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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun May 10, 2015 6:23 am

decad

Pronunciation: /ˈdɛkad/
noun
technical
A group or set of ten.

Origin
Early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek dekas, decad-, from deka 'ten'.

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The teams of sport don't seem to appreciate the decad.
Baseball: nine, basketball: five, football and cricket: eleven, egad!
But then there's lacrosse. Been played with a thousand on a side
The modern game has ten, not too crowded on the bus ride.

[The word pentad has been a past WotD. This word is twice as good!]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Mon May 11, 2015 2:03 am

Algot Runeman wrote:decad

Pronunciation: /ˈdɛkad/
noun
technical
A group or set of ten.

Origin
Early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek dekas, decad-, from deka 'ten'.

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The teams of sport don't seem to appreciate the decad.
Baseball: nine, basketball: five, football and cricket: eleven, egad!
But then there's lacrosse. Been played with a thousand on a side
The modern game has ten, not too crowded on the bus ride.

[The word pentad has been a past WotD. This word is twice as good!]


In French we also have décade, twice as good as pentade, but we also have pintade, which is many, many times better than either. Alas the joke is lost in english... guineafowlade does not exist...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon May 11, 2015 5:43 am

sanative

Pronunciation: /ˈsanətɪv/
adjective
archaic
Conducive to physical or spiritual health and well-being; healing.

Origin
Late Middle English: from Old French sanatif or late Latin sanativus, from Latin sanare 'to cure'.

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Clean water is not only sanative, it is also salubrious, not to leave out healthful. Though the world's surface is covered around 70 percent with oceans of water, that's not good enough, Humans need fresh water, not salt water. Springs, trickles, streams, freshets and clean rivers are what we need.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue May 12, 2015 7:15 am

garçonnière

Pronunciation: /ˌɡɑːsɒnˈjɛː/
noun
A bachelor’s flat or set of rooms.

Origin
French, from garçon 'boy'.

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Harvey hated his garçonnière. It was too flat, no pizzazz. He tried a pool table, a huge TV, a bar. No matter. It was just a set of rooms in the end.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue May 12, 2015 9:04 am

Algot Runeman wrote:garçonnière

Be extra cautious when renting a room in Brussels, Belgium for an extended period of time.

In newspaper's classifieds, garçonnières are called pied-à-terres.
They're rented by the hour and usually located outside the red light district.

It makes me think of The Apartment and The Loft.

When I was a student (45 years ago and much less knowledgeable about colloquial French) I needed a room in Brussels for some 5 months.

After telephone calls to 8 different pied-à-terre classifieds, where nobody wanted to rent it out for just a few months, a female voice took pity on me and explained that a rented pied-à-terre is "pour faire l'amour". :oops:

I returned from the booth to the café's bar where the barkeeper noticed the reddish colour on my cheek. He pushed the intercom button and said: "Gérard, there's lipstick on the phone again! Go wipe it clean, will you?"

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed May 13, 2015 10:06 am

sequacious

Pronunciation: /sɪˈkweɪʃəs/
adjective
formal
(Of a person) lacking independence or originality of thought.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from Latin sequax, sequac- 'following' (from sequi 'follow') + -ious.

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Bob said I should write about the word "sequacious" so here it is. Bob left. What do you think I should do next?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed May 13, 2015 11:33 am

Algot Runeman wrote:sequacious
... What do you think I should do next?

Make sure it's a sequacious tree, i.e. a giant redwood, and then measure how tall it is.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu May 14, 2015 8:19 am

animadversion

Pronunciation: /ˌanɪmədˈvəːʃ(ə)n/
noun
[mass noun] formal
1 Criticism or censure: her animadversion against science
1.1 [count noun] A comment or remark, especially a critical one: animadversions that the poet receives quite humbly

Origin
Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin animadversio(n-), from the verb animadvertere (see animadvert).

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I formally announce, herewith, my animadversion for the current version of this sentence. :smash:

However, I like this one.

Are we clear?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Thu May 14, 2015 10:18 am

Algot Runeman wrote:animadversion

Pronunciation: /ˌanɪmədˈvəːʃ(ə)n/
noun
[mass noun] formal
1 Criticism or censure: her animadversion against science
1.1 [count noun] A comment or remark, especially a critical one: animadversions that the poet receives quite humbly

Origin
Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin animadversio(n-), from the verb animadvertere (see animadvert).

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I formally announce, herewith, my animadversion for the current version of this sentence. :smash:

However, I like this one.

Are we clear?


In a different thread, EPS expressed animadversion for my estimation of the amount of his reward.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu May 14, 2015 12:13 pm

voralfred wrote:
Algot Runeman wrote:animadversion
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In a different thread, EPS expressed animadversion for my estimation of the amount of his reward.

Isn't it animadversionary that on a national holiday (Ascension Day) the French suddenly have too much time on their hands?
(See Voralfred's different thread)

But wait:
Weird consequences of Ascension Thursday's floating date (for both France and Belgium):
- In 2008 Labour Day (May 1st) and Ascension Day coincided.
- The year 2035 will have an extremely rare week with 2 holidays and 3 bridge days: Labour Day on Tuesday May 1st and Ascension Day on Thursday May 3rd, resulting in a nine-day weekend! Voralfred, you've been warned!

This website (in Dutch) has an algorithm to calculate future national holidays and school vacations in Belgium, for a holiday calendar historically established but nowadays discriminating because it ignores religious holidays in all religions other than Roman Catholicism.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Thu May 14, 2015 1:33 pm

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:- The year 2035 will have an extremely rare week with 2 holidays and 3 bridge days: Labour Day on Tuesday May 1st and Ascension Day on Thursday May 3rd, resulting in a nine-day weekend! Voralfred, you've been warned!


Well, well, well.. Around 2035, I have a less than 50/50 but still not negligible chance to be still alive, considering the life expectancy for men in France. However, even if they drastically change the retirement age, I'll be comfortably retired long before then, so the I'll have no animadversion to the smaller numbers of bridge days in the few years before 2035.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri May 15, 2015 7:13 am

staccato

Pronunciation: /stəˈkɑːtəʊ/
chiefly Music
adverb & adjective
With each sound or note sharply detached or separated from the others: [as adjective]: a staccato rhythm Compare with legato, marcato.
noun (plural staccatos)
1 A piece or passage marked to be performed staccato.
1.1 A series of short, sharp sounds or words: her heels made a rapid staccato on the polished boards

Origin
Italian, literally 'detached'.

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Don't. Even. Start.

I am not a fan of this speech pattern.

Its staccato style is sadly entering the written word, esp. in short forms like phone text messages.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat May 16, 2015 6:50 am

causerie

Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊzəri/
/kozʀi/
noun (plural causeries pronounced same)
An informal article or talk, typically on a literary subject.

Origin
French, from causer 'to talk'.

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The majority of content on IBDoF is causerie, I think. It is my opinion "just because" with no academic standing to back it up. Mostly, I have academic sitting. Those chairs in the classrooms were hard and not very comfortable. Don't get me started on the lecture hall seating with those wonky little platforms that came up and folded over to be a place for your notebook. They were certainly not made for a 6'3" 250 pounder.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Mon May 18, 2015 4:22 am

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:(…)
Weird consequences of Ascension Thursday's floating date (for both France and Belgium):
- In 2008 Labour Day (May 1st) and Ascension Day coincided.
- The year 2035 will have an extremely rare week with 2 holidays and 3 bridge days: Labour Day on Tuesday May 1st and Ascension Day on Thursday May 3rd, resulting in a nine-day weekend! Voralfred, you've been warned!

This website (in Dutch) has an algorithm to calculate future national holidays and school vacations in Belgium, for a holiday calendar historically established but nowadays discriminating because it ignores religious holidays in all religions other than Roman Catholicism.


Even weirder, if in 2035, May 1st is on a tuesday, then so is May 8th, with a further bridge-day the day before, leading to an 11 days week-end….
The same situation will take place only 11 years later, in 2046. This is rather surprising, since it won't happen again till the 22nd century, and in happened only once in the 20th, in 1951.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon May 18, 2015 9:03 am

animosity

Pronunciation: /ˌanɪˈmɒsɪti/
noun (plural animosities)
[mass noun]
Strong hostility: he no longer felt any animosity towards her

Origin
Late Middle English (originally in the sense 'spirit, courage'): from Old French animosite or late Latin animositas, from animosus 'spirited', from Latin animus 'spirit, mind'. The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

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Dick's animosity exceeded all bounds. No matter who asked a question, he jumped down their throats. He expected everyone to accept his plan without reservation. He lived up to his name, Richard Tater.

[We (royal) sincerely hope that members of the forum will feel the need for animosity for today's word since animus has been used before.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon May 18, 2015 10:24 am

Algot Runeman wrote:animosity
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I feel a clear animosity towards that ominous silhouette.
I think it's because I'm reminded of a certain Adolf H.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon May 18, 2015 1:47 pm

E.P.S. - The "Dictator" silhouette was done from a photo of A.H. Good recognition skills!
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Mon May 18, 2015 5:06 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:E.P.S. - The "Dictator" silhouette was done from a photo of A.H. Good recognition skills!


Good recognition skills, indeed !
Against this ominous silhouette, although it was still anonymous, you already felt animosity. Did the verification of its origin increase the stamina of your animadversion?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue May 19, 2015 7:01 am

touché

Pronunciation: /tuːˈʃeɪ/
exclamation
1 (In fencing) used as an acknowledgement of a hit by one’s opponent.
1.1 Used as an acknowledgement during a discussion of a good or clever point made at one’s expense by another person: ‘You haven’t contributed much, this evening.’ ‘How could I have?’ ‘Touché. I do go on.’

Origin
French, literally 'touched', past participle of toucher.

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[A while back, contretemps shared a somewhat similar pedestrian illustration.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue May 19, 2015 7:58 am

Algot Runeman wrote:touché

Oh, yes!

The delightful Mouseketeers with: "Touché, Monsieur Pussycat!"

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed May 20, 2015 6:55 am

euphuist

Pronunciation: /ˈjuːfjʊɪst/
noun
A person who writes or speaks in an artificial, highly elaborate way

Origin
Late 16th century: from Euphues, the name of a character in John Lyly's prose romance of the same name (1578–80), from Greek euphuēs 'well endowed by nature', from eu 'well' + the base of phuē 'growth'.

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I may suppose, without significant evidence, that some have thought (pondered, perhaps) that my posts for WotD are odd, verbose, obscure, and that, in fact, I am an euphuist. I shall make no effort to disabuse such thoughts. Would it matter if I did? You are, after all, entitled to your opinions, whether accurate or askew. I shall continue to contribute compendia of accumulated foolishness, whether you complain, congratulate or simply stand mute.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Wed May 20, 2015 11:27 pm

Algot Runeman wrote: euphuist

Pronunciation: /ˈjuːfjʊɪst/
noun
A person who writes or speaks in an artificial, highly elaborate way

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I may suppose, without significant evidence, that some have thought (pondered, perhaps) that my posts for WotD are odd, verbose, obscure, and that, in fact, I am a euphuist. I shall make no effort to disabuse such thoughts. Would it matter if I did? You are, after all, entitled to your opinions, whether accurate or askew. I shall continue to contribute compendia of accumulated foolishness, whether you complain, congratulate or simply stand mute.


You, an euphuist ? Phooey...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu May 21, 2015 8:35 am

repugnance

Line breaks: re¦pug|nance
Pronunciation: /rɪˈpʌɡnəns/
noun
[mass noun]
Intense disgust: our repugnance at the bleeding carcasses

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Origin
Late Middle English (in the sense 'opposition'): from Old French repugnance or Latin repugnantia, from repugnare 'oppose', from re- (expressing opposition) + pugnare 'to fight'.

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Inarticulate. That's the status I have this morning as I look at yesterday's post. With kindness voralfred gently noted that I might not be an euphuist rather than a euphuist. My repugnance at myself should be noted.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu May 21, 2015 9:17 am

voralfred wrote:
Algot Runeman wrote: euphuist... I am a euphuist. ...
You, an euphuist ? Phooey...
Algot Runeman wrote:repugnance...
Inarticulate. That's the status I have this morning as I look at yesterday's post. With kindness voralfred gently noted that I might not be an euphuist rather than a euphuist.

Whether with an "n" or without, Algot's statement filled me with ... well, not repugnance, but certainly with incredulity.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri May 22, 2015 7:10 am

irrotational

Pronunciation: /ˌɪrəʊˈteɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l/
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(Especially of fluid motion) not rotational; having no rotation.

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