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by Dr. Goodword
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Red
Replies: 0
Views: 213

Red

• red • Pronunciation: red • Hear it! Part of Speech : Adjective Meaning: 1. The color of blood or ruddy, similar to that color. 2. Communist, belonging to or related to the Communist Party (the color of its flag). 3. Republican, related to the Republican Party in the US (new). Notes: Today's adjec...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Perfuse
Replies: 0
Views: 216

Perfuse

• perfuse • Pronunciation: pêr- fyuz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. Suffuse thoroughly something having a liquid quality throughout an object or idea. 2. (Medicine) To force blood or other liquid through tissue via the vascular system, e.g. the heart after open-heart surgery. Notes: Th...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Trifecta
Replies: 0
Views: 277

Trifecta

• trifecta • Pronunciation: trai- fek -tê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A type of bet that is won only if the first three winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) are chosen in the correct order. It is a variation of perfecta "picking 1st and 2nd place winners in the correct order"...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Cringe
Replies: 0
Views: 290

Cringe

• cringe • Pronunciation: krinj • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive Meaning: 1. Shrink away in fear or humbly, servilely. 2. To recoil from inclimate weather, embarrassment, or disgust. Notes: Today's word comes with some interesting derivations. Someone who cringes a lot is, of course, a...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Premonition
Replies: 0
Views: 205

Premonition

• premonition • Pronunciation: pre-mê- ni -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Forewarning, foreseeing, presentiment; a strong feeling that something is about to happen. Notes: Today's word had a host of derivational relatives: premonish is the verb that connects them all. Premonitor is s...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Genteel
Replies: 0
Views: 240

Genteel

• genteel • Pronunciation: jen- teel • Hear it! Part of Speech : Adjective Meaning: Very civil, perfectly courteous, polite and elegant in dress and manners, utterly free of any vulgarity or rudeness, exhibiting good breeding. Notes: During my discussion of the status of profanity in English with L...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fecund
Replies: 0
Views: 297

Fecund

• fecund • Pronunciation: fe -kênd, fee -kênd • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Fertile, capable of producing offspring. 2. Fruitful, intellectually productive, capable of producing new ideas. Notes: Today's word is a very popular and productive one. It comes with a noun, fecundity , bu...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Articulate
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Articulate

• articulate • Pronunciation: ahr- tik -yê-lêt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Well-spoken, having the gift of excellent speech, the ability to speak or write well; well-spoken or well-written. 2. Clearly delineated, as 'an articulate historical period'. 3. [Anatomy] Jointed, havin...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Arrest
Replies: 0
Views: 236

Arrest

• arrest • Pronunciation: ê- rest • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To stop someone or something, to interrupt the flow of something and hold it in check. 2. To put and hold in legal custody before trial. 3. Arrest attention: to catch or capture someone's attention. Notes: Today's verb ha...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Flirt
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Flirt

• flirt • Pronunciation: flêrt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. Try to attract the attention of a person of the opposite sex using body language and innuendo without serious romantic intentions. 2. Experiment superficially with an idea without committing oneself seriously. 3. Move quickl...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Preen
Replies: 0
Views: 272

Preen

• preen • Pronunciation: preen • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. (Animals) To clean and arrange feathers or fur with a beak or tongue. 2. To meticulously groom oneself, to primp, spend much time and devote much attention to dressing up. 3. Puff up with pride, congratulate oneself, gloat, ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Assay
Replies: 0
Views: 287

Assay

• assay • Pronunciation: æ- say • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To determine the content and quality (of ore) or that of a biochemical substance. 2. To assess the nature of something, to evaluate it. Notes: This verb may be used as a noun if we only shift the accent to the first syllabl...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Detritus
Replies: 0
Views: 260

Detritus

• detritus • Pronunciation: di- trai -tês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. Loose pieces of rock and such worn away by rubbing or weathering. 2. Left-over debris or waste matter from anything. Notes: This odd little word comes from a dysfunctional family: the noun is detrition , but...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Drub
Replies: 0
Views: 191

Drub

• drub • Pronunciation: drêb • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To thoroughly beat with a stick or cudgel, to whip or flog, to thrash someone violently. 2. To pound or force, as to drub something into someone's head. 3. To defeat roundly, as in an Olympic game. Notes: Sometimes...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tortuous
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Tortuous

• tortuous • Pronunciation: tor -chu-wês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. (Concrete nouns) Full of twists and turns, full of bends, winding. 2. Circuitous, devious, tangled, not straightforward. 3. (Abstract nouns) Long and complicated, highly involved. Notes: The spelling of today'...

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