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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:13 am

acrophobia

Pronunciation: /ˌakrəˈfəʊbɪə/
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[mass noun]
Extreme or irrational fear of heights.

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Late 19th century: from Greek akron 'summit' + -phobia.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:29 am

Algot Runeman wrote:acrophobia

My grandma never saw the Acropolis in person.

Not because she had acrophobia. No, no. She just never happened to visit Athens.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:15 am

simpatico

Pronunciation: /sɪmˈpatɪkəʊ/
adjective
1 (Of a person) likeable and easy to get on with: the inspector was a charming man, so simpatico an elegant, simpatico boy whom I often saw and talked to
1.1 Having or characterized by shared attributes or interests; compatible: a simpatico relationship

Origin
Italian and Spanish.

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Bill, Ben and Bob always worked well together. Their friends universally thought they were simpatico. Perhaps it was because they were so much alike.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:02 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:simpatico

Are you plugging the "¡Three Amigos!"?
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Well, to counter that, I shall plug in a Flemish singer.
Ray Mondo aka Jacques Raymond with his "You're So Simpatico".
The music is old-fashioned and cheesy, but his performance as a crooner is top level.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:00 pm

Ray Mondo is, indeed a simpatico crooner. I wonder if my memory is weak. I do not remember a US version of this song. Nope, a quick Gurgle search only shows the Ray Mondo version on the first page. I'm sure if Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin, etc. had done a cover, they would be listed right away. This was the year of my high school graduation, and I do not think "You're So Simpatico" was on the top 40 charts at the time. It would, of course, have had too much rock and roll competition. "Fun, Fun, Fun" by the Beach Boys was dropping off the top, down from 33 the first week of 1964 though I felt that group was very simpatico and still have some of their music on my computer playlist.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:32 am

feuilleton

Pronunciation: /ˈfəːɪtɒ̃/
noun
1 A part of a newspaper or magazine devoted to fiction, criticism, or light literature: her sharp wit has made her one of Russia’s masters of the literary feuilleton
1.1 An article printed in a feuilleton.

Origin
Mid 19th century: French, from feuillet, diminutive of feuille 'leaf'.

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Hugh Heffner's magazine gained credibility by including articles and fiction, a feuilleton which gave many men the opportunity to say "I buy Playboy for the articles. Of course, the photos were frequently a Barbie Doll™ fiction as representations of womankind.

[I am not sure today's illustration catches the "fiction" aspect of today's word, but that was the intent of the attempt. E.P.S. Look closely at the back cover of the magazine.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:21 am

bibliolater

Pronunciation: /bɪblɪˈɒlətə/
noun
1 A person who is passionately enthusiastic about books: maybe literature doesn’t really have the power that bibliolaters like to claim
2 A person who interprets the Bible on an extremely literal level: bibliolaters would point to this passage as an amazing example of prophecy

Origin
Mid 19th century: from biblio- + -later.

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Professor Warneike, chair of the university's literature department, was a bibliolater. He was especially happy to hold forth on a subject when he could lecture from books he had written himself.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:21 am

motoric

Pronunciation: /məʊˈtɔːrɪk/
/məʊˈtɒrɪk/
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1 Physiology Relating to muscular movement: the infants' motoric and linguistic capabilities
2 (usually motorik) (Of music) marked by a repetitive beat suggestive of mechanized action or movement: the motorik pulse of 70's Krautrock

Origin
Late 19th century: from motor + -ic, after German Motorik 'motor functions'.

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Parkinson's disease is a progressive deterioration of motoric functions, often beginning with shakiness of the hands.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:00 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:motoric

Before grandma sent grandpa to consult the shaman, they, singly and together, already had consulted several specialists and alleged experts.

One of them, a neurologist after conducting a few tests, had assured grandpa that his higher motoric functions were fully operational and totally unaffected.

Whereupon grandpa insisted that grandma was mainly interested not in his upper, but in his *lower* functions.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:37 am

diagnosis

Pronunciation: /ˌdʌɪəɡˈnəʊsɪs/
noun (plural diagnoses /ˌdʌɪəɡˈnəʊsiːz/)
[mass noun]
1 The identification of the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms: early diagnosis and treatment are essential [count noun]: a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease was made
2 The distinctive characterization in precise terms of a genus, species, or phenomenon.

Origin
Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek, from diagignōskein 'distinguish, discern', from dia 'apart' + gignōskein 'recognize, know'.

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The diagnosis for the eighty-eight-year-old witch was crone's disease.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:18 am

Trustafarian

Pronunciation: /trʌstəˈfɛːrɪən/
noun
informal
A wealthy young person who adopts an alternative lifestyle incorporating elements from non-Western cultures.

Origin
1990s: blend of trust fund and Rastafarian.

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Tom turned slowly from youth. He grew gradually from a schoolboy to a broad minded Trustafarian. Finally, however, he returned to his roots. Dad's money ran out. Tom got a job at Chase Bank. His steady, mellow attitude helped him efficiently clean and polish the floors overnight.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:58 am

static

Pronunciation: /ˈstatɪk/
adjective
1 Lacking in movement, action, or change, especially in an undesirable or uninteresting way: demand has grown in what was a fairly static market the whole ballet appeared too static
1.1 Computing (Of a process or variable) not able to be changed during a set period, for example while a program is running.
2 Physics Concerned with bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium. Often contrasted with dynamic.
2.1 Acting as weight but not moving.
2.2 Relating to statics.
3 (Of an electric charge) having gathered on or in an object that cannot conduct a current: the film is vulnerable to the collection of static charges
4 Computing (Of a memory or store) not needing to be periodically refreshed by an applied voltage.
noun
[mass noun]
1 Crackling or hissing noises on a telephone, radio, or other telecommunication system: the phone was full of static that sounded distant
1.1 short for static electricity. she felt the tingle of static from the cat’s fur
1.2 North American informal Angry or critical talk or behaviour: the reception was going sour, breaking up into static

Origin
Late 16th century (denoting the science of weight and its effects): via modern Latin from Greek statikē (tekhnē) 'science of weighing'; the adjective from modern Latin staticus, from Greek statikos 'causing to stand', from the verb histanai. Sense 1 of the adjective dates from the mid 19th century.

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There could be no standing pat. Drastic measures were required. Once the static invaded Markon's speech he was doomed to a reboot. If robots can be afraid, then that was Markon's present state.

[As always, huge credit to Nate Piekos (Blambot) who creates fonts for us to use and who also thought up the static speech bubble.]
[When a search for "static" showed 309 uses in WotD posts, I simply blew past the barrier. No stasis. Already in motion.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:37 am

lobule

Pronunciation: /ˈlɒbjuːl/
noun
chiefly Anatomy
A small lobe.

Origin
Late 17th century: from lobe, on the pattern of words such as globule.

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Lasse linked the mouse to the scope. His testing was benign. The externally attached electronic "probes" were working perfectly, giving clear, accurate readings through the skin and bone of the skull. He was ecstatic. Though he still needed a microscope to correctly position them, these latest devices worked just as well as the ones he had formerly attached directly to the "lobules" of mouse brains. He couldn't help calling them lobules because they were so small. Human testing on the full-size brain lobes was next. Lasse was sure he would sell the probe design for millions.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:55 am

chimichanga

Pronunciation: /ˌtʃɪmɪˈtʃaŋɡə/
noun
A tortilla rolled round a savoury filling and deep-fried.

Origin
Mexican Spanish, literally 'trinket'.

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Carlos consumed copious quantities of chimichangas, refried beans spicy rice and quacamolé. Afterward, he set off to work. Pity his fellow employees.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:08 am

Algot Runeman wrote:chimichanga

In all honesty, I'm afraid that the words bibliolater, Trustafarian, lobule and chimichanga are just so much static to me.

Though never having tasted the latter, I might be positively surprised and like it. It sure sounds and looks tasty. Especially if served with kimchi, as a pairing of two antipodal dishes.

Chimichanga with a kimchi side dish. Possibly very yummy?
But possibly devastating to the roll of toilet paper!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:28 pm

YUM!

Hasn't that mixing of dishes been recently known as "fusion cuisine"?

Pregnant women have all the luck, perhaps getting to combine things like kimchi and chimichangas the same way they do pickles and ice cream.

My personal favorite dish of Mexican origin is arroz con camarones, a shrimp-based stew over Spanish rice, usually served with refried beans and a guacamole/sour cream topped salad. Unfortunately, the nearest restaurant serving it is 45 minutes away so we settle for what closer restaurants are serving when we don't eat at home.

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[What do you think, E.P.S., shall I seek less esoteric words rather than taking what comes our way from ODO? I would also like to think the words of our focus have a chance of actually being used beyond this forum. All other participants, please chime in as well.]

For what it is worth, I do get an odd image popping into my head when I see the term "fusion cuisine."

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:26 am

tender 1

Pronunciation: /ˈtɛndə/
adjective (tenderer, tenderest)
1 Showing gentleness, kindness, and affection: he was being so kind and tender she covered his face with tender kisses
2 (Of a part of the body) sensitive to pain: the pale, tender skin of her forearm
2.1 (Of a plant) easily injured by severe weather and therefore needing protection: pelargoniums are colourful but tender plants
2.2 Requiring tact or careful handling: the issue of conscription was a particularly tender one
3 (Of food) easy to cut or chew; not tough: tender green beans
4 Young, inexperienced, or vulnerable: he started sailing at the tender age of ten
5 Nautical (Of a ship) leaning or readily inclined to roll in response to the wind.

Origin
Middle English: from Old French tendre, from Latin tener 'tender, delicate'.

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I don't mean to step on anyone's tender toes, but I must state that I adore words like this, with more definitions and shades of meaning than I can write in one post.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:33 am

Algot Runeman wrote:tender

Spies and undercover agents have handlers (and handles) and sports people have coaches (and coachers).

Likewise grandma was, besides all the other applicable meanings of the word, grandpa's tender, and vice versa of course.

Just as a Flying Scotsman tender cares for its engine.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun May 01, 2016 6:08 am

wrench

Pronunciation: /rɛn(t)ʃ/
noun
1 A sudden violent twist or pull: with a wrench Tony wriggled free
2 A feeling of sadness or distress caused by one’s own or another’s departure: it will be a real wrench to leave after eight years
3 An adjustable tool like a spanner, used for gripping and turning nuts or bolts: you will need a wrench to tighten it in position

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The rust let go with the final wrench of the wrench. The final bolt was free. Charlie's success also elicited a wrenching sadness that the job was over.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun May 01, 2016 6:48 am

Algot Runeman wrote:wrench

A long time ago, in high school, I had a crush on a pretty, very tall girl, three inches taller than I.
(I still love women taller than I. :D )

One day when asked, she told me she didn't want to date me because I was too short.

From that day on, I called the wench "Monkey Wrench".

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Mon May 02, 2016 12:05 am

Algot Runeman wrote:(...)
[What do you think, E.P.S., shall I seek less esoteric words rather than taking what comes our way from ODO? I would also like to think the words of our focus have a chance of actually being used beyond this forum. All other participants, please chime in as well.]
(...)


Well, as a matter of fact I do enjoy the variety of ODO's words (unless they recycle words used previously, in which case I do appreciate your efforts to offer us a substitute). They do enrich my vocabulary, and are often amusing by themselves. I do admire your ability to create a sentence for each of them.
As for not participating more often, I regret to confess that I often try to think of something funny to add, but I don't have the kind of mindset for that. Sometimes in order to participate, if the word offers this opportunity, I post a non-funny comment about the "faux-ami" aspect of the word in french. But it is a bit different from the main idea of the game, and I am afraid to be boring. I would not want to offend tender sensitivities by pontificating too much on the difference between english and french...

PS: yes, yes, pontificating was a WoTD word, some time ago...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon May 02, 2016 7:59 am

dissensus

Pronunciation: /dɪˈsɛnsəs/
noun
[mass noun]
Widespread dissent: the ‘shame’ attached to being held responsible for social dissensus

Origin
1960s: from dis- (expressing reversal) + a shortened form of consensus, or from Latin dissensus 'disagreement'.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon May 02, 2016 9:18 am

Algot Runeman wrote:dissensus

Two Sansas means dissensus.
Fortunately GoT has only one.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Mon May 02, 2016 5:49 pm

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:
Algot Runeman wrote:dissensus

Two Sansas means dissensus.
Fortunately GoT has only one.

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Well, in french you'd need ten Sansas to make a dix-sensus.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue May 03, 2016 5:35 am

voralfred wrote:Well, in french you'd need ten Sansas to make a dix-sensus.

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