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by Dr. Goodword
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Maladroit
Replies: 4
Views: 519

Maladroit

• maladroit • Pronunciation: mæl-ê- droyt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Inept, clumsy, awkward, bungling. Notes: Today's word has a purely English adverb, maladroitly , and an English noun, maladroitness . Mal - is a pretty active prefix in English, as indicated by maladjusted , mal...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: 3000th Good Word
Replies: 0
Views: 3973

3000th Good Word

Maladroit is the 2982nd unique word in the Good Word series. We a coming up on our 3000th Good Word and I would like it to be something special. If you know a really cool word, cool for any reason, please recommend it in the Good Word Suggestion shop of the Agora.
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tantalize
Replies: 0
Views: 252

Tantalize

• tantalize • Pronunciation: tænt -êl-aiz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: To tease by offering something that is kept just out of reach of the one it is offered to. http://www.alphadictionary.com/images/tantalus.gif Notes: This Good Word comes from a large and happy family. The...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Temperament
Replies: 0
Views: 318

Temperament

• temperament • Pronunciation: tem -pê-rê-mênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The basic nature or personality of man or animal as revealed in behavior, range of emotion. 2. The dominant physical and mental characteristics of humans according to the medieval theory of humors. Notes: Thi...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Explicate
Replies: 0
Views: 281

Explicate

• explicate • Pronunciation: ek -splê-kayt • Hear it ! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To give a detailed analysis of something, explain at length. 2. Analyze logically in depth, develop the implications of. Notes: We often use explicate as a fancy synonym of explain. The meaning of today's Good W...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Agenda
Replies: 0
Views: 228

Agenda

• agenda • Pronunciation: ê- jen -dê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A list of items scheduled for discussion at a meeting. 2. A mental list of tasks someone intends to undertake. 3. Underlying secret intentions. Notes: Unlike data and media , this Latin plural has been completely assim...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: Donations2
Replies: 0
Views: 1051

Donations2

http://www.alphadictionary.com/images/logosm.gif Those of you who contributed to our endeavors, thank you very much for your generosity. We have enough in donations to carry the Website and Good Words through November. If only 100 of the 17,338 active Good Word subscribers or the 90,000 visitors to...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Jostle
Replies: 0
Views: 367

Jostle

• jostle • Pronunciation: jah -sêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To shake by bumping, to stir up. 2. To compete for position, to vie for advantage. 3. (Intransitive) To move through a crowd by pushing and elbowing. Notes: We have a little-used noun, jostlement , that comes with this v...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fussbudget
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Fussbudget

• fussbudget • Pronunciation: fês -bê-jit • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A fussy or persnickety person, someone who worries about and worries others about trifles, a nervous worry-wart. Notes: Fussbudget is the most common word for this meaning in the eastern US. I've always wondered why ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Anthropomorphism
Replies: 0
Views: 351

Anthropomorphism

• anthropomorphism • Pronunciation: æn-thrê-pê- mor -fi-zêm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: The attribution of human traits to inanimate objects and nonhuman beings, such as animals and gods. Notes: When a tree sighs, the wind moans, or we speak of the laughter of a gurgling brook, w...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Aftermath
Replies: 0
Views: 307

Aftermath

• aftermath • Pronunciation: æf -têr-mæth • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A result or consequence of an event, the wake, what follows, as the aftermath of a war. 2. A second mowing of the same crop in the same season, as an aftermath of grass. Notes: Today's word is wholly unrelated to ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Spruik
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Spruik

• spruik • Pronunciation: sprook • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To spin, pimp, pitch, tout, hawk, as 'those who spruik outside sleazy bars'. Notes: Here is a contribution to the English languages by Australians. It certainly is of Germanic origin, for the nouns derived from it are (person...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Reticule
Replies: 6
Views: 634

Reticule

• reticule • Pronunciation: red -ê-kyul • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Crosshairs, a grid of fine vertical and horizontal lines in an optical device or graphics editor for locating visual objects precisely. 2. A woman's fabric purse with drawstrings. http://www.alphadictionary.com/imag...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Amatorculist
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Amatorculist

• amatorculist • Pronunciation: æ-mê- tor -kyê-list • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A so-so or lousy lover. Notes: Because today's Good Word is such a lexical rarity, it has not raised a hearty family. We may speculate that it may be used as an adjective: 'an amatorculist circle of friends...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Assail
Replies: 0
Views: 306

Assail

• assail • Pronunciation: ê- sayl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To assault, attack physically, as 'to assail the enemy's army'. 2. To attack verbally, to bully, criticize or ridicule strongly, as 'to assail someone's character'. 3. To beset, harass, 'assailed by doubts'. Notes: Today'...

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