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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:41 pm
by Algot Runeman
Correspondingly, it is definitely not in order to be vexatious but purely by curiosity that I wonder why the illustration for
flourish and nectariferous are so similar....


Clipart!

Elements are intended for re-use. When possible, I combine components I've done before a particular word illustration. I consider that "the right thing to do".

Now, it is probably not the smartest move to use essentially the same bits within the same week... :oops:

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:51 pm
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
voralfred wrote:...
I don't remember ever complaining about your grandma fur coat stories.
...

You tried to shame and clobber me with anti-fur fatwas à la Brigitte Bardot.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:36 am
by voralfred
E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:
voralfred wrote:...
I don't remember ever complaining about your grandma fur coat stories.
...

You tried to shame and clobber me with anti-fur fatwas à la Brigitte Bardot.



Ah ! I understand now. Let me edify you and Algot.

Since I lack imagination, I heavily lean on the WOTD itself, whether edify, years ago, about furs, or vexatious, now, in order to find a (hopefully) funny illustration. So never suppose that I actually mean what I write ! :wink:

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:50 am
by Algot Runeman
reverie

/ˈrɛv(ə)ri/
noun
1 A state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream.
mass noun ‘I slipped into reverie’
1.1 Music An instrumental piece suggesting a dreamy or musing state.
1.2 archaic A fanciful or impractical idea or theory.

Origin
Early 17th century from obsolete French resverie, from Old French reverie ‘rejoicing, revelry’, from rever ‘be delirious’, of unknown ultimate origin.

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Our memories of words past become reveries as they retreat into the distance. Some are remembered as light daydreams, others, rarely (we hope), as dark nightmares.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:19 am
by Algot Runeman
decline

/dɪˈklʌɪn/
verb
1 no object (typically of something regarded as good) become smaller, fewer, or less; decrease.
1.1 Diminish in strength or quality; deteriorate.
2 with object - Politely refuse (an invitation or offer)
3 no object (especially of the sun) move downwards.
3.1 archaic Bend down; droop.
4 with object (in the grammar of Latin, Greek, and certain other languages) state the forms of (a noun, pronoun, or adjective) corresponding to case, number, and gender.
noun
1 A gradual and continuous loss of strength, numbers, quality, or value.
mass noun ‘a civilization in decline’
1.1 archaic The sun's gradual setting.
1.2 archaic A disease in which the bodily strength gradually fails, especially tuberculosis.

Origin
Late Middle English from Old French decliner, from Latin declinare ‘bend down, turn aside’, from de- ‘down’ + clinare ‘to bend’.

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It was an offer too good to refuse, so Dennis merely declined it. Somehow Don Corleone accepted that.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:04 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:decline

I decline to comment on this WotD.

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:09 am
by Algot Runeman
normalization

/nɔːm(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
(British normalisation)
noun
mass noun
The process of bringing or returning something to a normal condition or state.

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While normalization seems like it is a good idea, I have made it my life's work to abnormalize things. Deal with it.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:21 am
by Algot Runeman
deferment

/dɪˈfəːm(ə)nt/
noun
mass noun
1 The action or fact of putting something off to a later time; postponement.
1.1 US historical The postponement of a person's conscription.
count noun ‘he was granted five deferments from the draft’

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Much as some might want a deferment of the daily word, it MUST happen once a day.

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[NO! This word does not mean to turn wine back into grape juice.]

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:09 am
by Algot Runeman
doldrums

/ˈdɒldrəmz/
plural noun
the doldrums
1 A state or period of stagnation or depression.
2 An equatorial region of the Atlantic Ocean with calms, sudden storms, and light unpredictable winds.

Origin
Late 18th century (as doldrum ‘dull, sluggish person’): perhaps from dull, on the pattern of tantrums.

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Vague memories sometimes re-appear when we are stuck in the doldrums of our best intentions.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:18 am
by Algot Runeman
dither

/ˈdɪðə/ verb
[with object]
1 Be indecisive.
2 with object
Add white noise to (a digital recording) to reduce distortion of low-amplitude signals.
2.1 Display or print (a colour image) in such a way that it appears to contain more colours than are really available.
noun
1 informal mass noun Indecisive behaviour.
2 in singular A state of agitation.

Origin
Mid 17th century (in the dialect sense ‘tremble, quiver’): variant of dialect didder; related to dodder.

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We must not dither in our choice of words. Be decisive. Speak out clearly. (That does not mean we must shout.)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:13 pm
by voralfred
I'm stuck in the doldrums. I keep dithering. I'd like to post but I cannot find anything witty. Most times, I decline to post, but this deferment does not satisfy me.
I have a reverie : attain an equilibrium.So this time I attempt a contributory normalisation of this situation,

Did you notice that many of the recent WOTD start with d ?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:40 pm
by Algot Runeman
Did you notice that many of the recent WOTD start with d ?


Delightful, delicious, delirious, dovetailed coincidence?

[And isn't it also amazing how many we have not yet used?]

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:10 am
by Algot Runeman
devour

/dɪˈvaʊə/
verb
[with object]
1 Eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly.
1.1 (of fire or a similar force) destroy completely.
1.2 Read quickly and eagerly.
1.3 be devoured - Be totally absorbed by a powerful feeling.

Origin
Middle English from Old French devorer, from Latin devorare, from de- ‘down’ + vorare ‘to swallow’.

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Joe had an irresistible urge to devour all the words in the dictionary. He blamed his father who had gone through every volume of the encyclopedia the family owned between his 70th and 89th birthdays.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:36 am
by voralfred
Obviously, the guy responsible for the choice of the WOTD, like Joe, is devouring the dictionary, but began with the fourth volume....

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:36 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
voralfred wrote:
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Obviously, the guy responsible for the choice of the WOTD, like Joe, is devouring the dictionary, but began with the fourth volume....

Because I read from left to right, I also number and/or sort books on a shelf from left to right. And so apparently does Algot.
Where for you, Voralfred, the volume about "U" is the 4th book (from the right), for me it is the 21st (from the left).

Now don't devour me ...

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:12 am
by Algot Runeman
cachinnate

/ˈkakɪneɪt/
verb
[with object]
rare
Laugh loudly.

Origin
Early 19th century from Latin cachinnat- ‘laughed loudly’, from the verb cachinnare, of imitative origin.

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One hopes cachinnate is not rare because we have abandoned laughter. Titters and chortles aside, a good laugh is wonderful for the constitution.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:02 am
by Algot Runeman
pirogue

/pɪˈrəʊɡ/
noun
A long, narrow canoe made from a single tree trunk, especially in Central America and the Caribbean.

Origin
Early 17th century from French, probably from Carib.

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Bob got all fired up when he became involved in making a 20 foot pirogue from a storm-felled white pine. The team used axes and adzes and fire.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:58 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:pirogue...
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... axes and adzes and fire ...

So should we say, from now on, that "constructing a pirogue is no cachinnating matter"?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:46 pm
by Algot Runeman
So should we say, from now on, that "constructing a pirogue is no cachinnating matter"?


:clap: :clap:

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:28 am
by Algot Runeman
enterprising

/ˈɛntəprʌɪzɪŋ/
adjective
Having or showing initiative and resourcefulness.

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I project that Billy will build his project perfectly because he's an enterprising kid.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:49 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:enterprising
...
I project that Billy will build his project perfectly because he's an enterprising kid.

Does this mean that we'll be getting a string of WotD's about Star Trek's Enterprise?

Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:58 am
by Algot Runeman
curmudgeon

/kəːˈmʌdʒ(ə)n/
noun
A bad-tempered person, especially an old one.

Origin
Late 16th century of unknown origin.

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Thursday at 2:04PM, Thomas revealed his true nature, a curmudgeon. Nobody was surprised. He had never been the life of any party, much less this one, for his retirement.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:02 am
by Algot Runeman
axiomatic

/ˌaksɪəˈmatɪk/
adjective
1 Self-evident or unquestionable.
1.1 Mathematics Relating to or containing axioms.

Origin
Late 18th century from Greek axiōmatikos, from axiōma ‘what is thought fitting’ (see axiom).

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It is axiomatic of some peoples thinking that they are intrinsically better than me.
Challenge axioms to understand and change the world.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:01 am
by Algot Runeman
cenotaph

/ˈsɛnətɑːf/ /ˈsɛnətaf/
noun
1 A monument to someone buried elsewhere, especially one commemorating people who died in a war.
1.1 the Cenotaph - The war memorial in Whitehall, London, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and erected in 1919–20.

Origin
Early 17th century from French cénotaphe, from late Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenos ‘empty’ + taphos ‘tomb’.

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The Washington Monument serves as a national symbol for the USA while also being a cenotaph, of sorts. President Washington's remains are buried at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:35 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
Algot Runeman wrote:cenotaph

The very first time I heard and read the word ( in a Daily Mail article ),
it was not about tossing a doughnut around a cenotaph. Image
Spoiler: show
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It was about a controversial doughnut stunt filmed for a Top Gear show:
Matt LeBlanc's doughnut stunt
(right click video to access video and audio controls)