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by Dr. Goodword
Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: TROGLODYTE
Replies: 13
Views: 21337

TROGLODYTE

• troglodyte • Pronunciation: trahg-lê-dayt Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A person who lives in a cave or building carved into a hillside. 2. A pongid (gorilla, orangutan, or chimpanzee). 3. A reclusive, anachronistic person who resists change. Notes: This curious word has a limited immediate fa...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:12 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: MARTHA STEWART
Replies: 2
Views: 13641

MARTHA STEWART

Everyone else is picking on Martha Stewart and we didn't want to be left behind, so we have offered language assistance during her readjustment period following confinement. It is very short and to the point; read it at: http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/martha.html or click the ad on the fron...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:03 am
Forum: Site News
Topic: ADDITIONAL FEATURES TO LANGUAGE AREAS
Replies: 2
Views: 13297

ADDITIONAL FEATURES TO LANGUAGE AREAS

We have divided each language area up into (1) general dictionaries, (2) specialty dictionaries, (3) grammars, (4) language resources (newspapers, online radio & TV, traditional language resources (books, tapes, videos). The improvement over yourDictionary's layout is that the grammars, resources, a...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:54 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: REPROBATE
Replies: 9
Views: 13450

REPROBATE

• reprobate • Pronunciation: re-prê-beyt Part of Speech: Transitive verb, Adjective, Noun Meaning: 1. [Verb] To rebuke, admonish, condemn. 2. [Adjective] Morally corrupt, condemned to eternally. 3. [Noun] A person so morally corrupt as to be already condemned to eternal damnation. Notes: The Good W...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:51 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PROVIDENCE
Replies: 1
Views: 5745

PROVIDENCE

• providence • Pronunciation: prah-vê-dens Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. Care and foresight in the management of resources, planning for the future. 2. The prudence and foresight shown by a deity in the care of the world and its creatures. 3. The deity itself (usually capitalized as Providence)....
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: VACCINATE
Replies: 4
Views: 10738

VACCINATE

• vaccinate • Pronunciation: vak-sê-neyt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Transitive verb Meaning: To inject an antigen, such as a dead bacteria or a mild virus, into someone to create antibodies that will protect the vacinee from disease caused by the antigen. The antigen, together with its liquid mediu...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PILLAGE
Replies: 6
Views: 8947

PILLAGE

• pillage • Pronunciation: pi-lêj Part of Speech: Transitive verb Meaning: To loot on a grand scale, to plunder, to take forcibly as spoils of war. Notes: This bad Good Word has only a few relatives: the agent noun, pillager, a regular process noun, pillaging, which can double as an adjective (the ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: BAIRN
Replies: 6
Views: 13166

BAIRN

• bairn • Pronunciation: bey(r)n Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: A child, a baby Notes: Today's word has a healthy and happy brood itself. Bairnly "childish" is the adjective and adverb, which come with their own noun, bairnliness. Bairnhood is childhood and childishness is bairnliness. A family may ...
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MUNDANE
Replies: 7
Views: 11536

Pedestrian pedestrian

So long it was noone everyone knows or someone dressed extraordinarily.
by Dr. Goodword
Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:29 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: COVET
Replies: 5
Views: 11698

Oops! You're so right.

I switched my nouns and adjectives. Nice catch. Thanks. Fixed in the archives.
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:24 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MUNDANE
Replies: 7
Views: 11536

MUNDANE

• mundane • Pronunciation: mên-deyn Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Worldly, secular, as opposed to spiritual or heavenly. 2. Pedestrian, commonplace, trite, ordinary. Notes: The adverb for this good adjective is mundanely and you have your choice of two nouns: the mundane mundaneness or the ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: COVET
Replies: 5
Views: 11698

COVET

• covet • ———————————————————— Pronunciation: kê-vet Part of Speech: Transitive verb Meaning: 1. To greatly desire. 2. To unnaturally envy someone for something they have. Notes: This Good Word came to English with its whole family. The adjective is covetous and the adverb, covetously. The past par...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Feb 19, 2005 3:48 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: serruptiously
Replies: 6
Views: 12232

Surreptitious

Maybe I should take a run at this one. I'll bet there are a lot of people out there who have a sense of this word but have difficulty keeping up with its syllables. It has a noble and interesting ancestry, too; related to 'raptor'.

I'll try to squeeze it into March; otherwise, early April.
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Feb 19, 2005 3:43 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: brackish
Replies: 4
Views: 9479

Brackish

Brak means 'salty' in Dutch, so brakish would be 'saltyish'. It is a rather stranded word with few relatives in Dutch. German has Brackwasser but no Brack that I can find.

I think I'll pass on this one but 'etiolate' is an old favorite of mine that I've scheduled for March.
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Feb 19, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: MARSHAL
Replies: 12
Views: 14513

MARSHAL

• marshal • Pronunciation: mah(r)-sêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, Transitive Verb Meaning: 1. [Noun] A federal, state, or other law-enforcement officer. 2. [Noun] The highest military rank in the Armies of some countries, e.g. a field marshal. 3. [Noun] The person in charge of a ceremony, as a...

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