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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:02 am

[definition 1]

Pronunciation: /tōp/
verb
[no object] archaic or literary
drink alcohol to excess, especially on a regular basis.

Origin:
mid 17th century: perhaps an alteration of obsolete top 'overbalance'; perhaps from Dutch toppen 'slant or tilt a ship's yard'

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Drunkard's Trope

Harry had the tendency to tope.
He had trouble on the slope.
To travel either up or down.
He had to hold the rope.
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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: /gəˈzēbō/

noun (plural gazebos or gazeboes)
a roofed structure that offers an open view of the surrounding area, typically used for relaxation or entertainment.

Origin:
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The trumpeter flourished his finale and the crowd all around the gazebo burst into applause and whistles. It wasn't your modern crowd all "woo, woo!" and such.
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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: /ˈfaCHo͞oəs/

adjective
silly and pointless: a fatuous comment

Origin:
early 17th century: from Latin fatuus 'foolish' + -ous

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Giving fabulous, gratuitous, fatuous comments makes my day.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈvespərz/

noun
a service of evening prayer in the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church (sometimes said earlier in the day).
a service of evening prayer in other churches.

Origin:
late 15th century: from Old French vespres 'evensong', from Latin vesperas (accusative plural), on the pattern of matutinas 'matins'

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Martin assisted the priest at matins. Veronica watched him from under lowered lashes and barely avoided the vapors as she promised herself to attend vespers so she could see him again.
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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: /kreˈstäməTHē/
noun (plural chrestomathies)
formal
a selection of passages from an author or authors, designed to help in learning a language.

Origin:
mid 19th century: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos 'useful' + -matheia 'learning'

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I warnted tuh lurn Ainglesh so I readed frum the chrestomathy of WotD. I have beane a goode sucksess, write?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /bäCH/

verb
[with object] informal
carry out (a task) badly or carelessly:the ability to take on any task without botching it he was in a position to hire people, and he botched that up (as adjective botched)a botched attempt to kill them

noun
(also botch-up) informal
a bungled or badly carried out task or action:I’ve probably made a botch of things

Origin:
late Middle English (in the sense 'repair' but originally not implying clumsiness): of unknown origin

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Bill botched the job. Instead of a table, he built a slide. When Lois put a cup down, it slid across to the floor.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˌ(y)o͝orəˈbôrəs/
(also ouroboros)
noun
a circular symbol depicting a snake, or less commonly a dragon, swallowing its tail, as an emblem of wholeness or infinity.

Origin:
1940s: from Greek (drakōn) ouroboros '(snake) devouring its tail'


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The parts came together and welded head to tail. There was a rustle of leaves and quiver of the bracken stems as uroborous changed from the small broken broach which Betty had discarded into the full size creature itself. Betty ran as fast as her legs would carry her. She hoped Grandma would understand.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /ˈinsəlbərg/
noun
Geology
an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly from a plain.

Origin:
early 20th century: from German, from Insel 'island' + Berg 'mountain'

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Volcano born, the ancient inselberg stood alone in its majesty. (The rhino attempted to upstage, but didn't quite pull it off.)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /fyo͞oˈgāSHəs/
adjective
literary
tending to disappear; fleeting:she was acutely conscious of her fugacious youth

Origin:
mid 17th century: from Latin fugax, fugac- (from fugere 'flee') + -ious

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John wasn't in the back yard. Marge called again at the top of her lungs. Nothing came back.
Her wild boy, fugacious, she though, was off on one of his rambles. He might come back with a snake, a frog or even a snake eating a frog. She never knew what to expect. Marge sighed. They say, "Youth is fleeting." From the way she saw it, John's youth couldn't be over soon enough.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:03 am

I'm afraid a chrestomathy of my contributions in this thread would be very short. But it is not just that I am often fugacious. It is also because I am afraid to make a botch of it I try without a good idea (which are even more fugacious..).
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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: /ˌräkyəˈment(ə)rē/
noun
informal
a documentary about rock music and musicians.

Origin:
1970s: from rock2 + documentary

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Tony decided it was time to make a mocumentary about the making of a rockumentary about the Rolling Stones. Then he realized that the real story about them was odd enough all by itself.
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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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Watch out, E.P.S. You could get stoned by the crowd for such an interpretation.

Of course, you wouldn't notice if you were already stoned from substance abuse.

Of course you might go to jail for that.

Of course, how much harm does one person do to a drug by abuse? Does it get bruises to show to its friends?
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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: /ˈmetəˌvərs/
noun
Computing
a virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.

Origin:
1990s: blend of meta- (sense 3) and universe

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For some, the metaverse interactions may be fiction, but fiction which has more desirable reality for them than the dusty, dirty and dull world that forms their real lives.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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[definition 3]

Pronunciation: /bāst/

verb
[with object] informal dated
beat (someone) soundly; thrash:go baste him one!

Origin:
mid 16th century: perhaps a figurative use of baste1

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Bob pasted him good. Then the guy got up and basted Bob back. Then they called it a draw, blaming their brief battle on cultural differences, and that it had been done in haste.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Pronunciation: /īˈrenik, īˈrē-/
(also eirenic)
adjective
formal
aiming or aimed at peace.

noun
(irenics)
a part of Christian theology concerned with reconciling different denominations and sects.


Origin:
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