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by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fatherly
Replies: 0
Views: 18

Fatherly

• fatherly • Pronunciation: fah -dhêr-li • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Having the affection of a father; befitting a father or fatherhood, which is to say, kind and protective. Notes: Today's topical Good Word is the adjective from father, found in the name of today's holiday, Fathe...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?

I don't think Brogine is fussy at all. The word bipartisan is misplaced. It requires the listener to figure out that while individuals can't be bipartisan, the speaker must have meant "bipartisan group". I would have to disagree with our new editor of the GW series, Slava, on this one. "Individuals ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Juneteenth
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Juneteenth

• Juneteenth • Pronunciation: jun -teenth • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, proper Meaning: Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. This African-American celebration remembers the day, June 19, 1865, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached sl...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oppugnant
Replies: 0
Views: 32

Oppugnant

• oppugnant • Pronunciation: ê- pêg -nênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Combative, antagonistic, confrontational, oppositious. Notes: We are all acquainted with repugnant , but here is a cousin that occurs so infrequently that some of us may have missed it. It is based on the verb o...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 13
Views: 2146

Re: Esurient

Philip,

You won't be disappointed. Ask Chef Ingrid where the "ya ya" came from and what it means.
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earmark
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Earmark

• earmark • Pronunciation: ir -mahrk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A notch or other mark on the ears of cattle as a sign of ownership, a stamp of ownership. 2. A budget item for a special purpose, most notably for a pork-barrel project that appeals to the constituents of a member of a...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 15, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tenor
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Tenor

• tenor • Pronunciation: ten -êr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The highest male singing range, between baritone and alto. 2. A singer performing in that range. 3. The general drift, intent, character, nature, quality, as 'to dislike the tenor of the debate'. Notes: Do not confuse this...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 13
Views: 2146

Re: Esurient

THe chocolate mocha yaya I had in mind is the best chocolate dessert in the world prepared by the Swedish chef at the Lightfoot Cafe in Leesburg, Virginia. Here is a picture without the heap of whipped cream that now accompanies it. Now, I've had Sacher torte at the Sacher hotel in Vienna, which I c...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ordeal
Replies: 0
Views: 38

Ordeal

• ordeal • Pronunciation: or- dee -(ê)l • Hear it ! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A terrible experience that is a test of one's endurance. Notes: Historically, ordeals by fire or water were trials to see if God would interfere (= innocent) or not (= guilty). In Medieval times dunking in a well was ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Resonate
Replies: 0
Views: 43

Resonate

• resonate • Pronunciation: re -zê-nayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. (Intransitive) Make a prolonged or reverberating sound, as 'the playground voices resonated a block away'. 2. (Transitive) To acoustically reflect, to be sympathetically activated by sound as, 'a glass resonated her...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mantra
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Mantra

• mantra • Pronunciation: mæn -trê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A sacred phrase of Hinduism, repeated in prayer or meditation as an invocation to the gods. 2. Any phrase or position on an issue that is monotonously repeated over and over. Notes: Today's word comes straight from Sansk...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Immaculate
Replies: 1
Views: 78

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: 2
Views: 123

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: 5
Views: 303

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: 223

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...

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