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by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Throe
Replies: 0
Views: 18

Throe

• throe • Pronunciation: throw • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A spasm of pain, whether physical or psychological. Notes: Today's Good Word is a lexical orphan with no other form but a plural, throes, which is used far more frequently than the singular. In the plural the word is widely use...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Umarell
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Re: Umarell

This word hasn't even been borrowed yet; it's still Italian. I couldn't find it in any dictionary, its only in Wikipedia.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Surfeit
Replies: 1
Views: 47

Surfeit

• surfeit • Pronunciation: sêr -fit • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, verb Meaning: 1. (Noun) Overabundance, superfluity, surplus, an excessive quantity, more than needed or desirable. 2. (Verb) To provide with an excessive quantity, to indulge in excesses, as 'surfeit on wickedness', or 'nauseated ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Forthy
Replies: 0
Views: 26

Forthy

• forthy • Pronunciation: for -dhee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Open, affable, and forthcoming in nature. 2. Forward, frank, outspoken, or presumptuous in behavior. Notes: No, today's Good Word is not a misspelling of frothy , but a distinct adjective based on forth (see Word H...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ramadan
Replies: 5
Views: 3063

Re: Ramadan

According to my count, I have written 3485 Good Words since 2004, coming up on 3500. It catches up with you.

I cast no aspersions, just wanted yall who remember the repeats, why I'm doing them.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Emend
Replies: 0
Views: 36

Emend

• emend • Pronunciation: i- mend • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: To improve by editing, to make corrections, to mend flaws in a written document. Notes: Since amendments are added to a bill in Congress, it is easy to think that amend means "to attach". In fact, both amend and e...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yearn
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Yearn

Not being a cheese-maker, I was as surprised as you at the third definition and cannot supply anything beyond what I found in the dictionaries.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ramadan
Replies: 5
Views: 3063

Re: Ramadan

I’m giving myself a break on weekends, so I run repeats Saturday and Sunday. I rerun words initially run ten years before. I justify this with the justifications that (1) those who have subscribed within the past 10 years haven’t seen them and (2) those who subscribed before then probably need a ref...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yearn
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Yearn

• yearn • Pronunciation: yêrn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To have a strong, wistful longing, crave. 2. To be deeply moved, to sympathize, to grieve. 3. (Milk) To curdle or coagulate or cause to coagulate, especially in the production of cheese. Notes: Today's Good Word is an indigen...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Prescient
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Prescient

• prescient • Pronunciation: pre -shênt (US), pre -si-ênt (UK) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Foreseeing, possessing foreknowledge, cognizant of the future Notes: Back before science acquired its current meaning, it meant "knowledge, cognizance", and was more closely related to today...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Engagé
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Engagé

• engagé • Pronunciation: en-gah- zhay (US), aN-gah- zhay (UK) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Politically engaged, actively committed to an ideology or cause. Notes: This is the French word for engaged. Americans have given up on the French pronunciation, but Britishers attempt to im...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Volitant
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Volitant

• volitant • Pronunciation: vah -li-tênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Flitting about like a small bird, fluttering, scurrying around, scampering in all directions. Notes: Some dictionaries confuse this word with volant "flying, capable of flight". In Latin it only meant "fluttering...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Coeval
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Coeval

I was always bothered by the same two prepositions used with talk : 'talk to' and 'talk with' are used today interchangeably. I always felt that to was too aggressive, as in 'I gave him a good talking-to.' I try to say 'talk with someone', implying equality of the coconversationalists. But then with...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Calender
Replies: 7
Views: 267

Re: Calender

I agree, too, with all said. I wish there could be more like this. This was my intention when I installed the Agora.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ramadan
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Ramadan

• Ramadan • Pronunciation: rah -mah-dahn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, proper Meaning: The ninth month of the Muslim calendar is devoted to the Fast of Ramadan. One night around 610 AD, according to the Muslim faith, the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mohammed, a caravan trader, in the vicinity o...

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