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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:11 am



/dɪsˈɡrʌnt(ə)l/
verb
[with object]
Make (someone) angry or dissatisfied.

Origin
Mid 17th century from dis- (as an intensifier) + dialect gruntle ‘utter little grunts’, from grunt.

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The selection of dinners was designed to disgruntle at least one restaurant patron every day.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈdɛbriː/ /ˈdeɪbriː/
noun
mass noun
1 Scattered pieces of rubbish or remains.
1.1 Loose natural material consisting especially of broken pieces of rock.

Origin
Early 18th century from French débris, from obsolete débriser ‘break down’.

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Don donated the spring's landscaping debris to the town's composting center. He also benefited from the mature compost, of course.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/lamˈpuːn/
verb
[with object]
Publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm.
noun
A speech or text lampooning someone or something.

Origin
Mid 17th century from French lampon, said to be from lampons ‘let us drink’ (used as a refrain), from lamper ‘gulp down’, nasalized form of laper ‘to lap (liquid)’.

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And now, a lampoon?
No, it's way too soon.
We'll wait until noon
On some day in June.
And then we will croon
'Bout some loony goon.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈkeɪkhəʊl/
noun
informal British
A person's mouth.

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"Shut your pie hole!" hollered Harry.
Lord Hampstead countered, somewhat more stiffly, "It's cakehole, don't you know!"
The argument abated as they each tucked in to their favorite desserts.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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noun
Toki Pona is a philosophical artistic constructed language known for its small vocabulary. It was created by Canadian linguist and translator Sonja Lang for the purpose of simplifying thoughts and communication.

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Toki pona I don’t know.
To learn new talk can sure be slow.
But should it sometime happen
I’m sure I’ll let you know.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/tranˈzɪstə/ /trɑːnˈzɪstə/ /tranˈsɪstə/
noun
1 A semiconductor device with three connections, capable of amplification in addition to rectification.
1.1 A portable radio using circuits containing transistors rather than valves.

Origin
1940s from transconductance, on the pattern of words such as varistor.

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Transistors were a major breakthrough in electronics. They replaced vacuum tubes which needed high voltages and gave off a LOT of heat. They also were much smaller so that portable electronics could go into a pocket instead of having to sit on a table or even being built into huge furniture cabinets.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈtɔːdri/
adjective - tawdrier, tawdriest
1 Showy but cheap and of poor quality.
1.1 Sordid or unpleasant.
noun
mass noun - archaic
Cheap and gaudy finery.

Origin
Early 17th century short for tawdry lace, a fine silk lace or ribbon worn as a necklace in the 16th–17th centuries, contraction of St Audrey's lace Audrey was a later form of Etheldrida (died 679), patron saint of Ely where tawdry laces, along with cheap imitations and other cheap finery, were traditionally sold at a fair.

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His costume was a tawdry one-off, intended for but a single use. He didn't care that it was falling apart by the end of his performance.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈvɛkst/
adjective
1 attributive (of a problem or issue) difficult and much debated; problematic.
2 Annoyed, frustrated, or worried.

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We seem to be routinely vexed
As if we were all actually hexed,
And, to be fair and all, it's true,
We do not know what's coming next.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈbɪfəʊ/
noun
mass noun - informal Australian
Physical or verbal conflict.

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Hey-ho,
Don't you know
A bad place for a biffo
Is on the edge of a cliff...oh!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈliːdəʃɪp/
noun
mass noun
1 The action of leading a group of people or an organization.
1.1 The state or position of being a leader.
1.2 treated as singular or plural The leaders of an organization, country, etc.

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Leadership

To be a chief,
Not just a thief
Requires a heart
Yes, that's a start.
Don't keep for oneself
The stock on the shelf.
Not to be greedy
Help all the needy.
See others in grief,
Plan out relief.

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"kulupu ni li jo ala e jan lawa"
"This community has no king."
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/tə(ʊ)ˈkʊmbəʊ/
adjective
Nigerian
Denoting an imported second-hand product, especially a car.

Origin
Yoruba.

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Bob had never purchased or provided tokunbo to anyone. New, was, for him, the way to go.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈlɑːdʒɪʃ/
adjective
Fairly large.

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There are things we might wish
Were notably largish.
Say, one we can flash
Like a thick wad of cash.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ɪˈlɛdʒɪb(ə)l/
adjective
Not clear enough to be read.

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Sometimes what gets written in haste is illegible. Occasionally, it may also be unprintable!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈɡuːbə/
noun
1(also goober pea)
North American informal A peanut.
2 North American informal A foolish person.
2.1 dated - A person from the south-eastern US, especially Georgia or Arkansas.

Origin
Late 19th century from an earlier sense ‘peanut’, from Kikongo nguba.

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A goober is a nut,
Staying inside his hut.
Eating peanuts in their glut
And it seems he's in a rut.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:50 pm

For me, words as goober or biffo are certainly not in the tokunbo category : I never heard them in my life !

They might as well be toki pona for all I know.

I am disgruntled, even vexed, by my blatant igonrance.

I grovel: please do not lampoon me for it !
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈɡʌv(ə)nə/
noun
1 An official appointed to govern a town or region.
1.1 The elected executive head of a state of the US.
1.2 The representative of the British Crown in a colony or in a Commonwealth state that regards the monarch as head of state.
2 The head of a public institution.
2.1 A member of a governing body.
3 British informal The person in authority; one's employer.
4 A device automatically regulating the supply of fuel, steam, or water to a machine, ensuring uniform motion or limiting speed.

Origin
Middle English from Old French governeour, from Latin gubernator, from gubernare (see govern).

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In the US, federal guidelines provide only counsel to each state governor who must interpret and implement them as they see fit. Paying for that implementation is yet another thing.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/flɔːnt/
verb
[with object]
1 Display (something) ostentatiously, especially in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance.
1.1 flaunt oneself - Dress or behave in a sexually provocative way.

Origin
Mid 16th century of unknown origin.

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Felicity shamelessly flaunted
What she sensed that others wanted.
Though her rivals did feel haunted
By harsh fears they'd be unwanted.

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/ˈpəːfɪkt/
adjective
1 Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
1.1 Free from any flaw or defect in condition or quality; faultless.
1.2 Precisely accurate; exact.
1.3 Highly suitable for someone or something; exactly right.
1.4 dated - Thoroughly trained in or conversant with.
2 attributive - Absolute; complete (used for emphasis)
3 Mathematics
(of a number) equal to the sum of its positive divisors, e.g. the number 6, whose divisors (1, 2, 3) also add up to 6.
4 Grammar - (of a tense) denoting a completed action or a state or habitual action which began in the past. The perfect tense is formed in English with have or has and the past participle, as in they have eaten and they have been eating (present perfect), they had eaten (past perfect), and they will have eaten (future perfect).
5 Botany - (of a flower) having both stamens and carpels present and functional.
5.1 Botany Denoting the stage or state of a fungus in which the sexually produced spores are formed.
5.2 Entomology (of an insect) fully adult and (typically) winged.
verb
[with object]
1 Make (something) completely free from faults or defects; make as good as possible.
1.1 archaic - Bring to completion; finish.
1.2 Complete (a printed sheet of paper) by printing the second side.
1.3 Law - Satisfy the necessary conditions or requirements for the transfer of (a gift, title, etc.)
noun
Grammar
the perfect
The perfect tense.

Origin
Middle English from Old French perfet, from Latin perfectus ‘completed’, from the verb perficere, from per- ‘through, completely’ + facere ‘do’.

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It was a perfect storm. Even though predicted to be merely a dusting or coating, every necessary weather condition came together along the New England coastline. It snowed for four days straight, dumping up to four feet in places.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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(also hypethral)
/hʌɪˈpiːθr(ə)l/ /hɪˈpiːθr(ə)l/
adjective
(of a classical building) having no roof.

Origin
Late 18th century via Latin from Greek hupaithros (from hupo ‘under’ + aithēr ‘air’) + -al.

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Hurricane Harry re-instituted a hypaethral style for buildings across the island.

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