinction from the mind, why is "psychosomatic", which ties the body and mind together, the most common use?]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈfäldəˌräl, ˈfôldəˌrôl
(also falderal)
noun
1 Trivial or nonsensical fuss: all the folderol of the athletic contests and the cheerleaders
1.1 • dated A showy but useless item.

First Known Use: circa 1820

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Manny gathered his collection of paper coffee cups, carefully stacked them and put them in their case before boarding the bus. He knew that displaying them in the cities he visited was a lot of folderol, but it made him happy. Sometimes people even dropped money in. He smiled and thanked them. Early on, Manny had tried to explain he didn't need the cash. Since his lottery win, he didn't ever need to worry about money. It simply pleased him to travel by bus and to see if, in each city he visited, he could find local coffee shops with new cup designs. He had met many wonderful people.
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