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The Internet Book Database of Fiction • View topic - GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:02 pm
by voralfred

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:43 am
by Algot Runeman


/skɒf/
verb
[no object]
Speak to someone or about something in a scornfully derisive or mocking way.
noun
1 An expression of scornful derision.
1.1 archaic An object of ridicule.

Origin
Middle English (first used as a noun in the sense ‘mockery, scorn’): perhaps of Scandinavian origin.

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Alice scoffed at his remark. Henry sulked and sank into himself, chagrined.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:25 am
by Algot Runeman


/prɒɡˈnəʊsɪs/
noun prognoses
1 The likely course of a medical condition.
1.1 An opinion, based on medical experience, of the likely course of a medical condition.
1.2 A forecast of the likely outcome of a situation.

Origin
Mid 17th century via late Latin from Greek prognōsis, from pro- ‘before’ + gignōskein ‘know’.

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Tom's prognosis lead to tears, though the weather forecast remained sunny.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:39 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:34 am
by Algot Runeman
[quote"E.P.S"]Only two wheels?[/quote]

That might actually explain the prognosis!

Update in the works.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:01 am
by Algot Runeman


/ˈdɛdɪkeɪt/
verb
[with object]often dedicate something to
1 Devote (time or effort) to a particular task or purpose.
1.1 Devote (something) to a particular subject.
1.2 Cite or nominate (a book or other artistic work) as being issued or performed in someone's honour.
1.3 Formally open or unveil (a building or monument)
1.4 Ceremonially assign (a church or other building) to a deity or saint.

Origin
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘devote to sacred use by solemn rites’): from Latin dedicat- ‘devoted, consecrated’, from the verb dedicare.

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Ben dedicated one weekend a month to be used exclusively for delivering food to shut-ins.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:10 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:26 am
by Algot Runeman


/ˈtruːənsi/
noun
mass noun
The action of staying away from school without good reason; absenteeism.

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Today is no day for truancy. It is Saturday!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:34 am
by Algot Runeman


/bʌns/
noun
mass nouni nformal British
Money or profit gained by someone.

Origin
Early 18th century of unknown origin.

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With a bounce in his step, Bob entered the pub to buy a pint with some of the bunce from his latest endeavor.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:13 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:31 am
by Algot Runeman


/ˈsnɪpɪt/
noun
A small piece or brief extract.

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I'll read just a snippet more, "Meanwhile, in the forest..."

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:29 am
by Algot Runeman


/pɔːtˈmantəʊ/
noun portmanteaus, portmanteaux
1 A large travelling bag, typically made of stiff leather and opening into two equal parts.
2 (also portmanteau word)
A word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel or brunch.
2.1 as modifier Consisting of or combining two or more aspects or qualities.

Origin
Mid 16th century from French portemanteau, from porter ‘carry’ + manteau ‘mantle’.

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Peter preferred portmanteau words when he was able to keep them organized.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:53 am
by Algot Runeman
1

/ˈpɒdə/
noun
dialect, rare British, South East English
Originally: field crops or their seed grains; fodder for cattle. In later use: plants having pods, pulse.

Origin
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Parliamentary Papers. Origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration of codware, although the motivation for this is unclear.
2
noun
A machine which harvests pods, or removes peas from pods.

Origin
Late 17th century (in an earlier sense). From pod + -er.

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I have no wish to tease you
So if I cannot please you
At least let me appease you
By offering up a bijou:

I've nought before heard of podder.
I have been, too long, a plodder,
Yet, I have no wish to sod yer.
I believe I begin to dodder.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:59 am
by Algot Runeman

(also shmuck)

/ʃmʌk/
noun
informal North American
A foolish or contemptible person.

Origin
Late 19th century from Yiddish shmok ‘penis’.

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I do not own a hockey puck.
I choose to drive a pickup truck.
And with any sort of luck,
You won't think that I'm a schmuck.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:52 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:32 am
by Algot Runeman

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:01 am
by Algot Runeman


/nɛvəðəˈlɛs/
adverb
In spite of that; notwithstanding; all the same.

Origin
early 14c., neuer þe lesse; as one word from mid-14c., neuerþeles. The sense of never here is "not at all; none the," as in unmerged expressions such as never the wiser, never the worse. In the same sense Middle English also had never-less (early 14c.), neverthelater (c. 1200), never-later (late 14c.).

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If it's all the same to you,
I decline to sit here, blue.
Nevertheless, before I digress,
With my big words, I hope to impress.

Here, it's a Friday morning
Which arrived after a week's warning
Another good day for a word,
And, at least, it's one you have heard.

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(Lexico actually offered "natheless", an archaic spelling/version. Never the later, here we are with the more recent adverb, having left off with Middle English a while back.)

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:24 am
by Algot Runeman


/ˈpanɪə/
noun
1 A basket, especially one of a pair carried by a beast of burden.
1.1 Each of a pair of bags or boxes fitted on either side of the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle.
2 historical Part of a skirt looped up round the hips.
2.1 A frame supporting a pannier of a skirt.

Origin
Middle English from Old French panier, from Latin panarium ‘bread basket’, from panis ‘bread’.

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Frankly, Roy never called his saddle bags panniers. Though he might have considered it for the pack mule.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:53 am
by Algot Runeman


/bəʊˈpiːp/
noun
informal Australian, New Zealand
A quick look.

Origin
Early 16th century (originally denoting a game of hiding and reappearing): from bo, an exclamation intended to startle someone (compare with boo) + the verb peep. The current sense dates from the 1940s.

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Let's take a bo-peep at the word, today, shall we?

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:35 am
by Algot Runeman


/skrʌmp/
verb
[with object]informal British
Steal (fruit) from an orchard or garden.

Origin
Mid 19th century from dialect scrump ‘withered apple’.

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Before these words whither, let us amble through our orchard of vocabulary and scrump them so we can put them to valuable use.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:11 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:40 am
by Algot Runeman


/ˈfɛmɪn(ə)l/
adjective
archaic
Relating to a woman.

Origin
Late Middle English from medieval Latin feminalis, from Latin femina ‘woman’.

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During the Middle English period, feminal seems to have duked it out with feminine and lost.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:33 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:48 am
by Algot Runeman


/ˈwɔːkɪz/
noun
informal
A period of exercising a dog.

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Walkies with Wallace works wonders for Wendy as well.


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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:32 am
by Algot Runeman

(also spondulix)

/spɒnˈd(j)uːlɪks/
plural noun
informal British
Money.

Origin
Mid 19th century of unknown origin.

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Securing one's spondulicks requires more than just a tight fist.

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