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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Nov 18, 2005 5:33 pm

Today's word is: apocryphal.
a·poc·ry·phal
adj.
1. Of questionable authorship or authenticity.
2. Erroneous; fictitious: “Wildly apocryphal rumors about starvation in Petrograd... raced through Russia's trenches” (W. Bruce Lincoln).
3. Apocryphal Bible. Of or having to do with the Apocrypha.

Btw, I'll be gone for three weeks. No words of the day, sadface :(

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Postby dogmeat » Sat Nov 19, 2005 4:23 pm

In Bag's absence I'll step into the breach. If I repeat any of his words, bite me.

Today's word is: psoriasis
n. A noncontagious inflammatory skin disease characterized by recurring reddish patches covered with silvery scales.

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Postby dogmeat » Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:07 pm

Today's word is: bespeak.

tr.v. be·spoke, (-spk) be·spo·ken, (-spkn) or be·spoke be·speak·ing, be·speaks
1. To be or give a sign of; indicate.
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1. To engage, hire, or order in advance.
2. To request: bespeak a favor.
3. To foretell; portend: fearful weapons that bespeak great loss of life.
4. Archaic. To speak to; address.

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Postby dogmeat » Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:05 pm

Today's word is demesne.

de·mesne ( P ) Pronunciation Key (d-mn, -mn)
n.
1. Law. Possession and use of one's own land.
2. Manorial land retained for the private use of a feudal lord.
3. The grounds belonging to a mansion or country house.
4. An extensive piece of landed property; an estate.
5. A district; a territory.
6. A realm; a domain.

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Postby dogmeat » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:26 pm

Today's word is googly.

n : a cricket ball bowled as if to break one way that actually breaks in the opposite way.

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Postby dogmeat » Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:16 pm

Today's word is pernickety.

per·nick·e·ty ( P ) Pronunciation Key (pr-nk-t)
adj.
Persnickety.


Damned US-centric dictionaries, so here we have the stupid colonial version:

per·snick·e·ty ( P ) Pronunciation Key (pr-snk-t)
adj.

Overparticular about trivial details; fastidious.
Snobbish; pretentious.
Requiring strict attention to detail; demanding: a persnickety job.


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Postby Bag of Ass » Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:06 pm

:O

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Postby dogmeat » Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:13 pm

I'm but an understudy, the topic's yours buddy.

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Postby dogmeat » Thu Nov 24, 2005 1:06 pm

Today's word is skimmington.

\Skim"ming*ton\, n. [Etymol. uncertain. Perhaps the name of some notorius scold.]
A word employed in the phrase, To ride Skimmington; that is to ride on a horse with a woman, but behind her, facing backward, carrying a distaff, and accompanied by a procession of jeering neighbors making mock music; a cavalcade in ridicule of a henpecked man. The custom was in vogue in parts of England.

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Postby dogmeat » Fri Nov 25, 2005 1:31 pm

Today's word is dephlogisticcate.

\De`phlo*gis"tic*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dephlogisticated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dephlogisticating.] [Pref. de- + phlosticate: cf. F. d['e]phlogistiguer.] (O. Chem.) To deprive of phlogiston, or the supposed principle of inflammability. --Priestley.

Dephlogisticated air, oxygen gas; -- so called by Dr. Priestley and others of his time. -- De`phlo*gis`ti*ca\"tion, n.


This Priestley guy seemed to upset quite a few clerics while he still lived in England, to wit:

His reply to Burke's Reflections led a Birmingham Church and King mob to destroy his home and laboratory in 1791. Both Burke and Lord North expressed satisfaction at the developments at Birmingham -- Priestley accepted his losses with stoic dignity. He now settled at Hackney where he taught history and science at the New College, considered by many to be a hot-bed of sedition, republicanism and deism.


I just love the part I've italicised.

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Postby dogmeat » Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:08 pm

Today's word is procrastinate

pro·cras·ti·nate

v. pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing, pro·cras·ti·nates
v. intr.

To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.

v. tr.

To postpone or delay needlessly.

[Latin prcrstinre, prcrstint- : pr-, forward; see pro-1 + crstinus, of tomorrow (from crs, tomorrow).]pro·crasti·nation n.
pro·crasti·nator n.


v 1: postpone doing what one should be doing; "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days" [syn: stall, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, dilly-dally, dillydally] 2: postpone or delay needlessly; "He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late"


Just as I procrastinated in posting today's word.

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Postby dogmeat » Sun Nov 27, 2005 10:14 pm

Today's word is prevaricate.


pre·var·i·cate Pronunciation Key (pr-vr-kt)
intr.v. pre·var·i·cat·ed, pre·var·i·cat·ing, pre·var·i·cates

To stray from or evade the truth; equivocate.


[Latin praevricr, praevrict- : prae-, pre- + vricre, to straddle (from vricus, straddling, from vrus, bent).]pre·vari·cation n.
pre·vari·cator n.


Prevarication is a very useful business tool I find.

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Postby dogmeat » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:11 pm

Today's word is gymnosophist.

gym·nos·o·phist (jm-ns-fst)
n.
One of an ancient sect of Hindu ascetics who wore little or no clothing and were devoted to mystical contemplation.

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[Middle English gumnosophist, from sing. of Latin gymnosophistae, from Greek gumnosophistai : gumnos, naked; see nogw- in Indo-European Roots + sophists, expert; see sophist.]

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Postby dogmeat » Tue Nov 29, 2005 2:02 pm

Today's word is bailiwick.

bail·i·wick (bl-wk)
n.
A person's specific area of interest, skill, or authority. See Synonyms at field.
The office or district of a bailiff.


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[Middle English bailliwik : baillif, bailiff; see bailiff + wik, town (from Old English wc, from Latin vcus. See vicinity).]


The island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands is still administered by the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:35 am

Haha, that is one of the words I was set to use some time in the future.

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Postby dogmeat » Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:12 pm

Cross it out of your book then! :)

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Postby dogmeat » Wed Nov 30, 2005 5:04 pm

Today's word is pertinacious.

per·ti·na·cious (pûrtn-shs)
adj.
Holding tenaciously to a purpose, belief, opinion, or course of action.
Stubbornly or perversely persistent.


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[From Latin pertinx, pertinc- : per-, per- + tenx, tenacious (from tenre, to hold. See ten- in Indo-European Roots).]
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perti·nacious·ly adv.
perti·nacious·ness n.

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Postby dogmeat » Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:07 pm

Today's word is expiscate.

expiscate

\Ex*pis"cate\, v. t. [L. expiscatus, p. p. of expiscari to fish out; ex out+piscari to fish, piscis fish.] To fish out; to find out by skill or laborious investigation; to search out. ``To expiscate principles.'' [R.] --Nichol.

Dr. Burton has with much ingenuity endeavord to expiscate the truth which may be involved in them. --W. L. Alexander.


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Postby nobody_important » Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:15 pm

I'm totally going to use that one.
"I'm gonna name it after Nancy!" "What, Pushover?" "Yes! Because that's what she does!"

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Postby dogmeat » Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:49 pm

Today's word is morganatic.

mor·ga·nat·ic (môrg-ntk)
adj.
Of or being a legal marriage between a person of royal or noble birth and a partner of lower rank, in which it is agreed that no titles or estates of the royal or noble partner are to be shared by the partner of inferior rank nor by any of the offspring of the marriage.

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[New Latin morganticus, from Medieval Latin (mtrimnium ad) morganticam, (marriage for the) morning-gift, of Germanic origin.]
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morga·nati·cal·ly adv.


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