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by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rejuvenate
Replies: 0
Views: 403

Rejuvenate

• rejuvenate • Pronunciation: ree- ju -vê-nayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. Make youthful again, refresh, reinvigorate, make more lively, pump more life into. 2. Restore to original condition, as 'rejuvenate an old sofa'. Notes: In order to rejuvenate something, must it have been juv...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Foudroyant
Replies: 0
Views: 393

Foudroyant

• foudroyant • Pronunciation: fu- droy -yênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Thunderous, noisy and at the same time flashy, dazzling; explosive. 2. (Medicine) Having an unexpectedly sudden and severe onset (of a disease). Notes: Today's Good Word comes from a family of émigrés from...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Electrolyte
Replies: 0
Views: 387

Electrolyte

• electrolyte • Pronunciation: ê- lek -trê-lait • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun 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 that co...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Patulous
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Patulous

• patulous • Pronunciation: pæch -ê-lês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Open, expanded, expansive. 2. Spreading out, opening up, like branches of a tree or petals of a flower. Notes: This is a relatively rare word outside the sciences of botany and entomology. It has the expectable...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Truant
Replies: 0
Views: 349

Truant

• truant • Pronunciation: tru -ênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, adjective Meaning: 1. Someone who is absent without permission, especially students who skip school and play hooky. 2. (Adjective) Wandering, straying from a proper place or position. Notes: The noun for repeatedly skipping school ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nychthemeron
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Nychthemeron

• nychthemeron • Pronunciation: nik- thee -mêr-rahn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 24-hour day, 24-hour period across daylight and nighttime hours. Notes: The Russians have an everyday word for this idea, sutki , as opposed to den' "day", referring only to the daylight hours. En...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Collude
Replies: 0
Views: 412

Collude

• collude • Pronunciation: kê- lud • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive Meaning: To cooperate in a secret or unlawful way. Notes: The noun for this word is collusion , a word the current (2018) American president utters several times every day. It belongs to a lexical family consisting of ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Menorah
Replies: 1
Views: 292

Menorah

• menorah • Pronunciation: mê- nor -ê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A seven-branched candelabrum symbolizing the seven days of creation. 2. A nine-branched candelabrum used in the celebration of Hanukkah, also called the Hanukiah. http://www.alphadictionary.com/images/menorah.gif Note...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dreidel
Replies: 0
Views: 498

Dreidel

• dreidel • Pronunciation: dray -dêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A dreidel is a four-sided top with the Hebrew letters, nun, gimel, hey, and shin, printed one on each side. The letters stand for Nes gadol hayah sham "A great miracle happened there." (In Israel, of course, the...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mojo
Replies: 0
Views: 437

Mojo

• mojo • Pronunciation: mo -jo • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: 1. Magical powers, mysterious good luck. 2. A talisman, usually a bag of secret ingredients believed to influence human behavior by practitioners of hoodoo magic. 3. Personal charm, charisma, influence. Notes:...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Papyrocracy
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Papyrocracy

• papyrocracy • Pronunciation: pay-pê- rah -krê-si • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Government by red tape or excessive paperwork. 2. Rule by newspapers and journals. Notes: The Oxford English Dictionary lists today's Good Word as a "nonce" word, that is to say, a word invented...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Truckle
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Truckle

• truckle • Pronunciation: trêk -êl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Verb, intransitive Meaning: 1. [Noun] A caster, a small wheel, such as is used on a truckle (trundle) bed. 2. [Verb, intransitive] To sleep on a truckle bed, in a subservient position. 3. [Verb, intransitive] To be subservient, su...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kempt
Replies: 0
Views: 417

Kempt

• kempt • Pronunciation: kemt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Groomed, combed, neat, tidy, manicured (lawn). 2. Elegant, well-mannered, sophisticated. Notes: English speakers sometimes confuse kept and kempt , especially after well -. Only well-kept makes sense. Kept is the past pa...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Jade
Replies: 0
Views: 442

Jade

• jade • Pronunciation: jayd • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: To make completely weary and dulled through repetition. Notes: This, the 2997th Good Word, is a verbalization of a now obsolete noun: jade "a broken-down nag". It is coincidentally pronounced identical to another, still...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Commonization
Replies: 0
Views: 346

Commonization

• commonization • Pronunciation: kah-mê-nê- zay -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: The conversion of a proper noun or name to a common noun. Notes: You probably know that an eponym is a proper name from which a common noun is derived. That process is commonization. So, if the steadfast ...

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