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by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 11, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Perquisite
Replies: 0
Views: 9

Perquisite

• perquisite • Pronunciation: pêr -kwi-zit • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. An (additional) benefit, an (extra) value received for something we do. 2. Criterion for a position, quality required for performance of an activity. Notes: The clipping of this word, spelled perk , has just abou...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 10, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dispositive
Replies: 0
Views: 29

Dispositive

• dispositive • Pronunciation: dis- pah -zê-tiv • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Related to, effecting the disposition of something, that disposes of something, that settles an issue. Notes: If, the first time you met this word, you thought it meant something like "negative", you misan...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 09, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macabre
Replies: 6
Views: 136

Macabre

• macabre • Pronunciation: mê- kahb , mê- kah -brê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Bizarrely terrifying, horrible in a somehow twisted way, gruesome and suggestive of voodoo. Notes: The highlight of today's word was its inclusion in the title of " Danse Macabre " by Camille Saint-Saën...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 08, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mediocre
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: Mediocre

Hruska must have convinced a many senators; mediocrity is well represented on the current Supreme Court.
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 08, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mother
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Mother

• mother • Pronunciation: mê -dhêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: The female parent, a woman who bears and/or primarily raises a child. Notes: Mother , the word, has borne a large and happy family of derivational offspring. The adjective and adverb of this noun are both motherly , which h...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 07, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bamboozle
Replies: 0
Views: 45

Bamboozle

• bamboozle • ' Pronunciation: bæm- bu -zêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: (Colloquial) 1. To pull the wool over someone's eyes, to trick or deceive, to dupe, fool. 2. To cheat out of, to obtain by hoax, cozen, hoodwink. Notes: Today's Good Word could be classified as one of the funniest ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 06, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Perissology
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Perissology

• perissology • Pronunciation: pe-ri- sah -lê-ji • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Verbosity, verbal superfluity, long-windedness. 2. Pleonasm, use of too many words to describe a point or subject, as 'to see with your own eyes'. Notes: The difference between perissology and battology is ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 05, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mediocre
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Mediocre

• mediocre • Pronunciation: mee-dee- o -kêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Of middling, undistinguished quality, indifferent, second-rate, not very good. Notes: Here is a word that has survived a mediocre history. Originally, it meant "average, acceptable" but, unlike average, its me...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 04, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hygge
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Hygge

• hygge • Pronunciation: hu -gê (US), hyu -gê (UK) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, adjective Meaning: 1. (Noun) Coziness, comfortable conviviality, contentment from simple pleasures, like warmth, food, friends, etc. 2. (Adjective) Cozy and contentful in the sense above. Notes: OK, OK. You lot have...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 03, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Excrescence
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Excrescence

• excrescence • Pronunciation: ik- skres -êns • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Abnormal, disfiguring outgrowth on an animal or vegetable body. 2. An unattractive or unwanted accretion or extension, unnecessary part. Notes: This word is the noun based on the adjective excrescent , produce...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 02, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Demiurge
Replies: 0
Views: 245

Demiurge

• demiurge • Pronunciation: de -mee-êrj • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A powerful creative force or personality. 2. A magistrate in several ancient Greek states. 3. (Capitalized, Platonic philosophy) The creator of the universe. 4. (Capitalized, Gnostic philosophy) Creator of the unive...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 01, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Morganatic
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Morganatic

• morganatic • Pronunciation: mor-gê- næ -tik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Pertaining to the kind of marriage between a member of the nobility and a commoner that blocks the transmission of noble rank to the commoner and precludes any claim by their offspring on the title or estate...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 01, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Incomparable
Replies: 0
Views: 231

Incomparable

• incomparable • Pronunciation: in- kahm -pê-rê-bêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Outstanding, unequaled, matchless, standing far out from all other members of its category. 2. Uncomparable, that cannot be compared to anything else in its class. Notes: Today's Good Word is anothe...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lave
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Lave

• lave • Pronunciation: layv • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To wash, bathe. 2. To wash against or over. Notes: Here is an old word we might meet in 19th or early 20th century literature or modern poetry. It comes with at least one derivation, laver , which means "wash basin" or refers ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Xeriscape
Replies: 2
Views: 1371

Re: Xeriscape

I assume a word has been around at least 6 months before it appears in print. Most lexicographers assume that it isn't an actual word until it does appear in print. The actual date the Oxford English Dictionary can find is May 19, 1982: " Denver Post 19 May (Neighbors Central section) 3/2 Xeriscape ...

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