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by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: "Emergency" 2990th word
Replies: 0
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"Emergency" 2990th word

Today's Good Word is the 2990th word in our dictionary. (When I visit the grandkids in Colorado and on holidays I rerun words that ran at least 8 years ago.) Only 10 more to the 3000th. We may make in this month.
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Emergency
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Emergency

• emergency • Pronunciation: ee- mêr -jên-si • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A serious situation emerging suddenly and unexpectedly, that demands immediate response. Notes: This word obviously originates in the verb emerge . Word History will explain how its meaning came to diverge so much...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Armistice
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Armistice

• armistice • Pronunciation: ahr -mê-stis • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A limited cease-fire or the document containing the terms of a limited cease-fire; a temporary truce put in place until a permanent agreement can be reached between two hostile parties. The Korean War ended with only...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: The History of Linguistics on the Web
Replies: 0
Views: 238

The History of Linguistics on the Web

I just found a relatively short, accurate history of linguistics on the Internet at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/41814/41814-0.txt. I found in it that I had written in 1998 "The web will be an encyclopedia of the world by the world for the world. There will be no information or knowledge tha...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rectitude
Replies: 4
Views: 395

Rectitude

• rectitude • Pronunciation: rek -ti-tyud • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1 . Righteousness, uprightness, moral integrity. 2. Straightness. Notes: Today's Good Word comes with an adjective, rectitudinous , with an extra particle, - in , buffering the suffix from the stem ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Salacious
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Salacious

• salacious • Pronunciation: sê- lay -shês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Lewd, lascivious, lustful, bawdy. 2. Explicitly sexually lewd, pornographic, suggestive of moral looseness. Notes: Two nouns accompany today's Good Word: salaciousness and salacity. I like the smoothness of ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Temperate
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Temperate

• temperate • Pronunciation: tem -pêr-êt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Mild, moderate, not extreme in any sense, as a temperate climate or a temperate demeanor. 2. Exercising restraint, as temperate in one's eating or drinking. Notes: Today's Good Word is an adjective based on th...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Usury
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Usury

• usury • Pronunciation: yu -zhê-ree • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. Lending money at an exorbitant or illegal rate of interest. 2. The exorbitantly high interest on a loan. Notes: As governments around the world return to the regulation of financial institutions after their colla...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Voracious
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Voracious

• voracious • Pronunciation: vor- ray -shês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Excessively hungry, ravenous, devouring with an immense appetite, insatiable. 2. Excessively greedy, gluttonous, insatiable. Notes: This Good Word may refer to people (Homer arrived voracious) or appetites ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Vagabond
Replies: 3
Views: 429

Vagabond

• vagabond • Pronunciation: væg -ê-bahnd • Hear it! Part of Speech : Noun, Adjective Meaning: A wanderer, vagrant, itinerant with no permanent home. Notes: I don't hear this word as much as I did in my youth, perhaps because the vagrant life is no longer with us. Even the homeless have a more or le...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Paean
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Paean

• paean • Pronunciation: pee -ên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A song of praise. 2. A song, poem, or other expression of profound joy, gratitude, or triumph. Notes: The original paean was a hymn of praise sung to Apollo or other gods for safety before going into battle, or on other oc...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bowel
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Bowel

• bowel • Pronunciation: bæ -wêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. (usually plural bowels) The intestine, gut as, 'the large bowel'. 2. The deep interior of something, as 'the bowels of a ship'. 3. (Obsolete) Pity, compassion, feeling, 'heart', as 'to have bowels of mercies'. Notes: We ha...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Caretaker
Replies: 0
Views: 202

Caretaker

• caretaker • Pronunciation: ker -tay-kêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Custodian, janitor, someone who takes care of a someone else's land or building. 2. Carer (UK), caregiver, someone who looks after another person incapable of looking after him- or herself. 3. A person or people w...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lycanthropy
Replies: 0
Views: 269

Lycanthropy

• lycanthropy • Pronunciation: lai- kæn -thrê-pi • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The supposed power of certain human beings to convert themselves into wolves or the belief in such a power. According to the Century Unabridged Dictionary, "This belief is still common among savage rac...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Halloween
Replies: 0
Views: 254

Halloween

• Halloween • Pronunciation: hæ -lê-ween • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, proper Meaning: The night before All Saints Day, when English-speaking children run about (if not amok ) in scary costumes representing the menacing spirits of the dead. It is the tradition to play pranks on neighbors or offe...

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