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by Dr. Goodword
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Detritus
Replies: 0
Views: 297

Detritus

• detritus • Pronunciation: di- trai -tês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. Loose pieces of rock and such worn away by rubbing or weathering. 2. Left-over debris or waste matter from anything. Notes: This odd little word comes from a dysfunctional family: the noun is detrition , but...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Drub
Replies: 0
Views: 214

Drub

• drub • Pronunciation: drêb • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To thoroughly beat with a stick or cudgel, to whip or flog, to thrash someone violently. 2. To pound or force, as to drub something into someone's head. 3. To defeat roundly, as in an Olympic game. Notes: Sometimes...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tortuous
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Tortuous

• tortuous • Pronunciation: tor -chu-wês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. (Concrete nouns) Full of twists and turns, full of bends, winding. 2. Circuitous, devious, tangled, not straightforward. 3. (Abstract nouns) Long and complicated, highly involved. Notes: The spelling of today'...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Leeway
Replies: 0
Views: 323

Leeway

• leeway • Pronunciation: lee -way • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The drift of a vessel (aircraft or boat) to the leeward side (with or away from the wind). 2. Additional room in which to operate, slack, buffer space, freedom to vary within limits. Notes: Today's word comes from an Eng...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Tyrant
Replies: 0
Views: 282

Tyrant

• tyrant • Pronunciation: tai -rênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A harsh draconian despot, a cruel, unjust bully in a position of authority. Notes: All the relatives of this word appear without the final T, which is explained in the Word History. The abstract noun is tyranny ; the match...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Antic
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Antic

• antic • Pronunciation: æn -tik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. (Adjective; archaic) Grotesque, bizarre, ludicrously odd. 2. (Noun) A whimsical or foolish act, silly action, prank, monkeyshine, shenanigan. Notes: Today's Good Word is seldom heard in the singular, so seldom that the onl...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: English dominates the world
Replies: 0
Views: 4721

English dominates the world

Mary Jane Stoneburg, one of the Good Word's long-time editors, referred me to an article in The Guardian that the traders in the Agora might be interested in: "No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?" by Jacob Mikanowsk...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Redoubtable
Replies: 0
Views: 331

Redoubtable

• redoubtable • Pronunciation: ri- dæw -dê-bêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: No, this word doesn't mean "capable of doubting again", but rather "formidable, impressive, respected for power to the point of intimidation". Notes: I love words that are not what they ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Demise
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Demise

• demise • Pronunciation: di- maiz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Verb Meaning: 1. (Noun) End, finish, failure, death. 2. (Noun) The transfer property by will. 3. (Verb) To transfer title to property by will. Notes: English offers several euphemisms for death and dying, among them pass away , dec...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Smithereens
Replies: 2
Views: 321

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: "Frisco planted a bomb big enough to smithereen a large ...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: So-so
Replies: 1
Views: 310

So-so

• so-so • Pronunciation: so -so • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective, Adverb Meaning: Ordinary, usual, not particular, neither particularly good nor particularly bad. Notes: Today's Good Word is one of those funny little English words that are created by whim rather than by grammatical rule (though...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Score
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Score

• score • Pronunciation: skor • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To notch, tally, cut or scratch a line on something. 2. To make a point in an athletic competition, as 'to score 15 points in a basketball game. 3. To succeed in obtaining something difficult to obtain, as 'to score some dope...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Limelight
Replies: 0
Views: 331

Limelight

• limelight • Pronunciation: laim -lait • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Spotlight, an intense white light produced by burning lime (not limes), once used in lighthouses and theaters. 2. The focus of public attention. Notes: The second meaning above most often occurs with definite articl...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Stint
Replies: 0
Views: 238

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: 289

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...

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