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by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Supernumerary
Replies: 0
Views: 31

Supernumerary

• supernumerary • Pronunciation: su-pêr- n(y)u -mên-er-ri • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Exceeding the usual number, extra, backup. 2. More than necessary, redundant. 3. A very minor actor in a theatrical presentation, especially in crowd scenes, an extra. Notes: Supernumerary may...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wreak
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Wreak

• wreak • Pronunciation: reek • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To inflict, as 'to wreak our wrath on someone'. 2. To vent, to express forcefully, as 'to wreak indignation'. 3. (Ageing, if not already archaic) To avenge, as 'to wreak the wreckage left by a divorce'. Notes: Her...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wretch
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Wretch

• wretch • Pronunciation: rech • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A person in deep misery from distress, sorrow, poverty or other misfortune. 2. A vile, degenerate, or reprehensible person. Notes: Today's Good Word is purely English, so we are not surprised to see that it forms a native En...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Folk
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Folk

• folk • Pronunciation: fowk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. People in general, ordinary people: 'folk hero', 'folklore'. 2. (Plural) Parents or members of the wider family: 'My folks won't let me go. What do your folks say?' Notes: L is pronounced [w] before K in other words, too: milk...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Striate
Replies: 0
Views: 114

Striate

• striate • Pronunciation: strai -ayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective, verb Meaning: Marked with striae or striations (stripes), striped, having many more or less parallel lines, grooves or rows. Notes: Today's word is the adjective for stria (Latinate plural striae ). It is also a verb meanin...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bon mot
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: Bon mot

I have to share this one with yall. George Kovac caught a delightful interchange between two commentators of the Trump presence at the NATO meeting: I heard a delightful epigram—more of a bon mot, actually—this morning on CNN. The commentator showed a clip of the various NATO leaders sitting for a m...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Screed
Replies: 0
Views: 98

Screed

• screed • Pronunciation: skreed • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A long speech or writing, especially a tedious one. 2. (Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland) A scrap, shred of fabric. 3. A narrow strip of some material, especially placed on a surface as a guide to thickness. 4. Flooring or ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bon mot
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: Bon mot

Most English dictionaries give only the French spelling for the (English) plural, i.e. bons mots. Quite true. I felt the "Notes" were getting a bit long, so omitted the French option hoping no one would notice. I am well called to task on that decision. I've revised the Notes to correct t...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Timocracy
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Timocracy

• timocracy • Pronunciation: ti- mah -krê-si • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Plato considered timocracy government by the principles of honor. 2. To Aristotle, on the other hand, it was a government in which the ownership of property is a prerequisite for holding office. Notes: The adje...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Posse
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: Posse

Posse Been there, done that, have the T-shirt.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Agerasia
Replies: 1
Views: 1019

Re: Agerasia

Agerasia Been there, done that. However, the Oxford English Dictionary tells us that this word was and is "originally and chiefly in dictionaries". Well, as the population of the planet ages, maybe it's time it came out.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bon mot
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Bon mot

• bon mot • Pronunciation: bahn- mo • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A witticism, a clever or witty turn of phrase. Notes: The plural of today's word is bon mots, pronounced [bahn-moz]. A bon mot is a particularly well-turned phrase, distinguished more by wittiness than by profundity, such ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bulwark
Replies: 0
Views: 112

Bulwark

• bulwark • Pronunciation: bUl -wêrk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1 . A solid structure or wall raised for defense. In nautical terms, it's a breakwater or the part of a ship's side above the upper deck provided with a gangplank for passengers to board. 2. By extension, anything that pr...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Perdition
Replies: 0
Views: 100

Perdition

• perdition • Pronunciation: pêr- di -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Eternal damnation or complete destruction. 2. Hades, hell. Notes: Usually words on -tion come from verbs or adjectives: educate : education, contrite : contrition, edit : edition. You can't perdite your way to pe...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Independence
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Independence

• independence • Pronunciation: in-dê- pen -dêns • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. Freedom from outside influence or control, self-regulation, self-governance. 2. Having sufficient income to support yourself and your family, self-reliant (financial independence). http://...

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