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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:50 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:noir

Though my grandma had a sunny nature and liked bright vivid colours, she had an opposite taste for chocolate. She preferred the dark kind, called "fondant chocolate" or "chocolat noir", or sometimes "couverture".

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:40 am

geniture

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛnɪtʃə/
noun
archaic
A person’s birth or parentage.

Origin
Late Middle English: from Old French geniture or Latin genitura, from the root of gignere 'beget'.

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Geniture.com revealed that he was, indeed, her descendant. He knew all along. He loved chocolate noir just as much as his great, great grandmother.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:27 am

insubstantial

Pronunciation: /ɪnsəbˈstanʃ(ə)l/
adjective
1 Lacking strength and solidity: the huts are relatively few and insubstantial insubstantial evidence
1.1 Not having physical existence: the flickering light made her face seem insubstantial

Origin
Early 17th century: from late Latin insubstantialis, from in- 'not' + substantialis (see substantial).

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And now, an insubstantial invocation of today's word. Wait, that would be a waste. While the word's meaning is something ephemeral, the word itself is there, solid and substantial. Hmm. Maybe that doesn't help either. Let's discuss an insubstantial, gossamer gown, tastefully enclosed in a fur coat so only E.P.S.'s grandfather would get to openly stare when they got home from their private box at the opera and the fur came off.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:40 am

Algot Runeman wrote:insubstantial
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... an insubstantial, gossamer gown ...

You may think you have a point.
But grandma would never be so insubstantial as to pee and let her piss run down her leg on to the pavement, and then look back to check her track.
At the very least she would have gone out of sight, behind the bushes ...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:52 pm

Ech! I doubt that the Aderyn designers would appreciate your post! :D

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:42 pm

mackle

Pronunciation: /ˈmak(ə)l/
noun
A blurred impression in printing.

Origin
Late 16th century: from French macule, from Latin macula 'stain'.

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His sign was marred by mackle.
He blamed the uneven spackle.
A second try he'd tackle.
On a smoother surface - which ruined the rhythm of the rhyme but produced a much better looking result.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:33 am

Algot Runeman wrote:mackle
Algot Runeman wrote:Ech! I doubt that the Aderyn designers would appreciate your post! :D

Oh ... I donnow ...
I can always claim to blame it on mackle.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:01 am

dree

Pronunciation: /driː/
verb (drees, dreeing, dreed)
[with object] Scottish or archaic
Endure (something burdensome or painful): he dreed pain and dolour

Origin
Old English drēogan, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse drýgja 'practise, perpetrate'.

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We dree some words and celebrate others.
Archaic, strange may not be our druthers.
Simple, direct, a word of today.
Will come again soon. Okay?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:37 am

Algot Runeman wrote:dree

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:
Algot Runeman wrote:Ech! I doubt that the Aderyn designers would appreciate your post! :D

Oh ... I donnow ...
I can always claim to blame it on mackle.

And if the Aderyn guys can't bear to accept that, then, och, they'll have to dree't ...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:07 am

homunculus

Pronunciation: /hɒˈmʌŋkjʊləs/
(also homuncule hɒˈmʌŋkjuːl)
noun (plural homunculi hɒˈmʌŋkjʊlʌɪ or homuncules)
1 A very small human or humanoid creature.
1.1 historical A microscopic but fully formed human being from which a fetus was formerly believed to develop.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of homo, homin- 'man'.

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Harry eyed the homunculus standing before him on the kitchen table. He was drunk, but the little creature didn't behave like a figment of his imagination. Besides, his imagination had never been that good. Dressed in a frock coat and top hat, it paced back and forth just beyond the edge of the placemat. It stopped by the end where there was a knife and sat on the handle. It was a little low, but worked well enough, like a log in the woods.

The creature turned to face Harry directly and spoke in a barely audible squeek. "You big oaf! Sally loves you. Get your act together. She's pregnant, you know. Tie the knot. Be a man and dry yourself out. There's a boy growing inside her who will be your son. He deserves a loving father. You need to be that for him."
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:58 am

Algot Runeman wrote:homunculus

For a while before he started using the shaman's potion, grandpa was almost a Lilliputian homunculus, but only in a particular part of his male anatomy, that is.

Grandpa *and* grandma were very happy that she had discovered the shaman's erectile remedy. It turned out to be cheaper than Viagra® and even more effective too.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:41 am

defeasible

Pronunciation: /dɪˈfiːzɪb(ə)l/
adjective
chiefly Law & Philosophy
Open in principle to revision, valid objection, forfeiture, or annulment.

Origin
Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from the stem of Old French desfesant 'undoing' (see also defeasance).

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Of this I have no doubt.
My opinion is fair stout.
Defeasible it's not.
At least, that's what I thought.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:13 am

picaro

Pronunciation: /ˈpɪkərəʊ/
noun (plural picaros)
A rogue: the main character is a picaro who lives by his wits

Origin
Early 17th century: from Spanish.

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Joel was a rogue, a cad and a bounder.
Picaro, no doubt, and yet not a lout.
Suave, debonair, with a curl in his hair.
He chased all the girls, the thin and the stout.

From young to mature, he made them his quest.
He dallied, moved on, not one was left chaste.
He never did rush, all doubts overcome.
A conquest; move on. All could be replaced.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:03 am

itinerate

Pronunciation: /ɪˈtɪnəreɪt/
/ʌɪˈtɪnəreɪt/
verb
[no object]
(Especially of a Church minister or a magistrate) travel from place to place to perform one’s professional duty: (as adjective itinerating) regular use of itinerating magistrates was made

Origin
Early 17th century: from late Latin itinerat- 'travelled', from the verb itinerari (see itinerant).

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Tech reporters itinerate, crisscrossing the globe, attending conferences, visiting trade shows, interviewing programmers and CIOs. We read their posts and articles, sometimes learning about yesterday, but sometimes getting a glimpse of tomorrow.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:35 am

Algot Runeman wrote:picaro

I'm reminded of "Tintin and the Picaros".

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:22 am

enantiodromia

Pronunciation: /ɪˌnantɪə(ʊ)ˈdrəʊmɪə/
/ɛˌnantɪə(ʊ)ˈdrəʊmɪə/
noun
[mass noun] rare
The tendency of things to change into their opposites, especially as a supposed governing principle of natural cycles and of psychological development: the remorseless enantiodromia between good luck and bad

Origin
Early 20th century: from Greek, literally 'running in opposite ways'.

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Day follows night in a routine enantiodromia. What else is new?

[It seems odd that such a common concept would have such an ungainly and rarely used word to express it.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:24 am

Algot Runeman wrote:enantiodromia

Grandma never was clear whether grandpa's erectile dysfunction was a hardware or a software problem.

Had she known the word, she might have called it a medical enantiodromia, which is a VSFW expression too.

(NO, not the girl, you satyr! The yellow symbol on the wall!)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:19 pm

What does VSFW mean?
Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows does not seem to fit...

As for the image you posted, it looks like a much more interesting parody, sorry, I mean enantiodromia, of Blake and Mortimer than this one
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:32 pm

voralfred wrote:What does VSFW mean?
Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows does not seem to fit...

It's analogous to Not Safe For Work, but in this case it's Very Safe For Work. The "medical enantiodromia" of course, not the image.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:35 am

otic

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊtɪk/
/ˈɒtɪk/
adjective
Anatomy
Relating to the ear.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from Greek ōtikos, from ous, ōt- 'ear'.

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Oh, tick why do you strive to stick
In channel otic, so unfair a trick?
I raise my leg and seek to scratch
The place you hide far deep inside.
By nails and speed my ear does bleed.
You stick and feed, and make your seed.
When you are done and all's been said,
You'll spread your kind from head to head.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:24 am

Algot Runeman wrote:otic

As a toddler my grandma had the weird habit of silently keeping her lips shaped as if to say "Oh".
My greatgrandmother did manage to rid her of that tic nerveux, but when later greatma told us that anecdote, she said that grandma used to have an otic ...

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:21 am

querist

Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪərɪst/
noun
chiefly archaic
A person who asks questions; a questioner.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from Latin quaerere 'ask' + -ist.

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It was the queerest situation
To be in conversation
With the querist of the nation.
No answer, nary explanation,
Only question, question, question.

His status was quite vexing,
And value most perplexing,
No answers, even texting,
So what value was his asking?
That is MY biggest question.

[Written in (dubious) honor of Alex Trebeck of "Jeopardy" fame.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:26 am

yod

Pronunciation: /jɒd/
noun
1 The tenth and smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
2 Phonetics The semivowel or glide j.

Origin
From Hebrew yōḏ; related to yaḏ 'hand'.

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The referee, who just happened to be a native of Boston, Mass, placed the ball two yods short of the goal line.

[Special! For today only, a one-time extra value.]

The classic Boston accent statement: "Park the car in Harvard Yard" - "pahk the cah in havahd yahd" Wikipedia

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:40 am

Algot Runeman wrote:yod
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In Belgium the Ve-Ri-Tas is not a "pahking yahd".

It's a nation-wide chain of haberdashery stores, usually hard to park close by.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:24 am

succedaneum

Pronunciation: /ˌsʌksɪˈdeɪnɪəm/
noun (plural succedanea ˌsʌksɪˈdeɪnɪə)
dated or , literary
A substitute, especially for a medicine or drug.

Origin
Early 17th century: modern Latin, neuter of Latin succedaneus 'following after', from succedere 'come close after' (see succeed).

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The generics available at my pharmacy are effective succedanea for many more expensive drugs.

[Reading the origin information made me want to write an irreverent example railing against tailgating drivers on our turnpikes. "Succedanious drivers suck and are dangerous."]
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