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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:18 pm

When you are zorbing, aren't you running inside an orb ?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:59 am

tangelo

/ˈtan(d)ʒələʊ/
noun
A hybrid of the tangerine and grapefruit.

Origin
Early 20th century: blend of tangerine and pomelo.

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Tim and Terri traipsed a tangaltz (mixing a tango and a waltz) while eating tangelos and tan Jello™. Wacky kids!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:16 am

Algot Runeman wrote:tangelo

If I can choose between a minneola and a tangelo, I'll pick the minneola any time.

For a very good refreshing drink I mix ± 0.5 liter of :
25 grams Stevia sweetener,
45 ml (1.5 oz) Passoa,
juice of 1 lemon,
juice of 1 pink grapefruit,
juice of 3-4 minneolas,
This I dilute with water to 2 liters and let cool in the fridge.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:53 am

winnow

/ˈwɪnəʊ/
verb
1 with object Blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff.
1.1 Remove (chaff) from grain.
1.2 Remove (people or things) from a group until only the best ones are left.
1.3 Find or identify (a valuable or useful part of something)
literary no object (of the wind) blow.
2.1 with object (of a bird) fan (the air) with its wings.

Origin
Old English windwian, from wind (see wind).

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In the age of digital dictionaries, we should ask lexicographers to winnow out this type of definition: "Winnower - see winnow".

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:12 am

As should be expected, the Bombieri–Winnowgradov theorem is an application of the large sieve method.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:28 am

apterous

/ˈapt(ə)rəs/
adjective
Entomology
(of an insect) having no wings.

Origin
Late 18th century: from Greek apteros (from a- ‘without’ + pteron ‘wing’) + -ous.

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Most ants are apterous while most beetles have wings, even if they are not evident.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:14 am

Algot Runeman wrote:apterous

VORALFRED !
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:32 pm

Hmmmmm....
Let's see.
You are a dentist (retired, but still).
You hair is white.
You are humanoid, but you reject the adjective apterous, so you claim to have wings. So you are an angel (auf Deutch = ein Engel).

Christian Szell :-?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:53 pm

voralfred wrote:Hmmmmm....
Let's see.
You are a dentist (retired, but still).
You hair is white.
You are humanoid, but you reject the adjective apterous, so you claim to have wings. So you are an angel (auf Deutch = ein Engel).

Christian Szell :-?

No, no, no, no, no ...
I actually mean NOT to emphasize my wingless condition.
Moreover, don't forget that "Marathon Man" has horrible scenes with "der weiße Engel", but is fiction nonetheless.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:16 am

attribute

Verb/əˈtrɪbjuːt/
Noun/ˈatrɪbjuːt/

verb
[with object]
attribute something to
1 Regard something as being caused by.
1.1 Ascribe a work or remark to (a particular author, artist, or speaker)
1.2 Regard a quality or feature as characteristic of or possessed by.
Noun
1 A quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something.
1.1 A material object recognized as symbolic of a person, especially a conventional object used in art to identify a saint or mythical figure.

Origin
Late 15th century: the noun from Old French attribut; the verb from Latin attribut- ‘allotted’: both from the verb attribuere, from ad- ‘to’ + tribuere ‘assign’.

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The number of legs is an identifying attribute of arthropods, insects well-known for six legs; spiders have eight; centipedes, in spite of the name, don't actually have 100.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:29 am

opaque

/ə(ʊ)ˈpeɪk/
adjective
1 Not able to be seen through; not transparent.
1.1 (especially of language) hard or impossible to understand.
noun
1 An opaque thing.
1.1 Photography mass noun A substance for producing opaque areas on negatives.

Origin
Late Middle English opake, from Latin opacus ‘darkened’. The current spelling (rare before the 19th century) has been influenced by the French form.

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Sometimes definitions are not enough. Some words' meanings remain completely opaque. Adding example usage sentences is good, and an illustration may also help.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:23 am

bookbinder

/ˈbʊkbʌɪndə/
noun
A person who binds books as a profession.

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Bernice was bound up in her memories. Every major event of her life had an associated handmade scrapbook. They were of superior quality, almost qualifying her as a bookbinder.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:22 am

injure

/ˈɪndʒə/
verb
1 with object Do physical harm or damage to (someone)
1.1 Suffer physical harm or damage to (a part of one's body)
2 Harm or impair (something)
2.1 archaic - Do injustice or wrong to (someone).

Origin
Late Middle English: back-formation from injury.

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Joe injured Julie. Though there was no blood, it was a brutal wound to the heart.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:51 am

shimmer

/ˈʃɪmə/
verb
[no object]
Shine with a soft, slightly wavering light.
noun
A soft, slightly wavering light.

Origin
Late Old English scymrian, of Germanic origin; related to German schimmern, also to shine. The noun dates from the early 19th century.

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The bay surface shimmered with a nearly nacreous sheen in the light of the moon and the mix of harbor lights.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:31 am

indentation

/ɪndɛnˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
1 mass noun The action of indenting or the state of being indented.
count noun ‘an indentation for each change of speaker’
2 A deep recess or notch on the edge or surface of something.

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A standard Web page does not show paragraphs with indentation. Leading "whitespace" isn't standard. The Web wasn't initially designed for publishing fiction. Good page designers have tricks to get the job done if needed.

[Random Quandry: When a dentist pulls a tooth is it an 'outdent'?]

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:07 am

Algot Runeman wrote:...
[Random Quandry: When a dentist pulls a tooth is it an 'outdent'?]
No!
It's a "pulling-my-leg" and you can let go now!

P.S. Though I'm retired and don't pull teeth anymore, I still love pulling legs ...
(why isn't there a smiley, emoji, whatever, depicting just that latter?)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:44 am

malleolus

/maˈliːələs/
noun
Anatomy
A bony projection with a shape likened to a hammer head, especially each of those on either side of the ankle.

Origin
Late 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of malleus ‘hammer’.

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Jerry hammered home the goal with a deft tap of the soccer ball with his left lateral malleolus on his way by the last defender.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:45 am

pother

/ˈpɒðə/
noun
A commotion or fuss.

Origin
Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

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I don't know why I bother your day with my disruptive pother.
I should be doing something other. Maybe even work to be an author.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:25 am

effigy

/ˈɛfɪdʒi/
noun
1 A sculpture or model of a person.
1.1 A roughly made model of a person that is made in order to be damaged or destroyed as a protest.

Origin
Mid 16th century: from Latin effigies, from effingere ‘to fashion (artistically)’, from ex- ‘out’ + fingere ‘to shape’.

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Alan admired the effigy he had made. Then he kicked it to pieces with a grim smile on his face.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:12 am

forbidden

/fəˈbɪd(ə)n/
adjective
1 Not allowed; banned.

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Magic was forbidden,
Forcing it to go hidden.
However things are bright
It remains in plain sight.
Masked as simple music
With dancing, slow and quick.

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[While topic rules require no repeats, I wonder if I can slide in today's even though verboten has been used.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:14 am

troika

/ˈtrɔɪkə/
noun
1 A Russian vehicle pulled by a team of three horses abreast.
1.1 A team of three horses for a troika.
2 A group of three people working together, especially in an administrative or managerial capacity.

Origin
Russian, from troe ‘set of three’.

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Terry traveled untroubled on his troika across the snowy tundra.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:40 am

injurious

/ɪnˈdʒʊərɪəs/
adjective
1 Causing or likely to cause damage or harm.
1.1 (of language) maliciously insulting; libellous.

Origin
Late Middle English: from French injurieux or Latin injuriosus, from injuria ‘a wrong’ (see injury).

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The WotD is intended to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain. It is never the plan to be injurious, or to make you furious, just at worst, to make you curious.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:58 am

griff

/ɡrɪf/
noun
mass noun
dated, informal
News or reliable information.

Origin
Late 19th century: abbreviation of the slang term griffin ‘a betting tip’, of unknown origin.

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I don't want the spin.
I do not need your slant.
No wink or little grin.
No sanctimonious cant.

Just dish me out the griff.
"The straight dope" will do fine.
"The skinny", not a riff.
"Fake news" is not mine!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:13 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:pother
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A commotion or fuss.
...

(Somewhat late, I know.)

Maybe J.K. Rowling should have christened him "Harry Pother"?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:31 am

bilbo

/ˈbɪlbəʊ/
noun
A sword used in former times, noted for the temper and elasticity of its blade.

Origin
Mid 16th century: from Bilboa, an earlier English form of the name Bilbao, noted for the manufacture of fine blades.

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The bilbo used by Henry's multi-great grandfather hung above the mantle. It was a prized possession which he maintained in peak condition.

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[Please note: Henry's great-great... was not Bilbo Baggins.]
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