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by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 22, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Active and inactive members of Alpha Agora
Replies: 2
Views: 4465

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: 438

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?
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 21, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Site News
Topic: Donations
Replies: 5
Views: 5056

Re: Donations

I'm sorry I can't help you. We've received dozens of donations with no other complaints. The problem is with PayPal and we simply can't afford the cost or responsibility of putting up our own payment page.

You contribute quite a bit to the Agora. Let's let it go at that.

--RB
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 21, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Affiance
Replies: 0
Views: 108

Affiance

• affiance • Pronunciation: ê- fai -êns • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To betroth, to pledge someone in marriage. Notes: A match-maker, where that trade is still practiced, is an affiancer. A woman who has been affianced is a fiancée, while a man is a fiancé—both words related to the verb...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 19, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tuxedo
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Tuxedo

• tuxedo • Pronunciation: têk- see -do • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A man's formal evening-wear usually comprising black trousers with a silk stripe down the leg, a cummerbund, a bow tie, and a black or white jacket. The cuffs of the shirt and the shirt itself usually fasten with studs ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 18, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tendentious
Replies: 0
Views: 192

Tendentious

• tendentious • Pronunciation: ten- den -chês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Strongly prejudiced or partisan, didactic, drastically promoting a single point of view. Notes: Any perspective reflecting a noticeable tendency is tendential , but to be tendentious, it must be strongly, ev...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 17, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ghetto
Replies: 0
Views: 192

Ghetto

• ghetto • Pronunciation: ge -to • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A section of a city in which all members of a religious or racial minority are forced to live. Originally, it referred to such a sector designated for Jews, but more recently the reference has been expanded to include any min...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 16, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ramadan
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Ramadan

• Ramadan • Pronunciation: rah -mah-dahn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun proper Meaning: The ninth month of the Muslim calendar is devoted to the Fast of Ramadan. That fast is taking place around the world today. One night around 610 AD, according to the Muslim faith, the archangel Gabriel appeared...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 15, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bigot
Replies: 0
Views: 146

Bigot

• bigot • Pronunciation: bi -gêt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A hypocrite, especially a superstitious or religious hypocrite. 2. An extremely prejudiced fanatic, obstinately wedded to a particular opinion or attitude and passionately intolerant of those who disagree. Notes: A bigot i...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 14, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Resuscitate
Replies: 0
Views: 186

Resuscitate

• resuscitate • Pronunciation: ri- sê -sê-tayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To bring back from the brink of death by restoring breathing or consciousness. Notes: Today's word belongs to a large derivational family. There are two adjectives, resuscitative "capable of resuscitating&q...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 13, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Donate
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Donate

• donate • Pronunciation: do -nayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To give as a gift, to gift, bestow. Notes: Today's Good Word is a back-formation from donation . That means that donation entered the language first, but it looked so much like words on - ion that were derived from verbs on...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 12, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mother
Replies: 0
Views: 186

Mother

• mother • Pronunciation: mê -dhêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: The female parent, a woman who bears and/or primarily raises a child. Notes: Mother , the word, has borne a large and happy family of derivational offspring. The adjective and adverb of this noun are both motherly , which h...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 11, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: Hello Everyone from Pakistan
Replies: 3
Views: 4721

Re: Hello Everyone from Pakistan

Welcome aboard. We have several writers among us. Did you check out the website? Several historical fiction writers have contacted me to tell me how the Historical Dictionary of American Slang helped them.

--RB
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 11, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Misandry
Replies: 0
Views: 159

Misandry

• misandry • Pronunciation: mis- æn -dri • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: The hatred of men or the male sex, man-hating. Notes: We at alphaDictionary are often asked what is the masculine correlate of misogyny, the hatred of women, a word that often pops up in connection w...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 10, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cuisine
Replies: 0
Views: 169

Cuisine

• cuisine • Pronunciation: kwi- zeen • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Style of cooking, as Spanish cuisine or Thai cuisine. 2. Any food, especially if it is exceptionally well-prepared. Notes: The words for cooking and the kitchen are the same in many languages: French cuisine , Italian ...

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