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by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 11, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Misandry
Replies: 0
Views: 163

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: 173

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 ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 09, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Enchiridion
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Enchiridion

• enchiridion • Pronunciation: en-kê- ri -di-yên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A book small enough to be carried in the hand (handbook) for reference, especially one used for music or theology. Notes: The plural of today's word is enchiridions or the Greek enchiridia. The Greek CH was ac...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 09, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Courriel
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Courriel

• courriel • Pronunciation: kuR- yel • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: The French word for "e-mail" (not for use in English!) Notes: Back at the turn of the millennium, the French Ministry of Culture ordered the replacement of the English term e-mail with its French equivalent, cou...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 08, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: Donations
Replies: 5
Views: 5292

Donations

Back when we were having trouble with out e-mail server, a couple of you suggested that you would be willing to help with the expense of a new server. Well, we have one now that works, but it is costing me more, $150/month. As you might know, I'm a retired university professor and that, added to the...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 07, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hoyden
Replies: 1
Views: 244

Hoyden

• hoyden • Pronunciation: hoy -dn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: High-spirited, loud girl; a rude cut-up of a girl or woman. Notes: Having provided you with a word to refer to an awkward boy , it is only fair to discuss a word referring to a girl of similar character. A hoyden, however, i...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 06, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Blunderbuss
Replies: 1
Views: 215

Blunderbuss

• blunderbuss • Pronunciation: blên -dêr-bês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: No, this word refers neither to a misplaced kiss nor a public transportation vehicle that is off course. Rather, today's word has two other meanings. 1. An old-fashioned muzzle-loading pistol or musket with a flar...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 04, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Thingamabob
Replies: 1
Views: 270

Thingamabob

• thingamabob • Pronunciation: thing -gê-mê-bahb • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A thingamajig, doohickey, thingy, thingum or thingummy, whatsit, whatchamacallit—in other words, something for which the speaker does not know or cannot find the right word. Notes : It was difficult to decide ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 03, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Abstract
Replies: 0
Views: 126

Abstract

• abstract • Pronunciation: æb -strækt (adj., n.), æb- strækt (v.) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun Meaning: 1. (Adjective) Mental, existing in the mind but without physical form, theoretical but unreal (antonym: concrete). 2. (Art) Without traditional recognizable forms. 3. (Noun) A summ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 03, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Out of pocket
Replies: 1
Views: 1319

Out of pocket

I recently had an interchange with George Kovac about the shift in meaning of the phrase "out of pocket". I put it up in the Language Blog.
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 02, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Banish
Replies: 5
Views: 540

Banish

• banish • Pronunciation: bæn -ish • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To force to leave, to exile from some place, as 'to banish a rowdy from the club'. 2. To drive away, expel, as 'to banish fear from your mind'. Notes: Someone who banishes is a banisher and the act of banishi...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 01, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Voluble
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Voluble

• voluble • Pronunciation: vahl -yê-bêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Talkative, loquacious, talking fluently, readily or incessantly, as 'a voluble if incoherent congressman'. 2. Capable of being rolled up or rotated around, as 'a voluble scroll' or 'the voluble Earth'. 3. Twist...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Unawares
Replies: 0
Views: 125

Unawares

• unawares • Pronunciation: ên-ê- werz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adverb Meaning: 1. Without thinking, without being aware, inadvertently, unconsciously. 2. By surprise, suddenly and without warning. We are generally caught unawares by unusual things. Notes: In this series I often mention that a Go...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Veracity
Replies: 0
Views: 167

Veracity

• veracity • Pronunciation: vê- ræ -sê-ti • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. Truthfulness, trustworthiness. 2. Precise accuracy, factuality, believability. Notes: Veracity , like truthfulness , means something slightly different from truth ; it refers to the quality of be...

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