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by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ablaqueate
Replies: 0
Views: 370

Ablaqueate

• ablaqueate • Pronunciation: ê- blæ -kwi-ayt (US), ah- blah -kwi-ayt (UK) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To loosen or remove the soil over the roots of a plant to expose them to air or rain, or to hold rainwater. Notes: This rarely used verb has not escaped the vocabulary of the botanist...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: I
Replies: 0
Views: 346

I

• I • Pronunciation: ai • Hear it! Part of Speech: Pronoun, personal Meaning: First person singular pronoun referring to the speaker. Notes : Today's Good Word is one of two one-letter words; a is the other. It is the only pronoun capitalized. In Russian you capitalize the word for "you" ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Innuendo
Replies: 0
Views: 379

Innuendo

• innuendo • Pronunciation: in-yu- wen -do • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Suggestive hint, oblique allusion, subtle indiscreet insinuation. Notes: Don't forget to double the first N but not the second in this word. The plural is innuendos without the E. Because of the foreign ending on O,...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rejuvenate
Replies: 0
Views: 359

Rejuvenate

• rejuvenate • Pronunciation: ree- ju -vê-nayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. Make youthful again, refresh, reinvigorate, make more lively, pump more life into. 2. Restore to original condition, as 'rejuvenate an old sofa'. Notes: In order to rejuvenate something, must it have been juv...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Foudroyant
Replies: 0
Views: 364

Foudroyant

• foudroyant • Pronunciation: fu- droy -yênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Thunderous, noisy and at the same time flashy, dazzling; explosive. 2. (Medicine) Having an unexpectedly sudden and severe onset (of a disease). Notes: Today's Good Word comes from a family of émigrés from...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Electrolyte
Replies: 0
Views: 344

Electrolyte

• electrolyte • Pronunciation: ê- lek -trê-lait • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. An ion of such substances as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, phosphate, and bicarbonate, that regulates the electrical current that moves through cell membranes. 2. A liquid solution that co...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Patulous
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Patulous

• patulous • Pronunciation: pæch -ê-lês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Open, expanded, expansive. 2. Spreading out, opening up, like branches of a tree or petals of a flower. Notes: This is a relatively rare word outside the sciences of botany and entomology. It has the expectable...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Truant
Replies: 0
Views: 319

Truant

• truant • Pronunciation: tru -ênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, adjective Meaning: 1. Someone who is absent without permission, especially students who skip school and play hooky. 2. (Adjective) Wandering, straying from a proper place or position. Notes: The noun for repeatedly skipping school ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nychthemeron
Replies: 2
Views: 300

Nychthemeron

• nychthemeron • Pronunciation: nik- thee -mêr-rahn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 24-hour day, 24-hour period across daylight and nighttime hours. Notes: The Russians have an everyday word for this idea, sutki , as opposed to den' "day", referring only to the daylight hours. En...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Collude
Replies: 0
Views: 377

Collude

• collude • Pronunciation: kê- lud • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive Meaning: To cooperate in a secret or unlawful way. Notes: The noun for this word is collusion , a word the current (2018) American president utters several times every day. It belongs to a lexical family consisting of ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Menorah
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Menorah

• menorah • Pronunciation: mê- nor -ê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A seven-branched candelabrum symbolizing the seven days of creation. 2. A nine-branched candelabrum used in the celebration of Hanukkah, also called the Hanukiah. http://www.alphadictionary.com/images/menorah.gif Note...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dreidel
Replies: 0
Views: 462

Dreidel

• dreidel • Pronunciation: dray -dêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A dreidel is a four-sided top with the Hebrew letters, nun, gimel, hey, and shin, printed one on each side. The letters stand for Nes gadol hayah sham "A great miracle happened there." (In Israel, of course, the...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mojo
Replies: 0
Views: 404

Mojo

• mojo • Pronunciation: mo -jo • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. Magical powers, mysterious good luck. 2. A talisman, usually a bag of secret ingredients believed to influence human behavior by practitioners of hoodoo magic. 3. Personal charm, charisma, influence. Notes:...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Papyrocracy
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Papyrocracy

• papyrocracy • Pronunciation: pay-pê- rah -krê-si • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Government by red tape or excessive paperwork. 2. Rule by newspapers and journals. Notes: The Oxford English Dictionary lists today's Good Word as a "nonce" word, that is to say, a word invented...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Truckle
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Truckle

• truckle • Pronunciation: trêk -êl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Verb, intransitive Meaning: 1. [Noun] A caster, a small wheel, such as is used on a truckle (trundle) bed. 2. [Verb, intransitive] To sleep on a truckle bed, in a subservient position. 3. [Verb, intransitive] To be subservient, su...

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