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by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Sluice
Replies: 1
Views: 26

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: 48

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: 32

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: 1587

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: 35

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: 9187

Re: Virago

:D
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rampant
Replies: 0
Views: 36

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: 67

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: 191

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: 344

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: 400

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: 81

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: 95

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: 206

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: 185

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...

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