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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:56 am

mongrel

Pronunciation: /ˈmʌŋɡr(ə)l/
noun
1 A dog of no definable type or breed: [as modifier]: a mongrel bitch
1.1 Any animal resulting from the crossing of different breeds or types.
1.2 offensive A person of mixed descent: she was a mongrel, only half French

Origin
Late Middle English: of Germanic origin, apparently from a base meaning 'mix', and related to mingle and among.

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Purity is elusive, more an illusion than reality. Monoculture is unsustainable, requiring dangerous poisons to accomplish. Cloning is counter-productive as diseases go on mutating and adapting. Cross-breeding is known to improve diversity and species strength. Yet "mongrel" is seen as a negative word.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:46 am

emoji

Pronunciation: /ɪˈməʊdʒi/
noun (plural same or emojis)
A small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication: emoji liven up your text messages with tiny smiley faces

Origin
1990s: Japanese, from e 'picture' + moji 'letter, character'.

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Emoji, smileys and good punctuation all help to clarify a written message.

[This particular emoji appears to be crying out for dental assistance.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:21 am

Algot Runeman wrote:emoji
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[This particular emoji appears to be crying out for dental assistance.]

I would not hesitate to refer it to an asian orthodontist, emojis and all.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:15 pm

manikin

Pronunciation: /ˈmanɪkɪn/
(also mannikin)
noun
1 A very small man.
2 A jointed model of the human body, used in anatomy or as an artist’s lay figure.

Origin
Mid 16th century: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man 'man'.

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Mark moved several manikins from the art department to the pet department where he arranged them to keep an eye on the mannikins in their cages. Because the store was closed, only the mannequins looked on. Even Mark didn't notice the homunculus lurking in the corner.

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mannikin

Pronunciation: /ˈmanɪkɪn/
noun
1 A small waxbill of the Old World tropics, typically brown, black, and white and often kept as a cage bird.
Genus Lonchura, family Estrildidae: many species
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:07 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:manikin

Just to preclude any future confusion: the little guy was never named manikin pis nor mannikin piss.

It always has been and will be: Manneken Pis.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:23 pm

tumulus

Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞omyəˌləs/
noun (plural tumuli-ˌlī)
An ancient burial mound; a barrow.

Origin
Late Middle English: from Latin; related to tumere 'swell'.

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"That's just swell, we accidentally planted our garden on top of a tumulus."

[It appears that there is no etymological connection between the wheelbarrow and the barrow which is a tumulus, in spite of the fact that both sorts of barrow appear in the illustration.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:53 pm

E.P.S. wrote:It always has been and will be: Manneken Pis.
And with upper case initial letters, if you please! Image


The original word I ran into for the WotD was mannikin, the bird. From there, I also tracked the little artist's tool, the manikin, as spelled in English. Naturally, the mannequins could NOT be left out. The spelling of words has always been tricky for me. This set has my head spinning.

Now you point us to "Manneken Pis" which appears to be a statue local to your country, E.P.S.

Will the madness ever end?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:59 am

bao

Pronunciation: /bou/
(also baoziˌbouˈzē)
noun (plural same)
A Chinese steamed bread roll with a filling of meat or vegetables: the chicken bao had an excellent filling

Origin
Chinese bāo 'bun'.

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Bow down to the bao chef at this restaurant. His creations are fantastic.

[Taking a chance here. The forum won't look up short words, so I am hoping this is not a repeat.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:01 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:bao

When asked if he could cook boa bao the Vietnamese chef replied "bof ...".

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:27 am

pay·load

ˈpāˌlōd/
noun: payload; plural noun: payloads
1. the part of a vehicle's load, especially an aircraft's, from which revenue is derived; passengers and cargo.
equipment, personnel, or satellites carried by a spacecraft.
Computing - the actual information or message in transmitted data, as opposed to automatically generated metadata.
2. an explosive warhead carried by a missile.

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The fee for the pallets of electronics parts was larger than the that of the passengers in the plane's payload. Still, only the passengers received complementary nuts and a drink during the flight.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:39 am

Algot Runeman wrote:pay·load

The payload of General McAuliffe's message back to the German commander was short but forceful: "Nuts!".

I guess he meant an entirely different pair than the kind pictured below.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:30 am

entoptic

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɒptɪk/
/ɛnˈtɒptɪk/
adjective
(Of visual images) occurring or originating inside the eye.

Origin
Late 19th century: from Greek entos 'within' + optic.

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Bob's lips tightened in a rueful sneer. As his age progressed, his entopic skills had diminished. No longer could he easily imagine the pretty girls. "Floaters" had taken over completely.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:25 am

prelapsarian

Pronunciation: /ˌpriːlapˈsɛːrɪən/
adjective
Theology or literary
Characteristic of the time before the Fall of Man; innocent and unspoilt: a prelapsarian Eden of astonishing plenitude

Origin
Late 19th century: from pre- 'before' + Latin lapsus, from labi 'to fall'.

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How much fun could there have been during prelapsarian times? Two people in the whole of creation, and that talking snake.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:38 am

Algot Runeman wrote:prelapsarian

The word plenitude, meaning plenty of anything, must have a prelapsarian origin in Babelian times.

Shouldn't it be spelled plen-ti-tude instead?

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:25 am

pataphysics

Pronunciation: /ˌpatəˈfɪzɪks/
plural noun
[usually treated as singular]
The branch of philosophy that deals with an imaginary realm additional to metaphysics.

Origin
1940s: from Greek ta epi ta metaphusika, literally 'the (works) imposed on the Metaphysics'. The concept was introduced by Alfred Jarry (1873–1907), French writer of the Absurd.

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Writers of fantasy may be inadvertent practitioners of pataphysics, using their magics to provide alternatives to our staid laws of physics.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:45 am

Algot Runeman wrote:pataphysics

My grandma fervently believed in and applied pataphysics.

But at age 7, she abruptly had a change of heart and ruthlessly discarded her imaginary companion "because that friend remained too childish and made no effort to grow up".

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:21 am

blepharospasm

Pronunciation: /ˈblɛf(ə)rəʊˌspaz(ə)m/
noun
[mass noun]
Involuntary tight closure of the eyelids.

Origin
Late 19th century: from Greek blepharon 'eyelid' + spasm.

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Tony was captivated by the beautiful girl looking at him from across the room. She seemed to be giving him some sort of signal, batting her eyes at him. Unfortunately, she was just having a bout of blepharospasm.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:31 am

psychogeography

Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊdʒɪˈɒɡrəfi/
/ˌsʌɪkəʊˈdʒɒɡrəfi/
noun
[mass noun]
1 The study of the influence of geographical environment on the mind or on behaviour: a newly emerging discipline within geography is psychogeography
1.1 [in singular] The geographical environment of a particular location, typically a city, considered with regard to its influence on the mind or on behaviour: the psychogeography of London

Origin
Early 20th century: from psycho- + geography.

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New York might serve as a demonstration of psychogeography. Because EVERYONE wears black, New Yorkers achieve anonymity. Nobody stands out. It is impossible to decide who is carrying a hundred grand of diamonds an who is just headed to the dentist.

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You must specify at least one word to search for. Each word must consist of at least 5 characters and must not contain more than 14 characters excluding wildcards."

Too common? Hmm. I'll take a shot and use the word anyway.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Nov 27, 2015 9:55 am

Algot Runeman wrote:psychogeography

Actually this psychogeography reminds me very much of the psychohistory pioneered by Dr. I. Asimov and rigorously developed at Trantor's Imperial University by Prof. Dr. Hari Seldon.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:02 pm

There is something psycho-illogical about all the psych terms. Add psycho to any term and there you are, a new syndrome. I'm going to refrain from trying my hand at creating any new ones, though. We probably don't need any more. Psychogeographical silence from New England prevails.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:47 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:There is something psycho-illogical about all the psych terms. Add psycho to any term and there you are, a new syndrome.

There ought to be a beer named Psychoholic.

Though the one I'm thinking of already has a fitting name!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:07 am

hepcat

Pronunciation: /ˈhɛpkat/
noun
informal, dated
A stylish or fashionable person, especially in the sphere of jazz or popular music: it’s rock’s most waggish hepcat, on the third of his nine showbiz lives

Origin
1930s: from hep1 + cat1.

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Sadly, Bob was never a hepcat. His accomplishments were in science and sports, well at least through high school.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:55 am

telic

Pronunciation: /ˈtɛlɪk/
adjective
1 (Of an action or attitude) directed or tending to a definite end.
1.1 Linguistics (Of a verb, conjunction, or clause) expressing purpose.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek telikos 'final', from telos 'end'.

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Let there be no doubt, the telic purpose is to post this word early (if not often) [FULL STOP]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:16 am

troposphere

Pronunciation: /ˈtrɒpə(ʊ)sfɪə/
/ˈtrəʊpə(ʊ)sfɪə/
noun
The lowest region of the atmosphere, extending from the earth’s surface to a height of about 6-10 km (the lower boundary of the stratosphere).

Origin
Early 20th century: from Greek tropos 'turning' + sphere.

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Whither Weather

Whether it's a breeze that quakes the leaves
Or some dust which makes you sneeze.
And rain or snow to make you wheeze.
The trusty troposphere delivers these.

There is a spot at the upper limit.
"Thermopause" to keep water in it.
Above just ice, wet to crystals skin it.
Lest parched skin and what's in it.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:51 am

Algot Runeman wrote:troposphere

My grandpa was intensely interested in only the lower part of the troposphere, and that in a very limited area.
Just the part about as high and wide as where my grandma was standing/sitting/reclining.
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