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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:07 am

Algot Runeman wrote:crocket

Long ago my mom (if still alive, she would be 100 years old now) used to produce crockets with rolled mashed potatoes, beaten egg and breadcrumbs. She let them stiffen and set in the fridge for one night.

Then she fried them in hot molten beef fat to a crisp brown crust and served them with whatever else she had cooked, beef or pork roast, rabbit or rack of hare grandmother's style, venison or boar stew, or some other tasty game with a dark brown sauce.

Now I have no idea whether crockets is the correct term to apply to rolls of mashed potato in breadcrumbs, but I don't care very much because these potato crockets are delicious and I'll eat them any time, no matter what they're called.

In Dutch and Flemish a single crocket is spelled kroket (plural kroketten), but the pronunciation is almost identical.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:34 am

isagogics

/ˌʌɪsəˈɡɒdʒɪks/
plural noun
treated as singular Introductory study, especially of the literary and external history of the Bible prior to exegesis.

Origin
Mid 19th century: plural of isagogic, via Latin from Greek eisagōgikos, from eisagōgē ‘introduction’, from eis ‘into’ + agein ‘to lead’.

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Flipping through the WotD might be considered isagogics prior to a thorough examination of the unabridged dictionary.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:46 am

tetrad

/ˈtɛtrad/
noun
technical
A group or set of four.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from Greek tetras, tetrad- ‘four, a group of four’.

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The Kingston Trio was one singer short of a quartet, technically a triad, not a tetrad.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:09 am

blunderbuss

/ˈblʌndəbʌs/
noun
1 historical A short large-bored gun firing balls or slugs.
2 An action or way of doing something regarded as lacking in subtlety and precision.

Origin
Mid 17th century: alteration (by association with blunder) of Dutch donderbus, literally ‘thunder gun’.

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A blunderbuss is not suitable for long range accuracy.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:14 am

o-o

/ˈəʊəʊ/
(also oo)
noun
A honeyeater (bird) found in Hawaii, now probably extinct, which had a thin curved bill and climbed about on tree trunks.
Genus Moho, family Meliphagidae
Compare with ou

Origin
Late 19th century: from Hawaiian.

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Oh, oh! That wasn't an o'o, was it? I thought the species was extinct.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:51 am

clepsydra

/ˈklɛpsɪdrə/
noun
An ancient time-measuring device worked by a flow of water.

Origin
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek klepsudra, based on kleptein ‘steal’ + hudōr ‘water’.

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By the time of the Greeks, a water clock, then called a clepsydra, had progressed to having time indicator scales to mark intervals during the day or night.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:05 am

slaughter

/ˈslɔːtə/
verb
[with object]
1 Kill (animals) for food.
1.1 Kill (people or animals) in a cruel or violent way, typically in large numbers.
1.2informal Defeat (an opponent) thoroughly.
noun
mass noun
1 The killing of animals for food.
1.1 The killing of a large number of people or animals in a cruel or violent way.
1.2 informal count noun A thorough defeat.

Origin
Middle English (as a noun): from Old Norse slátr ‘butcher's meat’; related to slay. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

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See before you the site of significant slaughter.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:35 am

pusillanimous

/ˌpjuːsɪˈlanɪməs/
adjective
Showing a lack of courage or determination; timid.

Origin
Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin pusillanimis (translating Greek oligopsukhos), from pusillus ‘very small’ + animus ‘mind’, + -ous.

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Um, yes, I am certain, positive, sure. I am pusillanimous, I think, maybe.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:04 am

Algot Runeman wrote:slaughter
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Instead of the view of a site of significant slaughter, I would very much prefer the sight of significant laughter.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:35 am

E.P.S. wrote: I would very much prefer the sight of significant laughter.


Ho, ho, ho.
Ha, ha, ha!
Hee, hee, hee.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:40 am

impish

/ˈɪmpɪʃ/

adjective
Inclined to do slightly naughty things for fun; mischievous.

Origin
Old English impa, impe ‘young shoot, scion’, impian ‘to graft’, based on Greek emphuein ‘to implant’. In late Middle English, the noun denoted a descendant, especially of a noble family, and later a child of the devil or a person regarded as such; hence a ‘little devil’ or mischievous child (early 17th century).

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Todd was impish,
A little scamp.
He rode his skateboard
Down the busy ramp.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:36 am

azygous

/ˈazɪɡəs/
adjective
Biology Anatomy
(of an organic structure) single; not existing in pairs.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from Greek azugos ‘unyoked’ (compare with azygos vein) + -ous.

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Lungs and kidneys come in pairs, but there is only one stomach. It is azygous.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:25 pm

Algot, you are really azygous, there is noone like you.

E.P.S. is sometimes impish.

I'd like to contribute more often, but I am too pusillanimous, fearing to commit a blunderbuss.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:24 am

subreption

/səˈbrɛpʃn/
noun

1 Misrepresentation or suppression of the truth or facts; an act or instance of this.
2 Ecclesiastical Law. Suppression of the truth or concealment of facts in order to obtain a dispensation, etc.

Origin
Late 16th century. From classical Latin subreptiōn-, subreptiō act of taking secretly, stealing (2nd cent. a.d. in Apuleius), in post-classical Latin also action of snatching away by death, deceit, trickery from subrept-, past participial stem of subripere + -iō.

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I think "lies" when I hear the term subreption.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:38 am

barbecue

/ˈbɑːbɪkjuː/
noun
1 A meal or gathering at which meat, fish, or other food is cooked out of doors on a rack over an open fire or on a special appliance.
verb
[with object]
Cook (food) on a barbecue.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from Spanish barbacoa, perhaps from Arawak barbacoa ‘wooden frame on posts’. The original sense was ‘wooden framework for sleeping on, or for storing meat or fish to be dried’.


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The AFC Champion Patriots had a metaphoric barbecue, ultimately defeating the Chiefs in overtime.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:46 am

encephalon

/ɛˈkɛfəlɒn//ɛnˈsɛfəlɒn/
noun
Anatomy
The brain.

Origin
Mid 18th century: from Greek enkephalon ‘what is inside the head’, from en- ‘inside’ + kephalē ‘head’.

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We have a lot of nerve, discussing the encephalon in day-to-day conversation.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:04 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:encephalon

With encephalon you're touching on a gastronomic delicacy.

Unfortunately, ever since the BSE-scare (Creutzfeldt–Jakob and mad cow disease) in the 80's, veal brain can not be had any more. :cry:

Oh well, lamb or pork brain will do as a substitute, as these aren't bovine.
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