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by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ratatuille
Replies: 4
Views: 3410

Re: Ratatuille

Repaired all over. Thanks for the tip.

--RB
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hieratic
Replies: 0
Views: 71

Hieratic

• hieratic • Pronunciation: hai- ræ -tik • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Sacred, characterizing or used by priests. 2. Having to do with a simplified form of hieroglyphics. 3. Highly formal in style, adhering tightly to the standards of a style. Notes: Today's word is another lexic...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Measly
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Measly

• measly • Pronunciation: meez -li • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Paltry, meager, pathetically tiny, very scanty. 2. Worthless, wretched, miserable, very inferior. 3. Infected with measles. Notes: Here is an erstwhile common word I heard recently and realized I hadn't heard it for...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Apparition
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Apparition

• apparition • Pronunciation: æp-êr- ri -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A ghost, specter, phantom, phantasmagoric hallucination. 2. An unusual, unreal, and unexpected sight. 3. Appearance, the act of appearing or seeming to appear. Notes: This near synonym of ghost is more loosely...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jun 01, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Earnest
Replies: 3
Views: 165

Earnest

• earnest • Pronunciation: êr -nist • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Sincerely serious, completely committed, determined. Notes: Here is a word that is used as a name, though spelled differently, usually Ernest . This adjective comes with an adverb, earnestly , and a noun, earnestness ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 31, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Reprise
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Reprise

• reprise • Pronunciation: ri- preez • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A repetition, recapitulation, remake, rerun. Notes: Today's word preserves the French pronunciation in violation of the rule that a finale E makes the preceding vowel long. The English pronunciation should be [ ri praiz ]...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon May 31, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Elfdalian Anyone?
Replies: 1
Views: 260

Re: Elfdalian Anyone?

The difference between a dialect and a language has tratidionally been a language is a dialect with an army.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 30, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Memorial
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Memorial

• memorial • Pronunciation: mê- mor -i-êl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun Meaning: 1. [Adjective] Designed to evoke remembrance of a person, persons, or historical event. 2. [Noun] A monument commemorating a person, persons, or historical event. 3. [Noun] A service or artifact designed t...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun May 30, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Brouhaha
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: Brouhaha

I loved this word so much in 2007 I ran it. I thought for a fleetig moment that was what the 2007 financial crash was.
by Dr. Goodword
Sat May 29, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hagiography
Replies: 5
Views: 276

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: 7
Views: 313

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: 197

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: 7
Views: 339

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: 262

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: 149

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.

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