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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:52 am

Algot Runeman wrote:reshoring
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reshoring can help us rebalance our economy, create new jobs and cut our trade deficit
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Not to mention reshoring the Rockies' abandoned silver and gold mines.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:50 am

beau-pot

n. A large ornamental vase for cut flowers.

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In Colorado, with the change of the law, some shops sell marijuana. I imagine some might have a beau-pot of flowers in which the backup greenery is some leaves of the Cannabis plant itself.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:26 am

Algot Runeman wrote:beau-pot
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... beau-pot of [...] leaves of the Cannabis plant ...

Had you claimed that your beau-pot was some kind of spent firearm cartridge, I would have believed you.

Of course the "pot" gave it away ...

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:45 am

maestro

Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪstrəʊ/
noun (plural maestri ˈmʌɪstri or maestros)
1 A distinguished conductor or performer of classical music: the orchestra was strained after clashes with the great maestro
1.1 A distinguished figure in any sphere: a Vietnam vet turned movie maestro

Origin
Early 18th century: Italian, 'master', from Latin magister.

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Rocco, "the maestro" had been at the theater for an hour. The orchestra was setting up. Molly followed an usher down to the fifth row. There were only a few clusters of occupied seats. She was ready to hear Rocco at work for the first time. It was not an open performance, but it was the final rehearsal. Rocco was not really nervous, but his concentration was split between the orchestra before him and the petite woman behind. The others in the audience didn't matter. It mattered only that she was there. Not only was he the conductor, it was his own composition, and tonight was opening night.

Still, the music took over as he brought down the baton. Horns sounded the opening theme. He was immersed in the flow of sound and did not rise to the surface until the applause of both the audience and orchestra signalled that the piece was over. As he turned towards the seats, row five was empty.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:29 am

conglobulate

Pronunciation: /kɒnˈɡlɒbjʊleɪt/
verb
[no object] rare
Join closely together: these people’s feeble sense of self-respect prompts them to conglobulate in collectives

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Mid 18th century: from Latin globulus 'globule', on the pattern of earlier conglobate 'make into a ball'.

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The chill of fall air signals the time is right for flocking behavior. Birds conglobulate in large numbers on my front lawn, preparing for their flight south. Several hundred, chirping loudly, filled the shrubs at the pharmacy this morning. If it snows as much this coming winter as it did last year, their instincts will prove to be provident.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:17 am

lingulate

Pronunciation: /ˈlɪŋɡjʊleɪt/
adjective
1 Botany & Zoology Tongue-shaped.
2 Zoology Denoting a type of burrowing brachiopod with an inarticulate shell and a long pedicle.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from Latin lingulatus, based on lingua 'tongue', from lingere 'to lick'.

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Lingulate leaves quiver with the breeze.
Berries burst below in threes.
But do not eat them if you please.
Deadly poison. Your heart will seize.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:06 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:lingulate
adjective
1 Botany & Zoology Tongue-shaped.

Lingulate?
Also verb
What grandpa did when he kissed grandma. :P
And she reciprocated! :o
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:44 am

algorithm

Pronunciation: /ˈalɡərɪð(ə)m/
noun
A process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer: a basic algorithm for division

Origin
Late 17th century (denoting the Arabic or decimal notation of numbers): variant (influenced by Greek arithmos 'number') of Middle English algorism, via Old French from medieval Latin algorismus. The Arabic source, al-Ḵwārizmī 'the man of Ḵwārizm' (now Khiva), was a name given to the 9th-century mathematician Abū Ja‘far Muhammad ibn Mūsa, author of widely translated works on algebra and arithmetic.

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Once we open life's door.
Our work is to explore.
To face the questions asked.
Solve the problems tasked.

Our methods are terrific
If we do them scientific.
Algorithm, plan and execute.
Think through. Be astute.

Keep your eyes wide open
And live with lots of hope and
Face each day prepared
for hard work. Don't be scared.

Follow after trusted guides.
Gather with your tribes.
When worrying at the bone
You need not work alone.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:55 am

Algot Runeman wrote:algorithm

My grandma didn't use any algorithm to boost grandpa's potency.

She just gave him a voucher to acquire one of the Tibetan shaman's boosters.

I don't know which organ the shaman is holding up. It's too small to be the liver, but it may be the billy-goat's heart or its scrotum. Your guess is as good as mine.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:11 am

Seriously Off Topic!

For a while I'll be slow with responses to the WotD and the LMB quote game, for two reasons:

1. My newest PC (since March this year) started showing a display anomaly. I carried it in for repair but I have no idea when I'll have it back. Meanwhile I'll be using my 8-year-old, much slower PC.

2. I've also ordered a copy of Windows 10 on a USB stick. I plan to do a dual boot installation (Windows 7 HP 32 bit and Windows 10 H 64 bit) on the new PC, once it's back. This might take some experimenting and fatal stumbling before I get it set up to my liking. Eventually I'll get there but it may take a while before I get back to my regular very sedate speed (even though my newest PC achieves a WEI of 7.8 instead of the 4.6 my old one shows).

So please be patient and bear with me.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:23 am

ipsilateral

Pronunciation: /ˌɪpsɪˈlat(ə)r(ə)l/
adjective
Belonging to or occurring on the same side of the body.

Origin
Early 20th century: formed irregularly from Latin ipse 'self' + lateral.

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Unlike a calf or foal
There's a fish we call the sole
Which has eyes together
On just one side, but not the other.

It skims along the bottom
To hide so no predator got 'em.
But they take man's bait
and wind up on a plate.

You may judge this rhyme as one-sided. You would be right. The flatfish is the very soul of ipsilateral existence.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:33 am

Algot Runeman wrote:ipsilateral
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Is this ipsilateral rock proof there once, eons ago, was water on Mars?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:34 am

constative

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnstətɪv/
/kənˈsteɪtɪv/
Linguistics
adjective
Denoting a speech act or sentence that is a statement declaring something to be the case: a constative sentence Often contrasted with performative.
noun
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A constative speech act or sentence: constatives present a true or false account of the facts of the case

Origin
Early 20th century: from Latin constat- 'established' (from the verb constare) + -ive.

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Chief Assistant District Attorney Seuss pointed at the evidence table and glared at the defendant. The jury leaned slightly more forward in their seats. The judge opened his eye wide.

"That case is the case. That case proves the state's case. That case contained a bomb to wreck the race. Surveillance cameras show the defendant's face as he walks along the sidewalk with that case. Inside was much explosive, more than just a trace. The defendant's fingerprints and DNA are all over the place."

The defense team tightened their grim gazes as the lead prosecutor gave his constative closing argument.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:09 am

Algot Runeman wrote:constative

In any discussion or argument, my grandma loved making her case in point.
Whether it was constative or not, she couldn't case less.

(And no, it's not a typo, it's on purpose. Poetic license, you know?)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:38 am

dox

Pronunciation: /dɒks/
(also doxx)
verb (doxes, doxing, doxed or doxxes, doxxing, doxxed)
[with object] informal
Search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent: hackers and online vigilantes routinely dox both public and private figures

Origin
Early 21st century: alteration of docs, plural of doc (short for document).

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Social Engineering

What was private is not.
It's out there a lot
A cracker will dox,
Crack open your box.

Cracker, miscalled a hacker.
Crackers misuse, hearts blacker.
Hackers find holes that leak.
Software needs security tweak.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:18 am

forsake

Pronunciation: /fəˈseɪk/
verb (past forsook /fəˈsʊk/; past participle forsaken /fəˈseɪk(ə)n/)
[with object] chiefly literary
1 Abandon or leave: he would never forsake Tara
1.1 Renounce or give up (something valued or pleasant): I won’t forsake my vegetarian principles

Origin
Old English forsacan 'renounce, refuse', of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch verzaken, and ultimately to for- and sake1

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"Do not Forsake me oh my Darling" by Frankie Laine and sung by Tex Ritter won an Academy Award in the movie "High Noon".
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:36 am

Algot Runeman wrote:forsake

At first, "The Martian" faced a very bleak and godforsaken future, all alone on a desolate planet.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:37 pm

Just saw "The Martian" and enjoyed it. Accurate depiction in the cartoon.
Started reading it this afternoon. Enjoying it, much the same, all done as journal entries so far.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:18 am

levant definition 1

Pronunciation: /lɪˈvant/
verb
[no object] archaic
Run away, typically leaving unpaid debts: the clerk had levanted before his employer returned from America

Origin
Early 17th century: perhaps from Levant: compare with French faire voile en Levant 'be stolen or spirited away', literally 'set sail for the Levant'.

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No, I will not stay.
"Levant." I'll run away.
Far from home, my dear.
No safe haven here.

On far shores I'll stand.
But little money in my hand.
That old job, I shove.
It's you I'll miss, my love.

["Levante se" said my Spanish teacher to have us stand along with "Siente se" to get us seated again. Maybe there's some of the "get up and go" to this day's word.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:18 am

Algot Runeman wrote:levant

I wouldn't want to chase the "Pays du Soleil Levant", as the Orient is also called. You may just as well search for the pot of gold at Rainbow's End.

Even having reached oriental Japan, the fabled "Land of the Rising Sun", you'll be disappointed to learn that the real, unreachable Levant will eternally remain far to the East from anywhere.

OTOH, the French "Ile du Levant" is much closer and MUCH more interesting.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:10 am

cyclorama

Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkləˈrɑːmə/
noun
1 A circular picture of a 360° scene, viewed from inside.
1.1 A cloth stretched tight in an arc around the back of a stage set, often used to depict the sky: for the setting, I thought just a bare cyclorama would be nice

Origin
Mid 19th century: from cyclo-, on the pattern of words such as panorama.

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In its own way, the torus performed like a cyclorama. While walking the full circle of the ship's wheel, the regular distribution of viewports offered the crew a way to watch the stars. Fortunately, the viewports could also be set to show more familiar scenery, the plains or even dense jungle images made the ship seem more like home. Of course, walking was possible only because the torus was spinning around the ship's central spine.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:05 am

concertante

Pronunciation: /ˌkɒntʃəˈtanteɪ/
/ˌkɒntʃəˈtanti/
adjective
1 Denoting a piece of music containing one or more solo parts, typically of less prominence than in a concerto: he wrote several concertante works See also sinfonia concertante.
2 Denoting prominent instrumental parts present throughout a piece of music, especially in baroque and early classical compositions: the cantata has a fine violin concertante part

Origin
Italian, 'harmonizing', from concertare 'harmonize'.

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Their concertante piece was muddled. It was difficult to extract or appreciate the separate solos from the background players in the orchestra.

[How can a soprano have a solo when her voice is so high?] - Random question from one who hears words differently.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:43 am

Algot Runeman wrote:concertante

In Dutch a tante is either a slutty tart OR your aunt, i.e. the sister of one of your parents or the wife of your uncle.

I'm afraid concertante just sounds like a tart attending a concert ...

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:43 pm

keitai

Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪtʌɪ/
noun (plural same or keitais)
(In Japan) a mobile phone.

Origin
Japanese, literally 'portable', short for keitai denwa 'mobile phone'.

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I took my keitai to the fair today, but nobody called.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:19 am

noir

Pronunciation: /ˈnwɑː/
noun
[mass noun]
1 A genre of crime film or fiction characterized by cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity: his film proved that a Brit could do noir as darkly as any American
1.1 [count noun] A film or novel in the noir genre: he says he’s making a noir

Origin
1970s: from film noir.

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The script and dialog were so ambiguous that it was difficult to decide if the film was truly noir or just bad comedy.

[Apologies to anyone with a better memory than mine. The forum software does not offer search results for words this short so I could not check to see if it had been a WotD before.]
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