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by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Syllepsis
Replies: 0
Views: 54

Syllepsis

• syllepsis • Pronunciation: sê- lep -sis • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A figure of speech in which a word is applied to two different related words in different senses, e.g. "He caught a train and a cold." 2. The use of a word to modify two or more words while agreeing with only one,...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hokey-Pokey
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Hokey-Pokey

• hokey-pokey • Pronunciation: ho -kee-po-kee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Deception, cheatery, trickery, hocus-pocus. 2. A nonsense word used in the name of a children's song and dance , in which people move various body parts in accord with the song. 3. A cheap ice cream sold by ve...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Irredenta
Replies: 0
Views: 167

Irredenta

• irredenta • Pronunciation: ir-rê- dent -ê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A population of people belonging to one culture under the political domination of another. Notes: Today's Word is an odd little fellow that looks like the plural of a Latin word, like datum : data , medium : media ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macaronic
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Macaronic

I love the way the Dragon School came by its name. Apparently, several Oxford dons founded it, led by a certain Mr. George. Taking his name, which reminded them of St. George and the dragon, they named the school The Dragon School.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macaronic
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Macaronic

I think code switching would involve complete sentences or utterances, not mixing codes within words, phrases, and sentences.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macaronic
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Macaronic

If only I had been knowledgeable enough to say "I'm afraid your macaronic efforts are somewhat humiliating". Only Rumpole of the Bailey (and you, now) in his prime could have put it so eloquently. He comes to mind because I'm going through the whole series again and finding it as enjoyable as I did...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Thingism
Replies: 0
Views: 65

Thingism

• thingism • Pronunciation: thing -iz-êm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: Concern for physical stuff, material objects in defining one's life, rather than the spiritual or imaginary. Notes: A number of words have been derived from thing. They include thinger or thingist "someone who d...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Euphoria
Replies: 0
Views: 158

Euphoria

• euphoria • Pronunciation: yu- for -ri-ê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: A feeling of intense happiness and well-being. Notes: Today's word comes with two derivations: the adjective is euphoric. A drug inducing euphoria is a euphoriant. Just remember the [f] sound is spe...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hamburger
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Hamburger

Sounds good to me, if I do say so myself.
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macaronic
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Macaronic

• macaronic • Pronunciation: mæ-kê- rah -nik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Sentences, phrases, words, even inflections that mix languages, most often in burlesque verse. Notes: Here is a perfect 'garden path' word, a word that is far from what it looks like. The sense today had noth...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tasseography
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Tasseography

Answering your first question: no, no one knows how we got to crawdad from crawfish . The answer to the second question about tasseomancy vs. tasseography is obvious from our Glossary of Fortune-telling Words . Geography is a description of the Earth (Greek ge ) and a biography is a description of s...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tasseography
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Tasseography

• tasseography • Pronunciation: tæ-si- ahg -rê-fi • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Divination by of tea leaves , coffee grounds or residue of other drinks. Notes: Although this word occurs 122,000 times on the Web, it occurs in only one dictionary, Wiktionary . Since this is not a descripti...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lethargy
Replies: 0
Views: 163

Lethargy

• lethargy • Pronunciation: leth -êr-jee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. Lack of vigor, sluggishness, torpor. 2. Lack of interest, indifference, apathy. 3. (Medicine) An abnormal state of drowsiness caused by disease or medicine. Notes: The adjective for this noun is l...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sweetbread
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Sweetbread

• sweetbread • Pronunciation: sweet -bred • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: The thymus gland or (rarely) pancreas of a calf or lamb for food. Notes: Sweetbread is one of those compounds, like ladyfinger, woolly bear, ladybird, whose meaning bears no resemblance to that of its constituents. T...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flag
Replies: 0
Views: 143

Flag

• flag • Pronunciation: flæg • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A banner (colored cloth) symbolizing something. http://www.alphadictionary.com/images/flag.gif Notes: You would think that, used as a verb, this word would mean to wave proudly but, just the opposite: it means to hang limply or b...

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