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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: /pɪˈnʌmbrə/
noun (plural penumbrae /pɪˈnʌmbriː/ or penumbras)
1 The partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object.
1.1 Astronomy The shadow cast by the earth or moon over an area experiencing a partial eclipse.
1.2 Astronomy The less dark outer part of a sunspot, surrounding the core.
2 A peripheral or indeterminate area or group: an immense penumbra of theory surrounds any observation


Origin
Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin paene 'almost' + umbra 'shadow'.

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Sunlight made doing anything too hot. Sitting beneath the umbrella provided some relief with the light onshore breeze. The shadow on the sand was sharp-edged until a cloud passed over, adding a penumbra to the shading effect.

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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: /ˈʌɪkɔː/
noun
[mass noun]
1 Greek Mythology The fluid which flows like blood in the veins of the gods.
2 archaic A watery discharge from a wound.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from Greek ikhōr.

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Two days in a row, Alberto Contador crashed and scraped skin off on the tar and also what is euphemistically called "road furniture" by the race broadcasters. The result was painful to look at as he was bandaged by the medical crew, working through the open car window as Contador held on to the window's "sill." As the race continues, Contador will slowly heal, but the minimum will be a bandage soaked with ichor, if not seeping blood. Contador is one of the "gods" of professional bicycle racing, so the older Greek usage of ichor might also be fitting.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ɡuːmˈbɑː/
noun
North American informal
An associate or accomplice, especially a senior member of a criminal gang.

Origin
1960s: probably a dialect alteration of Italian compare 'godfather, friend, accomplice'.

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He's my goombah. We work together all the time. He cooks and I serve. Our barbecues are always tasty and fun.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈslaktɪvɪz(ə)m/
(also slactivism)
noun
[mass noun] informal
Actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website or application: such email alerts make slacktivism easy

Origin
Early 21st century: blend of slacker and activism.

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You, too, can be a word slacktivist. Support the WotD by subscribing to be notified when a new post occurs. Read each day's word post. Write a weird response. Really! Weird is good. Accurate word usage is entirely optional. Write to show you care. Write to show you don't care at all. Write. You don't even need to apply a stamp.

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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: /ˈtansuː/
noun (plural same)
A Japanese chest of drawers or cabinet.

Origin
Japanese.

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Originally designed for travel, the tansu chest has become a treasured, permanent fixture of our living room.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊsɛs/
noun
1 A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end: military operations could jeopardize the peace process
1.1 A natural series of changes: the ageing process
1.2 A systematic series of mechanized or chemical operations that are performed in order to produce something: the manufacturing process is relatively simple
1.3 Computing An instance of a program being executed in a multitasking operating system, typically running in an environment that protects it from other processes.
1.4 [as modifier] Printing Relating to or denoting printing using ink in three colours (cyan, magenta, and yellow) and black to produce a complete range of colour: process inks
2 Law A summons or writ requiring a person to appear in court.
3 Biology & Anatomy A natural appendage or outgrowth on or in an organism, such as a protuberance on a bone.
verb
[with object]
1 Perform a series of mechanical or chemical operations on (something) in order to change or preserve it: the salmon is quickly processed after harvest to preserve the flavour
1.1 Deal with (someone or something) using an official procedure: the immigration authorities who processed him
1.2 Computing Operate on (data) by means of a program.

Origin
Middle English: from Old French proces, from Latin processus 'progression, course', from the verb procedere (see proceed). Current senses of the verb date from the late 19th century.

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In the process of doing today's word it was necessary to progress to an alternate word. The first had been processed in the past. There might almost be a protest about using this day's word. It has appeared 52 times in posts, though never before possessed the prominence of a 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: /ˈtrʌɪʃɔː/
noun
A light three-wheeled vehicle with pedals used in Asian countries.

Origin
1940s: from tri- 'three' + rickshaw.

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Phang Do drove his trishaw around the city 18 hours every day. His family was proud. His family ate well.

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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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It is a hybrid trishaw, E.P.S.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛksplɪˈkanz/
noun (plural explicantia /ˌɛksplɪˈkantɪə/)
Philosophy
The explanation or explication given for a fact, thing, or expression. Compare with explicandum.

Origin
Late 19th century: Latin, present participle of explicare 'explain'.

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Logically, this sentence should demonstrate what explicans is, but it's confusing because the explicans usually explains what an explicandum is. Screwy, huh? Logic and philosophy mess with the mind. I wonder if that's the intent.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:45 am

To tell the truth, before I opened the "Spoiler" I would have called your previous post quite an explicandum.

But the three pictures of the spoiler, once opened, were as good an explicans as three thousand words or morer.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /θɪˈɒdɪsi/
noun (plural theodicies)
[mass noun]
The vindication of divine providence in view of the existence of evil: the question of theodicy [count noun]: those seeking a theodicy

Origin
Late 18th century: from French Théodicée, the title of a work by Leibniz, from Greek theos 'god' + dikē 'justice'.

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Someone please explain how theodicy "explains" the evil that is among us. It is the product of our fears multiplied by our hate. Evil festers in the swamp of self-righteousness, "me and mine before all others".

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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: /dɪˈɒntɪk/
adjective
1 Philosophy Relating to duty and obligation as ethical concepts.
1.1 Linguistics Expressing duty or obligation.

Origin
Mid 19th century (as noun deontics): from Greek deont- 'being needed or necessary' (from dei 'it is necessary') + -ic.

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When tension builds, deontic considerations become more than philosopical concepts. Everyone and each one in such situations must consider their duties and individual responsibilities.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌdʒ(ə)n/
noun
Hinduism
A devotional song.

Origin
From Sanskrit bhajana, from bhaj 'to honour, adore'.

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While we may be more familiar with a hymn to Him, there are other traditions around the world with the same devotional intent. The bhajan is one such.
To whom do you hum, hmm? Is there a her in your vocal focal point?

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[The singers are saying "bhajan pooja", written in Hindi lettering, "bhajan pray" which is probably not actual lyrics.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪsɪˌkʌltʃə/
noun
[mass noun]
The controlled breeding and rearing of fish.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from Latin piscis 'fish' + culture, on the pattern of words such as agriculture.

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Even the mighty salmon gets help through pisciculture to endure the modern world.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈstad(ə)l/
noun
1 A platform or framework supporting a stack or rick.
1.1 (also staddle stone) A stone, especially one resembling a mushroom in shape, supporting a framework or rick.

Origin
Old English stathol 'base, support', of Germanic origin; related to the verb stand.

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The grain was dry thanks to the staddle stone foundation. The number of smaller vermin were reduced as well.

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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: /strɛtʃ/
verb
[no object]
1 (Of something soft or elastic) be made or be capable of being made longer or wider without tearing or breaking: my jumper stretched in the wash rubber will stretch easily when pulled
1.1 [with object] Cause (something) to become longer or wider by pulling it: stretch the elastic small squares of canvas were stretched over the bamboo frame
2 Straighten or extend one’s body or a part of one’s body to its full length, typically so as to tighten one’s muscles or in order to reach something: the cat yawned and stretched [with object]: I stretched out a weary arm to turn on my radio stretching my cramped legs we lay stretched out on the sand
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Origin
Old English streccan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch strekken and German strecken. The noun dates from the late 16th century.

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