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by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sullen
Replies: 0
Views: 88

Sullen

• sullen • Pronunciation: sê -lên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Gloomy, ill-tempered, moody. Notes: Today's word has become entirely Anglicized; its only family is a regular noun, sullenness, and adverb, sullenly. Don't forget to double the L in the middle of this word. In Play: Sul...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Marcescent
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Marcescent

• marcescent • Pronunciation: mahr- ses -ênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Withering but remaining on the stem (said of leaves). Notes: We create the noun for this adjective by simply adding the common suffix - s : [mahr- ses -ênts], but we have to spell it marcescence . It comes wi...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kibosh
Replies: 0
Views: 192

Kibosh

• kibosh • Pronunciation: kai -bahsh • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: (Slang) The permanent ending of something, making it impossible, as 'a heavy downpour can put the kibosh on a baseball game'. Notes: Today's Good Word is more a word of the spoken vernacular than of written English. For t...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lacuna
Replies: 0
Views: 21

Lacuna

• lacuna • Pronunciation: lê- ku -nê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A space or gap in something, a missing piece or segment. Notes: The traditional plural of this word is lacunae , but lacunas is making headway toward establishing itself as an acceptable alternative. Remember, though, lac...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Martinet
Replies: 0
Views: 360

Martinet

• martinet • Pronunciation: mart-n- et • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A strict disciplinarian, someone who demands absolute adherence to rules. Notes: English has a consonant and vowel [n], I have been ignoring the vocalic [n] up until now, but it is so obvious in martinet that I decided ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cadre
Replies: 0
Views: 209

Cadre

• cadre • Pronunciation: kah -dray • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A tight-knit core group of trained people who are focused on a common purpose. 2. (Military) A permanent core of a regiment that is filled out with more people when needed. 3. Formerly, in the communist parties of Centra...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Forte
Replies: 0
Views: 120

Forte

• forte • Pronunciation: for -tay, fort • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Something at which someone excels, their strong point. 2. The stronger part of a sword blade, from the hilt to the middle; antonym of foible, the part from the middle to the tip. Notes: Today's word may be pronounce...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Argillaceous
Replies: 1
Views: 245

Argillaceous

• argillaceous • Pronunciation: ahr-jê- lay -shês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Containing or made of clay. 2. Clay-like, clayey. Notes: If the two syllables that are in clayey or clay-like are not enough for your poem, today's word may be the word for you. It is the adjective fo...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bunk
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Bunk

• bunk • Pronunciation: bêngk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (No plural) Meaning: (US slang) hogwash, baloney, balderdash, poppycock, codswallop, claptrap, humbug, bollocks, drivel, tommyrot, nonsense, gibberish, hooey, horsefeathers, malarkey, twaddle, gobbledygook. Notes: Bunk is a clippin...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Toodle-oo
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Toodle-oo

• toodle-oo • Pronunciation: tu-dê- lu • Hear it! Part of Speech: Interjection Meaning: (Snobbishly colloquial) Good-bye. Notes: Today's Good Word still pops up occasionally, especially in the UK, though it is more closely associated with the upper classes in the UK and US at the turn of the 20th c...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vituperate
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Vituperate

• vituperate • Pronunciation: vai- tu -pêr-ayt or vai- tyu -pê-reyt (British) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To scold harshly with abusive language, to revile furiously with a scurrilous stream of billingsgate. Notes: Anyone who tends to vituperate is a vituperator, which means that he or...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sibilant
Replies: 0
Views: 492

Sibilant

• sibilant • Pronunciation: si -bê-lênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Hissing, having or making a hissing sound. 2. (Linguistics) Having the sounds of the consonants [s], [z], [š] (sh), [ž] (zh), [č] (ch = [tš]), and [j] ( j = [dž]). Notes: This adjective may be used as a noun an...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: SIBILANT
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: SIBILANT

The sounds [s], [z], [sh], [zh], [ch] (= [tsh]) and [j] (= [dzh]) are sibilants or sibilant consonants. However, the word itself simply meaning "hissing". I'll do it.
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Snub
Replies: 0
Views: 325

Snub

• snub • Pronunciation: snêb • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, adjective Meaning: 1. (Verb) To rebuff, arrogantly ignore, reject outright, refuse to acknowledge. 2. (Verb) To limit movement by tying to an object, as 'to snub a horse to a tree'. 3. (Adjective) Short and turned up at the end, usually ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Drove
Replies: 5
Views: 558

Re: Drove

I was focused on the noun drove ; a-droving is a daughter of the verb drove . By the way, we still used the prefix a - in the southern US states when I was a boy. "I'm a-gonna gitchu" was common, but many southerners back then added it to present participles: "I was a-waitin' fer somebody", "I was a...

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