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by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Show-off
Replies: 0
Views: 28

Show-off

• show-off • Pronunciation: show -awf • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. (Mass noun) Pretentious, ostentatious display, deliberate conspicuous display, as 'a show-off of knowledge of jazz'. 2. (Count noun) A person given to deliberate pretentious display of their possessions, talents, or k...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Latest on the New Book
Replies: 0
Views: 208

Latest on the New Book

The new book has been sent to the publisher and the final title is "The 100 Most Interesting Words in English". It will be a celebration of 15 years of Good Words, over 3000 of them. I have chosen a mixture of interesting words--interesting for their history, meanings, and notes--and what I think ar...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Debauch
Replies: 0
Views: 193

Debauch

• debauch • Pronunciation: di- bawch • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To morally corrupt, pervert, deprave, defile. 2. To greatly reduce in value or quality of something, to degrade or debase it. Notes: The action noun for this word is debauchery. However, this verb may be used without a...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Calque
Replies: 0
Views: 179

Calque

• calque • Pronunciation: kælk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Loan translation, a word-for-word translation of a phrase or compound word in another language. The phrase "that goes without saying" is a calque of French "cela va sans dire". Notes: The QUE pronounced [k] at the end of today'...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Malediction
Replies: 0
Views: 222

Malediction

• malediction • Pronunciation: mæl-ê- dik -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A curse, an invocation of evil upon someone or something. 2. An act of vicious slander. Notes: Today's is a fairly straightforward Latin loan word. It offers a choice of adjectives, maledictory or maledictiv...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Egad
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Egad

• egad • Pronunciation: ee- gæd • Hear it! Part of Speech: Interjection Meaning: An interjection demonstrating surprise, gosh, by gosh, zounds. Notes: Today's Good Word often appears in the plural, egads. This word is a rare bird that pretty much went out of fashion at the end of the 19th century. ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cute
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Cute

• cute • Pronunciation: kyut • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Appealingly dainty, childishly pretty, as 'a cute girl'. 2. Contrived or precious, as 'a cute trick'. 3. (Archaic) Shrewd, clever. Notes: Our long-time friend Chris Stewart recommended this word as one of his pet peeves. ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Knave
Replies: 1
Views: 393

Knave

• knave • Pronunciation: nayv • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A dishonest man, a cunning unscrupulous rogue. 2. In a deck of cards, the jack. Notes: Here is a word that renews alphaDictionary's long war on profanity. We know we're just jousting with windmills, but the alternatives to vu...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Prudent
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Prudent

• prudent • Pronunciation: prud -ênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Acting reasonably with thought for the future, acting with foresight, conservative, cautious, judicious, provident, frugal. Notes: Today's Good Word comes with sterling credentials. The noun accompanying this word is...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cappuccino
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Cappuccino

• cappuccino • Pronunciation: kæ-pê-chi-no • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: Espresso coffee with hot milk, topped with steamed foam, especially as served in coffee bars. Notes: Cappuccino , like espresso (not expresso ), is an Italian word reflecting the origin of the coffee itself. A...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Vehemently
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Re: Vehemently

This one is covered by vehemence.
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fulminate
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Fulminate

https://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/fulminate
You're right; it is a good one--and one of my best.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Estoppel
Replies: 0
Views: 64

Estoppel

• estoppel • Pronunciation: e- stah -pêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A rule of evidence which precludes (estops) a person from denying the truth of some statement previously made by himself (equitable estoppel). 2. A rule of evidence that precludes failure to take legal action until...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Brio
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Brio

• brio • Pronunciation: bree -o • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: Liveliness, sprightliness, vigor, high spirits, verve, zing, gusto, enthusiasm Notes: Brio is what I like to call a lexical orphan, for it has no verbal relations: no adjective or verb has been derived from i...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Effraction
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Effraction

• effraction • Pronunciation: i- fræk -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A break-in, forcible entry, robbery. Notes: This rarely used word suggests a large family of Latinate relatives, like effract , effractive , and effractable . Yet these form do not seem to have ever been used. Dict...

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