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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:42 am
by Algot Runeman
affiance

/əˈfʌɪəns/
verb
literary - be affianced - Be engaged to marry.

Origin
Late 15th century from Old French afiancer, from afier ‘promise, entrust’, from medieval Latin affidare ‘declare on oath’, from ad- ‘towards’ + fides ‘trust’.

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Soon after their initial glance,
Ben decided to take a chance
And asked sweet Barbara to the dance
Which bloomed into deep romance.
Tonight he plans to affiance.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:27 am
by Algot Runeman
sanctimonious

/ˌsaŋ(k)tɪˈməʊnɪəs/
adjective
derogatory
Making a show of being morally superior to other people.

Origin
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘holy in character’): from Latin sanctimonia ‘sanctity’ (from sanctus ‘holy’) + -ous.

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Speaking entirely for myself, Sundays are perfect for being sanctimonious.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:41 am
by Algot Runeman
dovetail

/ˈdʌvteɪl/
noun
1 A joint formed by one or more tapered projections (tenons) on one piece which interlock with corresponding notches or recesses (mortises) in another.
1.1 A tenon used in a dovetail joint, typically wider at its extremity.
verb
1 with object Join together by means of a dovetail.
2 Fit or cause to fit together easily and conveniently.

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As an amateur woodworker, Bob practiced hand cutting dovetail joints for his drawers.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:08 am
by Algot Runeman
laureate

/ˈlɒrɪət/ /ˈlɔːrɪət/
noun
1 A person who is honoured with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement.
1.1 short for Poet Laureate
adjective
1 literary Wreathed with laurel as a mark of honour.
1.1 (of a crown or wreath) consisting of laurel.

Origin
Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin laureatus, from laurea ‘laurel wreath’, from laurus ‘laurel’.

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It is not enough to be aureate, merely the color of gold. To be truly important, you must be judged a laureate.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:24 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:laureate
Often when I cook Arrabiatta sauce with ground beef to go with capellini, I somehow need to remind myself to add laureate leaves, origami powder and dried balsamic.
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(I hate it when people keep drilling their fork in a paper plate.)

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:23 am
by Algot Runeman
stringent

/ˈstrɪn(d)ʒ(ə)nt/
adjective
(of regulations, requirements, or conditions) strict, precise, and exacting.

Origin
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘compelling, convincing’): from Latin stringent- ‘drawing tight’, from the verb stringere.

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The customs agency imposed new, more stringent rules.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:08 am
by Algot Runeman
utter

Definition 1
/ˈʌtə/
adjective
attributive
Complete; absolute.

Origin
Old English ūtera, ūttra ‘outer’, comparative of ūt ‘out’; compare with outer.
Definition 2
verb
[with object]
1 Make (a sound) with one's voice.
1.1 Say (something) aloud.
2 Law
Put (forged money) into circulation.

Origin
Late Middle English from Middle Dutch ūteren ‘speak, make known, give currency to coins’.

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Earle uttered a string of curses in utter disregard of the young families surrounding him.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:31 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:utter
"I'm awbully sorry. When I habe a bad gold, my dose glogs ub and I gan't udder gonsonands gorregtly!"

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:08 am
by Algot Runeman
"I'm awbully sorry. When I habe a bad gold, my dose glogs ub and I gan't udder gonsonands gorregtly!"
All is forgiven.
Get well soon. :smash:

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:47 am
by Algot Runeman
variance

/ˈvɛːrɪəns/
noun
1 mass noun - The fact or quality of being different, divergent, or inconsistent.
count noun - ‘the stylistic variances of classical dance’
1.1 The state or fact of disagreeing or quarrelling.
1.2 Law - count noun A discrepancy between two statements or documents.
1.3 Statistics - A quantity equal to the square of the standard deviation.
2 US Law - An official dispensation from a rule or regulation, typically a building regulation.

Origin
Middle English via Old French from Latin variantia ‘difference’, from the verb variare (see vary).

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Variance from the norm is common. That does not mean being "different" is accepted. Groups have their rules, written and unwritten. We face peril if we defy expectations.

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It is at variance with IBDoF WotD Thread rules for me to re-use a word previously used as a focus. I would not be exculpated if I tried.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:56 am
by Algot Runeman
footer

/ˈfʊtə/
noun
1 in combination A person or thing of a specified number of feet in length or height.
1.1 A kick of a football performed with a specified foot.
2 variant of footy
3 A line or block of text appearing at the foot of each page of a book or document.

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As a six-footer, I overlook many. Um, I mean I stand above them. Er, Hmm. Sorry!

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Words are a game. Sometimes I play alone, but you are welcome to play, too.
(Here at IBDoF, signature lines serve as a post footer.)

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:01 am
by Algot Runeman
mosaic Definition 1
noun
1 A picture or pattern produced by arranging together small pieces of stone, tile, glass, etc.
mass noun - ‘the walls and vaults are decorated by marble and mosaic’
1.1 A colourful and variegated pattern.
1.2 A combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole.
1.3 An arrangement of photosensitive elements in a television camera.
2 Biology - An individual (especially an animal) composed of cells of two genetically different types.

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Molly made mosaics from abaculi of all sorts. Not all were permanent installations.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:56 am
by Algot Runeman
leafy

/ˈliːfi/
adjective leafier, leafiest
1 Having many leaves or much foliage.
1.1 (of a plant) producing or grown for its broad-bladed leaves.
1.2 Resembling a leaf or leaves.

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Louis leapt about in his leafy long johns.
His team had won the weekly palm fronds.
But his joy went completely unremarked
By the ducks and fish in the local ponds.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:01 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:leafy
If all the LMB-books I have would be bound together, it would be an extremely leafy LMB-oeuvre.
But in real life I collected all the stories in digital form. Just as many pages, but not so unwieldy. 8)

PS. LMB = Lois McMaster Bujold.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:04 am
by Algot Runeman
musing

/ˈmjuːzɪŋ/
noun
usually musings
A period of reflection or thought.
adjective
Characterized by reflection or deep thought.

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Maudlin Morning Musings

A shallow breath,
Perhaps another.
How close to death
Dear, sweet brother?

Bizarre thoughts
For a morning,
Of graveyard plots...
Perhaps a warning?

Maybe only maudlin
Rhyme-filled ideas
As I sit dawdlin'; my
Mind sets free; as

One word flows out
And another one comes;
So full of weird doubt
My psyche hums.

Turn attention away
To ideas more happy,
To dawn and bright day
Not midnight, all crappy.

Get the car washed.
Buy some new clothes.
Dark rhymes, be quashed!
Write some bright prose.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:47 am
by Algot Runeman
beacon

/ˈbiːk(ə)n/
noun
1 A fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.
1.1 British - often in place names A hill suitable for a beacon.
1.2 A light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning, or guide at sea, on an airfield, etc.
1.3 A radio transmitter whose signal helps to fix the position of a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.

Origin
Old English bēacn ‘sign, portent, ensign’, of West Germanic origin; related to beckon.

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GPS satellites and ubiquitous, even handheld receivers have effectively replaced beacons, though lighthouses are still common and tall antennas continue to warn aircraft with flashing lights.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:23 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:beacon
If I'm not mistaken, there are also laser and radar reflecting beacons.
Even one or more planted on the Moon. :banana:

All cars have at least two visible-light reflecting beacons (red). Not noticeable by day, but very prominent by night.
In Belgium all bikes must have a red reflecting beacon on the rear end, but also a white one on the front.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:37 am
by Algot Runeman
incidental

/ɪnsɪˈdɛnt(ə)l/
adjective
1 Happening as a minor accompaniment to something else.
1.1 Occurring by chance in connection with something else.
2 incidental to - Happening as a result of (an activity)
noun
usually incidentals
An incidental expense, event, etc.

Origin
Early 17th century originally from medieval Latin incidentalis, from Latin incident- ‘falling upon, happening to’ (from the verb incidere).

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The illustrations added to these definitions are incidental, in spite of their frequent use.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:03 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:incidental
Do remember that incidental has absolutely no connection with either incisors or with dentistry.

Though you might say that Fernandel has an incidental grin. His horse-like teeth became part of his trademark.

Fernandel: French actor. Especially famous for his "Don Camillo" character.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:03 am
by Algot Runeman
wondrous

/ˈwʌndrəs/
adjective
literary
Inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvellous.
adverb
archaic as submodifier
Marvellously; wonderfully.

Origin
Late 15th century alteration of obsolete wonders (adjective and adverb), genitive of wonder, on the pattern of marvellous.

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To eliminate recriminating fights
And other such terrible blights,
Limit your wondrous delights
To three consecutive nights.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:55 am
by Algot Runeman
stockpile

/ˈstɒkpʌɪl/
noun
A large accumulated stock of goods or materials, especially one held in reserve for use at a time of shortage or other emergency.
verb
[with object]
Accumulate a large stock of (goods or materials)

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When an individual stockpiles things, it is often called hoarding.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:52 am
by Algot Runeman
proffer

/ˈprɒfə/
verb
[with object]
Hold out or put forward (something) to someone for acceptance.
noun
literary
An offer or proposal.

Origin
Middle English from Anglo-Norman French proffrir, from Latin pro- ‘before’ + offerre ‘to offer’.

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Bill proffered his dog some food. Dog, of course, was happy about it.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:09 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:proffer
Wouldn't a prof, teaching other profs, be proffer than the others?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:41 pm
by Algot Runeman
E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote: Wouldn't a prof, teaching other profs, be proffer than the others?
:clap:

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:25 am
by Algot Runeman
thicket

/ˈθɪkɪt/
noun
A dense group of bushes or trees.

Origin
Old English thiccet (see thick, -et).

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The real trick is how a male moose copes with the copse AKA, the thicket. Make your own path!

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