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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:54 am

patter

Pronunciation: /ˈpatə/
verb
[no object]
1 Make a repeated light tapping sound: a flurry of rain pattered against the window
1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Run with quick light steps: he quickly pattered down the stairs
noun
[in singular]
A repeated light tapping: the plashing patter of steady rain

Origin
Early 17th century: frequentative of pat1.

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While his feet didn't patter
Nor his teeth, did they chatter,
Giant George clomped along.
The rest just didn't matter.

His goal was the mountain.
To drink from the fountain
Atop the great peak of Machuan.
He carried his giant's drink tin.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:40 am

finito

Pronunciation: /fɪˈniːtəʊ/
adjective
[predicative] informal

Origin
Italian.

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Well, this is the end.
No more time to spend.
Like all things temporal
This year's time is done.

"Finito", say's Giuseppe.
He's Italian, feeling peppy,
December 31st, that's all.
Let's wrap it up with fun.

Let's have a big ol' party.
Quaff a few. Be hearty.
We'll dance and have a ball
Till dawn of January one.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:17 am

patzer

Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːtsə/
/ˈpatsə/
noun
informal
A poor player at chess: I won a low-level tournament of patzers

Origin
1940s: perhaps related to German patzen 'to bungle'.

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Peter played his best. As a patzer, that wasn't good enough when facing the best in his club. It wasn't even good enough when he played against the eight-year-olds, like today.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:49 am

mumpish

Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmpɪʃ/
adjective
informal, dated
Sullen; sulky.

Origin
Early 18th century: from obsolete mump 'grimace, have a miserable expression' + -ish1.

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Mark was miserable.
Expression totally risible.
He'd worked hard on his pout.
Mumpish is how it worked out.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:20 am

smorzando

Pronunciation: /smɔːˈtsandəʊ/
Music
adverb& adjective
(Especially as a direction) dying away.

Origin
Italian, literally 'extinguishing'.

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It is common at the end of a song to let the final phrase to slow and fade to silence. Unfortunately, Joe applied smorzando to almost every sentence as he talked. He started strong and was impossible to understand by the end.

People eventually stopped listening.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:21 am

Algot Runeman wrote:smorzando

I'm afraid smorzando can't seduce me.

Give me smørrebrød instead any time!
Preferably with "Eine Kleine Frühstückmusik"!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:25 am

chateaubriand

Pronunciation: /ˌʃatəʊˈbriːɒ̃/
noun
A thick fillet of beef steak.

Origin
Late 19th century: named after François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand (see Chateaubriand, François-René), whose chef is said to have created the dish.

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The waiter recommended the Chateaubriand. Billy said, "No thanks, pal. Nothing fancy for me. I just want a thick steak, rare."

[So, E.P.S., is that more like music to your ears?]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:54 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:chateaubriand
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So, E.P.S., is that more like music to your ears?

Ignore my ears. They lack all taste.

Alongside Bouchée à la Reine and Tournedos Rossini, Chateaubriand Béarnaise was on of my grandma's favourites.

As for me, now going on for five years, when in a restaurant, I've stopped ordering Chateaubriand, also never steak, sirloin, rib-eye, minute, côte-à-l'os, T-bone, whether fried, broiled, sauteed, grilled, barbecued or whatevered. So never any cooked beef, except for The Classic: "Flemish Beef Stew", preferably with Belgian fries or a plain French baguette.

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But at home I often enjoy a well aged horse steak in "Fondue Bourguignonne". Fully controllable morsel size, oil temperature and baking time gets me meat cooked precisely to my liking. And the best of all is that the last morsel is exactly as warm and juicy as the first.

Just imagine a teppanyaki chef frying the meat morsels each consecutively as you eat them. This is my version of Chateau Brilliant. (French pun, that, if pronounced French style.)

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Flemish Beef Stew: 2-3 hours hot, and up to 1 or 2 days final cold curing.
Fondue Bourguignonne: 1 minute per morsel.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:31 am

cosplay

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒzpleɪ/
/ˈkɒspleɪ/
noun
[mass noun]
The practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga or anime.
verb
[no object]
Engage in cosplay.

Origin
1990s: blend of costume and play.

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Lllly loves to cosplay as Leelu from "The Fifth Element." Her boyfriend, unfortunately cannot pull of the look of Corbin Dallas and is too shy to try for Ruby Rock.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:02 am

Algot Runeman wrote:cosplay

I love Alexis' cosplay outfit, with the strategic padding. Though I have no idea which character, from a movie or TV show, she's representing.

And Alex' sis is not to be sneered at either (sorry, no picture of her).

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:32 am

iliotibial

adjective il·io·tib·i·al \ˌil-ē-ō-ˈtib-ē-əl\
Medical Definition of iliotibial
: of or relating to the ilium and the tibia <iliotibial fasciotomy>
"Properly known as iliotibial band syndrome or ITBS, this annoying conditon accounts for 12 percent of all running related overuse injuries."

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My solution for iliotibial band irritation is to sit for hours on end.

Stop all that running around in circles.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:40 am

Algot Runeman wrote:iliotibial
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My solution for iliotibial band irritation is to sit for hours on end.

You poor dear, and such admirable patience.

If I hear any iliotibial band, I just cowardly switch off the radio.

Though the other day, there was a mesiolingual trio. More tasteful.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:06 pm

Mesiolingual trios are certainly among my favorites, but I'll admit the quartet at the center of my buccal cavity fit better into my cheeky sense of the world.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:46 am

loungecore

Pronunciation: /ˈlaʊndʒkɔː/
noun
[mass noun] informal
Easy-listening music.

Origin
1990s: from lounge + -core.

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Loungecore can be a bore.
Mild and dull, nothing more.
In a lounge or in a store,
Listening becomes a chore.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:51 am

chanteuse

Pronunciation: /ʃɑːnˈtəːz/
/ʃɑ̃tøz/
noun
A female singer of popular songs.

Origin
French, from chanter 'sing'.

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Amélie was a chanteuse. Really, though, she just thought of herself as someone who liked to sing. Her stage presence was so natural, she almost forgot she was performing sometimes when it was very late. The intense applause as she finished did bring her back to reality.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:44 am

doxology

Pronunciation: /dɒkˈsɒlədʒi/
noun (plural doxologies)
A liturgical formula of praise to God: after the singing of the doxology the congregation separated

Origin
Mid 17th century: via medieval Latin from Greek doxologia, from doxa 'appearance, glory' (from dokein 'seem') + -logia (see -logy).

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Congregation over.
Doxology's been done.
Go out in search of clover.
The lucky have their fun.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:24 am

objurgate

Pronunciation: /ˈɒbdʒəɡeɪt/
verb
[with object] rare
Rebuke severely; scold: the old man objurgated his son

Origin
Early 17th century: from Latin objurgat- 'chided, rebuked', from the verb objurgare, based on jurgium 'strife'.

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Otto felt obligated to objurgate someone. His boss had just yelled at him at work. When he arrived home, his wife was at her Pilates session and his children were at late practices at school. He tried make do by growling at the dog. The dog growled right back.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:06 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:objurgate...
When he arrived home, his wife was at her Pilates session ...
Why didn't he take the dog and get it to growl at his wife's Pilates session?
That would have deeply satisfied his objurgation craving.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:28 pm

E.P.S.,

I will not berate
Your take on objurgate.
In your town it's late.
So more exchange abate.

Ahead a word unknown.
Will jump between the zones.
To all, not yours alone.
(Love that song from Stones).
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:52 am

musicology

Pronunciation: /mjuːzɪˈkɒlədʒi/
noun
[mass noun]
The study of music as an academic subject, as distinct from training in performance or composition; scholarly research into music.Example sentences

Origin
Early 20th century: from French musicologie.

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The best movie about musicology has to be Peter Bogdanovich's "What's Up Doc?" with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neil.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:25 am

Algot Runeman wrote:musicology

For musicology 101, Julie's Do-Re-Mi is a nice introduction.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:47 am

distingué

Pronunciation: /dɪˈstaŋɡeɪ/
adjective (feminine distinguée pronounced same)
Having a distinguished manner or appearance: he was lean and distingué, with a small goatee

Origin
French, 'distinguished', from the verb distinguer.

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Farmer Bob was distingué with a small goat. When the goats were larger, Bob looked merely average. A small goat somehow enhanced his appearance. The size of cows didn't seem to make any difference.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:44 am

parlando

Pronunciation: /pɑːˈlandəʊ/
Music
adverb & adjective
(With reference to singing) expressive or declamatory in the manner of speech.
noun
[mass noun]
Composition or performance in a parlando manner: the high-lying parlando of Siegfried’s narration

Origin
Italian, literally 'speaking'.

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The song was wicked long,
And the words came through quite strong.
No fancy slidy stuff.
Parlando was enough.

[Sometimes definitions need work. As they stand, they rely on too much background knowledge. This seems to be one of those. I wasn't able to glean the meaning without some extensive Internet browsing. If I have it right, parlando basically means well-enunciated notes and words (if vocal). If the musicologists among the audience can chime in to explain more, that would be great.]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:31 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:parlando

I'm no musicologist, far from it, but just the word parlando reminds me of a few examples that perfectly illustrate the concept.
Only ... you need to understand French to really appreciate them.

Paroles, paroles by Dalida & Alain Delon
https://youtu.be/z43eWjz9wbM (with French lyrics)

Maintenant je sais by Jean Gabin
https://youtu.be/xUC42A1nRbc

Ça (Je t'aime, moi non plus) by Jacqueline Maillan & André Bourvil
[Parody of Je t'aime, moi non plus by S. Gainsbourg & J. Birkin)]
https://youtu.be/JbTNJyP-Mkk

And then of course there's Lee Marvin - who couldn't sing at all, but gave it his best shot - with Wandering Star
https://youtu.be/NTymtAbaG08?t=1m11s
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:12 pm

E.P.S.,

Lee Marvin came to mind for me, too. Thanks for the other examples of extreme parlando. I did read one reference describing the style of Frank Sinatra as parlando so maybe it has a wider style than these examples.

Another linked term was "recitativo secco"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOX4ItowbmE

This next link might help me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npNcNCpRIlc
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