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by Dr. Goodword
Wed Oct 05, 2022 9:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Shillelagh
Replies: 0
Views: 18

Shillelagh

• shillelagh • Pronunciation: shê- lay -lee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: An Irish cudgel made of a knobbed stick of blackthorn, oak, or other hardwood. Notes: The shillelagh was once used for settling disputes in a more gentlemanly manner than by using swords or pistols. Look out for th...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Waiter
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Waiter

• waiter • Pronunciation: wayd -êr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A server, a man who waits tables in a restaurant. 2. A uniformed attendant at a British city or financial institution. 3. A person who waits expectantly. Notes: You may have wondered at some point why a person we usually...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Oct 03, 2022 10:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Splice
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Splice

• splice • Pronunciation: splais • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To join two lengths of long, slender material (e.g. wire, film) with an appropriate fastener or glue to make one continuous piece. 2. To insert a piece of genetic code into a strip of DNA. 3. (Slang) To marry. Notes: Today...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Oct 02, 2022 7:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Forbid
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Forbid

• forbid • Pronunciation: for- bid • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. Prohibit, proscribe, deny, to command against (antonym permit). 2. To prevent, preclude (antonym allow). Notes: Here is a word that is an oddity in form and history. Its past tense is either forbade or forbad and the pas...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Oct 01, 2022 10:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Diaphanous
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Diaphanous

• diaphanous • Pronunciation: dai- æ -fê-nês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Soft, thin, filmy and translucent or transparent. 2. Fragile, flimsy, easily broken or likely to dissipate. Notes: Remember that this most beautiful Good Word comes from Greek, so the [f] sound is spelled ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 30, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Contretemps
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Contretemps

• contretemps • Pronunciation: kawn-trê- tawN • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A disruption, an inopportune interruption, an unforeseen and unwanted imposition. Notes: Today's Good Word is singular even though it ends on a silent S. In fact, the last syllable is still pronounced with a nasa...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 29, 2022 5:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Foible
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Foible

• foible • Pronunciation: foy -bêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The weaker, flexible section of a sword or foil blade, between the middle and the tip. 2. A minor weakness or failure of character or behavior. Notes: Here is a lexical migrant from the vocabulary of fencing. It has rema...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 29, 2022 8:27 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fulgurate
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Fulgurate

Remember that from PIE to modern IE languages is a temporal journey of about 6000 years.
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Sep 28, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mongrel
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Mongrel

• mongrel • Pronunciation: mahng -grêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, adjective Meaning: 1. Cur, mutt, dog of mixed or unknown breed. 2. (Derogatory) A person of mixed race or descent, a half-breed. 3. Anything of mixed constituents or varieties. https://www.alphadictionary.com/images/mutt.gif No...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Sep 27, 2022 9:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Abeyance
Replies: 0
Views: 107

Abeyance

• abeyance • Pronunciation: ê- bay -êns • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. Temporary suspension, inactivity, delay, hold-up, lapse. 2. (Legal) A temporary lapse in the succession of ownership without owner or claimant. Notes: Remember the [ay] sound in this word is spelled EY. It is ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fulgurate
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Fulgurate

• fulgurate • Pronunciation: fUl -g(y)ê-rayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To flash brightly, intensely, like lightning. 2. (Medical) Electrocauterize, cauterize or destroy tissue with electricity. Notes: Today we have something different: a term whose medical usage outperforms its ge...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Sep 25, 2022 10:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Alimentary
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Alimentary

• alimentary • Pronunciation: æ-lê- men -têr-ree • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Concerning food, nutrition, or digestion. 2. Providing nourishment or sustenance. Notes: This word is most often used in the phrases 'alimentary canal' or 'alimentary tract', referring to the gullet. I...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Sep 24, 2022 8:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Blurb
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Blurb

• blurb • Pronunciation: blêrb • Hear it! Part of Speech : Noun Meaning: 1. A brief description of a book, often printed on the dust jacket. 2. A short publicity notice. Notes: Today's word is an odd little fellow that won't go away but hasn't procreated. We may use it as a verb: to blurb someone i...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 23, 2022 6:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fell
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Fell

• fell • Pronunciation: fel • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Pelt, hide, animal skin with the hair. Notes: Today's pronunciation fits a noun (today's word) and another meaning "a stony, barren hill, a verb meaning "cause to fall" as 'to fell a tree' and the past tense of fall...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:03 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Addle
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Addle

• addle • Pronunciation: æd -êl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, Adjective Meaning: 1. To befuddle, confuse, mix up, rattle, discombobulate. 2. To rot, decay, putrefy. Notes: I can remember my grandmother admonishing my cousins and me not to addle her so that she lost her concentration in whatever ...

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