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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:14 am



Pronunciation: /ˈbʊlrʌʃ/
(also bullrush)
noun
1 A tall reed-like water plant with strap-like leaves and a dark brown velvety cylindrical head of numerous tiny flowers. Also called reed mace.
Genus Typha, family Typhaceae: several species, in particular T. latifolia.
2 another term for clubrush.
3 (In biblical use) a papyrus plant.

Origin
Late Middle English: probably from bull1 in the sense 'large or coarse', as in words such as bullfrog.

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Bulrush, as I understand from the perspective of a US native, is the British/European term used for a widespread wetlands plant. Though also used that way in the US, the more common term is "cattail" and there's an entirely different grassy plant relative, Scirpus which I've seen called bulrush, too. (All of this is NOT to be confused with a "bull rush" which is a technique used by defensive players in American football, pushing the offensive lineman backwards. (Oh, and these plants have absolutely nothing to do with a bull in a hurry, so what's he doing in the image?)

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[No matter how you look at it, that's a lot of bull.]
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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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Hidden image, indeed! Like, maybe, turning over the Victorian leaf?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiːlʌɪn/
adjective
1 Relating to or affecting cats or other members of the cat family: feline leukaemia
1.1 Resembling or suggestive of a cat: he moved with feline grace
noun
A cat or other member of the cat family.

Origin
Late 17th century: from Latin felinus, from feles 'cat'.

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While all felines exhibit a certain grace, but they are not all equal in their regal nature.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊʃɪə(ʊ)lɛkt/ Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊsɪə(ʊ)lɛkt/
noun
The dialect of a particular social class.

Origin
1970s: from socio- + -lect as in dialect.

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Meeting on the street, they spoke. Though they understood what the other had said, it was clear from the different sociolects that they had not come from the same background. (It probably didn't help that neither one knew how to spell very well.)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrakɑː/
noun (plural same /ˈfrakɑːz/ or US fracases)
A noisy disturbance or quarrel: the fracas was broken up by stewards

Origin
Early 18th century: French, from fracasser, from Italian fracassare 'make an uproar'.

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For some, especially those overflowing with testosterone, any excuse is good enough to start a fracas.

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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: /ˈsuːzəfəʊn/
noun
An American form of tuba with a wide bell pointing forward above the player’s head, used in marching bands.

Origin
1920s: named after J. P. Sousa (see Sousa, John Philip), on the pattern of saxophone.

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Tony toted his sousaphone proudly as Terry plodded placidly before him with the smaller, traditional tuba. Neither one particularly envied Louis with his trombone who had his own bassless fears to endure.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:20 am



Pronunciation: /ˈpɪmpənɛl/
noun
A small European plant of the primrose family, with creeping stems and flat five-petalled flowers.
Genera Anagallis and Lysimachia, family Primulaceae: several species, in particular the scarlet pimpernel.

Origin
Late Middle English (denoting the great burnet and the salad burnet): from Old French pimpernelle, based on Latin piper 'pepper' (because of the resemblance of the burnet's fruit to a peppercorn).

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I'm not sure i have seen the plant called a pimpernel, I think I read the book The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy when I was young. There is no doubt I have seen the movie.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:32 am

I note that Youtube has the 1934 version of The Scarlet Pimpernel available: I plan to watch during my next available hour and a half.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌmbr(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ˈtʌmbrɪl/
(also tumbrel)
noun
historical
1 An open cart that tilted backwards to empty out its load, in particular one used to convey condemned prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution.
1.1 A two-wheeled covered cart which carried tools or ammunition for an army.

Origin
Middle English (originally denoting a type of cucking-stool): from Old French tomberel, from tomber 'to fall'.

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Teeming throngs watched with glee as the tumbril passed, carrying a morning load of former aristocrats bound for a meeting with Madame Guillotine. In the square, their heads would roll and the throng would shout itself hoarse at the repeating clunk of the bloody blade. "The Terror" ruled the country.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌŋɡəʊ/
noun (plural fungoes or fungos)
1 (also fungo fly) Baseball A fly ball hit for practice.
1.1 (also fungo bat or stick) A long lightweight bat for hitting practice balls to fielders.

Origin
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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Frank was the perfect coach for the outfield. He could hit a hundred fungoes, one right after another, to any spot on the field, making each fielder race forward, backward or to either side to make the catch.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈantɪtʌɪp/
noun
1 A person or thing that represents the opposite of someone or something else: the antitype of female virtue
2 Something that is represented by a symbol.

Origin
Early 17th century: from late Latin antitypus, from Greek antitupos 'corresponding as an impression to the die', from anti 'against, opposite' + tupos 'type, a stamp'.

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Despite their being brothers and fraternal twins, Bob and Ben were opposites, antitypes, as it were. If Bob was happy, Ben was grumpy. If Bob laughed then Ben typically scowled.

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(Bob and Ben are merely symbols of reality, being cartoon faces without bodies or real flesh and blood. Perhaps that makes them both antitypes in the second sense.)

[Perhaps the next illustration demonstrates the "type" vs antitype relationship in yet another way (based on the etymology of the words)]

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /tranˈsɛnd/
Pronunciation: /trɑːnˈsɛnd/
verb
[with object]
1 Be or go beyond the range or limits of (a field of activity or conceptual sphere): this was an issue transcending party politics
1.1 Surpass (a person or achievement): he doubts that he will ever transcend Shakespeare

Origin
Middle English: from Old French transcendre or Latin transcendere, from trans- 'across' + scandere 'climb'.

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Mary succeeded far beyond her wildest dreams. She blasted past her own personal best by thirty-two seconds and transcended the Olympic record in the process.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:46 pm



Pronunciation: /ˈrɛvəl(j)uːt/
adjective
Botany
(Especially of the edge of a leaf) curved or curled back.

Origin
Mid 18th century: from Latin revolutus 'unrolled', past participle of revolvere (see revolve).

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A fairly well-known example of revolute leaves is the rhododendron, a broadleaf evergreen whose leaves remain through the winter, but the colder it gets, the more tightly they curl so they do not lose moisture as quickly as they otherwise might. In essence, the leaves become closer to the needle shape of the better-known evergreens like pine and spruce.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʊlkeɪ/
Pronunciation: /ˈpʊlki/
noun
[mass noun]
A Mexican alcoholic drink made by fermenting sap from the maguey plant.

Origin
Via American Spanish from Nahuatl puliúhki 'decomposed'.

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Miguel mananged to manipulate his glass of pulque from the table to his lips. After starting his second bottle, it was a harder job than before.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:36 am

Oh, well said, E.P.S., Acapulque indeed.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrɪɡəməs/
adjective
Having three wives or husbands at the same time.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from Greek trigamos (from tri- 'three' + gamos 'marriage') + -ous. The nouns trigamist and trigamy date from the mid 17th century.

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It had been so much fun being bigamous that Joe decided to try being trigamous. For the record, none of his wives was called Polly.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /sɛpˈtɛnɪəm/
noun (plural septennia /sɛpˈtɛnɪə/ or septenniums)
rare
A specified period of seven years.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from late Latin, from Latin septem 'seven' + annus 'year'.

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Whigs and wonks from 1716 gave themselves control (what else?) by passing an increase for the maximum parliamentary term, extending it from three years to seven. Subsequently, British government worked from one septennium to the next.

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