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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:18 am



Pronunciation: /ˈhefā
noun
US • informal
A boss or leader; a person in charge of something.

Origin
late 19th century: Spanish from French chef 'chief'.

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"Hola, Jefe. What do you need done today?" was Manolo's greeting as he walked in the shop, early for his shift by half an hour, as usual. He was ready for anything.
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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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voralfred, we could never accuse you of "excessive" folderol. :D
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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 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:43 am

E.P.S., have you read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell? One thread of the multi-threaded story takes place in the city of Bruges. It sounds like a beautiful place, in spite of the dark nature of the story thread from the book. Checking with Google and Wikipedia, I see that Bruges is in your section of Belgium. I wonder if the portrayal of Bruges is well done in the book or is just a bunch of folderol with details from travel books snarfed up by the author.
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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: /ˈwidərˌSHinz
(also withershins)
adverb
chiefly Scottish
In a direction contrary to the sun’s course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise.

Origin
early 16th century: from Middle Low German weddersins, from Middle High German widersinnes, from wider 'against' + sin 'direction'; the second element was associated with Scots sin 'sun'.

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Horace Greeley was probably not thinking of anti-widdershins luck when he recommended, "" during the expansion of the American population after the US Civil War.

[It is a little odd, from my perspective, that widdershins as 'counterclockwise' represents going east. I think of looking north at my maps which suggests clockwise for eastbound travel. Looking at the face of a clock with hands, counterclockwise looks like moving west as well. The entry indicates that the point of view is from the "Arctic Circle" or as if standing at the north pole.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈfäsik
verb
[no object] Australian/New Zealand • informal
1Rummage; search: he spent years fossicking through documents
1.1Search for gold in abandoned workings.

Origin
mid 19th century (referring to mining): probably from the English dialect sense 'obtain by asking' (i.e., 'ferret out').

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Archaeologists make a profession of fossiking through someone's cast-offs. Though they collect many a cracked pot, they generally are not called crackpots.
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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: /snärk
noun
An imaginary animal (used to refer to someone or something that is difficult to track down).

Origin
1876: nonsense word coined by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark.

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With no intention to be flippant, I admit, I've never seen a snark. Then again, I've never seen a unicorn either. That does not mean I'll stop looking. Imagine that!
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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: /grāZH
noun
A color between beige and gray.

Origin
blend of gray1 and beige, perhaps influenced by French grège 'raw (silk)'.

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Earle Grey acknowledged that he turned to tea because his art was marred by colorblindness. Gray was greige as often as beige. Pink was too pale to parse.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌverəsəˈmiliˌt(y)o͞od
noun
The appearance of being true or real: the detail gives the novel some verisimilitude

Origin
early 17th century: from Latin verisimilitudo, from verisimilis 'probable', from veri (genitive of verus 'true') + similis 'like'.

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Harmon gazed with love at his wife, Gertrude.
Though she wasn't formed of flesh and bone.
Her being was mere verisimilitude.
An android, with synthoskin alone.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈekstrəˌdäs
noun (plural same or extradoses)
Architecture
The upper or outer curve of an arch. Often contrasted with intrados.

Origin
late 18th century: from French, from Latin extra 'outside' + French dos 'back' (from Latin dorsum).

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Archie gazed lovingly at the doorway. No simple lintel squared across the top. Instead, there was the sturdy curve of voussoirs, the wedged stones which made the arch over the entrance. Archie especially liked it when the "extrados", the upper surfaces of each stone, were extended from the building's face with decorative carvings in the stone.

[The wings of an airplane have the term extrados applied to the upper, curved surface, too.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /rāT͟H, raTH
adjective
• archaic • literary
1 (Of a person or their actions) prompt and eager.
1.1 (Of flowers or fruit) blooming or ripening early in the year.

Origin
Old English hræth, hræd, of Germanic origin; perhaps related to the base of rash1.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈkôrˌvīn
adjective
Of or like a raven or crow, especially in color.

Origin
mid 17th century: from Latin corvinus, from corvus 'raven'.

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The raven-haired beauty swept across the room, drawing the gaze of every male there. It may not have been her corvine hair alone that drew their attention.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌmetsəˈlo͞onə
noun
A utensil for chopping herbs, vegetables, etc., with a semicircular blade and a handle at each end.

Origin
1950s: from Italian, literally 'half moon'.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /līˈkanTHrəpē
noun
1The supernatural transformation of a person into a wolf, as recounted in folk tales.
1.1 • archaic A form of madness involving the delusion of being an animal, usually a wolf, with correspondingly altered behavior.

Origin
late 16th century (as a supposed form of madness): from modern Latin lycanthropia, from Greek lukanthrōpia, from lukos 'wolf' + anthrōpos 'human being, man'.

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Like Aunt Thropé, Joe enjoyed study of ancestry. In his case, it meant tracing his roots through the lore of lycathropy, too.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈhätˌspər
a rash, impetuous person

Origin: the nickname of Sir Henry Percy (see Percy, Sir Henry).

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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: /iˈso͝orēənt
adjective
• archaic
Hungry or greedy.

Origin
late 17th century: from Latin esurient- 'being hungry', from the verb esurire, from esse 'eat'.

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Don't be too esurient for the WotD this week. Conference duties disturb verbal distribution.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈleksikəl
adjective
1 Of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language: lexical analysis
1.1 Relating to or of the nature of a lexicon or dictionary: a lexical entry

Origin
mid 19th century: from Greek lexikos 'of words' (from lexis 'word') + -al.

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The wonderful WotD clan leads the lexical league in love of language, AKA words.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈrēbəs
noun (plural rebuses)

1 A puzzle in which words are represented by combinations of pictures and individual letters; for instance, apex might be represented by a picture of an ape followed by a letter X.
1.1 • historical An ornamental device associated with a person to whose name it punningly alludes.

Origin
early 17th century: from French rébus, from Latin rebus, ablative plural of res 'thing'.

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