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by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:20 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ABSCISSION
Replies: 2
Views: 2376

ABSCISSION

• abscission • Pronunciation: æb- si -zhên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. The act of cutting something off. 2. The shedding of flowers, leaves, and fruit following the formation of scar tissue (the abscission layer) in a plant stem. Notes: Today's Good Word is the noun of either ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:50 am
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Welcome!
Replies: 15
Views: 19759

Welcome!

We have had such a great response to our Rebel-Yankee test that we thought a shop in the Agora to discuss it and other issues related to the accents and dialects of US English might be appreciated.
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: INCOMMODIOUS
Replies: 2
Views: 2543

INCOMMODIOUS

• incommodious • Pronunciation: in-kê- mo -di-ês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Inconvenient, troublesome, annoying. 2. Uncomfortably small, lacking sufficient space. Notes: Today's Good Word is the negative of commodious "convenient, advantageous, comfortable". It comes from a ve...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 11, 2005 12:29 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: CATCH-22
Replies: 6
Views: 3850

CATCH-22

• Catch-22 • Pronunciation: kæch -twe-ny- tu • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A no-win situation for which the only solution is following a rule that is blocked by another rule. 2. A paradoxical situation in which you cannot obtain A without B but B requires A (the chicken or the egg pro...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:17 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SYNECDOCHE
Replies: 5
Views: 3351

SYNECDOCHE

• synecdoche • Pronunciation: sên- ek -dê-kee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The metaphorical technique of naming a specific part when referring to the whole. 2. Naming the whole to indicate a part. Notes: Today's Good Word is the proper literary term for a habit that is ubiquitous in ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 08, 2005 12:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: THE WORD OF THE YEAR 2005
Replies: 2
Views: 2137

THE WORD OF THE YEAR 2005

http://www.alphadictionary.com/images/logosm.gif Word of the Year 2005. The Lexiteria, parent company of alphaDictionary.com, is now selecting its Word of the Year 2005 and would like your input. Click here to vote for the word you think was the most important word of this year. Make your voice hea...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:18 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: INCENTIVE
Replies: 2
Views: 2573

INCENTIVE

• incentive • Pronunciation: in- sen -tiv • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Anything that encourages or motivates a particular kind of behavior, a positive inducement; the carrot, as opposed to the stick. Notes: Today's Good Word recently appeared in a news article about Disney Corporation's...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:29 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Boxing Day
Replies: 13
Views: 7139

Boxing Day

"Boxing Day" will be the Good Word December 26.
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:19 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Taciturn
Replies: 35
Views: 17242

Taciturn

• taciturn • Pronunciation: tæ -sê-têrn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Quiet, abstaining from talk or conversation, saying little to nothing in the company of others. Notes: Today's word is a member of a happy family that includes the noun, taciturnity , and an adverb, taciturnly . T...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:11 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: POLYGLOT
Replies: 3
Views: 3280

POLYGLOT

• polyglot • Pronunciation: pah -li-glaht • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A person who speaks more than one language, a multilingual. Notes: One of the most common responses to being introduced as a linguist is, "And how many languages do you speak?" A linguist is someone who studies langu...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SNUCK
Replies: 5
Views: 3492

Drugged?

Maybe you never snuck but you did drug. Drug was at one time an intensive variant of drag , "to drag with great difficulty". It was itself a regular verb: drug, drugged, drugged. However, it may have very well influenced the rise of drug as a pseudopast tense of drag : drag drug drug , in a class wi...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ORPHAN
Replies: 4
Views: 3120

ORPHAN

• orphan • Pronunciation: or -fên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A child or young animal whose parents are dead. 2. Anything that is alone in its class or unconnected to similar objects, as a product that is an orphan. 3. The first line of a paragraph at the bottom of a page. (The last...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:01 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SNUCK
Replies: 5
Views: 3492

SNUCK

• snuck • Pronunciation: snêk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, past tense & past participle? Meaning: Moved in a stealthy, quiet manner so as not to attract attention, slinked (slunk?). Notes: One of the standard assumptions of linguistics is that irregular forms tend to become regular. So, wha...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MORAINE
Replies: 2
Views: 2579

MORAINE

• moraine • Pronunciation: mê- reyn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A mound or ridge of rocks, earth, and rubble deposited by a glacier. 2. A flower bed for Alpine plantings, formed by pouring soil or other rooting material over a bed of rocks for drainage. Notes: Today's Good Word offe...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: KARMA
Replies: 8
Views: 6209

KARMA

• karma • Pronunciation: kah(r)- mê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. [Hinduism & Buddhism] The effects of our actions that determine our destiny in our next incarnation. 2. Vibes, aura, a distinct sense of or feeling for a place, person, or object. 3. Fate, destiny....

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