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by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Esurient
Replies: 11
Views: 1987

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: 19

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: 23

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: 3
Views: 71

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: 53

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: 61

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: 247

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: 167

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: 85

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: 1
Views: 79

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: 3371

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: 62

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: 3
Views: 123

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: 187

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: 3
Views: 140

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 ...

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