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by Dr. Goodword
Thu May 06, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Perissology
Replies: 1
Views: 238

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: 982

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...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue May 04, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hygge
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Hygge

• hygge • Pronunciation: hu -gê (US), hyu -gê (UK) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, adjective Meaning: 1. (Noun) Coziness, comfortable conviviality, contentment from simple pleasures, like warmth, food, friends, etc. 2. (Adjective) Cozy and contentful in the sense above. Notes: OK, OK. You lot have...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 03, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Excrescence
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Excrescence

• excrescence • Pronunciation: ik- skres -êns • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Abnormal, disfiguring outgrowth on an animal or vegetable body. 2. An unattractive or unwanted accretion or extension, unnecessary part. Notes: This word is the noun based on the adjective excrescent , produce...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 02, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Demiurge
Replies: 0
Views: 373

Demiurge

• demiurge • Pronunciation: de -mee-êrj • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A powerful creative force or personality. 2. A magistrate in several ancient Greek states. 3. (Capitalized, Platonic philosophy) The creator of the universe. 4. (Capitalized, Gnostic philosophy) Creator of the unive...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 01, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Morganatic
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Morganatic

• morganatic • Pronunciation: mor-gê- næ -tik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Pertaining to the kind of marriage between a member of the nobility and a commoner that blocks the transmission of noble rank to the commoner and precludes any claim by their offspring on the title or estate...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 01, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Incomparable
Replies: 1
Views: 435

Incomparable

• incomparable • Pronunciation: in- kahm -pê-rê-bêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Outstanding, unequaled, matchless, standing far out from all other members of its category. 2. Uncomparable, that cannot be compared to anything else in its class. Notes: Today's Good Word is anothe...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Lave
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Lave

• lave • Pronunciation: layv • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To wash, bathe. 2. To wash against or over. Notes: Here is an old word we might meet in 19th or early 20th century literature or modern poetry. It comes with at least one derivation, laver , which means "wash basin" or refers ...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Xeriscape
Replies: 3
Views: 1600

Re: Xeriscape

I assume a word has been around at least 6 months before it appears in print. Most lexicographers assume that it isn't an actual word until it does appear in print. The actual date the Oxford English Dictionary can find is May 19, 1982: " Denver Post 19 May (Neighbors Central section) 3/2 Xeriscape ...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Close
Replies: 1
Views: 346

Close

• close • Pronunciation: klos • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: (UK) 1. An enclosed or formerly enclosed place, such as a school cricket or football field. 2. A courtyard, plaza, quadrangle. 3. A cul-de-sac, often the proper name of such a street. 4. The area or buildings close to or belongi...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Escarpment
Replies: 0
Views: 387

Escarpment

• escarpment • Pronunciation: es- kahrp -mênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: Steep slope, especially one in front of a fortification; a long, extended cliff. Notes: Today's word is a long extension of scarp "steep face of a hill or embankment", which may be extended to escarp . Both words...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hastery
Replies: 0
Views: 366

Hastery

• hastery • Pronunciation: hay -stêr-ri • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. (Obsolete) The art of roasting meat. 2. (Obsolete) Roast meats collectively. Notes: Today's Good Word is a product of the contributor's exorbitantly arcane vocabulary. It was built on haster "turnspit, reflectant sc...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Drastic
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Drastic

• drastic • Pronunciation: dræs -tik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Extreme in effect, severe, radical, harsh, sharp, draconian. 2. Violent, powerful, fast-acting (medicine). Notes: This word comes with an adverb, drastically . Apparently, no one has ever found a use for a quality...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Requiem
Replies: 0
Views: 398

Requiem

• requiem • Pronunciation: re -kwi-êm • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A mass celebrated for the dead in the Catholic Church. 2. Homage to the dead in any artistic form: a poem, hymn, chorale, sermon, etc. Notes: Today's good if solemn word is regrettably topical in light of the of the s...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Apr 24, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Umarell
Replies: 6
Views: 1322

Re: Umarell

Anyone at anytime for any reason can supply entries to Wikipedia. I'm a little more picayune.

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