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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:13 am

eyas

Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪəs/
noun (plural eyasses)
A young hawk, especially (in falconry) an unfledged nestling taken from the nest for training.

Origin
Late 15th century (originally nyas): from French niais, based on Latin nidus 'nest'. The initial n was lost by wrong division of a nyas; compare with adder1.

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Mark carefully handled his most recent eyas. Slow, careful motions and frequent treats were useful in getting the young hawk used to his presence. Trust between handler and bird was critical.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:24 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:eyas

Eyas?
That sounds like the name of a Tolkien character. :)

All kidding aside: in the spring of 2004 a couple of peregrine falcons furnished an apartment high up on a tower of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels, Belgium. Every year since then a pair of falcons have rented the flat and raised a family in that nest.

Here is the latest brood of 2016:

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:02 am

superius

Pronunciation: /suːˈpɪərɪəs/
noun
[mass noun]
The highest voice part in early choral music; the cantus.

Origin
Late 18th century: from Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of superior (see superior).

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Mark, Luke, John and Matthew took the superius line of the music. Mary, Maude, Betty and Sue sang the midrange line. The bass line was relegated to Karl, Pietro, Isaac and Shaseen. In spite of being polyphonic, by intent, the tune everyone remembers is the one sung by the highest voice.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Kahrey » Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:48 pm

As the chorus started into the superius part of the final performance, the man tightened his finger around the trigger, his target perfectly in his sights. He would have exactly one minute and twelve seconds to the deed, and then his sister would be free.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:02 pm

Kahrey wrote:...his target perfectly in his sights. He would have exactly one minute and twelve seconds to the deed, and then his sister would be free.


What happens? WHAT?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:31 am

theriomorphic

Pronunciation: /ˌθɪərɪə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfɪk/
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(Especially of a deity) having an animal form: gods depicted in theriomorphic form a theriomorphic vehicle

Origin
Late 19th century: from Greek thērion 'wild beast' + -morph + -ic.

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Tom was no deity, though he assumed animal form at will. Being theriomorphic was the norm in his family. The only issue was needing to be naked just before (and after) altering shape either direction.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:24 am

Algot Runeman wrote:theriomorphic

Though Johnny could handle his 494bhp Peugeot 308 R Hybrid hot hatchback very well indeed, it didn't help to get his slender frame, mediocre looks and shy appearance noticed by the girls at the beachfront.

Wish as he might, he just didn't have the theriomorphic aura his car's logo suggested.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:37 am

gastronomy

Pronunciation: /ɡaˈstrɒnəmi/
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[mass noun]
1 The practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food.
1.1 The cooking of a particular area: traditional American gastronomy

Origin
Early 19th century: from French gastronomie, from Greek gastronomia, alteration of gastrologia (see gastro-, -logy).

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Corn on the cob, creamed corn, niblets corn, corn fritters, corn dogs, corn bread; traditional American gastronomy. After such a meal, I study cosmic gas and astronomy.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Kahrey » Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:11 am

Years of eating like an a**hole was beginning to do him in. He decided to make a change and become an expert in gastronomy, hoping to undo some of the damage.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:30 am

Hey, Kahrey, have you been keeping track of my gastronomic activities for all these years? Except for that last bit, you have me pegged perfectly.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:47 am

prebuttal

Pronunciation: /priːˈbʌt(ə)l/
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(In politics) a response formulated in anticipation of a criticism; a pre-emptive rebuttal.

Origin
1990s: blend of pre- and rebuttal.

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Before you get started, consider this. Every word of the day is intended to be unused in the past. That means a word like "prebuttal" is especially helpful because it has been around for so little time, it's chance of being used like a 200-year-old word is smaller.

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All those years of dubious gastronomy provided Bob with a distinctly prebuttal appearance.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:02 am

Algot Runeman wrote:prebuttal

The referee can draw a prebuttal yellow card when he sees a player in an ESC soccer match preparing to kick an opponent in the butt.

If the kick lands the ref will show a red card instead.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:40 am

hangry

Pronunciation: /ˈhaŋɡri/
adjective (hangrier, hangriest)
informal
Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger: I get very hangry if I miss a meal

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1990s: blend of hungry and angry.

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I'm not sure what it says about my eating habits, but I have never been hangry, though perhaps perturbed if peckish.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:56 am

Algot Runeman wrote:hangry

I've been known (read: I've often caught myself) to be very hangry when a cookerelling (*) effort failed dismally and I was compelled to go find Asian take-out or microwave a home-grown Ready-Meal.

(*) Cookerelling is the anglicised version of the Dutch word kokkerellen, meaning cooking appetising food for the fun of it.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:40 am

iconolatry

Pronunciation: /ˌʌɪkəˈnɒlətri/
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[mass noun] chiefly derogatory
The worship of icons.

Origin
Early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Greek eikonolatreia, from eikōn 'likeness' + -latria 'worship'.

:worship: :worship: Image :worship: :worship:

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For years iconolatry was seen as okay, as long as it was Microsoft/Windows.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:20 am

Algot Runeman wrote:iconolatry

Don't forget that in the late Fifties, Sixties and early Seventies, well before MS Windows and Apple Mac OS, the Citroën ID and DS caused lots of controversial discussions.

These famous cars were fertile grounds for obstinate iconolatry, as well as tooth and nail iconoclasm.

You loved them or you hated them. There was no middle ground.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:32 am

lolcat

Pronunciation: /ˈlɒlkat/
(also LOLcat)
noun
(On the Internet) a photograph of a cat accompanied by a humorous caption written typically in a misspelled and grammatically incorrect version of English: whether it’s flicking through Facebook, giggling at lolcats, or snooping on shopping sites, there’s always something to pull your attention away from work [as modifier]: if you refuse to talk to your stockbroker in anything but LOLcat speak (I can haz dividend?) then you’ve got problems

Origin
Early 21st century: from LOL + cat1.

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My Saint Bernard loves our lolcat. They share quips all day. Some of them may make it to the Interwebs eventually, though they are risqué and scatalogical.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:46 am

Weltanschauung
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛltˌanʃaʊʊŋ/
noun (plural Weltanschauungen /ˈvɛltˌanʃaʊ(ə)n/)
A particular philosophy or view of life; the world view of an individual or group.

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German, from Welt 'world' + Anschauung 'perception'.

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The only group which has a valid Weltanshauung are astronauts. Everyone else is just voicing speculations.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:17 am

bothy

Pronunciation: /ˈbɒθi/
(also bothie)
noun (plural bothies)
(In Scotland) a small hut or cottage, especially one for housing farm labourers or for use as a mountain refuge.

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Late 18th century: obscurely related to Irish and Scottish Gaelic both, bothan, and perhaps to booth.

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The Doctor set the TARDIS into a shaded glen, but in spite of his hopes that it would blend in with the other mountain huts of the region, it still bore the familiar outline of a London police call box. On the other hand, it was a good deal more comfortable than a regular bothy.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:01 am

Algot Runeman wrote:bothy
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The Doctor ...
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Who ?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:40 pm

Who ?
:?


Good job. Now go sit in your bothy and pat yourself on the back. Just don't strain a muscle.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:50 am

Jotun
Pronunciation: /ˈjəʊtʊn/
noun
Scandinavian Mythology
A member of the race of giants, enemies of the gods.

Origin
From Old Norse jǫtunn, related to Old English eoten, of Germanic origin.

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Though some were run off by their fear of the giant, Odin and Thor remained to fight. They battled against Fafner, one of most fierce of the Jotun. On this Thursday, Thor and Odin prevailed, once more keeping Asgard safe.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:57 am

Algot Runeman wrote:Jotun

The Jotoki, an ancient Kzinti slave species, though evolved in Known Space, were probably unrelated to the Old Norse Jotun.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:14 pm

Kzinti were definitely good at enslaving their 'clients' but Jotun, being of Earth origin got off because of mankind's amazing level of violence. Do you think the fight would have been so balanced if either the gods or the Jotun had AR-15s? "Guns of the South" by Harry Turtledove examined that idea some years back.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:42 pm

The [Spoiler] in my previous post is fixed.
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