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by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Immaculate
Replies: 0
Views: 16

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: 0
Views: 36

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: 4
Views: 207

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: 130

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: 72

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: 0
Views: 48

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: 3343

Re: Ratatuille

Repaired all over. Thanks for the tip.

--RB
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hieratic
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Hieratic

• hieratic • Pronunciation: hai- ræ -tik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Sacred, characterizing or used by priests. 2. Having to do with a simplified form of hieroglyphics. 3. Highly formal in style, adhering tightly to the standards of a style. Notes: Today's word is another lexic...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Measly
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Measly

• measly • Pronunciation: meez -li • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Paltry, meager, pathetically tiny, very scanty. 2. Worthless, wretched, miserable, very inferior. 3. Infected with measles. Notes: Here is an erstwhile common word I heard recently and realized I hadn't heard it for...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Apparition
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Apparition

• apparition • Pronunciation: æp-êr- ri -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A ghost, specter, phantom, phantasmagoric hallucination. 2. An unusual, unreal, and unexpected sight. 3. Appearance, the act of appearing or seeming to appear. Notes: This near synonym of ghost is more loosely...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 01, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earnest
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Earnest

• earnest • Pronunciation: êr -nist • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Sincerely serious, completely committed, determined. Notes: Here is a word that is used as a name, though spelled differently, usually Ernest . This adjective comes with an adverb, earnestly , and a noun, earnestness ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 31, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Reprise
Replies: 0
Views: 85

Reprise

• reprise • Pronunciation: ri- preez • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A repetition, recapitulation, remake, rerun. Notes: Today's word preserves the French pronunciation in violation of the rule that a finale E makes the preceding vowel long. The English pronunciation should be [ ri praiz ]...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 31, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Elfdalian Anyone?
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: Elfdalian Anyone?

The difference between a dialect and a language has tratidionally been a language is a dialect with an army.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 30, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Memorial
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Memorial

• memorial • Pronunciation: mê- mor -i-êl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun Meaning: 1. [Adjective] Designed to evoke remembrance of a person, persons, or historical event. 2. [Noun] A monument commemorating a person, persons, or historical event. 3. [Noun] A service or artifact designed t...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 30, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Brouhaha
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Brouhaha

I loved this word so much in 2007 I ran it. I thought for a fleetig moment that was what the 2007 financial crash was.

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