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by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Unguent
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Unguent

• unguent • Pronunciation: êng -gwênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A soothing ointment, unction, balm, or salve. 2. Anything that soothes, smooths the way around difficulties. Notes: However rare today's Good Word may be, it is surrounded by a rather full though equally rare family o...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lucre
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Lucre

• lucre • Pronunciation: lu -kêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. Money or other pecuniary advantage, especially that obtained from suspicious or questionable sources. 2. Financial or other gain from some endeavor. Notes: This word is most often heard in the idiomatic e...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Beslobber
Replies: 0
Views: 147

Beslobber

• beslobber • Pronunciation: bi- slah -bêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To drool saliva on someone, to drivel or slaver (slabber) on someone. 2. To inundate with fulsome flattery, to kiss effusively, to fawn. Notes: The prefix be- rather irregularly converts an intransiti...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fedifragous
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Fedifragous

Here is the note that George talks about in his note to me: U of Chicago Law School Class Notes 1976: Hi everybody. I’m soliciting content for the next edition of our Class Notes. Send me your news, musings, rants and regrets. Don’t overthink this—we’d love to hear from you, so just dash off your r...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ait
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Ait

• ait • Pronunciation: ayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. An islet, an isle, a small island, usually in a river. 2. (Scottish) An oat. http://www.alphadictionary.com/images/bush_ait.gif Notes: The second sense of today's word is probably just the Scottish pronunciation of oat , but the...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Coy
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Coy

• coy • Pronunciation: koi • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Pretending modesty in an attempt to be alluring, affectedly demure. 2. Reluctant to give details, unwilling to divulge information, reticent. 3. Shy, modestly reserved, timid. Notes: There is little to say about this little...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fedifragous
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Fedifragous

I thought Grogie--and the rest of you--might be interested in George Kovac's reaction to Grogie's suggestion of fedifragous . Thanks for your good work, and your advocacy of good words. I embrace your proselytization. I want to thank you in particular for promoting “fedifragous,” which I immediately...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pronk
Replies: 0
Views: 123

Pronk

• pronk • Pronunciation: prahngk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To stot, to leap straight in the air with the back arched, bringing all four legs off the ground. Gazelles and springboks are most widely known for this behavior, but horses, sheep, and goats (especially playful kids) do i...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ironic
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Ironic

• ironic • Pronunciation: ai- rahn -ik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Pertaining to a figure of speech (irony) in which the intended meaning is the opposite of the literal meaning. 2. Related to a surprising state of affairs opposite to what would naturally be expected: it would b...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Liminal
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Liminal

• liminal • Pronunciation: li -mi-nêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. On the threshold, just passing over a threshold, incipient, as 'a liminal understanding of oneself'. 2. Barely perceptible, as 'a liminal odor or liminal sensation on the skin'. 3. (Cultural Anthropology) Transit...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Besmirch
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Besmirch

• besmirch • Pronunciation: bi- smêrch • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To dirty, soil, smudge, stain. 2. To slander, defame, discredit, sully. Notes: In case you can get by less a syllable when using this word, feel free to remove the prefix be -, and just say smirch . William Shakespea...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Commonweal
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Commonweal

• commonweal • Pronunciation: kah -mên-weel • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The common good, public good, general welfare, well-being of a society. 2. The public, a community, a body of people sharing an interest. Notes: Commonweal underlies commonwealth , so commonwealths like Massachu...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Capital
Replies: 0
Views: 122

Capital

• capital • Pronunciation: kæ -pi-têl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Major, large, great, critical, most important. 2. Punishable by death (capital crime). 3. Pertaining to the original investment, the sum invested. Notes: No Word-of-the-Day series would be complete without an exp...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lament
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Lament

• lament • Pronunciation: lê- ment • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive, Noun Meaning: 1. [Verb] To express grief, mourning, sorrow. 2. [Verb] To regret, feel grief or sorrow. 3. [Noun] A written or oral expression of grief or mourning, such as a poem or song. Notes: Today's word has a rich ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Limbo
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Limbo

• limbo • Pronunciation: lim -bo • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. Catholic Church: A place for innocent souls that do not fit clearly into heaven or hell, such as infants who died before baptism or people who died before the birth of Christ. 2. A state of suspension from having bee...

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