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by Dr. Goodword
Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sublunary
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Sublunary

• sublunary • Pronunciation: sêb- lun -êr-i • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Beneath the moon, between earth and the moon. 2. Of this world as opposed to heavenly or celestial, earthly. 3. Inferior, commonplace, subordinate. Its antonym is superlunary. Notes: Should you ever not hav...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Damsel
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Damsel

• damsel • Pronunciation: dæm -zêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A young unmarried woman, a maiden. Notes: We don't meet this word in writings or conversation these days except in the idiomatic old-fashioned expression 'damsel in distress', meaning "a woman in trouble". The abstract noun...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Not receiving GW in e-mail?
Replies: 3
Views: 7599

Re: Not receiving GW in e-mail?

According to Chimpmail your GW received a "hard bounce" on June 6. That blocks all subsequent e-mails, since it usually comes from dead e-mail addresses. Do you or your ISP have a spam blocker? I don't know how we got the reputation, but another subscriber was blocked because his spam blocker blocke...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gamine
Replies: 0
Views: 34

Gamine

• gamine • Pronunciation: gæ- meen • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A slender, boyishly attractive and playfully mischievous young woman. Notes: Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday is the archetype gamine. This word is the French feminine variant of French gamin "mischievous kid, cheeky street ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tornado
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Tornado

• tornado • Pronunciation: tor- nay -do • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A violent whirlwind, a rotary windstorm forming a funnel that sucks objects upward from the ground when it touches. Notes: Today's Good Word is eerily apropos in on the light of the tornados have already begun to sweep...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Soupçon
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Soupçon

• soupçon • Pronunciation: sup- sawN • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: No, this is not a call to dinner but a noun indicating a very, very small amount, a scintilla, a trace—far less than would be expected for dinner. Notes: Of course, you may spell today's word with a younger, beardless C: ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Upholster
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Upholster

• upholster • Pronunciation: êp- hol -stêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. Cover furniture with padding held in place by cloth. 2. Cover walls or furniture with cloth. Notes: This word comes with the full panoply of derivational accoutrements. Someone who upholsters as a profession is a...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sluice
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Sluice

• sluice • Pronunciation: slus • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, verb Meaning: 1. (Noun) A man-made water channel, sometimes controlled by a head valve. 2. (Noun) An act of drenching or rinsing with a sudden flow of liquid. 3. (Verb) Wash or flush with a flow of water. Notes: This word's verbal sens...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Seldom
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Seldom

• seldom • Pronunciation: sel -dêm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adverb Meaning: Infrequently, rarely, not often, almost never (antonym: often). Notes: Today we have a word so common we never think of it, though its history is fascinating. This word is seldom used as an adjective in the US and not at ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lumber
Replies: 0
Views: 53

Lumber

• lumber • Pronunciation: lêm -bêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To move in a clumsy, awkward, or blundering manner as if heavy. 2. (British) To burden with an undesirable task or circumstance, to saddle (with). Notes: The verb seems accidentally related semantically to the noun lumbe...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cachexia
Replies: 9
Views: 1745

Re: Cachexia

Philip, I had a double bypass with a stent and a subdural hematoma. Despite that, I'm in pretty good physical shape. In the spring, summer, fall I tend my garden and do yard work and in the winter try to walk a mile a day. I think most Agorans are retirees who can remember when language and speech e...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pussyfoot
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Pussyfoot

• pussyfoot • Pronunciation: pê -si-fUt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive Meaning: 1. To do something lightly, slowly, softly, and quietly. 2. To act reluctantly, hesitantly, overcautiously, warily, far from aggressively enough. Notes: Here is a word once heard and read far more often t...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 25, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Virago
Replies: 10
Views: 9306

Re: Virago

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by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rampant
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Rampant

• rampant • Pronunciation: ræmp -ênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Standing up on the rear legs, rearing. 2. Running wild, out of control, growing uncontrolled, spreading. Notes: Today's Good Word comes from a good family--and a large one. It is related to rampage, to the noun an...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ingrate
Replies: 0
Views: 98

Ingrate

• ingrate • Pronunciation: in -grayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, adjective Meaning: 1. (Noun) An ungrateful person. 2. (Adjective, archaic) Unpleasant, unfriendly. 3. (Adjective) Ungrateful, unthankful. Notes: The noun for this adjective is ingratitude . The verb ingratiate is a completely dif...

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