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by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pudding
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Pudding

• pudding • Pronunciation: pU -din(g) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A stuffed entrail like sausage or just its contents, usually ground meat with spices, as 'blood pudding'. 2. A soft, mushy savory dish made with starchy ingredients such as suet, rice, semolina, etc., as 'Yorkshire pu...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Serene
Replies: 0
Views: 76

Serene

• serene • Pronunciation: sê- reen • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Quiet, calm, peaceful, collected, untroubled. 2. Clear, tranquil (sky). 3. Honored, distinguished, when used as part of a title, Her Serene Highness. Notes: Here is a word we do not use often enough. Serene comes with tw...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Oneiric
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Oneiric

• oneiric • Pronunciation: o- nai -rik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: In any way related to dreams or dreaming. Notes: Today's word is a dream word if ever there was one. Oneiric has but one immediate relative, an adverb oneirically . Its root, oneir -, on the other hand, has produce...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Pandemonium
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Pandemonium

• pandemonium • Pronunciation: pæn-dê- mon -i-êm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: Total and complete chaos, usually caused by a mob of angry, irreconcilable people or animals. Notes: No, we are not talking about the panda section at the zoo, but complete chaos, what we wou...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stalemate
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Stalemate

• stalemate • Pronunciation: stayl -mayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Aside from a lackluster spouse, this Good Word means 1. a chess position in which a player is not in checkmate but has no move, or 2. a deadlock, impasse, a standoff in which neither side can make a move. Notes: We do...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mogul
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Mogul

• mogul • Pronunciation: mo -gêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. (Sometimes Moghul ) Each of the successive heads of the Muslim dynasty in southern India from the 16th to the 18th century founded by Muhammad Babur (1483-1530), a descendant of Tamerlane and Genghis Khan. 2. A magnate, a ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Splenetic
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Splenetic

• splenetic • Pronunciation: spli- net -ik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Bad-tempered, irritable, peevish, spiteful. 2. (Outdated) Related to the spleen. Notes: That this word originally meant "related to the spleen" is evidenced by splenectomy "removal of the sple...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: -ump words
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: -ump words

This is probably the result of a psychological (not linguistic) process known as phonesthesia, the association of certain sounds with a lexical class. Phonesthesia is usually associated with consonants, like glow, glisten, gleam, glitter, but less often it can refer to vocalic sounds.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kakistocracy
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Kakistocracy

• kakistocracy • Pronunciation: kæ-ki- stah -krê-si • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Government by the worst, least competent citizens. Notes: This word may strike some of you as poignantly relevant today. All governments at some point in their history seem to be run by the least competent ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rubric
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Rubric

• rubric • Pronunciation: ru -brik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A title or heading, the name of something, especially the name of a category. 2. A direction for the conduct of services in a liturgical text, often distinguished from the text by red print. 3. Any red-letter entry in a ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Divagate
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Divagate

• divagate • Pronunciation: di -vê-gayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive (no object) Meaning: 1. To wander about, meander, drift about in different directions. 2. To ramble, digress, stray from the point in speaking, writing, or thinking. Notes: Today's Good Word hasn't been used much ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Winnow
Replies: 0
Views: 145

Winnow

• winnow • Pronunciation: win -o • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To separate chaff from grain with a stream of air or in the wind. 2. To blow or blow through, as a breeze winnowing through her hair. 3. To remove the bad parts of anything, to filter out the undesirable. http:...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Theory
Replies: 0
Views: 125

Theory

• theory • Pronunciation: thee -ê-ree • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A scientifically tested and proven explanation; a hypothesis that has been tested and confirmed. 2. An idea, notion, supposition. 3. The structure or conception of something, as the theory of music. Notes: The second ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Emollient
Replies: 1
Views: 292

Emollient

• emollient • Pronunciation: i- mahl -yênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun Meaning: 1. Softening, making supple, moisturizing, soothing, as 'an emollient lotion'. 2. Mollifying, calming, conciliatory, making less abrasive, as 'an emollient approach to a problem'. Notes: This is an adject...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Halloween
Replies: 0
Views: 138

Halloween

• Halloween • Pronunciation: hæ-lê- ween • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, proper Meaning: The night before All Saints Day, when English-speaking children run about (if not amok) in scary costumes representing the menacing spirits of the dead. It is the tradition to play pranks on neighbors or offer...

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