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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:25 am

syndrome

/ˈsɪndrəʊm/
noun
1 A group of symptoms which consistently occur together, or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms.
1.1 A characteristic combination of opinions, emotions, or behaviour.

Origin
Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek sundromē, from sun- ‘together’ + dramein ‘to run’.

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I'm sick of syndrome sicknesses. They have proliferated for pharma profits. That is all.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:33 am

infinitive

/ɪnˈfɪnɪtɪv/
noun
The basic form of a verb, without an inflection binding it to a particular subject or tense (e.g. see in we came to see, let him see).
adjective
Having or involving the basic form of a verb.

Origin
Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin infinitivus, from infinitus (see infinite). The noun dates from the mid 16th century.

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With infinite care, Bob assessed the infinitive of "be". It was not, however, an existential examination.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:02 am

ordonnance

/ˈɔːdənəns/
noun
mass noun
The systematic or orderly arrangement of parts, especially in art and architecture.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from French, alteration of Old French ordenance (see ordinance).

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Oscar and Sarah went to visit the priest and admired the building's ordonnance on the way to the office.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:14 am

elevated

/ˈɛlɪveɪtɪd/
adjective
1 Situated or placed higher than the surrounding area.
1.1 (of a level or amount) higher or greater than normal.
1.2 Of a high intellectual or moral level.
1.3 Having a high rank or social standing.

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After a life working in the trenches, Josh wanted elevated status, so he went to the nearest skyscraper where he still had to wait a bit longer.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:32 am

janky
(also jank)

/ˈdʒaŋki/
adjective
North American
informal
Of extremely poor or unreliable quality.

Origin
1990s: origin unknown.

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Hal was proud to demonstrate that the foamboard hexayurt was far from the janky structure they had expected. It was more insulated than than a tent and would add to the resources of the refugee community when he moved on. He would, of course, leave a complete set of build instructions behind.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:25 am

economics

/ɛkəˈnɒmɪks//iːkəˈnɒmɪks/
plural noun
1 often treated as singular The branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth.
2 often treated as singular The condition of a region or group as regards material prosperity.

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Back at the dawn of civilization, economics was simple. Wealth was what you could take with you, on your back, on a travois, on a beast (itself part of your wealth).

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:44 am

soutache

/suːˈtaʃ/
noun
A narrow, flat ornamental braid used to trim garments.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from French, from Hungarian sujtás.

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Mark was proud to wear the jacket his mother enhanced with soutache at the cuff.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:38 am

andragogy

/ˈandrəɡɒɡi//ˈandrəɡɒdʒi/
noun
mass noun
The method and practice of teaching adult learners; adult education.

Origin
1920s: blend of andro- and pedagogy.

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Academics and other assorted wonks love to have fancy terms to describe their special passions. When "Adult Education" was discussed, somebody said, "Hey, let's call that 'andragogy' so it sounds like that other fancy word 'pedagogy' and we sound cool."

What are the buzzwords of your specialty?

[Does it say something about academia that there is apparently no rush to have the term "gynagogy" to describe education of women?]

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