Bag's Word of the Day and Grammar Rodeo! v4

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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:31 pm

Today is my first day back at work. I thought I would pick this back up but I think I will just retire from doing it each day, and make it Bag's word of whenever I feel like it.

Today's word is: parthenogenesis.
par·the·no·gen·e·sis
–noun Biology.
development of an egg without fertilization.

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Postby OMGBEES » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:46 pm

Bag's Word of the Twilight Century.
Evocation vs. Definition: Become the water that names are writ in.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:53 pm

I can't believe I have been doing it since 2003.

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Postby OMGBEES » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:59 pm

I can't beleive you're not dangerous.
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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:32 pm

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Postby OMGBEES » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:52 pm

What, Bag? I thought he was. Wait, have I been laboring under a misconception?
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Postby . » Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:30 am

Nooo! I love the Word of the Day. Granted, I do not read it every day, but I like having the larger supply to read once I do read the thread. Do you really want to disappoint me?
No, I'm kidding. I can't keep up with anything, certainly not for 7-8 years. I have certainly appreciated all your efforts. Please keep randomly posting some though, BoA.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:48 pm

This one goes out to my man Conan O'Brien. Today's word is: thrice.
thrice
–adverb
1. three times, as in succession; on three occasions or in three ways.
2. in threefold quantity or degree.
3. very; extremely.

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Postby dogmeat » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:20 pm

Today's somewhat odd word is ganancial.

Ganancial
Ga*nan"cial\, a. [Sp., pertaining to gain, held in common, fr. ganancia gain.] (Law) Designating, pertaining to, or held under, the Spanish system of law (called ganancial system) which controls the title and disposition of the property acquired during marriage by the husband or wife.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:19 pm

Today's word is: thaumaturge.
thau·ma·turge
–noun
a worker of wonders or miracles; magician.

Also, thau·ma·tur·gist.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:18 pm

Today's grammar rodeo is on the usage of further vs. farther. I looked up several opinions and I think I like this one the best.

She says: The quick and dirty tip is that “farther” relates to physical distance and “further” relates to figurative distance. If you can't decide which one to use, you're safer using “further” because “farther” has some restrictions, and if you tend to get confused, try using “furthermore” instead of “further.”

The OED and M-W take the interchangeable stance. My take on it is that it is one of those grammar rules that is not perfectly clear, so it is up to you to decide how strict you want to be, but if you choose to be strict with it you have to remain consistent.

It's kind of like ending a clause with a preposition. Some sources say not to do it, and others say it's okay. My take on it is that you can go ahead and do it. There's no real basis for it except that they didn't do it in Latin, but English is a totally different language with different sentence construction. However in formal writing it is probably better to take the strict stance because then you know you will not be offending anyone.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:29 pm

Today's word is: lapidary.
lap·i·dar·y
–noun
1. Also, lap·i·dist. a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones.
2. Also, la·pid·ar·ist. an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques used in cutting and engraving them.
3. the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones.
4. an old book on the lore of gems.
–adjective Also, lap·i·dar·i·an.
5. of or pertaining to the cutting or engraving of precious stones.
6. characterized by an exactitude and extreme refinement that suggests gem cutting: a lapidary style; lapidary verse.
7. of, pertaining to, or suggestive of inscriptions on stone monuments.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:37 pm

Today's word is: kachina.
ka·chi·na
–noun
1. any of various ancestral spirits deified by the Hopi Indians and impersonated in religious rituals by masked dancers.
2. a Hopi religious ritual at which such masked dancers perform.
3. a masked dancer impersonating such a spirit at a Hopi religious ritual.
4. kachina doll.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:59 pm

Today's grammar rodeo is: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
Surprisingly, this is a real sentence. It draws on three meanings of the word buffalo:
  • Buffalo - a city in New York
  • buffalo - the animal
  • buffalo - the verb meaning to harrass or bully
Each capitalized "Buffalo" refers to the city, but they use it as an adjective meaning something that is from that city. So each "buffalo" after a capitalized one means the animal, and each "Buffalo buffalo" means the animal from that city. The remainining ones are verbs.

So if we break the sentence down, we get: Group 1 bovines that are bullied by Group 2 bovines in turn bully Group 3 bovines. All three groups hail from Buffalo, NY.

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Postby Bunyip » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:22 pm

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You could do a rodeo on the correct use of the word "comprise".

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Postby . » Mon May 16, 2011 1:04 pm

Or one on the correct usage of "badly" in a sentence.

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Postby OMGBEES » Mon May 16, 2011 2:51 pm

I always find "badly" vs. "baldy" very confusing.
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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:51 pm

Netflixed True Grit last night. There was a cool word in it, braggadocio, which I've used before but thought I'd highlight again.

Today's word is: braggadocio.
brag·ga·do·ci·o
–noun, plural -ci·os.
1. empty boasting; bragging.
2. a boasting person; braggart.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:08 pm

Today's word is: deuteragonist.
In literature, the deuteragonist (from Greek: deuteragonistes, second actor) is the second most important character, after the protagonist and before the tritagonist. The deuteragonist may switch from being with or against the protagonist depending on the deuteragonist's own conflict/plot.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:41 pm

Today's word is: deuterocanonical.
deu·ter·o·ca·non·i·cal
–adjective
of, pertaining to, or constituting a second canon. Compare deuterocanonical books.

Oddly, came across both of those words on the same day. The first was when I was looking at the Tron Legacy wiki and the second was when I was looking at the Book of Enoch wiki for El Shaddai.


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