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by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cachexia
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

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: 0
Views: 20

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: 9146

Re: Virago

:D
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rampant
Replies: 0
Views: 21

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: 40

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...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Saucy
Replies: 6
Views: 120

Saucy

• saucy • Pronunciation: saw -si • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Impudent, impertinent, flippant in a playful way, as 'a saucy child'. 2. Attractive, stylish in a suggestive way, as 'a saucy dress'. 3. Like or with sauce, as 'saucy meatballs'. Notes: Here is a word whose metaphoric...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paramour
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Paramour

A paramour on that basis would be a lover on the side.,,
or, as the British put it, "a bit on the side".
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Orange
Replies: 14
Views: 262

Orange

• orange • Pronunciation: o -rinj, ah -rinj • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, adjective Meaning: 1. (Noun) A sweet round citrus fruit about the size of a baseball, reddish yellow in color. 2. (Adjective) The color of the fruit. Notes: Today's word has piled up a bizarre history as you will see below...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Impasse
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Impasse

• impasse • Pronunciation: im -pæs • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A deadlock, stalemate, gridlock, a situation from which no progress may be made. 2. A cul-de-sack, dead-end street, blind alley. Notes: This word was sneaked from French in broad daylight, undoctored except for the pronu...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Scapegrace
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Scapegrace

• scapegrace • Pronunciation: skayp -grays • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: An incorrigible scoundrel, rake(hell), scalawag. Notes: Here is a lovely word in the English recycle bin that begs rescue. It is remindful of scapegoat , with the same sense of scape in that word. In Play: Tom Jones...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Peregrination
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Peregrination

• peregrination • Pronunciation: pe-rê-gri- nay -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A journey, an act of travel on foot or by vehicle. 2. (In the plural) Meanderings from place to place, wanderings. Notes: Today's Good Word is the action noun from the verb peregrinate "to travel, jour...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MacGuffin
Replies: 4
Views: 122

MacGuffin

• MacGuffin • Pronunciation: mê- gêf -in • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A member of the MacGuffin family. 2. An otherwise meaningless object in a film or book that provides the motivation for the action; a flimsy excuse for an action. Notes: For an object to be a MacGuffin, it can have...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Diablerie
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Diablerie

• diablerie • Pronunciation: dee- ah -, dee- æ -blê-ree • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Mischievousness, charismatic wildness, devilment, devilry, prankishness, tomfoolery. 2. Sorcery, black magic, witchcraft assisted by the devil. Notes: Since this word was captured only in the 18th ce...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Scrutiny
Replies: 1
Views: 73

Scrutiny

• scrutiny • Pronunciation: skrut -n-ee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. (Rare: Canon Law) Voting. 2. (Rare: British legal) An official audit of ballots cast, to confirm an outcome and eliminate invalid votes. 3. Close examination, taking into consideration all details. 4. A searching lo...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Modicum
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Modicum

• modicum • Pronunciation: mah -dê-kêm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A small amount. Notes: Since today's Good Word is related to moderate and moderation , it should mean "a moderate amount". But the friction of time has reduced the size of its meaning considerably. It is a lexical orpha...

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