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by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 19, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: brandwashing
Replies: 2
Views: 193

brandwashing

• brandwashing • Pronunciation: bræn(d) -wahsh-ing • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: Measuring the brainwaves of participants in marketing focus groups to detect their subconscious reactions to new products. Since less than five percent of our brain is occupied with conscio...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 18, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Despot
Replies: 0
Views: 131

Despot

• despot • Pronunciation: des -pêt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A ruler with absolute power, an autocrat. 2. A tyrant, dictator. Notes This word has nothing to do with spots or pots, but with tyrants, for the second meaning above is much more popular than the first. Today's Good Word...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 17, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Eviscerate
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Eviscerate

• eviscerate • Pronunciation: i- vis -sêr-ayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: To gut, disembowel, remove the essential parts of, both literally and figuratively. Notes: Eviscerate in its original sense has slipped out of the language except in cases of the most heinous crimes o...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 16, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Contrive
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Contrive

• contrive • Pronunciation: kên- traiv • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To devise through cleverness and ingenuity, to scheme, to think up. 2. To carry out, bring to pass, as to contrive a device or invention. Notes: The noun accompanying today's Good Word is contrivance . This word, how...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 15, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Badinage
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Badinage

• badinage • Pronunciation: bæd-ê- nahzh • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) Meaning: Light, cheerful banter; humorous light-hearted chatting. Notes: No, badinage is a good thing, despite its orthographical aspect (spelling). It is based on a now obsolete adjective badine "light-heart...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 14, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Audacity
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Audacity

• audacity • Pronunciation: aw- dæs -i-tee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. Striking boldness or daring. 2. Boldness with total disregard for rules and conventions. In Play : Audacity usually breaks some kind of convention: "I thought that putting a frog in the water cooler showed ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 12, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Primate
Replies: 0
Views: 152

Primate

• primate • Pronunciation: prai -mayt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. The highest ranking bishop in a province or country, an archbishop. 2. An order of mammals including lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys, apes, and humans. They are characterized by specialized hands and feet that gras...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 11, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Perquisite
Replies: 2
Views: 248

Perquisite

• perquisite • Pronunciation: pêr -kwi-zit • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. An (additional) benefit, an (extra) value received for something we do. 2. Criterion for a position, quality required for performance of an activity. Notes: The clipping of this word, spelled perk , has just abou...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 10, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Dispositive
Replies: 0
Views: 168

Dispositive

• dispositive • Pronunciation: dis- pah -zê-tiv • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Related to, effecting the disposition of something, that disposes of something, that settles an issue. Notes: If, the first time you met this word, you thought it meant something like "negative", you misan...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 09, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Macabre
Replies: 9
Views: 687

Macabre

• macabre • Pronunciation: mê- kahb , mê- kah -brê • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Bizarrely terrifying, horrible in a somehow twisted way, gruesome and suggestive of voodoo. Notes: The highlight of today's word was its inclusion in the title of " Danse Macabre " by Camille Saint-Saën...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 08, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mediocre
Replies: 8
Views: 945

Re: Mediocre

Hruska must have convinced a many senators; mediocrity is well represented on the current Supreme Court.
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 08, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mother
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Mother

• mother • Pronunciation: mê -dhêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: The female parent, a woman who bears and/or primarily raises a child. Notes: Mother , the word, has borne a large and happy family of derivational offspring. The adjective and adverb of this noun are both motherly , which h...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri May 07, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bamboozle
Replies: 0
Views: 166

Bamboozle

• bamboozle • ' Pronunciation: bæm- bu -zêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: (Colloquial) 1. To pull the wool over someone's eyes, to trick or deceive, to dupe, fool. 2. To cheat out of, to obtain by hoax, cozen, hoodwink. Notes: Today's Good Word could be classified as one of the funniest ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 06, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Perissology
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Perissology

• perissology • Pronunciation: pe-ri- sah -lê-ji • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Verbosity, verbal superfluity, long-windedness. 2. Pleonasm, use of too many words to describe a point or subject, as 'to see with your own eyes'. Notes: The difference between perissology and battology is ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed May 05, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mediocre
Replies: 8
Views: 945

Mediocre

• mediocre • Pronunciation: mee-dee- o -kêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Of middling, undistinguished quality, indifferent, second-rate, not very good. Notes: Here is a word that has survived a mediocre history. Originally, it meant "average, acceptable" but, unlike average, its me...

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