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by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Versus
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: Versus

Australia seems to be fast catching up with Scotland as an origin of lexical oddities in English.
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ardent
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: Ardent

:D It works best in the UK or Australia, where H has disappeared everywhere. The best college graffiti I saw in my career at the University of North Carolina, a state where "Jesus saves" signs were everywhere, was "Jesus saves; Moses invests." I suppose it would be considered racist today by the PC ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Aerosol
Replies: 0
Views: 22

Aerosol

• aerosol • Pronunciation: er -rê-sawl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Ultramicroscopic solid or liquid particles suspended in a propellant gas or liquid. 2. A container of an aerosolized substance. Notes: Smoke, fog, and other mists are aerosols. Certain aerosol propellant gases, chlorofl...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Versus
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Versus

• versus • Pronunciation: vêr -sês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Preposition Meaning: 1. Against, as opposed to. 2. In contrast to, in comparison with, alternatively. Notes: Versus began its life in legalese to denote an action of one party against another. In this sense it is often abbreviated as vs....
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flunky
Replies: 0
Views: 37

Flunky

• flunky • Pronunciation: flêng -ki • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A slavish, servile, or fawning person of unquestioning obedience, a lackey. 2. A person who does menial or trivial work. 3. A liveried servant, a footman. Notes: This word has been played with as much as any other word ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Periapt
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Periapt

All your questions about gimcrack will be answered here.
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Periapt
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Periapt

• periapt • Pronunciation: per -ri-æpt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Amulet for warding off evil and bringing good fortune, talisman, juju. Notes: Today's Good Word is seldom heard because we have near synonyms. A talisman is associated with good luck and a juju, with bad luck. A periapt...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sclerotic
Replies: 0
Views: 47

Sclerotic

• sclerotic • Pronunciation: skl- raht -ik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. (Medicine) Related to or having sclerosis. 2. Having become rigid and unresponsive, unadaptable, resistant to change. Notes: Sclerotic is the offspring of sclerosis , the name of a pathological condition res...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Partial
Replies: 0
Views: 39

Partial

• partial • Pronunciation: pahr -shêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Incomplete, unfinished, (existing) in part only. 2. Biased, prejudiced, slanted, one-sided. 3. Inclined to favor, fond of, having a liking (for). Notes: This adjective was derived from part . The adverb is the ex...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Avenue
Replies: 0
Views: 41

Avenue

• avenue • Pronunciation: <b>æ</b>-vin-yu • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A street, especially a special one, but not as wide as a boulevard. 2. A street running orthogonally to those named "X Street" in a city laid out on a grid. 3. A road, street, or path lined with trees, as 'a...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Backronym
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Backronym

No one has ever seen a ticket with P.O.S.H. on it, nor has anyone ever reported having one. So, this explanation of posh had been discredited. Several better wild guesses may be found here.
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ouroboros
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Ouroboros

If that expedites the conversation.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ouroboros
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Ouroboros

• ouroboros • Pronunciation: yur-rê- bor -rês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A representation of a snake or (rarely) a dragon eating its tail. Notes: The ouroboros is a symbol of perpetuity, the eternal cyclic renewal: life, death, rebirth. Some also interpret snakes shedding their skin a...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ardent
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Ardent

• ardent • Pronunciation: ahrd -ênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Passionately enthusiastic, fervent, fervid, intensely eager. 2. Glowing, shining, bright. Notes: This Good Word has a couple of nouns: ardency and the dumpier ardentness . But there is yet another noun, ardor ( ard...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Amortize
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Amortize

• amortize • Pronunciation: æ -mêr-taiz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To pay down a debt in installments. 2. To deduct an expenditure from taxes in installments over a period of time. Notes: We may amortize a debt or a large expense on income taxes. The noun for this verb ...

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