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by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Comprehend
Replies: 0
Views: 15

Comprehend

• harass • Pronunciation: hê- ræs or hæ -rês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To continuously pester, to annoy persistently, to harry, to persistently intimidate. 2. To create a hostile environment by unwelcome verbal or physical intimidation. Notes: This word was misspelled ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Comprehend
Replies: 0
Views: 66

Comprehend

• comprehend • Pronunciation: kahm-pri- hend • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. Understand, grasp mentally, figure out, get your head around. 2. Include, encompass, embrace, comprise, contain. Notes: Today's word comes with a large lexical family. The noun is comprehension with...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Frack
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Frack

• frack • Pronunciation: fræk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To fracture rock surrounding a well to increase the flow of oil or gas. This is accomplished by injecting large amounts of liquid under high pressure into cracks in the rock in order to split them open. Notes: Fracking has been ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Shambolic
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Shambolic

• shambolic • Pronunciation: shæm- bah -lik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: (Colloquial) Chaotic, disorderly, disorganized. Notes: Today's Good Word rarely emerges among speakers raised in the US. It is a particularly British bit of slang, but certainly deserving wider circulation in ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Trapeze
Replies: 0
Views: 94

Trapeze

• trapeze • Pronunciation: træ- peez • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A gymnastic or acrobatic device consisting of a short parallel bar suspended between two ropes. 2. A sling at the end of a rope attached to the masthead of a sailboat. Notes: I have for a long time wondered what trapez...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paradigm
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Paradigm

Rhyme was originally spelled rime, as in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The spelling was intentionally changed by classicists who associated the word with rhythm from Classical Latin, which borrowed it from Greek.
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fulgent
Replies: 1
Views: 49

Fulgent

• fulgent • Pronunciation: fUl -jênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Shining brightly, radiant, glittering. 2. Resplendent, glorious, spectacular, refulgent. 3. (Heraldry; postmodifier) Having rays, as 'a star refulgent with eight rays on a field of red'. Notes: The noun accompanyi...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mores
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Mores

• mores • Pronunciation: mo -rayz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, plural Meaning: 1. Customs, manners, traditional ways of doing things. 2. Moral attitudes or values. Notes: Today's word has no singular; it is what linguists call a pluralis tantum "always plural" noun. So, there simply i...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Senior
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Senior

• senior • Pronunciation: seen -yêr • Hear it! Part of Speech : Adjective, Noun Meaning: 1. The older of two, abbreviated Sr. , as 'a father and son named John Smith, Sr. and John Smith, Jr.' 2. A politically correct synonym of old , as 'a senior citizen'. 3. Related to the final year of high schoo...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Segregation
Replies: 0
Views: 99

Segregation

• segregation • Pronunciation: se-grê- gay -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. The action of setting apart or state of being set apart from each other; separation by group. 2. To separate groups on the basis of perceived superiority-inferiority, as 'racial segregatio...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dicker
Replies: 0
Views: 106

Dicker

[goodword]• dicker •[goodword] Pronunciation: dik -êr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive (no objects) Meaning: 1. To bargain, to argue over price or conditions of exchange, to haggle over details. 2. To fiddle or fidget (with), as in, "Don't dicker with the TV; you'll make it even wo...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Coming soon!
Replies: 0
Views: 653

Coming soon!

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by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Obtrude
Replies: 0
Views: 111

Obtrude

• obtrude • Pronunciation: ahb- trud • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To thrust outward, to push forward. 2. To impose yourself or your opinions forcibly on others without their consent. Notes: Today's Good Word belongs to an old and distinguished family of Latin borrowings that include ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Alembic
Replies: 0
Views: 108

Alembic

• alembic • Pronunciation: ê- lem -bik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. An ancient vessel used for distillation; a retort with a tube coming out of its top. 2. Anything capable of distillation. Notes: Here is an arcane word referring to something archaic, that is still in use. Alembic pr...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Smidgen
Replies: 0
Views: 49

Smidgen

• smidgen • Pronunciation: smi -jin • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A bit, a smidge, a tiny amount, a whit, an iota. Notes: Today's word has been spelled smidgin, and Merriam-Webster and several other dictionaries list that spelling as "less common". It has no lexical family, but...

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