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by Dr. Goodword
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Uliginous
Replies: 0
Views: 138

Uliginous

• uliginous • Pronunciation: ju- li -ji-nês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Swampy, marshy, boggy, waterlogged. 2. Slimy, oozy, slippery. 3. Growing in swamps, marshes, or muddy places. Notes: English tried two other versions of an adjective on the same root before settling on ulig...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fomite
Replies: 0
Views: 194

Fomite

• fomite • Pronunciation: fo -mait • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: An object or material likely to transmit infectious diseases from one person to another, such as doorknobs, money, dishes, utensils, and furniture. Notes: According to the Oxford English Dictionary , today's Good Word is an...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bibliotherapy
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Bibliotherapy

• bibliotherapy • Pronunciation: bib-li-ê- ther -rê-pi • Hear it ! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Reading books as therapy for anxiety or more serious mental disorders. Notes: The adjective for this word is bibliotherapeutic(al) with an optional suffix - al that becomes mandatory before the adverbia...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stultiloquy
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Stultiloquy

• stultiloquy • Pronunciation: stêl- til -ê-kwi • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Speaking foolishly, stupidly. Notes: Today's Good Word is a noun based on an adjective no longer in use: stulty "foolish, stupid", the same adjective underlying stultify "make stupid, render useless". I like th...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sycophant
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Sycophant

• sycophant • Pronunciation: sik -ê-fênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A toady, a servile lickspittle who curries the favor of prominent people with obsequious praise and flattery. Notes: This word comes with the full panoply of derivatives, including an adjective sycophantic(al) and adv...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ream
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Ream

That is actually a different word, coincidentally identical, and always has been. However, it has a fascinating history. The noun ream comes from Old French reyme , which borrowed it from Spanish resma . Spanish got its word from Arabic rizmah "bundle" (of paper), from rasama "collect into a bundle....
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ream
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Ream

• ream • Pronunciation: reem • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To enlarge a hole with a special tool (see top picture), removing excess material. 2. To extract juice from a citrus fruit using a juicer or reamer (see lower picture). 3. To rebuke someone fiercely. http://www.alphadictionary...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: hypercranialoquy
Replies: 3
Views: 667

hypercranialoquy

• hypercranialoquy • Pronunciation: hai-pêr-krayn-i- ah -lê-kwi • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: Talking over the heads of others. Notes: Puzzled expression on the faces of an audience is a true reflection of hypercranialoquy. Eyes looking upwards as the words fly past is ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Snazzy
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Snazzy

• snazzy • Pronunciation: snæ -zee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: (Slangy) Snappy, classy, cool, with-it, stylish, flashy. Notes: Here is a word that was popular in the 50s and 60s but began fading from use in the 1970s. We could do things back then snazzily and talk about the snazzi...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Villanelle
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Villanelle

• villanelle • Pronunciation: vi-lê- nel • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: No, it isn't female villain, though it shares its origin with the word villain (see Word History). A villanelle is a 19-line poem consisting of five tercets and a final quatrain, the whole poem containing only two rhy...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wimp
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Wimp

• wimp • Pronunciation: wimp • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Verb Meaning: (Humorous slang) 1. [Noun] A weak, indecisive, and ineffectual person; a coward. 2. [Verb] To act cowardly, to 'chicken' (out), to get cold feet. Notes: Although this Good Word has been around since the 1920s, it gained gre...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Antonym
Replies: 0
Views: 204

Antonym

• antonym • Pronunciation: æn -tê-nim • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A word having the exact opposite meaning of another word, as black is the antonym of white or low is the antonym of high. Notes: If you listen closely to how people speak, you will discover that a common speech error is ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hunker
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Hunker

• hunker • Pronunciation: hêng -kêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive Meaning: 1. To squat, to sit on your haunches, to crouch. 2. To dig in your heels, to hold on stubbornly or protectively, usually with down, as to hunker down. Notes: We all hear this word a lot in the midst of the co...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Symptom
Replies: 0
Views: 199

Symptom

• symptom • Pronunciation: simp -têm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Any feature of X that may be taken as an indication of X's existence, especially if X is undesirable, such as a disease. Notes: Symptom comes with a widely used adjective, symptomatic(al) , which comes with an adverb, sym...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Virus
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Virus

• virus • Pronunciation: vai -rês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Venom. 2. An electromicroscopic infectious biological entity that can function only within the living cells of a host (animal, plant), and which consists of a nucleic acid molecule (either DNA or RNA) surrounded by a prot...

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