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by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Doldrums
Replies: 0
Views: 147

Doldrums

• doldrums • Pronunciation: dol- drêmz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, plural Meaning: 1. A region of the ocean near the equator between the trade winds characterized by calmness or, at best, light winds; the calm weather characteristic of this region. 2. A slump or sluggishness in activity or a p...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Diddly-squat
Replies: 0
Views: 166

Diddly-squat

• diddly-squat • Pronunciation: did -li-skwaht • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: (US Slang) Next to nothing, something worthless, or even nothing at all. Notes: This odd bit of US slang contains two words that are nearly synonyms of each other and the compound they appear i...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Denigrate
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Denigrate

• denigrate • Pronunciation: de -nê-grayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1 . To blacken, make dark (rare). 2. To demean, belittle, abase, to criticize as being of no value. Notes: This Good Word originally meant "to blacken" and, according to the ultimate judge, the ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Comedo
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Comedo

• comedo • Pronunciation: kah -mê-do • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: True to its misleading appearance, today's Good Word is a funny one though completely unrelated to the word comedy: a comedo is a zit, a blackhead produced by acne, a dot of blackened keratin and sebum that plugs a hair f...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cenacle
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Cenacle

• cenacle • Pronunciation: se -nê-kêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The upper room in which the Last Supper took place. 2. An upstairs dining room. 3. A clique of friends, an inner circle, especially of writers or other artists. Notes: Today's word is probably used more in the Catholi...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 30, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: British
Replies: 1
Views: 391

British

• British • Pronunciation: brid -ish • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Pertaining to or belonging to Great Britain or its inhabitants. https://www.alphadictionary.com/images/brit_flag.gif Notes: Britain is a European island containing the once-separate countries of England, Scotland, an...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 29, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Donations
Replies: 5
Views: 4986

Re: Donations

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by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 27, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: War
Replies: 1
Views: 187

War

• war • Pronunciation: wawr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Full-scale armed military combat between two or more nations or regions. 2. A major struggle between two or more sides on an issue that involves active, unbridled attempts for one side to defeat the other(s) and, in some sense,...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 26, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Adiaphorous
Replies: 0
Views: 196

Adiaphorous

• adiaphorous • Pronunciation: æd-i- æ -fê-rês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Indifferent, neutral, immaterial. 2. (Medicine) Having no effect, doing neither harm nor good, as an adiaphorous medicine, a placebo. Notes: The noun associated with today's adjective is adiaphory "...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 25, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ablution
Replies: 0
Views: 210

Ablution

• ablution • Pronunciation: ê- blu -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Bathing or cleansing, or the liquid in which something is bathed. 2. Bathing the body as part of religious services. 3. Cleaning up the body in general. 4. (The ablutions) The bathroom, head, toilet (British milita...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 24, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pawn
Replies: 1
Views: 202

Pawn

• pawn • Pronunciation: pawn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A chess piece of the lowest value. 2. A dispensable individual used to advance the interests of another party. 3. An object given to secure a loan, a pledge. Notes: Today's word is actually two: one with the original sense of ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 23, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Reflex
Replies: 0
Views: 200

Reflex

• reflex • Pronunciation: ree -fleks • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Something, such as light or heat, that is reflected; a copy or reproduction. 2. An involuntary nervous response or any unlearned response to a stimulus. 3. In linguistics, a word or property of a word that has develope...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 22, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: School
Replies: 4
Views: 317

School

• school • Pronunciation: skul • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. An institution of formal education or the process of education conducted there. 2. A group of artists or thinkers who share the same style or set of basic assumptions about their endeavors. 3. A group of people settled in fo...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 22, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Active and inactive members of Alpha Agora
Replies: 2
Views: 4393

Re: Active and inactive members of Alpha Agora

We need not only more conversation, we need more visitors. The traffic to the website has dropped from 350,000, which brought in $500-$600/month from Google ads for the 12 years it remained at that level, enough to almost cover the costs of the site, to 85,000 last month, resulting in a drop of Goog...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 22, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nay-sayer
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Re: Nay-sayer

The Greeks to this day nod their head for okhi "no" and shake their heads for nai "yes", as I recall from my visits to Greece decades ago. Any connection? Europeans shake their heads for any yes-no question response that starts with an N?

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