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by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mudita
Replies: 0
Views: 36

Mudita

• mudita • Pronunciation: mu -di-tah • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Joy in someone's happiness, good fortune. Notes: English borrowed the German word for "joy in someone's misfortune", Schadenfreude, but has no antonym for this word. There is an effort abroad on the Web to adopt...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: mudita
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Re: mudita

I'm guessing accent falls on the first syllable. Does that sound right to you?
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flail
Replies: 0
Views: 91

Flail

• flail • Pronunciation: flayl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Verb Meaning: 1. (Noun) A manual threshing device or medieval combat weapon consisting of a long wooden handle and a shorter, free-swinging metal ball with spikes attached to its end. 2. (Verb) To thresh or winnow with a flail. 3. (Ver...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Euphemisms and Hidden Words
Replies: 0
Views: 212

Euphemisms and Hidden Words

I just put up two new lists linked to the alphaDictionary homepage: Euphemisms for 'Crazy' and 'Stupid' and Hidden Words , words we no longer notice inside other words. About two years ago, I promised to put up a page of euphemistic phrases we use to replace words like crazy and stupid and asked tha...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oyez
Replies: 0
Views: 162

Oyez

• oyez • Pronunciation: o- yay , o -yez, o -yes • Hear it! Part of Speech: Interjection Meaning: Hear ye! Notes: This word is often exclaimed by a court official three times before making a proclamation, usually announcing the arrival of the judge. The pronunciation [o-yes] is by folk etymology. In...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Chimera
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Chimera

• chimera • Pronunciation: ki- mee -rê, kai- mee -rê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A fanciful illusion, a phantom, something hoped for but imaginary and not real. 2. (Medicine) An organism containing tissue from two genetically different species, a result of transplantation, grafting,...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Chachka
Replies: 0
Views: 149

Chachka

• chachka • Pronunciation: chahch -kê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A gewgaw, bibelot, knickknack, trinket, whatnot—a small inexpensive trinket or souvenir. 2. A bimbo, a showy young woman, possibly someone's bit on the side. Notes: Our fellow webwinged logophile, Thel Casper, who sug...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wary
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Wary

• wary • Pronunciation: we -ri • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Prudent, cautious, leery, vigilant. 2. Suspicious, skeptical, alert to danger. Notes: Aware is closely related to this word, but it is what I call a "defective" adjective since it may be used only in the predi...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ablaqueate
Replies: 0
Views: 165

Ablaqueate

• ablaqueate • Pronunciation: ê- blæ -kwi-ayt (US), ah- blah -kwi-ayt (UK) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To loosen or remove the soil over the roots of a plant to expose them to air or rain, or to hold rainwater. Notes: This rarely used verb has not escaped the vocabulary of the botanist...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: I
Replies: 0
Views: 152

I

• I • Pronunciation: ai • Hear it! Part of Speech: Pronoun, personal Meaning: First person singular pronoun referring to the speaker. Notes : Today's Good Word is one of two one-letter words; a is the other. It is the only pronoun capitalized. In Russian you capitalize the word for "you" ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Innuendo
Replies: 0
Views: 185

Innuendo

• innuendo • Pronunciation: in-yu- wen -do • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Suggestive hint, oblique allusion, subtle indiscreet insinuation. Notes: Don't forget to double the first N but not the second in this word. The plural is innuendos without the E. Because of the foreign ending on O,...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rejuvenate
Replies: 0
Views: 160

Rejuvenate

• rejuvenate • Pronunciation: ree- ju -vê-nayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. Make youthful again, refresh, reinvigorate, make more lively, pump more life into. 2. Restore to original condition, as 'rejuvenate an old sofa'. Notes: In order to rejuvenate something, must it have been juv...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Foudroyant
Replies: 0
Views: 162

Foudroyant

• foudroyant • Pronunciation: fu- droy -yênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Thunderous, noisy and at the same time flashy, dazzling; explosive. 2. (Medicine) Having an unexpectedly sudden and severe onset (of a disease). Notes: Today's Good Word comes from a family of émigrés from...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Electrolyte
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Electrolyte

• electrolyte • Pronunciation: ê- lek -trê-lait • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. An ion of such substances as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, phosphate, and bicarbonate, that regulates the electrical current that moves through cell membranes. 2. A liquid solution that co...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Patulous
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Patulous

• patulous • Pronunciation: pæch -ê-lês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Open, expanded, expansive. 2. Spreading out, opening up, like branches of a tree or petals of a flower. Notes: This is a relatively rare word outside the sciences of botany and entomology. It has the expectable...

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