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by Dr. Goodword
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Carom
Replies: 0
Views: 23

Carom

• carom • Pronunciation: kæ -rêm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive Meaning: 1. Glance off, bounce off, rebound, ricochet. 2. In such games as billiards, pool, and snooker, to bounce the cue ball off one ball and hit another. Notes: English speakers have truly had difficulty locating thi...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ad hoc
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Ad hoc

• ad hoc • Pronunciation: æd- hahk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Formed temporarily for a specific, non-continuing purpose, as 'an ad hoc committee on ice removal'. 2. Impromptu, not planned, improvised, as 'an ad hoc attempt to remove the ice with a screwdriver'. Notes: Today we...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Memento
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Memento

• memento • Pronunciation: mê- men -to • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A keepsake, souvenir, an item you keep as a remembrance of a past event or experience. Notes: We English speakers haven't made up our minds on how to spell the plural of this word: mementos or mementoes ? So, both are O...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Snaggletooth
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Snaggletooth

• snaggletooth • Pronunciation: snæg -êl-tuth • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, adjective Meaning: 1. An irregular or projecting tooth. 2. A set of teeth with one or more missing or a person with such. 3. A child whose baby teeth are missing, because they are being replaced by adult teeth. Notes: Sn...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoodlum
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Hoodlum

• hoodlum • Pronunciation: hud -lêm, hUd -lêm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A young ruffian, hooligan, a street tough, a youthful troublemaker. Notes: Hoodlum usually refers to boys (not girls) and thug , to adults. Today's word has picked up a few derivational relatives: hoodlumish "lik...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Avid
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Avid

• avid • Pronunciation: æ -vid • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Having an extremely enthusiastic interest in something, having an eager desire for something. 2. Extremely greedy or thirsty for some abstraction, having an insatiable craving for, gluttonous for an abstract concept. No...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fealty
Replies: 0
Views: 41

Fealty

• fealty • Pronunciation: fee -êl-ti • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. The loyalty of a vassal to his lord. 2. The fidelity felt for a sovereign or intense patriotism toward one's country. 3. Intense fidelity to anything, as 'fealty fans to a movie star'. Notes: Fidelity is loyalty ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Objurgate
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Objurgate

• objurgate • Pronunciation: ahb -jêr-gayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: To rebuke harshly, to scold or berate offensively. Notes: Patched and tattered clichés like 'chew out', 'cuss out', 'dress down', 'call on the carpet' (and these are just the clean ones) have all but obl...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Perspicacious
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Perspicacious

• perspicacious • Pronunciation: pêr-spê- kay -shês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Mentally acute and discerning, clear-sighted, foresightful. Notes: The adverb for this good adjective is perspicaciously , and the noun indicating that special capacity of perspicacious people is persp...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nosegay
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Nosegay

• nosegay • Pronunciation: noz -gay • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A small, fragrant bouquet of flowers or herbs, used for decoration. Notes: Nosegay is still alive and well, especially in the floral business but also wherever floral decorations might be used. This word is a lexical orpha...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dysphemism
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Dysphemism

• dysphemism • Pronunciation: dis -fê-mi-zêm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A derogatory word used to replace a more pleasant word, such as 'funny farm' for 'mental hospital'. Antonym: euphemism . Notes: We've already met a nice word used to replace a bad one; now we have the name of a ba...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Proning - Definition Sought
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Re: Proning - Definition Sought

I just added a sentence to the Notes section of prone.
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Adding new words to Merriam-Webster
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Adding new words to Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster added 520 new entries last month. Here is a short review by the Angry Grammarian.
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rebellion
Replies: 0
Views: 72

Rebellion

• rebellion • Pronunciation: rê- bel -yên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Resistance to power, disobedience to authority of any sort. 2. Insurrection, insurgency, uprising against political authority, attempted political revolution. Notes: We have a problem in 2021 of rebellion in the U...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: President
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: President

No, this one is new to me. But I did hear once on the radio a recording of Theodore Bikel playing an archaeologist a thousand years from now trying to figure out the ruins of Washington, DC. I only recall that it is hilarious and that he came to the conclusion from written fragments that it was the ...

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