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by Dr. Goodword
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Whereas
Replies: 0
Views: 13

Whereas

• whereas • Pronunciation: (h)wer- æz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Conjunction Meaning: 1. In contrast to . . .. 2. (Law) Considering the fact that . . .. Notes: Here is a word that swam upstream to leave the general vocabulary for a professional jargon: legalese. The usual direction is just the oppo...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Otiose
Replies: 0
Views: 17

Otiose

• otiose • Pronunciation: o -tee-os • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Lazy, indolent. 2. Useless, of no use, ineffective, unfruitful, futile. Notes: The day after Thanksgiving is a good day for today's Good Word. It is a day off some companies give their employees, so that they can h...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pilgrim
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Pilgrim

• pilgrim • Pronunciation: pil -grêm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A vagabond, wanderer, wayfarer, traveler. 2. A religious devotee who travels a long distance to a sacred site. Notes: Every Thanksgiving (except in 2020) people in the United States make pilgrimages homeward to spend t...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pilgrim
Replies: 0
Views: 19

Pilgrim

• pilgrim • Pronunciation: pil -grêm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A vagabond, wanderer, wayfarer, traveler. 2. A religious devotee who travels a long distance to a sacred site. Notes: Every Thanksgiving (except in 2020) people in the United States make pilgrimages homeward to spend t...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wampumpeag
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Wampumpeag

• wampumpeag • Pronunciation: wahm -pêm-peeg • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: Beads made from shells and used by the Algonquian tribes as money for trade at the time the first Europeans arrived in Massachusetts; usually shortened to wampum in English. Notes: Today's word was used wide...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Scupper
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Scupper

• scupper • Pronunciation: skêp -êr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, verb Meaning: 1. (Noun) an opening through a wall for draining water, as from the deck of a ship or a flat roof. 2. (Verb) To scuttle, to deliberately sink a ship. 3. To thwart or ruin, (in battle) to massacre. Notes: Today's Good...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Justify
Replies: 0
Views: 209

Justify

• justify • Pronunciation: jês -tê-fai • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To prove reasonable, correct or just. 2. To be reasonable, correct or just. 3. (Printing) To make the right and left sides of a paragraph perfectly parallel with the margins. Notes: Here is a term originally befittin...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Inexorable
Replies: 0
Views: 225

Inexorable

• inexorable • Pronunciation: in- eks -êr-ê-bêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Unswerving, relentless, inevitable, that cannot be avoided or averted. 2. Cannot be persuaded or cannot be dissuaded from a certain course of action, as 'an inexorable mayor'. Notes: Today's Good Word i...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hymeneal
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Hymeneal

• hymeneal • Pronunciation: hai-mê- nee -êl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. (Adjective) Related to marriage or a wedding. 2. (Noun) A wedding song or poem. 3. (Noun) Nuptials, a wedding ceremony. Notes: Today's word has no relatives with a similar meaning. There is little to say ab...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Congruent
Replies: 0
Views: 216

Congruent

• congruent • Pronunciation: kên- gru -ênt, kang -gru-ênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. In harmony, suitable, congruous, fitting well together. 2. (Geometry) Coinciding when superimposed, identical in form. 3. (Mathematics) Having a difference divisible by a modulus, a third numb...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Philopatry
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Re: Philopatry

I can't find one, either.
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Jargon
Replies: 0
Views: 205

Jargon

• jargon • Pronunciation: jahr -gên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Words defining a professional register of speech, e.g. journalese, legalese, etc. 2. Lingo, argot, a substandard or otherwise marginally comprehensible speech. Notes: Today's word comes with a plethora of lexical relati...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Philopatry
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Philopatry

• philopatry • Pronunciation: fi- lah -pæ-tri • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. (Biology, ecology) The drive to return to or remain at the site of birth. 2. (Ecology) A dispersal method in which spores and other reproductive particles tend to remain near their point of o...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Flush
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Flush

This one has so many meanings, I wouldn't have space to cover them all. It does have an interesting history, a variant of flash, which goes back to PIE bhel- "to swell", origin also of belly.
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: Which is correct?
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Re: Which is correct?

OED is always correct. Thanks for the tip.

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