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by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Eulogy
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Eulogy

• eulogy • Pronunciation: yu -lê-jee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A laudatory oration or written encomium in praise of someone, especially after that person's death. Notes: Today's Good Word has gravitated toward speeches given at a funeral. For formal praise of someone living, a rarely...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Resolution
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Resolution

• resolution • Pronunciation: re-zê- lu -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A dedicated promise and firm commitment to do something. 2. A formal decision, rule, or law. 3. A solution or means of ending a problem. 4. Reduction of a substance to its elementary constituents, as 'the reso...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Auld
Replies: 0
Views: 145

Auld

• auld • Pronunciation: awld • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: (Scots English) Old. Notes: In most English-speaking regions December 31 is celebrated as New Year's Eve. The celebration was previously known as Old Year's Night, which continues in English-speaking Guyana and some other ar...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oodles
Replies: 0
Views: 220

Oodles

• oodles • Pronunciation: u -dêlz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, plural Meaning: (Slang) Lots, a large amount, very much. Notes: Kathleen of Sweden (now), who suggested today's word, raises a penetrating question: can there be one oodle? We can have oodles of money, but could I have just one oodl...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mistletoe
Replies: 0
Views: 71

Mistletoe

• mistletoe • Pronunciation: mi -sêl-to • Hear it ! Part of Speech : Noun, mass Meaning : A semiparasitic shrub of the family Viscaceae with thick evergreen leaves and waxy white berries that grows on deciduous trees. Notes : As it grows, mistletoe accumulates the magical power to grant anyone the ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: One-upmanship
Replies: 0
Views: 61

One-upmanship

one-upmanship • Pronunciation : wên- êp -mên-ship • Hear it! Part of Speech : Noun, mass Meaning: The tactic of using psychological means to gain an advantage in every situation, the drive to better others by cleverly outfoxing rather than outperforming them. Notes: Unlike our previous silly words,...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Advent
Replies: 0
Views: 55

Advent

advent Pronunciation: æd -vent • Hear it! Part of Speech : Noun Meaning: 1. In the Christian tradition, the month before Christmas, beginning the fourth Sunday before the Nativity (Advent Sunday) and observed with prayer and fasting by some, burning Advent candles by others. 2 . The first or second...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Swaddle
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Swaddle

• swaddle • Pronunciation: swah -dêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To swathe, to bandage, to wrap in bandages. 2. To tightly bind a baby with blankets so that it cannot move its arms or legs. 3. To tightly restrain or restrict, to smother, suffocate. Notes: Swaddling dates...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hanukkah
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Re: Hanukkah

I received this note from Jackie Strauss, a frequent contributor of Good Words. I thought it worth sharing. Hoping you and your family enjoy a wonderful Christmas. Enjoyed the word “Hanukkah” today - thank you. As a child, and coming from a very Jewish family, we celebrated Hanukkah. But it wasn’t ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Shoo
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: Shoo

Combinations like SH and CH are known as "digraphs", two letters for one sound. They are common in alphabetic languages.
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Christmas-tree
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Christmas-tree

• Christmas-tree • Pronunciation: kris -mês-chree • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To fill in randomly answers to test questions that you don't know, as though adding ornaments to a Christmas tree. 2. To add superfluous items randomly, as to Christmas-tree a legislative bill ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hanukkah
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Hanukkah

• Hanukkah • Pronunciation: hah -nê-kê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, proper Meaning: The season of Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. It celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Greeks of Syria, who had captured Jerusalem, and the rededication of the second Temple of Jer...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Panegyric
Replies: 0
Views: 139

Panegyric

• panegyric • Pronunciation: pæn-ê- jai -rik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Adjective Meaning: 1. (Noun) An encomium, a speech or other creative work of praise. 2. (Adjective) Laudatory, having the character of a panegyric. Notes: Today's word is sometimes taken to imply overly laudatory praise, ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pluck
Replies: 0
Views: 141

Pluck

• pluck • Pronunciation: plêk • Hear it! Part of Speech : Noun Meaning: 1. Courage, heart, spirit, boldness, guts. 2. Offal, entrails, guts, the heart, liver, and other viscera removed from animals during the cleaning process. Notes: A person with pluck is unfearful though not fearless, someone who...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Plight
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Plight

• plight • Pronunciation: plait • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Verb Meaning: 1. [Noun] A situation, particularly a bad or threatening one; a predicament or jam. 2. [Noun] Health, condition, especially of cattle. 3. [Verb] To pledge, to promise. Notes: Today you get two words for the price of one,...

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