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by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 08, 2005 3:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SMITHEREENS
Replies: 5
Views: 5952

Bibycle smithers

Prosaic licencse, Henri, based on a first impression upon opening the box.

However, smithers to me aren't quite as much bad news as are smitereens. Do you have a different impression?

--DR. GW
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 07, 2005 11:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SMITHEREENS
Replies: 5
Views: 5952

SMITHEREENS

• smithereens • Pronunciation: smi-dhêr- eens • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, plural Meaning: A host of broken fragments. Notes: This word is rather an English oddity not given to derivation, but several writers have tried it as a verb: a bomb big enough to smithereen a large building or a turn of...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 07, 2005 11:07 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PRAIRIE-DOG
Replies: 3
Views: 7137

PRAIRIE-DOG

• prairie-dog • Pronunciation: pre -ree-dôg • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive Meaning: To rubberneck over the wall of an office cubicle to see what a commotion is all about. Notes: Today's word is interesting because of its metaphorical use in the modern-day office. This setting contras...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 04, 2005 11:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ENCOMIUM
Replies: 2
Views: 3198

ENCOMIUM

• encomium • Pronunciation: en- ko -mi-yêm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A panegyric, a formal expression of praise, a glowing tribute, a laudation. Notes: It is customary to assume that perfect synonyms do not exist; however, today's word means, if not exactly, almost exactly the same a...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 03, 2005 10:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: QUARK
Replies: 11
Views: 12311

QUARK

• quark • Pronunciation: kwahrk or kwôrk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Verb Meaning: 1. [Mass noun] A soft, low-fat cheese made from skimmed milk. 2. [Noun] Any one of six postulated elementary particles making up protons and neutrons, having an electrical charge one-third or two-thirds of that ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 03, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: GAMBOL
Replies: 3
Views: 5919

GAMBOL

• gambol • Pronunciation: gæm -bêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Intransitive verb Meaning: To leap or jump about joyfully, to frolic playfully. Notes: It is difficult to understand why a word this beautiful in sound and sense can fade from a language but today's lovely word is, indeed, fading fast. T...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: FOISON
Replies: 1
Views: 4661

FOISON

• foison • Pronunciation: foy-zên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Strength, power, vitality (Scots English). 2. An abundance, a profusion, a plentiful supply. 3. A source of strength or vitality, nourishment. Notes: Today's is another good if ancient word teetering on the brink of extin...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Apr 30, 2005 12:10 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ROUGHSHOD
Replies: 47
Views: 42860

Multifuncionality

Look out for multifuncionality in English. English is losing affixes (-er, -est, -ed) at quite a clip, but not grammatical functions. The result is that the remaining affixes take on those functions left by affixes that have disappeared in addition to their traditional ones. The suffix -ed, as sever...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MELLIFLUOUS
Replies: 1
Views: 3306

MELLIFLUOUS

• mellifluous • Pronunciation: mê- li- flu-wês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Of speech: pleasant-sounding, beautiful, highly articulate, poetic. 2. Sweet as honey or sweetened with honey. Notes: This Good Word amply demonstrates how we often confuse the senses. As the Word Histor...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Good Words for May
Replies: 1
Views: 2967

Good Words for May

In May we are going to tell the stories of

quark
encomium
amalgam
hagiography
tantalize

from Agora suggestions. Thank you for them.

Other words for May will include zyzzyva, lagopodous, spheristerion, and to prairie-dog.

Stay tuned.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 29, 2005 4:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hudibrastic
Replies: 7
Views: 7370

Hudibrastic

I rather like it myself. However, its story isn't very rich and has a rather narrow application.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ROUGHSHOD
Replies: 47
Views: 42860

SHOD VS SHOED

What you have seen is evidence of what linguists call "morphological leveling", the tendency for irregular forms to become regular. My grandmother and grandfather used the past tense and participle "holp" for "help", long after it had been leveled throughout most dialects. They lived in the South wh...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: intelligent
Replies: 13
Views: 12583

Most intelligent person

Hmmm. Although I'm not the most intelligent person on the planet, 8th place isn't bad. What do you think?
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PESACH
Replies: 7
Views: 7879

Odds and ends

1. Portuguese? Done. I will try to be more attentive to the needs of Portuguese speakers in the future.

2. Pronunciation: Of course, in Hebrew the CH is pronounced KH, which shows up in the Greek and Russian words.
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ROUGHSHOD
Replies: 47
Views: 42860

ROUGHSHOD

• roughshod • Pronunciation: rêf -shahd • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective and Adverb Meaning: 1. Of horses: wearing shoes with protruding nails to prevent slippage. 2. Brutal or brutally, without concern for others or their opinions. Notes: Today's word comes from the irregular past participle o...

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