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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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n. The study of political election trends (as by opinion polls).

‘Psephology’ comes from the Greek ‘psephos,’ pebble, ballot, from the ancient Greeks' use of pebbles for voting.

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Today, of all days in the U.S. election cycle, the integrity of the pebbles matters. That is my opinion on psephology.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈrōbōˌkôl/

noun
an automated telephone call that delivers a recorded message, typically on behalf of a political party or telemarketing company.

Origin:
1990s: blend of robot and call

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Now that the U.S. election "season" has ended, maybe my robocall cycle will return to normal, just the steady stream of, "We've tried to reach you before, and this will be the last time you get this offer to lower your interest rates." from Card Services.

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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: /d(y)o͞oˈbī-itē/

noun
formal
the state or quality of being doubtful; uncertainty: his enemies made much of the dubiety of his paternity

Origin:
mid 18th century: from late Latin dubietas, from Latin dubium 'a doubt'

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There is definite dubiety that I will use a word when I doubt it is better than the more common ones.
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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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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /saˈlo͞o, säˈlY/

exclamation
used to express friendly feelings toward one’s companions before drinking.

Origin:
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Ben raised his glass in salute, joined the rest in saying "Salut!" and left the estaminet happy.
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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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adjective
not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so: anodyne New Age music I attempted to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible

noun
a painkilling drug or medicine.

Origin:
mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek anōdunos 'painless', from an- 'without' + odunē 'pain'

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Isn't it odd. Anodyne elevator music was intended to be inoffensive. Yet it has become synonymous with anything irritating.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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verb (past forswore; past participle forsworn)
[with object] formal
agree to give up or do without (something): he would never forswear the religion of his people
(forswear oneself/be forsworn) swear falsely; commit perjury: I swore that I would lead us safely home and I do not mean to be forsworn

Origin:
Old English forswerian(see for-, swear)

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Sally and Sara, like most kids, decided to forswear foursquare in favor of tennis in their teens.
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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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noun
spray blown from the crests of waves by the wind.
driving snow or sand.

Origin:
early 17th century (originally Scots): variant of spoondrift, from archaic spoon 'run before wind or sea' + the noun drift

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Carlie surfed safely, none of those 30 foot monsters for her. Still, she enjoyed the spindrift in her face as she paddled to the next wave.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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verb (bullyrags, bullyragging, bullyragged)
[with object] informal
treat (someone) in a scolding or intimidating way: he would bullyrag his staff around but then kiss up to his superiors

Origin:
late 18th century: of unknown origin

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Mark was the 'perfect' middle manager. He didn't actually do any productive work, but by following every direction from his superiors and bullyragging his own staff, his division was successful. Of course, there was a lot of turnover.


[US equivalent might be just part of bullyrag.]
[[rag on someone and rake on someone
Sl. to bother someone; to irritate someone; to criticize and humiliate someone. I wish you would stop ragging on me. I don't know why you are so annoyed at me. Stop raking on me! - McGraw-Hill]]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:30 am

To bullyrag EPS, or to be bullyragged by him, that is the question !
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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: /ˌvīˈralətē/

noun
the tendency of an image, video, or piece of information to be circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another; the quality or fact of being viral: new metrics will allow marketeers to better assess the virality of their campaigns

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I don't think that I've heard this form before. "Gone viral" or "Go viral" is more common, I think. Maybe this represents they style of virality associated with the love of making words to sound smart. Every business now "monetizes" instead of just making decisions to get money. The smart folk "grow" a business instead of building it. Et cetera.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈäsikəl/

noun
Anatomy & Zoology
a very small bone, especially one of those in the middle ear.
Zoology a small piece of calcified material forming part of the skeleton of an invertebrate animal such as an echinoderm.

Origin:
late 16th century: from Latin ossiculum, diminutive of os 'bone'

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Bob sat astride his bicycle slurping happily on his Popsicle. The house across the street had one huge icicle at the corner of the eaves on this chilly eve. Bob waited, hoping the train that was due would do what he hoped. The train passing quickly would jostle the icicle, causing it to wiggle and, quick as a piglet, would crash to the sidewalk which would tickle his ossicles. Bob laughed when he was tickled.

[It might also be worth noting that it doesn't take much more than the rattle of a single pit viper to set the Stapedius of a horse moving and then there's likely to be a stampedius, too.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /wəˈsəp/

(also whassup)

exclamation
informal
used as a friendly or informal greeting: ‘Wassup, hot stuff?’ Bridget called

Origin:
early 20th century: representing an informal pronunciation of what's up?

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'Sup with Wassup? It's such a long word.
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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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noun
1a Chinese gambling game in which players try to guess the remainder after the banker has divided a number of hidden objects into four groups.
2a card game in which players build on sequences of sevens.

Origin:
late 19th century: from Chinese fān tān, literally 'repeated divisions'

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He was a card, making all his friends laugh. He was seven times lucky. He loved to play fan-tan.

At another venue, some watchers of American football do not wear shirts at the games. They don't even wear shirts in very cold weather. Their skin turns very red from the cold: a cold fan tan?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈhakəˌTHän/

noun
informal
an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming: a series of 48-hour hackathons to build new web and mobile services

Origin:
1990s: from hack1, on the pattern of marathon

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