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by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Whistleblower
Replies: 0
Views: 96

Whistleblower

• whistleblower • Pronunciation: (h)wis -êl-blo-wêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Tattle-tale, snitch, squealer, stool pigeon; someone who reports bad activities in some organization. Notes: The four synonyms in the Meaning above all have negative connotations . Today's Good Word has onl...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nugatory
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Nugatory

• nugatory • Pronunciation: nyu -gê-to-ri • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Trifling, inconsequential, insignificant, as 'a nugatory comment'. 2. Inoperative, inapplicable, invalid, unenforced, as 'nugatory law'. Notes: Today's word is an adjective from nugator "empty-headed or frivo...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Schadenfreude
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Schadenfreude

• schadenfreude • Pronunciation: shahd -ên-froy-dê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: Mischief-joy, gleeful joy in the misfortune of others. Notes: This Good Word has retained so much of its original German character that it has no English relatives. It does carry a few spelling pitfall...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoi Polloi
Replies: 10
Views: 1749

Re: Hoi Polloi

An interesting story, George. Sorry I missed it earlier. I'm still catching up.

--RB
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Grandiloquence
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Grandiloquence

• grandiloquence • Pronunciation: græn- dil -ê-kwins • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (No plural) <b>Meaning: 1.</b> Extravagance with the intention to impress, grandiosity, lavishness. 2. Pomposity, bombast, high-flown exaggeration in style, pretentiousness. Notes: Today we have the noun from...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Whip
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Whip

• whip • Pronunciation: hwip • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A lash or scourge, an instrument of punishment with a handle attached to a long, slender, flexible or loose flagellum. 2. Egg-beater, a kitchen utensil made of looped or coiled wires used for whipping eggs and the like. 3. The...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Queue
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Queue

• queue • Pronunciation: kyu • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A line of people or other things waiting their turn. 2. A list ordered from highest to lowest in priority. Notes: It is interesting to note the things people associate with the lines they sometimes have to stand in. The German...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pandiculation
Replies: 1
Views: 361

Pandiculation

• pandiculation • Pronunciation: pæn-di-kyê- lay -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: No, this word doesn't mean "acting like a panda"; it has nothing to do with pandas except right after they wake up. This Good Word refers to the full body stretch, stretching the entire body, inclu...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cogent
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Cogent

• cogent • Pronunciation: ko -jênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Clear and compelling, logical, rational, appealing to reason. Notes: We live in times when politics is far from cogent. Still, this word survives with its adverb, cogently , and noun, cogency . In Play: This word comes...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Repast
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Repast

• repast • Pronunciation: ri- pæst • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A meal or the food for a meal or feast. Notes: Here we have a fancier word for a meal when the situation calls for it. It may be used in jest or in reference to a special meal or feast. It comes with no current derivational...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Din
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Din

• din • Pronunciation: din • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: A dull continuous noise, a droning noisome noise. Notes: Today's Good Word developed from the Germanic ancestors of English, so we are left with the present participle for the action noun and adjective: dinning . ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: Obdurate, whip
Replies: 1
Views: 3445

Re: Obdurate, whip

We've already done obdurate: https://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/obdurate. Whip we haven't done and it has an interesting history and some interesting uses. It's on the list.

I really would like to have your actual name for the acknowledgement.

--RB
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Subdue
Replies: 0
Views: 254

Subdue

• subdue • Pronunciation: sêb- dyu • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: Overcome, conquer, to bring under control. Notes: English has another verb, subduct "remove, subtract", from the same source as subdue . The noun for subduct is subduction ; the Latinate noun for subdue is the rarely used: ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Luxuriant
Replies: 0
Views: 236

Luxuriant

• luxuriant • Pronunciation: lêg- zhu -ri-ênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Abundant, sumptuous, lush, growing thickly and profusely. 2. Extravagant, excessive. 3. Excessively florid or elaborate, prolix (writing style). Notes: Today's good adjective is a variant of luxurious but...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nemesis
Replies: 0
Views: 329

Nemesis

• nemesis • Pronunciation: nem -ê-sis • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. An undefeatable archenemy, an unconquerable opponent. 2. A danger or threat to well-being. 3. Retribution, revenge, punishment. http://www.alphadictionary.com/images/nemesis.gif Notes: English words ending on - is [is...

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