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  • Word of the Day: ULTRACREPIDARIAN

    05/25/2018 6:34:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 05/25/2018 | Red Badger
    ____________________________________________________________________________________ Ultracrepidarian. Definition: one who is presumptuous and offers advice or opinions beyond one's sphere of knowledge. The meaning of this word comes from a story in antiquity, in which the famed Greek painter Apelles one day heard a cobbler criticizing the way he had rendered a foot in a painting. ul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an ˌəltrəkrepəˈderēən/ adjective adjective: ultracrepidarian; adjective: ultra-crepidarian 1. expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one's knowledge or expertise. "“Dad, how do we know the universe is expanding?” inquires your six-year-old. Try answering that without resorting to an ultracrepidarian trick here or there" noun noun: ultracrepidarian; plural noun:...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(5/21/18)Nascent

    05/20/2018 5:30:44 PM PDT · by left that other site · 9 replies
    Merriam Webster | 5/21/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(5/21/18)Nascent Word of the Day : May 7th, 2018 Nascent Definition : coming or having recently come into existence Did You Know? Nascent comes from nascens, the present participle of the Latin verb nasci, which means "to be born." It is a relative newcomer to the collection of English words that derive from that Latin verb. In fact, when the word nascent was itself a newborn, in the first quarter of the 17th century, other nasci offspring were already respectably mature. Nation, native, and nature had been around since the 1300s; innate and natal, since the...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(5/14/18)flocculate

    05/13/2018 4:26:53 PM PDT · by left that other site · 30 replies
    Merriam Webster
    WORD FOR THE DAY(5/14/18)flocculate Word of the Day : May 7th, 2018 flocculate verb FLAH-kyuh-layt Definition : to aggregate or coalesce into small lumps or loose clusters Did You Know? In the late 16th century, scientists noticed that the loose masses separated from a solution or suspension through precipitation often resembled tufts of wool, and they began to refer to them as flocks, using a word for "tufts" that comes ultimately from the synonymous Latin word floccus. (This flock is not related to the flock that refers to a group of animals, which comes from Old English flocc, meaning...
  • Word For The Day - abstruse

    05/11/2018 7:43:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | 05/11/2018 | Red Badger
    ============================================================================== In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ab·struse abˈstro͞os,əbˈstro͞os/ adjective: abstruse difficult to understand; obscure. "an abstruse philosophical inquiry" synonyms: obscure, arcane, esoteric, little known, recherché, rarefied, recondite, difficult, hard, puzzling, perplexing, cryptic, enigmatic, Delphic, complex, complicated, involved, over/above one's head, incomprehensible, unfathomable, impenetrable, mysterious "her abstruse arguments were hard to follow" Origin: late 16th century: from Latin abstrusus ‘put away, hidden,’ from abstrudere ‘conceal,’ from ab- ‘from’ + trudere ‘to push.’
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(5/7/18)Anathema

    05/07/2018 7:18:05 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    Merriam Webster | 5/7/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(5/7/18)Anathema Word of the Day : May 7th, 2018 anathema noun uh-NATH-uh-muh Definition 1 a : one that is cursed by ecclesiastical authority b : someone or something intensely disliked or loathed usually used as a predicate nominative 2 a : a ban or curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by excommunication b : the denunciation of something as accursed c : a vigorous denunciation : curse Did You Know? From a historical perspective, anathema can be considered a one-word oxymoron. When it first appeared in English in the 1500s, it...
  • Word For The Day - DIABOLIC

    05/04/2018 6:37:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 05/04/2018 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". diabolic (daɪəbɒlɪk ) 1. adjective Diabolic is used to describe things that people think are caused by or belong to the Devil. [formal] ...the diabolic forces which lurk in all violence. 2. adjective If you describe something as diabolic, you are emphasizing that it is very bad, extreme, or unpleasant. [mainly US, emphasis] Pitt's smile returned, and it was hideously diabolic.
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(4/30/18)Cathexis

    04/30/2018 6:07:32 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    Merriam Webster | 4/30/18 | left that other site
    WORD FOR THE DAY(4/30/18)Cathexis Word of the Day : April 30, 2018 cathexis Definition : investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea Did You Know? You might suspect that cathexis derives from a word for "emotion," but in actuality the key concept is "holding." Cathexis comes to us by way of New Latin (Latin as used after the medieval period in scientific description or classification) from the Greek word kathexis, meaning "holding." It can ultimately be traced back (through katechein, meaning "to hold fast, occupy") to the Greek verb echein, meaning "to...
  • Word for the Day - PUTSCH

    04/27/2018 8:21:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    wiktionary ^ | 04/27/2018 | Red Badger
    putsch po͝oCH/ noun noun: putsch; plural noun: putsches a violent attempt to overthrow a government. Origin early 20th century: from Swiss German, literally ‘thrust, blow.’ Noun putsch (plural putsches) A coup; an illegal effort to forcibly overthrow the current government. quotations ▼ Synonyms: coup, coup d'état Afterward, the ringleaders of the failed putsch were publicly executed.
  • Word For The Day: KAKIOTOCRAT

    04/25/2018 6:00:16 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 17 replies
    current madness | 4/25/18 | FRWFTDED
    Word For The Day, In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". kakiotocrat [kak ee OAT o krat] noun symbiote 'an organism living in symbiosis' kakistocracy 'government by the worst people' leading us to: kakiotocrat the worse kind of organism living on the body politic. Not typically symbiotic (doing no harm) but is more commonly parasitic, draining the lifeblood from its host.
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(4/23/18)Vulnerable

    04/23/2018 6:03:03 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    WORD FOR THE DAY(4/23/18) Word of the Day : April 23, 2018 vulnerable Definition 1 : capable of being physically or emotionally wounded 2 : open to attack or damage : assailable Did You Know? Vulnerable is ultimately derived from the Latin noun vulnus ("wound"). Vulnus led to the Latin verb vulnerare, meaning "to wound," and then to the Late Latin adjective vulnerabilis, which became vulnerable in English in the early 1600s. Vulnerable originally meant "capable of being physically wounded" or "having the power to wound" (the latter is now obsolete), but since the late 1600s,...
  • Word Of The Day - vituperous

    04/20/2018 7:22:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | 04/20/2018 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". vituperous English Etymology From French vitupreux, from Late Latin vituperosus, from Latin vituperare (to blame, censure), from vitium (fault, defect) + parare (to furnish, provide, contrive). Adjective vituperous (comparative more vituperous, superlative most vituperous) (rare) Vituperative. (rare) Worthy of blame. Quotations 1682: A. Marsh, The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and The Confession of the New-married Couple Yet howsoever though this is true, nevertheless I must furnish the delicate stomackt Ladies with some sort of...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(4/16/18)loquacious

    04/16/2018 11:58:00 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    Merriam Webster | 4/16/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(4/16/18) loquacious adjective lo·qua·cious \ lō-ˈkwā-shəs \ Definition of loquacious 1 : full of excessive talk : wordy 2 : given to fluent or excessive talk : garrulous — loquaciously adverb — loquaciousness noun Examples of loquacious in a Sentence 1. … long-cultivated dislikes and resentments, combined with a general expectation of coming apocalypse. He talked about these topics in a manner that managed to be tight-lipped and loquacious at the same time. —Ian Frazier,  New Yorker,  22 & 29 Dec. 2003 2. … the flaw of the genre is not in betraying the loquacious John...
  • Word For The Day - contumely

    04/13/2018 6:51:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | 04/13/2018 | Red Badger
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ con·tu·me·ly ˈkäntyo͝oməlē,ˈkäntyo͝omlē/ noun noun: contumely; plural noun: contumelies insolent or insulting language or treatment. "the church should not be exposed to gossip and contumely" Origin late Middle English: from Old French contumelie, from Latin contumelia, perhaps from con- ‘with’ + tumere ‘to swell.’
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(4/9/18)querulous

    04/09/2018 8:06:45 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    Merriam Webster | 4/9/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(4/9/18) querulous adjective quer·u·lous \ ˈkwer-yə-ləs , -ə-ləs also ˈkwir- \ •   •   •   •   •   •   Definition of querulous 1 : habitually complaining 2 : fretful, whining • a querulous voice — querulously adverb — querulousness noun Examples of querulous in a Sentence 1. car trips that were frequently spoiled by a couple of querulous passengers in the back Recent Examples of querulous from the Web • Kate Kearney-Patch's Marína, the old nurse who knows how to soothe the querulous personalities around, doesn't want the spotlight, but her presence...
  • Word For The Day - vicissitude

    04/06/2018 7:12:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 04-06-2018 | Red Badger
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ vicissitude noun 1. a change or variation occurring in the course of something. 2. interchange or alternation, as of states or things. 3. vicissitudes, successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs: They remained friends through the vicissitudes of 40 years. 4. regular change or succession of one state or thing to another. 5. change; mutation; mutability. vi·cis·si·tude vəˈsisəˌt(y)o͞od/ noun plural noun: vicissitudes a change...
  • Word Of The Day: LUGUBRIOUS

    04/04/2018 6:21:20 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 14 replies
    Word For The Day, In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". LUGUBRIOUS [le GOO bree us] hear it pronounced adjective Definition of lugubrious 1 : mournful; especially : exaggeratedly or affectedly (see affected 1) mournful dark, dramatic and lugubrious brooding V. S. Pritchett the tour de force of lugubrious cliche is ten times longer than this review Martin Amis 2 : dismal a lugubrious landscape lugubrious cello music lugubriously adverb lugubriousness noun
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(4/2/18) Agon

    04/01/2018 6:35:14 PM PDT · by left that other site · 8 replies
    Merriam Webster | 4/2/18
    WORD FOR THE DAY(4/2/18) agon noun AH-gahn • • • Definition : conflict; especially : the dramatic conflict between the chief characters in a literary work Did You Know? Agon comes from the Greek word agōn, which is translated with a number of meanings, among them "contest," "competition at games," and "gathering." In ancient Greece, agons (the word is also pluralized in English as agones) were contests held during public festivals. The contests—among them the ancient Olympics, on which our modern Olympics is modeled—involved everything from athletics to chariot and horse racing to music and literature. Agon in the...
  • A Good Friday thought from Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago"

    03/30/2018 5:25:23 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    Wikiquote ^ | 1957 | Boris Pasternak
    "I think that if the beast who sleeps in man could be held down by threats any kind of threat, whether of jail or of retribution after death then the highest emblem of humanity would be the lion tamer in the circus with his whip, not the prophet who sacrificed himself. But dont you see, this is just the point what has for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but an inward music: the irresistible power of unarmed truth."
  • Word of the Day: VOUCHSAFE

    03/30/2018 6:38:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | 03-30-2018 | Red Badger
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". vouch·safe vouCHˈsāf,ˈvouCHˌsāf/ verb verb: vouchsafe; 3rd person present: vouchsafes; past tense: vouchsafed; past participle: vouchsafed; gerund or present participle: vouchsafing give or grant (something) to (someone) in a gracious or condescending manner. "it is a blessing vouchsafed him by heaven" reveal or disclose (information). "you'd never vouchsafed that interesting tidbit before" Origin Middle English: originally as the phrase vouch something safe on someone, i.e., ‘warrant the secure conferment of (something on someone).’
  • WORD FOR THE DAY(3/26/18) Woolgathering

    03/25/2018 5:15:33 PM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    Merriam Webster | 3/26/18 | left that other site
    WORD FOR THE DAY(3/26/18) woolgathering noun WOOL-gath-uh-ring Definition : indulgence in idle daydreaming Did You Know? Woolgathering once literally referred to the act of gathering loose tufts of wool that had gotten caught on bushes and fences as sheep passed by. As you might imagine, woolgathering was not the most profitable of enterprises; its practitioners must have seemed to wander aimlessly, gaining little for their efforts. In the mid-16th century, woolgathering began to appear in figurative phrases such as "my wits went a woolgathering"in other words, "my mind went wandering aimlessly." From there, it wasn't long before the word...