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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:58 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:...
[E.P.S. Just how does a dentist deal with a patient with a stiff upper lip? It must be difficult to get at the front teeth!]
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Actually, that has never been a problem. A stiff upper lip requires a conscious muscle command, which everybody can easily withhold.

But a stiff lower lip is an entirely different pair of sleeves, so to speak.

Some people have a kind of reflex whereby they tighten the lower lip muscles, completely covering the labial surfaces and incisal edges of the lower front teeth and making access quite impossible.

For mild cases and simple procedures (removing calculus, cleaning, polishing) the solution was easy. I gave them a hand mirror and asked them to watch what I was doing.

The intermediate cases could be handled with a rubber dam (applied on the lower teeth only of course).

But the strong stubborn cases overcame the rubber dam's tension and required a mild local anaesthesia. (the anaesthetic also temporarily paralyses motor neurons and relaxes muscles)

So when you visit the dentist feel free to fake a brave demeanour, but please DON'T keep a stiff LOWER lip. Image

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:41 am

predicament

Pronunciation: /prɪˈdɪkəm(ə)nt /
noun
1 A difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation: the club’s financial predicament
2 (In Aristotelian logic) each of the ten ‘categories’, often listed as: substance or being, quantity, quality, relation, place, time, posture, having or possession, action, and passion.

Origin
late Middle English (in sense 2): from late Latin praedicamentum 'something predicated' (rendering Greek katēgoria 'category'), from Latin praedicare (see predicate). From the sense 'category' arose the sense 'state of being, condition'; hence 'unpleasant situation'.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:10 am

parody

Pronunciation: /ˈparədi /
noun (plural parodies)
1 An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect: the film is a parody of the horror genre [mass noun]: his provocative use of parody
1.1 An imitation or version of something that falls far short of the real thing; a travesty: he gave her a parody of a smile
verb (parodies, parodying, parodied)
[with object]
1 Produce a humorously exaggerated imitation of (a writer, artist, or genre): his speciality was parodying schoolgirl fiction
1.1 Mimic humorously: he parodied his friend’s voice

Origin
late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek parōidia 'burlesque poem', from para- 'beside' (expressing alteration) + ōidē 'ode'.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:48 am

Noel

Pronunciation: /nəʊˈɛl /
noun
1 Christmas, especially as a refrain in carols and on Christmas cards.
1.1 (noel) A Christmas carol: at Christmas the club sang noels at the crib

Origin
early 19th century: French Noël, based on Latin natalis (see natal1).

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"NO, Al!" the shout carried across the parking lot.

Al was about to plug in the Christmas lights, but the extension cord was buried in the slush coming around the corner from the porch. Sally was sure there would be no chance to sing "The First Noel" if the house were burning down.

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It is doubtful that 1563 Noël was the star followed by the Magi toward Bethlehem.

1563 Noël is a main belt asteroid with an orbital period of 1184.8564680 days (3.24 years). The asteroid was discovered on March 7, 1943. via Wikipedia
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:55 am

vape

Pronunciation: /veɪp /
informal
verb
[no object]
Inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device: I’d rather people vaped indoors than smoked outside [with object]: many smokers have started vaping e-cigarettes to help them cut down (as noun vaping) there’s concern that young people may take up vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking
noun
1 An electronic cigarette or similar device: I’ve been using a vape now for 15 weeks
1.1 An act of inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device: my cravings went away as soon as I took a vape

Origin
1980s (in reference to an experimental 'non-combustible' cigarette): abbreviation of vapour or vaporize.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:23 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:vape

With all the hype, a vape ought to be called a vype.

No better than hookah!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:51 am

odium

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊdɪəm /
noun
[mass noun]
General or widespread hatred or disgust incurred by someone as a result of their actions: he incurred widespread odium for military failures and government corruption

Origin
early 17th century: from Latin, 'hatred', from the verb stem od- 'hate'.

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Odell went to a movie at the Odeon Theater every week. Generally he liked the film. On one occasion, he left the show in the middle, along with most of the audience. The management cancelled the movie early, pulling it after two days instead of the normal week because the public's odium at the film threatened to spill over to protest against the theater, itself.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:48 am

reciprocity

Pronunciation: /ˌrɛsɪˈprɒsɪti /
noun
[mass noun]
The practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another: the Community intends to start discussions on reciprocity with third countries

Origin
mid 18th century: from French réciprocité, from réciproque, from Latin reciprocus 'moving backwards and forwards' (see reciprocate).

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There is a system of reciprocity among the YMCAs in our area. If you are a member of one Y, you can go to another without a guest fee.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:56 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:reciprocity

Is there ABSOLUTE reciprocity between the YMCAs in your area?
I mean, if I'm NOT a member of one Y, can I also NOT go to another?

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:33 am

raconteur

Pronunciation: /ˌrakɒnˈtəː /
noun
A person who tells anecdotes in a skilful and amusing way: a colourful raconteur

Origin
early 19th century: French, from raconter 'relate, recount'.

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Stan, a renowned raconteur, enjoyed telling the story of Don Estephan de la Vega-Marquez Sebastian who took his rack on tour during the Inquisition. The wagon in which they travelled was so well built, with well-greased axles, that he was often sitting quietly in the town square at dawn without any warning. He loved snatching up some hapless early riser and putting him aboard for a small stretch so the sap's screams could beat the roosters to awaken the mayor and local priests. Stan's reception at parties was much better than Sebastian's.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:03 am

EPS is a great raconteur. His anecdotes about his grandparents, in particular, are always very entertaining. Furs always add a lot of gusto to them.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:14 am

voralfred wrote:EPS is a great raconteur. His anecdotes about his grandparents, in particular, are always very entertaining. Furs always add a lot of gusto to them.

Ah, but I was tutored by my grandma who was a skilled raconteuse ( /ˌrakɒnˈtuːs/ ). She had the knack for captivating her audience, whether it were papoose, teens or adults.

Once you got her going (which wasn't too hard), you were in for a couple of hours.

Television didn't exist in her heyday. People still used to say: "Again there's nothing good on the radio tonight ...".

So the more witty people were expected to entertain their family with stories and anecdotes. The furrier the better.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:18 am

peripeteia

Pronunciation: /ˌperipəˈtēə, -ˈtīə /
noun
formal
A sudden reversal of fortune or change in circumstances, especially in reference to fictional narrative.

Origin
late 16th century: from Greek peripeteia 'sudden change', from peri- 'around' + the stem of piptein 'to fall'.

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Ben was slipping merrily along in the sleigh. Light snow swirled around him. The breath of his horse steamed across its winter coat. An empty expanse of undisturbed snow stretched ahead. He was on his way to propose to the vivacious Emily Tate, daughter of the territory's lone physician. Ben was happily aware that marriage to Emily would be a significant peripeteia to his stable, literary, bachelor life.

He was understanably surprised by the deep and unmistakable cracking sound of lake ice. In less time than it took to catch his breath, the horse, the sleigh and he were all floundering in the frigid water which had been hidden below the perfidious beauty of puffy snow. Ben realized his trip was either going to take much longer than anticipated or might it end right here.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:24 am

cavort

Pronunciation: /kəˈvɔːt /
verb
[no object]
1 Jump or dance around excitedly: the players cavorted about the pitch
1.1 informal Engage enthusiastically in sexual or disreputable pursuits: he’d been cavorting with a hooker

Origin
late 18th century (originally US): perhaps an alteration of curvet.

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Ted and Carol joined thousands of others who cavorted through the streets heading to First Night. They each had their pass which gave them access to every event for New Year's Eve that the city recognized. Boston was often a quiet place at night, but on First Night it seemed the busiest place in the world. They were headed to see the ice sculptures next, and they hoped the fireworks would be spectacular later.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:58 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:cavort

I think the peripeteias have been cavorting here often enough.

Let us hope this post is the last time. For this year at least.

Previous cavortations:
Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:47 pm
Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:36 pm
Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:14 pm
Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:08 pm
Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:31 pm
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:18 pm
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:54 pm

Bah!

It seemed like such a nice word. It slid through my brain easily. No extra step to check prior bad acts. It would have been so easy to enter the word into the topic search box. Chagrin, shame, and sorrow mix together as a result.

New Year's resolution: Check the word to see if it has appeared before. If it has, find another source. Be vigilant, no cavorting around.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Jan 01, 2015 4:30 am

Algot Runeman wrote:... no cavorting around. ...

Certainly not like in Shanghai!

But regardless this tragedy, I do wish Merry Selfies and Happy New Year to everybody.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:58 am

forgo

Pronunciation: /fɔːˈɡəʊ , fə-/
(also forego)
verb (forgoes /-ˈɡəʊz/, forgoing, forwent /-ˈwɛnt/; past participle forgone /-ˈɡɒn/)
[with object]
1 Go without (something desirable): she wanted to forgo the tea and leave while they could
1.1 Refrain from: we forgo any comparison between the two men

Origin
Old English forgān (see for-, go1).

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Fran, from Denver, decided to forgo the trip to Fargo. It was winter, after all.

As an alternative, she would go far, to Miami. It was winter after all.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:01 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:forgo
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As an alternative, she would go far, to Miami. It was winter after all.

And she would ride shotgun too.
That was a foregone conclusion.

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But what with "Go West, Young Man!" and "Go East, Young Woman!"?
How did they get babies?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jan 01, 2015 1:34 pm

But what with "Go West, Young Man!" and "Go East, Young Woman!"?
How did they get babies?


One must assume some of each gender decide to forgo travel. Cavorting ensues. The main benefit is tribal mixing, assuming they are wearing their genes [spelling intentional - for "jeans"].

"Never the twain shall meet" applies to twains only because eastbound and westbound don't twavel on the same twack. --Elmer Fudd
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:59 am

kittle

Pronunciation: /ˈkɪt(ə)l /
(also kittle-cattle /ˈkɪt(ə)lkat(ə)l/)
adjective
archaic
Difficult to deal with; prone to erratic behaviour.

Origin
mid 16th century: from kittle 'to tickle' (now Scots and dialect), probably from Old Norse kitla.

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Betty Knittle was very little.
She was also totally kittle.
She drove her harried husband
Till he shouted words with spittle.

[I could get behind a resurrection of this word. I millions of others agree, we can save an archaic word from obscurity. Then again, teachers will have to help all their eager charges to keep kittle and fickle straight. ]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:44 am

irresolute

Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɛzəluːt /
adjective
Showing or feeling hesitancy; uncertain: she stood irresolute outside his door

Origin
late 16th century: from Latin irresolutus 'not loosened', or from in-1 'not' + resolute.

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He was irresolute about the next step. He had sharpened the plane iron to 400 grit. Should he go on to 800 or reassemble the plane and get to work? The affliction of hesitation lead him to just put the work aside in order to watch another woodworking video on Youtube.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:25 am

frug

Pronunciation: /frʌɡ /
noun
A vigorous dance to pop music, popular in the mid 1960s.
verb (frugs, frugging, frugged)
[no object]
Perform the frug.

Origin
1960s: of unknown origin.



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Jenny watched the giant bug
As it vainly tried to frug.
Considering the execution
She'd rather sit on a rug.

[The ODO pronunciation rhymes with bug, but I seem to hear something more like "froog" in my audible memory.]
[Wikipedia says "froog" too. Considering that, the quatrain above fails miserably.]

Bob gave his car a lube.
And then he danced the frug.
His hair was greasy, too.
Pulled back in a snood.

"Froog" stumped me for good rhyming words. Sadly, the second quatrain fails again.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:15 am

Algot Runeman wrote:frug
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The Frug Demo
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Over here only 1 person (Kate) in 27 pronounces it "froog".
The 26 others say "frug".

When one of the males (Lee) says it, it sounds like he's proposing something indecent. :oops:

I also wonder why they chose an actual photo of a man, while for a woman they use a drawing.

Anyway, no more dances please. After watching the performance I was quite exhausted.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:13 am

ontology

Pronunciation: /ɒnˈtɒlədʒi /
noun
[mass noun]
The branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being.

Origin
early 18th century: from modern Latin ontologia, from Greek ōn, ont- 'being' + -logy.



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