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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:33 am



Pronunciation: /bel mer/
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

n. A mare used by mule-herders as an aid in keeping their herds together. The mules follow the bell-mare wherever she goes. Also called madrina in the originally Spanish parts of the United States.

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The cowboys became lazy because the remuda followed the bell-mare in total trust. The cattle were not so well organized. The first bolt of lightning made a shambles of the whole mob.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /əˈdrɔɪt/
adjective
Clever or skilful: he was adroit at tax avoidance
Origin
Mid 17th century: from French, from à droit 'according to right, properly'.

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In spite of ancient prejudices, Carl, a natural lefty, impressed everyone with his adroit use of brushes to create beautiful and emotional art.

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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: /ˈʒwiːsɒ̃s/
/ʒwisɑ̃s/
noun
[mass noun] formal
Physical or intellectual pleasure, delight, or ecstasy.

Origin
French, from jouir 'enjoy'.

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We look forward to all comments with jouissance whether they are early or late, jocose or jaundiced, titillating or tendencious.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /suːpəˈranjʊeɪtɪd/
adjective
1 (Of a post or employee) belonging to a superannuation scheme: she is not superannuated and has no paid holiday
2 Outdated or obsolete through age or new developments: superannuated computing equipment a superannuated hippy

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My work here has sometimes been seen as subannuated wit because I've never grown up. It is also no surprise because I'm definitely round the bend in addition to superannuated, over the hill.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈfasɪk(ə)l/
noun
1 (also fascicule ˈfasɪkjuːl) A separately published instalment of a book or other printed work.
2 (also fasciculus faˈsɪkjʊləs) (plural fasciculi) Anatomy & Biology A bundle of structures, such as nerve or muscle fibres or conducting vessels in plants.

Origin
Late 15th century (in sense 2): from Latin fasciculus, diminutive of fascis 'bundle'.

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Pinus strobus or "White Pine" is a coniferous tree, an evergreen. One characteristic of the tree is the clustering of needles into fascicles or bundles of five relatively flexible needles. Other pines have bundles with different numbers of needles. Other conifers like fir, spruce and hemlock have needles which attach individually to the twigs. The needles actually do fall off the tree every year in the fall, but it is an older set of the needles, not the ones for the current year, so that there are always needles on the branches year-round.
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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: /ˈparəmʊə/
noun
archaic
A lover, especially the illicit partner of a married person.

Origin
Middle English: from Old French par amour 'by love'; in English the phrase was written from an early date as one word and came to be treated as a noun.

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There was a pair of people who were paramours. They'd met while on a parachute ride at the amusement park. You might say they fell for each other.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈlan(d)skeɪpɪŋ/
noun
[mass noun]
1 The process of making a garden or other piece of land more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs: we will carry out minor repair works to the building’s facade and supervise the landscaping of the extensive grounds
1.1 Pieces of land that have been landscaped: LA is a wonderful place for walking for pleasure, with great weather and beautiful landscaping and houses

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The work of landscaping
Involves some dirt scraping.
Then raking and seeding
Shrub planting and weeding.

Whether do-it-yourself
Or by hiring an elf,
The result is the same,
Put neighbors to shame.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌpʌɪrə(ʊ)ˈfɒrɪk/
adjective
1 Liable to ignite spontaneously on exposure to air: several boranes are pyrophoric and toxic
1.1 (Of an alloy) emitting sparks when scratched or struck.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin pyrophorus, from Greek purophoros 'fire-bearing', from pur 'fire' + pherein 'to bear'.

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Judy's pyrophoric personality made her friends hesitate to tell her when they saw her boyfriend out at a bar without her.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /sɛmɪˈəʊsɪs/
/ˌsiːmɪˈəʊsɪs/
noun
[mass noun] Linguistics
The process of signification in language or literature.

Origin
Early 20th century: from Greek sēmeiosis '(inference from) a sign'.

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Semiosis, whose goal is studying, clarifying and explaining the meaning of symbols and signs was not advanced one bit by today's illustration.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /səˈrəʊsɪs/
noun (plural soroses səˈrəʊsiːz)
Botany
A fleshy multiple fruit, e.g. a pineapple or mulberry, derived from the ovaries of several flowers.

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Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek sōros 'heap'.

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Mulberry wine, produced from an abundance of its sorosis fruit can unfortunately, if imbibed to excess, lead to cirrhosis (Pronunciation: /sɪˈrəʊsɪs/). It is unlikely anyone but a retired, punning science teacher would care.

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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)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:32 am



Pronunciation: /ˈmɒn(ə)lɒɡ/
noun
1A long speech by one actor in a play or film, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast programme: he was reciting some of the great monologues of Shakespeare he had a long and exacting monologue at the end of the film
1.1 A long, tedious speech by one person during a conversation: Fred carried on with his monologue as if I hadn’t spoken

Origin
Mid 17th century: from French, from Greek monologos 'speaking alone'.

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My monologue is mercifully short. So there.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:01 am



Pronunciation: /ˌlɪtəˈrɑːtɪm/
/ˌlɪtəˈreɪtɪm/
adverb
formal
(Of the copying of a text) letter by letter.

Origin
From medieval Latin.

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I wonder if literatim monastic duplication required actual literacy or merely precise, dexterous penmanship.
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