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by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ANODYNE
Replies: 1
Views: 2416

ANODYNE

• anodyne • Pronunciation: æ -nê-dayn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Capable of relieving pain, as aspirin is an anodyne medicine for headaches. 2. Soothing, relaxing, as anodyne living on vacation. Notes: Today's adjective may be freely used as a noun referring to any substance t...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Sep 08, 2005 11:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ILLAPSE
Replies: 1
Views: 2341

ILLAPSE

• illapse • Pronunciation: i- læps • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive & Noun Meaning: 1. [Verb] To glide or flow into. 2. [Noun] The act of gliding, slipping, or flowing into. Notes: This Good Word is a rarity today but rarities are to be treasured, savored, especially those of this ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PREVALENT
Replies: 1
Views: 2291

PREVALENT

• prevalent • Pronunciation: pre -vê-lênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Wide-spread and commonplace, found everywhere, ubiquitous. Notes: Today's word is the adjective from the very prevail, whose meaning has drifted slightly off course. The adverb is prevalently and the noun, preva...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PARAGOGE
Replies: 3
Views: 3258

PARAGOGE

• paragoge • Pronunciation: pæ -rê-go-jee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: The addition of a sound to the end of a word, as children do when they pronounce dog "doggy". Notes: Paragoge is a member of a series of common word changes, including its antonym, apocope. Apocope is the chopping of...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 02, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: COCTION
Replies: 1
Views: 2418

COCTION

• coction • Pronunciation: kahk-shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The act of boiling. 2. Digestion. Notes: Occasionally we enjoy exploring words that have no ostensible use in the language. (What's wrong with the words boiling and digestion ?) We thought you might be interested in kn...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Sep 02, 2005 1:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: GIGOLO
Replies: 1
Views: 2432

GIGOLO

• gigolo • Pronunciation: jig -ê-lo • Hear it ! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A professional male dancing partner. 2. A kept man, a man whose expenses are paid for by a woman in return for his attentions (the masculine correlate of bimbo). Notes: The meaning of today's Good Word has wandered off...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Aug 31, 2005 6:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: QUINTESSENTIAL
Replies: 2
Views: 2970

QUINTESSENTIAL

• quintessential • Pronunciation: kwint-i- sen -shêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Possessing the essence of the essence, the very soul of something. Notes: This Good Word comes from the noun, quintessence "the most essential part". Although rather long, spelling this word is straig...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MUSSITATION
Replies: 2
Views: 2519

MUSSITATION

• mussitation • Pronunciation: mê-sê- tey -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. Mumbling inarticulately, moving the lips and making a low vocal sound, or to mutter through the teeth. 2. {Medicine} Moving the lips without making a sound. Notes: Today's Good Word is the action and p...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Aug 29, 2005 5:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: DEMESNE
Replies: 6
Views: 5029

DEMESNE

• demesne • Pronunciation: dê- meyn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. An estate, the land and property owned by someone. 2. A district, region, territory, or realm dominated by someone; a domain or dominion. 3. {Law} The possession and use of a piece of land. Notes: Today's Good Word has ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Aug 28, 2005 5:52 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: FLIPPANT
Replies: 1
Views: 2448

FLIPPANT

• flippant • Pronunciation: fli -pênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Glib, haughtily and uncaringly superficial. Notes: The adverb is flippantly and the noun, flippancy . You might wonder why flippant is even around, given the fact that flip, the adjective, is an exact synonym. Today...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Aug 28, 2005 5:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SEMPITERNAL
Replies: 7
Views: 4093

SEMPITERNAL

• sempiternal • Pronunciation: sem-pee- têr -nêl • Hear it! Part of Speech : Adjective Meaning : Eternal, everlasting, without beginning or end. Notes: The question naturally arises, If we have eternal, why do we need today's Good Word? This is a good word to emphasize infiniteness or length of tim...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: OFFBEAT
Replies: 4
Views: 3928

OFFBEAT

• offbeat • Pronunciation: ôf- beet • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Adjective Meaning: 1. [Noun] An unaccented beat in a musical measure, the upbeat. 2. [Adjective] Unusual, not conforming to conventions, oddball. Notes: This good word comes with a family of nouns that have taken up adjective habi...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:47 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SKEPTICISM
Replies: 1
Views: 2951

SKEPTICISM

• skepticism • Pronunciation: skep -tê-siz-êm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. A critical attitude, the state of being unconvinced. 2. A suspicious, doubting attitude. 3. An ancient Greek school of philosophy, founded by Pyrrho of Elis, that argued that all our beliefs are uncertai...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:12 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ELECTROLYTE
Replies: 9
Views: 6923

ELECTROLYTE

• electrolyte • Pronunciation: ê- lek -trê-layt • Hear it ! Part of Speech: Adjective 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 t...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ANGUISH
Replies: 3
Views: 4095

ANGUISH

• anguish • Pronunciation: æng -gwish • Hear it! Part of Speech : Noun, mass Meaning: Severe mental distress, mental pain and suffering. Notes: Anguish has few relatives. It may be used itself as an intransitive verb, as to anguish over whether the party will be a success. The adjective is formed w...

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