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by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oppugnant
Replies: 0
Views: 19

Oppugnant

• oppugnant • Pronunciation: ê- pêg -nênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Combative, antagonistic, confrontational, oppositious. Notes: We are all acquainted with repugnant , but here is a cousin that occurs so infrequently that some of us may have missed it. It is based on the verb o...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 13
Views: 2094

Re: Esurient

Philip,

You won't be disappointed. Ask Chef Ingrid where the "ya ya" came from and what it means.
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earmark
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Earmark

• earmark • Pronunciation: ir -mahrk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A notch or other mark on the ears of cattle as a sign of ownership, a stamp of ownership. 2. A budget item for a special purpose, most notably for a pork-barrel project that appeals to the constituents of a member of a...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 15, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tenor
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Tenor

• tenor • Pronunciation: ten -êr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The highest male singing range, between baritone and alto. 2. A singer performing in that range. 3. The general drift, intent, character, nature, quality, as 'to dislike the tenor of the debate'. Notes: Do not confuse this...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 13
Views: 2094

Re: Esurient

THe chocolate mocha yaya I had in mind is the best chocolate dessert in the world prepared by the Swedish chef at the Lightfoot Cafe in Leesburg, Virginia. Here is a picture without the heap of whipped cream that now accompanies it. Now, I've had Sacher torte at the Sacher hotel in Vienna, which I c...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ordeal
Replies: 0
Views: 31

Ordeal

• ordeal • Pronunciation: or- dee -(ê)l • Hear it ! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A terrible experience that is a test of one's endurance. Notes: Historically, ordeals by fire or water were trials to see if God would interfere (= innocent) or not (= guilty). In Medieval times dunking in a well was ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Resonate
Replies: 0
Views: 33

Resonate

• resonate • Pronunciation: re -zê-nayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. (Intransitive) Make a prolonged or reverberating sound, as 'the playground voices resonated a block away'. 2. (Transitive) To acoustically reflect, to be sympathetically activated by sound as, 'a glass resonated her...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mantra
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Mantra

• mantra • Pronunciation: mæn -trê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A sacred phrase of Hinduism, repeated in prayer or meditation as an invocation to the gods. 2. Any phrase or position on an issue that is monotonously repeated over and over. Notes: Today's word comes straight from Sansk...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Immaculate
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Immaculate

• immaculate • Pronunciation: i- mæ -kyê-lêt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Spotless, free of physical, spiritual, or mental blemish. 2. Flawless, without error. Notes: We often bump into Orphan Negatives, words with a negative meaning but no corresponding positive form. I have in...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Necromancy
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Necromancy

• necromancy • Pronunciation: ne -kro-mæn-see, ne -krê-mæn-see • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. Purported communication with the dead, usually to predict the future. 2. Black magic, sorcery, witchcraft, voodoo. Notes: This word is so popular it has bred a large lexical ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hagiography
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Hagiography

Santa is the Italian word for "saint" and Clause is a folk etymologization of Klaus , the German nickname for Niklaus . The red suit with white fur lining probably came from the Russian folklore character Grandfather Frost, whose clothing was lined with hoarfrost. The whole Santa Clause story is a ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mattress
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Mattress

• mattress • Pronunciation: mæ -tris • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A fabric case filled with resilient material, usually but not necessarily fitted to a bedstead, for sleeping on. 2. A flat structure of concrete, brush and poles woven together, or other materials, protecting embankmen...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Exordium
Replies: 1
Views: 99

Exordium

• exordium • Pronunciation: eg- zor -di-êm, ig- zor -di-êm • Hear it ! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A beginning or introduction, especially a formal or pompous one. Notes: This is the word to use to for an especially formal or bombastic introduction, especially one followed by a peroration. The pl...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Muliebrity
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Muliebrity

• muliebrity • Pronunciation: myu-lee- eb -rê-tee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. Womanhood, the state of being an adult woman. 2. Womanliness, femininity, the qualities generally associated with women, as opposed to virility. Notes: This often ignored word packs two adjectives; m...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ratatuille
Replies: 4
Views: 3401

Re: Ratatuille

Repaired all over. Thanks for the tip.

--RB

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