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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:12 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:thicket
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The real trick is how a male moose copes with the copse AKA, the thicket.

I guess about the same way a thickset cop does, right?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:15 am

high-minded


adjective
Having strong moral principles.

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Marvin has very high-minded standards...mostly to be applied to others.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:49 pm

Should one assume that dentists are more high-minded than, say, podiatrists ?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:30 am

absolve

/əbˈzɒlv/
verb
[with object]
1 Declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment.
1.1 (in church use) give absolution for (a sin)

Origin
Late Middle English from Latin absolvere ‘set free, acquit’, from ab- ‘from’ + solvere ‘loosen’.

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Okay, Joe, put down that smoking gun next to the dead person you just shot. I absolve you. Go on your way. Have a nice day.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:24 am

I hope EPS will not be too stringent, and will absolve me for my latest dentist's joke (in the VR)
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:44 pm

voralfred wrote:I hope EPS will not be too stringent, and will absolve me for my latest dentist's joke (in the VR)

If, before I get stringent, I first :gun: you,
you won't feel a thing and you'll be thoroughly absolved ...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:21 am

artistry

/ˈɑːtɪstri/
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mass noun
Creative skill or ability.

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At best, human artistry is a pedestrian approximation of nature's work.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:12 am

Algot Runeman wrote:artistry
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At best, human artistry is a pedestrian approximation of nature's work.

Don't forget that, besides painters, also plastic surgeons, sculptors, dental/prosthetic technicians, dentists and video game designers can emulate nature's artistry.
And really gifted writers can even, though only with unseen images, surpass said artistry.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:55 am

deteriorate

/dɪˈtɪərɪəreɪt/
verb
[no object]
Become progressively worse.

Origin
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘make worse’): from late Latin deteriorat- ‘worsened’, from the verb deteriorare, from Latin deterior ‘worse’.

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Emmanuel's accumulated linguistic acumen attracted attention early, but degraded and deteriorated over time. (Hiz skillz got worser.)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:21 am

etching

/ˈɛtʃɪŋ/
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1 A print produced by the process of etching.
1.1 mass noun The art or process of producing etched plates or objects.

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Online imaging offers yet another way to invite someone to see your etchings.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:21 am

Algot Runeman wrote:etching

When I was a charming young man, I invited many a girl to come see my etchings.
Many declined, wary of this seemingly sly predator.

Me getting older and grayer, this has steadily deteriorated, though I've cultivated a youthful charm.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:19 am

swarm

/swɔːm/
noun
1 A large or dense group of flying insects.
1.1 A large number of honeybees that leave a hive en masse with a newly fertilized queen in order to establish a new colony.
1.2 a swarm/swarms of - A large number of people or things.
1.3 A series of similar-sized earthquakes occurring together, typically near a volcano.
1.4 Astronomy A large number of minor celestial objects occurring together in space, especially a dense shower of meteors.

verb
[no object]
1 (of flying insects) move in or form a swarm.
1.1 (of honeybees, ants, or termites) issue from the nest in large numbers in order to mate and found new colonies.
2 no object, with adverbial Move somewhere in large numbers.
2.1 swarm with - Be crowded or overrun with (moving people or things)

Origin
Old English swearm (noun), of Germanic origin; related to German Schwarm, probably also to the base of Sanskrit svarati ‘it sounds’.

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Surrounded by the swarm, Bob did not enjoy his cooling drink.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:21 am

Algot Runeman wrote:swarm

There are also swarms in torrenting.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:37 am

foothill

/ˈfʊthɪl/
noun
usually foothills
A low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.

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Joe Bob gazed at the foothill and said, "Boy what a butte!"

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:23 am

cheat

/tʃiːt/
verb
1 no object - Act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.
1.1 with object - Gain an advantage over or deprive of something by using unfair or deceitful methods; defraud.
1.2 informal - Be sexually unfaithful.
2 with object - Avoid (something undesirable) by luck or skill.
noun
1 A person who behaves dishonestly in order to gain an advantage.
1.1 An act of cheating; a fraud or deception.
1.2 mass noun - A children's card game, the object of which is to get rid of one's cards while making declarations about them which may or may not be truthful.

Origin
Late Middle English shortening of escheat (the original sense).

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Being rich, in and of itself, is not a cheat, though, without doubt, it gives one an advantage over being poor. It is all in how one defines "hard work".

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:35 am

reluctance

/rɪˈlʌkt(ə)ns/
noun
mass noun
1 Unwillingness or disinclination to do something.
2 Physics - The property of a magnetic circuit of opposing the passage of magnetic flux lines, equal to the ratio of the magnetomotive force to the magnetic flux.

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It is with some reluctance on my part that this word is offered to you. What you do with it is up to you, of course.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:38 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:reluctance

She added a fifth Ace to her hand. Because that made her a cheat, she did it with reluctance (and fear of discovery), but her urge to win was too overwhelming and irresistible.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:57 pm

colonoscopy

/kɒləˈnɒskəpi/
noun
Medicine
A procedure in which a flexible fibre-optic instrument is inserted through the anus in order to examine the colon.
mass noun ‘a large group of patients undergoing colonoscopy’

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The most(?) elegant part of a colonoscopy is the after-procedure passing of gas. The colon is filled with air to make the bowel easier to examine.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:50 am

downplay

/daʊnˈpleɪ/
verb
[with object]
Make (something) appear less important than it really is.

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I will not attempt to downplay the joy you all give to me.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:26 am

Algot Runeman wrote:downplay

I don't want to downplay the importance of a colonoscopy, but, fortunately, I have been spared that up to now. We've had (Belgian people between 50 and 74 years old) a free screening for traces of blood in the stool.

Up to now I've always had positive results. I mean no blood in my faeces.

Well, I'm 75 now, so for me there's no free screening any more. If that means that, if you're 75 and you haven't had any bleeding colon polyps in the past you're not susceptible for the rest of your life, fine by me. Still I'd rather continue the screening even if I have to pay for it.

But lo and behold! When I asked for a stool testing kit, my pharmacist offered me a much more modern SELF TEST!

Oh well, I'll hold by dose to dake a zample.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:44 am

proactive

/prəʊˈaktɪv/
adjective
(of a person or action) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened.

Origin
1930s from pro- (denoting earlier occurrence), on the pattern of reactive.

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A driver is proactive by leaving a gap to the car in front rather than being a tail-gater.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:38 am

pontoon

/pɒnˈtuːn/ pon-toon
noun
1 A flat-bottomed boat or hollow metal cylinder used with others to support a temporary bridge or floating landing stage.
1.1 A bridge or landing stage supported by pontoons.
1.2 Each of a pair of floats fitted to an aircraft to enable it to land on water.
2 A large flat-bottomed barge or lighter equipped with cranes and tackle for careening ships and salvage work.

Origin
Late 17th century from French ponton, from Latin ponto, ponton-, from pons, pont- ‘bridge’.

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Paul piloted his pontoon plane to Philadelphia and plopped prettily into the well-prepared pond.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:19 am

commotion

/kəˈməʊʃ(ə)n/
noun
1 A state of confused and noisy disturbance.
mass noun ‘they set off firecrackers to make a lot of commotion’
1.1 mass noun Civil insurrection.

Origin
Late Middle English from Latin commotio(n-), from com- ‘altogether’ + motio (see motion).

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To paraphrase Little Eva from the 1960s, be calm. Come on. Come on. Do the low commotion with me.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:49 am

Algot Runeman wrote:commotion

If "commotion" means "moving together", then I would claim that dancing fits that category.
Or at least the "co-motion" subset.

P.S. I assume that the naval war in the Pacific was com-ocean commotion?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:08 am

raglan

/ˈraɡlən/ [rag-lan]
adjective
Having or denoting sleeves that continue in one piece up to the neck of a garment, without a shoulder seam.
noun
An overcoat with raglan sleeves.

Origin
Mid 19th century named after Lord Raglan (1788–1855), a British commander in the Crimean War.

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Ron ran races in his spiffy raglan shirt.

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