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by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 29, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hagiography
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Hagiography

• hagiography • Pronunciation: hæ-gi- ah -grê-fi • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A biography of the life of a saint or holy person to be used as a guide for the lives of others. 2. A biographical encomium that idealizes the person described. Notes: A biographer of a saint is a hagiograp...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 28, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Gobsmacked
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Gobsmacked

• gobsmacked • Pronunciation: gahb -smækt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Amazed, astounded, bumfuzzled, befuddled, flummoxed, flabbergasted. Notes: Today's Good Word is a bit of British slang, interesting because it appears to be the past participle of some verb, to gobsmack , but is...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 27, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Repartee
Replies: 2
Views: 154

Repartee

• repartee • Pronunciation: re-pahr- tay , re-pêr- tee • Hear it! Part of Speech : Noun Meaning: 1. The back-and-forth of conversation. 2. A quick reply or response, a retort. Notes: All dictionaries define this word as "witty", but if you mean witty repartee you have to use the word witty to disti...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 26, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Enthuse
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Enthuse

• enthuse • Pronunciation: in- thuz • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To positively excite, make enthusiastic, eager to do something. 2. Talk excitedly and approvingly (about). Notes: This word was long frowned upon by English-language purists, but now it is listed in all the respected di...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 25, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nidus
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Nidus

• nidus • Pronunciation: nai -dês • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. (Medicine) The central or focal point of infection. 2. (Biology) The nest in which insects and spiders deposit their eggs. 3. The point of origin of development. Notes: Here is a word that has escaped the surly bonds of s...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 25, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Guffaw
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Guffaw

This one I've been looking at for more than a decade. The history of this word is too shallow. It goes back to Scottish gawf which is assumed to be onomatopoeic. There is no evidence of it in any other language that I can find.
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 25, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fumarole
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Fumarole

After teaching Russian history for 20 years I love your etymology, especially the semantic connection.
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 24, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fumarole
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Fumarole

• fumarole • Pronunciation: fyu -mê-rol • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A hole near a volcano from which hot sulfuric gases and vapors issue. Notes: This word is a danger sign for what it refers to. Don't get too close to a fumarole or you might get a noseful of sulfuric vapors that, if no...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 24, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Riddle
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: Riddle

There are several specialized uses of the verb riddle which I omitted in my presentation, but I don't think I came across this one related to wine production.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 23, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Concinnity
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Concinnity

• concinnity • Pronunciation: kên- sin -i-ti • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Harmony, elegant congruity, skillful fitting together, especially music, speech and writing, though any other thing that may be put together or arranged. Notes: This word has a large family that is about to vanish...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 22, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Doppelganger
Replies: 0
Views: 125

Doppelganger

• doppelganger • Pronunciation: dah -pêl-geng-gêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A double, someone's ostensible unrelated twin, someone who bears a very close resemblance to someone else though they are unrelated and possibly even unknown; an alter ego. Notes: If you know where the diacri...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 21, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Badinage
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: Badinage

Love the story.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 21, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Riddle
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Riddle

• riddle • Pronunciation: rid -êl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun; verb Meaning: 1. (Noun) An ingenious, witty expression requiring rational skills to interpret, a conundrum. 2. (Noun) Anything that is difficult to understand or explain. 3. (Verb1) To pose a riddle. 4. (Verb2) Permeate with a multi...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 20, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Companion
Replies: 0
Views: 131

Companion

• companion • Pronunciation: kêm- pæn -yên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A person or pet who shares experiences with another, a comrade, a close friend; an (unmarried) domestic partner, live-in lover. 2. An escort, someone employed to accompany another to social events. 3. A person hi...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 20, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: Traffic drop
Replies: 11
Views: 2894

Re: Traffic drop

I have had another thought. I have noticed a whole load of new names who are thanked for suggesting the daily Goodword, but few of them (if any) post in the discussion. I always welcome newcomers (most contact me through the newly working Contact page) and mention the Agora as a place they might en...

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