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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: Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:39 pm
by Algot Runeman


noun
\rash-uh-NAL\
1: an explanation of controlling principles of opinion, belief, practice, or phenomena
2: an underlying reason : basis

The newspaper's editorial reflected the concerns of many who questioned the rationale behind the mayor's decision.

"… the sacred trust that elected officials will share all options they've explored, identify the ones they haven't, and share the rationale behind their decisions." — Robert F. Walsh, Stratford (Connecticut) Star, January 29, 2015

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Let's be rational. We need to ration Al.
He's eating way too much. He will kill himself.
We want him around, so that's our rationale for the intervention.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:21 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /kwɑːˈfəː/ /kwɒˈfəː/
noun
A hairdresser.

Origin
Mid 19th century: French, from coiffer 'arrange the hair', in Old French 'cover with a coif' (see coif).

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John takes good care to dress, but his hair is always a mess.
No brush no comb can cure the disaster of his dome.
Whether walking dog or even cat, John should always wear a hat.
One thing that's very sure, John overpays his coiffeur.

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[[Update: Spelling weakness strikes again. "Coiffure" is the hairstyle, and that's the word my wife and I use.]]

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:14 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:59 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈwɪpəsnapə/
noun
informal
A young and inexperienced person considered to be presumptuous or overconfident: I know her better than you do, you young whippersnapper!

Origin
Late 17th century: perhaps representing whipsnapper, expressing noise and unimportance.

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I was once a wild and whimsical whippersnapper. It suited me to challenge the status quo. Though I was often "put in my place", it never cured me. It is difficult to believe I will ever grow up.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:30 am
by voralfred

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:20 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈduːfʌs/
(also dufus)
noun (plural doofuses)
North American informal
A stupid person: a doofus who paid an inflated price for a tatty house

Origin
1960s: perhaps an alteration of goofus, or from Scots doof 'dolt'.

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The character Kramer on the American TV sitcom "Seinfeld" epitomizes a doofus.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:31 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:34 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːti/
adjective (haughtier, haughtiest)
Arrogantly superior and disdainful: a look of haughty disdain a haughty British aristocrat

Origin
Mid 16th century: extended form of obsolete haught, earlier haut, from Old French, from Latin altus 'high'.

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Her highness was both haughty and a hottie.
Her station kept her from seeming merely snotty.
She was a royal beauty.
The princess was a cutie.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:45 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ/
Music
adverb & adjective
(Especially as a direction) very loud or loudly: the movement ends with a fortissimo coda
noun (plural fortissimos or fortissimi fɔːˈtɪsɪmi)
A passage performed or marked to be performed very loudly: Tchaikovsky’s fortissimos are given plenty of weight in the bass

Origin
Italian, from Latin fortissimus 'very strong'.

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Cal told his joke
With voice fortissimo.
A jolly bloke,
Though very loud, you know.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:35 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈnɒkjʊəs/
adjective
literary
Noxious, harmful, or poisonous.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from Latin nocuus (from nocere 'to hurt') + -ous.

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Drink it down, dear; no drop waste.
Bitter at the end, odd taste.
Nocuous draft, carefully placed
To send you off with painful haste.

My own quaff, taste lingers sweet.
Same color, smell, liquor neat.
You'll go. I'll stay. Your cash, my treat.
Goodbye, you beast. In hell we'll meet.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:58 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnfɪdant/
/ˌkɒnfɪˈdant/
/ˌkɒnfɪˈdɑːnt/
noun (feminine confidante pronounced same)
A person with whom one shares a secret or private matter, trusting them not to repeat it to others: a close confidante of the princess

Origin
Mid 17th century: alteration of confident (as a noun in the same sense in the early 17th century), probably to represent the pronunciation of French confidente 'having full trust'.

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Corrie was very confident that Joel was her confidant. Years of secrets, told in confidence, had never spread. What she didn't know was that he wrote a private journal. When he died, she suffered notoriety when his brother published Joel's works posthumously. Eventually, notoriety became fame, the era of Internet social media, you know. Kardashian who?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:26 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:25 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈhɒmənɪm/
noun
1 Each of two or more words having the same spelling or pronunciation but different meanings and origins (e.g. pole1 and pole2).
1.1 Biology A Latin name which is identical to that of a different organism, the newer of the two names being invalid.

Origin
Late 17th century: via Latin from Greek homōnumon, neuter of homōnumos 'having the same name', from homos 'same' + onoma 'name'.

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Babe swung a mean bat but couldn't fly like a bat.
Keep a log of how many logs we've cut flat.
Homonyms are common in our speech.
Using them is within your reach.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:22 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:05 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈlɪs(t)ləs/
adjective
(Of a person or their manner) lacking energy or enthusiasm: bouts of listless depression

Origin
Middle English: from + -less.

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Listless and lazy.
Everything hazy.
Working it through.
Tomorrow will do.

There's no need to rush.
Anxiety, hush.
Relax today.
Tomorrow's okay.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:52 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ɡʌŋk/
noun
[mass noun] informal
An unpleasantly sticky or messy substance: factories spewing out unspeakable gunk

Origin
1930s (originally US): the proprietary name of a detergent.
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Sonny went to the auto parts store to replenish his supply of parts degreaser. He was disappointed. His favorite brand, Gunk, was out of stock. He bought some off-brand product to get the gunk off greasy engine parts at his shop. The clerk said the real thing would be back in stock by next week.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:09 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˌdjuːəˈdiːnəri/
adjective
rare
Relating to or based on the number twelve.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from Latin duodenarius 'containing twelve', based on duodecim 'twelve'.

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Duodenary day,
Duodenary night,
Twice twelve hours of fun.
Some with the sun
The rest out of sight.

The AM and PM
Don't match the sun.
The offset is twelve though.
So it's good to go.
No need to shun.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:08 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:40 am
by Algot Runeman

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:07 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /pəˈtʃiːn/
/pəˈtiːn/
(also potheen)
noun
[mass noun] chiefly Irish
Alcohol made illicitly, typically from potatoes.

Origin
Early 19th century: from Irish (fuisce) poitín 'little pot (of whiskey)', diminutive of pota 'pot'.

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Poteen in the morning
A sip or two at night
Vodka from a bottle
Then everything's alright.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:58 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:57 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /fəʊkˈtrɒnɪkə/
noun
[mass noun]
A style of popular music incorporating elements of folk and electronic music: this is as perfect an example of melodic folktronica as one might hope to find [as modifier]: a folktronica band

Origin
Early 21st century: blend of folk (sense 2) of the noun) and electronica.



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Too much moonshine and poteen seem to have lead to the development of folktronica which I imagine sounds like Joan Baez singing along to a theremin.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:42 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈkɛlpi/
noun
1 A water spirit of Scottish folklore, typically taking the form of a horse and reputed to delight in the drowning of travellers.
2 A sheepdog of an Australian breed with a smooth coat, originally bred from a Scottish collie.

Origin
Late 17th century: perhaps from Scottish Gaelic cailpeach, colpach 'bullock, colt'. sense 2 apparently comes from the name of a particular bitch, King's Kelpie (circa1879).

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Riding the surf as it curls and crashes challenges the kelpie to keep up. It is a challenge willingly accepted.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:46 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪlɪwɪk/
noun
1 (one's bailiwick) One’s sphere of operations or area of interest: after the war, the Middle East remained his bailiwick
2 Law The district or jurisdiction of a bailie or bailiff: the warden had the right to arrest all poachers found within his bailiwick

Origin
Late Middle English: from bailie + wick2.

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Cranway may be the smallest town of the region, but it is Barnaby's bailiwick. The traffic going either east and west or north and south can only cross the river easily at Cranway, making it not only the center of the region, but its commercial hub as well. He and his family had made the best of it for generations.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:00 am
by Algot Runeman


Pronunciation: /fɑːˈsəː/
noun
1 A writer of or performer in farces.
1.1 A comedian: the show unearthed a generation of gifted farceurs and mimics

Origin
Late 17th century: French, from obsolete farcer 'act farces'.

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Leslie Nielsen acted angry
Or parts with suave demeanor.
But after joining "Airplane!", he
Will always be a farceur.