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by justscience
Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:02 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hiatus
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Hiatus

A discontinuity, a gap or pause.

From the Latin verb hiare, to gape or yawn.
by justscience
Mon Aug 01, 2022 3:59 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lowbrow
Replies: 0
Views: 287

Lowbrow

Suitable for a person with little taste or intellectual interest.
A favorite word of mine that evokes an image of a scowling Neanderthal with a prominent browline, a gaping mouth and watching a reality show on TV.
by justscience
Tue Jun 28, 2022 9:53 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pannikin
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: Pannikin

Wrong forum to suggest, my apologies.
by justscience
Tue Jun 28, 2022 9:44 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pannikin
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Pannikin

Don't be panicin' if you can't find your pannikin. It may be in the dishwasher.
A pannikin is a small drinking cup, typically enameled metal.
by justscience
Mon Jun 13, 2022 8:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Phosphorescent
Replies: 1
Views: 906

Phosphorescent

A lovely word descriptive of (too many lettered) phosphorescence, a phenomenon some materials have of re-emitting light for a period of time after having absorbed it. Commonly observed in "glow in the dark" toys, key chains, paints, watch hands, etc. Distinct from fluorescent in that the l...
by justscience
Mon May 09, 2022 5:22 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Gargoyle
Replies: 1
Views: 1255

Gargoyle

Originally, an architectural feature to direct drained rainwater out and away from a building, a spout. In classic Roman architecture, lion figures were used. During the middle ages, grotesque creatures came into fashion and is how the word is thought of today.
by justscience
Thu Feb 24, 2022 8:48 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Selenology, Areology
Replies: 0
Views: 2179

Selenology, Areology

Selenology is scientific study of the moon. Geology is limited to the Earth; we now have the capability of selenological studies of moon rocks and features of the moon. From selen- (moon) + o + -logy (study). Naturally, it follows that we will be conducting similar research on Mars. That would requi...
by justscience
Mon Feb 21, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Immolate
Replies: 1
Views: 1695

Immolate

To destroy by fire, to offer as a sacrifice by burning. My mother would destroy all spiders in the house by immolation if it were safe to do so. War protesters held ceremonial draft card immolations. I almost immolated myself with a stupid party trick involving vodka. Good and underutilized action v...
by justscience
Mon Feb 21, 2022 4:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Ramekin
Replies: 1
Views: 1692

Ramekin

A most euphonic name for a small ceramic baking dish, typically with fluted sides, hopefully containing creme brulee. Also the name of a preparation of cheese, bread crumbs and eggs, baked in such a vessel, which also would be quite welcome. Ramekins seem to be associated with rich desserts, possibl...
by justscience
Sun Feb 06, 2022 8:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Fluvial
Replies: 1
Views: 1862

Fluvial

Pertaining to rivers or streams. A spectacular example of fluvial erosion is the Grand Canyon. Trout are a favorite fluvial game fish.
by justscience
Sun Feb 06, 2022 4:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Obverse
Replies: 1
Views: 1723

Obverse

The primary viewing side of something with two sides, such as the heads side of a coin. Most flags have obverse and reverse sides. Also used to distinguish an opposite counterpart or complement, e.g., the obverse of love is indifference.
by justscience
Thu Jan 27, 2022 9:37 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Janiform
Replies: 2
Views: 1966

Re: Janiform

There is a Roman coin called a Quadrigatus that bears an image of Janus on its obverse. I have a janiform lamp that has a single face on two opposite sides. My fourth grade teacher was clearly janiform since she could see high jinks among us while writing on the board. Janus was the deity of transit...
by justscience
Wed Jan 26, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Janiform
Replies: 2
Views: 1966

Janiform

Possessing two faces, after Janus, for whom January is named.

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