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by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Klezmer
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Klezmer

• klezmer • Pronunciation: klez -mêr • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1 . Traditional Eastern European Jewish folk music. Click here for a sample. 2. A klezmer instrumentalist. Notes: Today's word is a multifunctional lexical orphan, referring to klezmer music and musicians who play it, but...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Isolate
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Isolate

• isolate • Pronunciation: ai -sê-layt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: Separate from contact with others of the same kind, to set apart, exclude, quarantine. Notes: Today's word comes with a host of derivations. First, anything standing alone is an isolate , pronounced [ ai -sê-lêt ]. The ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Rivet
Replies: 0
Views: 406

Rivet

• rivet • Pronunciation: ri -vit • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, verb Meaning: 1. (Noun) A short pin for holding together two sheets or other flat surfaces by beating out, bending, or spreading the end opposite the head. 2. (Verb) To join two sheets or plates with a rivet or rivets. 3. (Verb) To h...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Throe
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Throe

• throe • Pronunciation: throw • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A spasm of pain, whether physical or psychological. Notes: Today's Good Word is a lexical orphan with no other form but a plural, throes, which is used far more frequently than the singular. In the plural the word is widely use...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Umarell
Replies: 6
Views: 1308

Re: Umarell

This word hasn't even been borrowed yet; it's still Italian. I couldn't find it in any dictionary, its only in Wikipedia.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Surfeit
Replies: 1
Views: 335

Surfeit

• surfeit • Pronunciation: sêr -fit • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, verb Meaning: 1. (Noun) Overabundance, superfluity, surplus, an excessive quantity, more than needed or desirable. 2. (Verb) To provide with an excessive quantity, to indulge in excesses, as 'surfeit on wickedness', or 'nauseated ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Forthy
Replies: 1
Views: 299

Forthy

• forthy • Pronunciation: for -dhee • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Open, affable, and forthcoming in nature. 2. Forward, frank, outspoken, or presumptuous in behavior. Notes: No, today's Good Word is not a misspelling of frothy , but a distinct adjective based on forth (see Word H...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ramadan
Replies: 6
Views: 3665

Re: Ramadan

According to my count, I have written 3485 Good Words since 2004, coming up on 3500. It catches up with you.

I cast no aspersions, just wanted yall who remember the repeats, why I'm doing them.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Emend
Replies: 0
Views: 404

Emend

• emend • Pronunciation: i- mend • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: To improve by editing, to make corrections, to mend flaws in a written document. Notes: Since amendments are added to a bill in Congress, it is easy to think that amend means "to attach". In fact, both amend and e...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yearn
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Yearn

Not being a cheese-maker, I was as surprised as you at the third definition and cannot supply anything beyond what I found in the dictionaries.
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Ramadan
Replies: 6
Views: 3665

Re: Ramadan

I’m giving myself a break on weekends, so I run repeats Saturday and Sunday. I rerun words initially run ten years before. I justify this with the justifications that (1) those who have subscribed within the past 10 years haven’t seen them and (2) those who subscribed before then probably need a ref...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Yearn
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Yearn

• yearn • Pronunciation: yêrn • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb Meaning: 1. To have a strong, wistful longing, crave. 2. To be deeply moved, to sympathize, to grieve. 3. (Milk) To curdle or coagulate or cause to coagulate, especially in the production of cheese. Notes: Today's Good Word is an indigen...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Prescient
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Prescient

• prescient • Pronunciation: pre -shênt (US), pre -si-ênt (UK) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Foreseeing, possessing foreknowledge, cognizant of the future Notes: Back before science acquired its current meaning, it meant "knowledge, cognizance", and was more closely related to today...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Engagé
Replies: 1
Views: 337

Engagé

• engagé • Pronunciation: en-gah- zhay (US), aN-gah- zhay (UK) • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Politically engaged, actively committed to an ideology or cause. Notes: This is the French word for engaged. Americans have given up on the French pronunciation, but Britishers attempt to im...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Volitant
Replies: 0
Views: 400

Volitant

• volitant • Pronunciation: vah -li-tênt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Flitting about like a small bird, fluttering, scurrying around, scampering in all directions. Notes: Some dictionaries confuse this word with volant "flying, capable of flight". In Latin it only meant "fluttering...

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