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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:48 am

hoarder

/ˈhɔːdə/
noun
A person who hoards things.(Accumulate (money or valued objects) and hide or store away.)

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GRIPE:
As continues to be typical of on line dictionaries, we were left with merely the "person who hoards things" phrase as its entire definition, expecting intrepid word explorers to determine the root verb (which has been added above for your convenience in parentheses). In our digital age, the extra effort really should belong to the dictionary. Then again, maybe the lexicographers were having a bit of fun, hoarding the underlying definition, as it were.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:46 am

Algot Runeman wrote:hoarder

Now you're hoarding characters!

I'll let you guess which particular meaning of "character" I ..., er, mean.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:48 am

folksy

/ˈfəʊksi/
adjective folksier, folksiest
1 Having the characteristics of traditional culture and customs, especially in a contrived or artificial way.
2 Informal and unpretentious.

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Tricked out might be a better description than folksy for an accountant from Texas who wears both a Stetson hat and fancy cowboy boots to his office.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:01 am

Algot Runeman wrote:folksy

I'm sure you have somebody folksy in mind, but I'm not sure who.

Is it a folksy president? Perchance Ronald Reagan or Richard Nixon?

Or Dolly Parton in a folksy outfit? ... (Yeah! Puss in Boots! :lol: )
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:57 am

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In a small sense, I, myself, was either folksy with cowboy boots and hat or a poseur. For four years, I had the privilege to attend a summer camp for seven weeks out in Colorado. We had lots of activities, but riding horses was a focal element of the camp experience. We rode most days, learned to put our own saddles on the horses and some techniques of horse care along with the obvious chance to learn to ride comfortably. I wore both boots and a "cowboy" hat because the wide brim of the hat shielded the eyes from the sun while the boots allowed us to step into and stand in the saddle's stirrups. Flat-heeled shoes just did not work.

The experience is clearly far in the past. The well-worn boots went into the trash, and the hat was too dusty and stained to use: Gone.

I mostly think of John Travolta and Deborah Winger in "Urban Cowboy" for my models of the not-so-folksy fashion. Ronald Regan, for all his other faults, did have the excuse of being in all those American western movies, and he did actually ride a horse at his California ranch.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:33 am

specify

/ˈspɛsɪfʌɪ/
verb specifies, specifying, specified
[with object]
1 Identify clearly and definitely.
1.1 with clause State a fact or requirement clearly and precisely.
1.2 Include in an architect's or engineer's specifications.

Origin
Middle English from Old French specifier or late Latin specificare (see specific).

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It is difficult to specify the exact degree to which the temperature will rise during the day. Early spring forecasters here typically say something like "It will be in the upper 40s." Of course in countries using metric temperatures, that is far from good news.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:03 am

heinous

/ˈheɪnəs/ /ˈhiːnəs/
adjective
(of a person or wrongful act, especially a crime) utterly odious or wicked.

Origin
Late Middle English from Old French haineus, from hair ‘to hate’, of Germanic origin.

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Snidely Whiplash is famous in the cartoon world for the heinous crime of tying Nell Fenwick to the train tracks. He might have been seen as even nastier if he'd used chain!

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[Ever spry, when that word was proposed by our DOC (dictionary of choice) or DOR (dictionary of record), your intrepid word wrangler quickly checked the LOA (list of alternates) to save the day. Saving even a single day is a good accomplishment in these trying times]
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:13 am

sovereignty

/ˈsɒvrɪnti/
noun sovereignties
mass noun
1 Supreme power or authority.
1.1 The authority of a state to govern itself or another state.
1.2 count noun A self-governing state.

Origin
Late Middle English from Old French sovereinete, from soverain (see sovereign).

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We live in times of uncertainty
With some asserting sovereignty.
Meanwhile, I'm searching for a certain tea
So I generally just settle for coffee.

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