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by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stint
Replies: 0
Views: 214

Stint

• stint • Pronunciation: stint • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, verb Meaning: 1. (Noun) A limited period of time, as 'to do a stint in the army'. 2. (Noun) Limitation or restriction on the amount of something, as 'to indulge oneself without stint'. 3. (Verb) To limit or restrict the amount of somet...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gaslight (the verb)
Replies: 0
Views: 279

Gaslight (the verb)

• gaslight • Pronunciation: gæs -lait • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To manipulate a person by deceptive psychological means into questioning their own sanity. 2. To mislead a person by providing them with false information. Notes: The US news media seem to be using today's word in a n...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Seersucker
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Seersucker

• seersucker • Pronunciation: sir -sêk-êr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A lightweight cotton puckered material covered with tiny blue (or some other color) and white stripes. Notes: Seersucker has survived for a long time; I just purchased a seersucker jacket to go with my white pants th...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wordle
Replies: 2
Views: 456

Wordle

• wordle • Pronunciation: wêrd -êl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A creative design composed of words; an artistically arranged word cloud. 2. (also spelled wortle ) One of several pivoted pieces forming the throat of an adjustable die used in extruding wire and pipe. http://www.alphad...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kompromat
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Kompromat

• kompromat • Pronunciation: kahm -prê-mæt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Compromising material, material that could be used for extortion because it could damage someone's reputation. Notes: This word has made it into very few dictionaries but it is creeping into journalese and pops up o...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Clart
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Clart

• clart • Pronunciation: kla(r)ht • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Lump of mud on the feet, shoes or anywhere else on your clothes or body. 2. The mud itself from which such lumps are formed. Notes: English is a far-flung language comprising many dialects. In the dialect known as Geordie...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Veneficial
Replies: 1
Views: 263

Veneficial

• veneficial • Pronunciation: ve-nê- fi -shêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Poisonous, with poison, by means of poison. 2. By means of witchcraft or otherwise related to witchcraft. Notes: This word is almost the antonym of the word it resembles and is likely to be taken for: ben...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ameliorate
Replies: 0
Views: 320

Ameliorate

• ameliorate • Pronunciation: ê- mee -lyêr-rayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: (Transitive) To make something bad better, to improve or mitigate as, 'to ameliorate conditions'; (intransitive) to become better, as 'conditions are ameliorating'. Notes: Today's Good Word has a large and heal...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Supernumerary
Replies: 0
Views: 246

Supernumerary

• supernumerary • Pronunciation: su-pêr- n(y)u -mên-er-ri • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Exceeding the usual number, extra, backup. 2. More than necessary, redundant. 3. A very minor actor in a theatrical presentation, especially in crowd scenes, an extra. Notes: Supernumerary may...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wreak
Replies: 2
Views: 328

Wreak

• wreak • Pronunciation: reek • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To inflict, as 'to wreak our wrath on someone'. 2. To vent, to express forcefully, as 'to wreak indignation'. 3. (Ageing, if not already archaic) To avenge, as 'to wreak the wreckage left by a divorce'. Notes: Her...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Wretch
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Wretch

• wretch • Pronunciation: rech • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A person in deep misery from distress, sorrow, poverty or other misfortune. 2. A vile, degenerate, or reprehensible person. Notes: Today's Good Word is purely English, so we are not surprised to see that it forms a native En...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Folk
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Folk

• folk • Pronunciation: fowk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. People in general, ordinary people: 'folk hero', 'folklore'. 2. (Plural) Parents or members of the wider family: 'My folks won't let me go. What do your folks say?' Notes: L is pronounced [w] before K in other words, too: milk...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Striate
Replies: 0
Views: 307

Striate

• striate • Pronunciation: strai -ayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective, verb Meaning: Marked with striae or striations (stripes), striped, having many more or less parallel lines, grooves or rows. Notes: Today's word is the adjective for stria (Latinate plural striae ). It is also a verb meanin...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bon mot
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: Bon mot

I have to share this one with yall. George Kovac caught a delightful interchange between two commentators of the Trump presence at the NATO meeting: I heard a delightful epigram—more of a bon mot, actually—this morning on CNN. The commentator showed a clip of the various NATO leaders sitting for a m...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Screed
Replies: 0
Views: 295

Screed

• screed • Pronunciation: skreed • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A long speech or writing, especially a tedious one. 2. (Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland) A scrap, shred of fabric. 3. A narrow strip of some material, especially placed on a surface as a guide to thickness. 4. Flooring or ...

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