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by BarbaraK
Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Graffiti
Replies: 1
Views: 884

Graffiti

Lately this word has been popping up for me. First, I used it while out with my 7 yr old grandson, pointing some graffiti out on a bridge. He had never heard the word before. Then later that week I heard it came from an Italian word meaning "scratch or to scratch". And in today's Good Word...
by BarbaraK
Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: muscle
Replies: 2
Views: 1071

muscle

I am surprised I did not know the root of this word before! "Mouse" and I learned of it in a magazine I get for my 10 yr old granddaughter! "muscle (n.) late 14c., from Middle French muscle "muscle, sinew" (14c.) and directly from Latin musculus "a muscle," literal...
by BarbaraK
Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Susurrous
Replies: 3
Views: 1396

Re: Susurrous

I had not heard of this word in English before but guessed the meaning because I know the Spanish "susurrar"....that happens to me a lot! :)
by BarbaraK
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sinister
Replies: 8
Views: 1710

Re: Sinister

I remember this from the Spanish "siniestra" and the opposite "diestra" (which in English appears in "dexterity") Then I recall the Monty Python movie with the Roman soldiers marching to "dexter, sinster, dexter ,sinster" LOL In Spanish literature ("ElCid...
by BarbaraK
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: Review of alphaDictionary website completed
Replies: 1
Views: 2747

Re: Review of alphaDictionary website completed

excellent!! I just told someone about this site yesterday..
by BarbaraK
Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Nidifugous
Replies: 12
Views: 4373

Re: Nidifugous

:D LOL..that would be about right..we were just discussing how young people stay at home longer than we would have wanted to..it is a different time!
by BarbaraK
Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Nidifugous
Replies: 12
Views: 4373

Re: Nidifugous

that would be a good use of it also
except ..when is "leaving the nest early" these days! ?
by BarbaraK
Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Nidifugous
Replies: 12
Views: 4373

Re: Nidifugous

yes, it seems a good use of the word...runaway children..are nidifugous! LOL :D
by BarbaraK
Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Nidifugous
Replies: 12
Views: 4373

Re: Nidifugous

thanks,Perry..I have not been back until now to see your replies!!
love the joke,Philip
by BarbaraK
Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Nidifugous
Replies: 12
Views: 4373

Nidifugous

I am reading a book ("The Tender Bar") in which the main character loves big words...when he mentioned "Nidifugous"..I thought "Really? that is a word?" LOL But when I saw the definition, it made sense:a bird who leaves the nest early I knew "nido" is "ne...
by BarbaraK
Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:13 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Occidental
Replies: 5
Views: 2078

Occidental

today's Good word, wester, reminded me of this :Occident/ Occidental. We are very familiar with their opposites: Orient/Oriental It became evident to me when I was teaching Spanish that the students did not realize "Occidente" was a cognate like "Oriente" I rarely see or hear &qu...
by BarbaraK
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PICARESQUE
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

LukeJavan8 wrote:It was discussed somewhat here:

http://www.alphadictionary.com/bb/viewt ... t=quixotic


thanks,Luke, interesting, I had not seen that..
but it never made it as "good word" of the day?
by BarbaraK
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: HABERDASHER
Replies: 5
Views: 1625

haber

that is a really good possibility!
by BarbaraK
Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: quixotic
Replies: 2
Views: 1666

quixotic

today's Good word, "picaresque" put me in mind of another that originated in Spanish literature, "quixotic"..from good ol' Don Quixote...(Quixote/Quijote...due to the old confusion of x and j..like in "Mexico/Mejico")
"noble but impractical"
by BarbaraK
Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PICARESQUE
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

love the word

I enjoyed seeing this word of the day as I taught Spanish and Spanish literature...I have a special place in my heart for Lazarillo de Tormes...but this word always makes me smile because I remember a student who ,when I said "picaresque" said ,quite haughtily, "don't you mean 'pictur...

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