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message 1: by Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ (last edited Jan 02, 2016 08:52PM) (new)

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments

Share the new vocabulary that you learned today, help us sharpen our own!
Sources: Webster, Grandiloquent Words, A.Word.A.Day


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments onychophagia: onych/o/phagia: nail eating/biting


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LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
thanks, Jen! nice thread


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LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
epigram (ep-e-gram): a short poem or verse
that seeks to ridicule a thought or event,
usually with witticism or sarcasm.
ex:
Swans sing before they die- ‘twere no
bad thing
Should certain people die before they
sing!


message 6: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
pusillanimous \• adjective
: lacking in courage and manly strength and
resolution; contemptibly fearful


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments cytoplasm (noun)
In eukaryotic cells, the cytoplasm is that part of the cell between the cell membrane and the nuclear envelope. It is the jelly-like substance in a cell that contains the cytosol, organelles, and inclusions, but not including the nucleus. In fact, the cytoplasm and the nucleus make up the protoplasm of a eukaryotic cell.

In prokaryotic cells that do not have a well-defined nucleus, the cytoplasm is simply everything enclosed by the cell membrane. It therefore contains the cytosol, and all the other cellular components, including the chromosome in the nucleoid region.


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Danaë | 125 comments LaLaLa Laura wrote: "epigram (ep-e-gram): a short poem or verse
that seeks to ridicule a thought or event,
usually with witticism or sarcasm.
ex:
Swans sing before they die- ‘twere no
bad thing
Should certain people d..."


Oh! I knew an epigram was a poem, but did not know they were specifically to ridicule. Good to know.


message 9: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
thanks danaë. now we both know :)


message 10: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Inchoate: just begun and so not fully
formed or developed; I am glad your
inchoate proposals for integrating the
company were not accepted this time, thus
saving us face.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments Mitosis
the process by which a cell, which has previously replicated each of its chromosomes, separates the chromosomes in its cell nucleus into two identical sets of chromosomes, each set in its own new nucleus.


message 12: by Pip (new)

Pip Great idea for a thread! I'll add words as they crop up.

One thing I've found fabulous since I've been a proud kindle owner is the dictionary function; I'm finally finding out the real meaning of all those words which I thought I knew the meaning of, and never bothered to look up :-) It involved a major effort to cross the room, heave out the dictionary and flip the pages.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments Pip wrote: "Great idea for a thread! I'll add words as they crop up.

One thing I've found fabulous since I've been a proud kindle owner is the dictionary function; I'm finally finding out the real meaning of ..."


I love the dictionary function, too, Pip. :)


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LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Profligacy: recklessly wasteful; wildly
extravagant, profligate behavior;
Anderson’s profligacy cost him his job and
its better you tighten up your belt before
you go the same way.


message 15: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Baldenfreude: Satisfaction derived from
the misfortune of bald or balding
individuals (coined by NYT columnist
Maureen Dowd); Humpty Dumpty’s antics
remain a constant source of baldenfreude
for children and adults alike.


message 16: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
"Doppelganger
Definition:
The term is derived from the German language and literally translates into ‘double walker’. It refers to a character in the story that is actually a counterfeit or a copy of a real/ genuine character. Doppelgangers of the main characters usually bear the ability to impersonate the original but have vastly different spirits and intentions. The doppelganger usually has a different appearance but an earthly soul and supernatural hoodwinking abilities that allow it to fool other unsuspecting characters."


message 17: by Pip (new)

Pip Palimpsest - a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped or washed off and written on again.

One of those words I thought I knew, but actually didn't.


message 18: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Pip wrote: "Palimpsest - a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped or washed off and written on again.

One of those words I thought I knew, but actually didn't."


Washable paper!


message 19: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Arnold (nahteeraisamanthaarnold) ephemeral - lasting for a short time


message 20: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Soporific: adj; causing sleep; The
soporific drug caused Tony to fall asleep in
the board meeting.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments triskaidekaphobia
tris·kai·deka·pho·bia
noun
fear of the number 13


message 22: by Danaë (new)

Danaë | 125 comments rubicund - adjective (especially of someone's face) having a ruddy complexion


message 23: by Craig (new)

Craig | 17 comments Automysophobia - fear of getting dirty


message 24: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Opprobrium: harsh criticism, contempt;
His ludicrous attempts at mimicry in the
office only earned him the opprobrium of
his colleagues.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments aegis

PRONUNCIATION:
(EE-jis)

MEANING:
noun: Protection, support, guidance, or sponsorship of a particular person or organization.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin aegis, from Greek aigis (goatskin), from aix (goat). Aigis was the name of the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena in Greek mythology. It was made of goatskin. Earliest documented use: 1704.

USAGE:
"The French hope that by April an African force will have come under the UN's aegis."
The Battle Moves to the Mountains; The Economist (London, UK); Feb 9, 2013.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments hypocorism

PRONUNCIATION:
(hy-POK-uh-riz-uhm, hi-)

MEANING:
noun
1. A pet name.
2. The practice of using pet names.


message 27: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
that's interesting, Jen. its funny. it sounds like the word "hypocrite" that was the direction my mind went


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments LaLaLa Laura wrote: "that's interesting, Jen. its funny. it sounds like the word "hypocrite" that was the direction my mind went"

Wordsmith has a site for words of the day :)


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LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Apostates: pl; a person who abandons a
belief or principle; The millionaire
technocrat and his cronies were publicly
derided for being apostates, after they were
exposed of polluting the environment while
purporting to have spent large sums for
water conservation.


message 30: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
I bet we all know someone like this

Solipsistic: the theory that the self is all
that can be known to exist; His solipsistic
view about life ensured that he lived in
social isolation.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments paregmenon

PRONUNCIATION:
(puh-REG-muh-non)

MEANING:
noun: The juxtaposition of words that have the same roots. Examples: sense and sensibility, a manly man, the texture of textile.


message 32: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Obduracy: refusing to change in any
way; Anthony’s obduracy in his legal case
expedited his impeachment.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments LaLaLa Laura wrote: "Obduracy: refusing to change in any
way; Anthony’s obduracy in his legal case
expedited his impeachment."


I've been known to suffer with obdurateness.


message 34: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
LOL Jen. I think we all do ;)


message 35: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Internecine: causing destruction to both
sides; The African states’ internecine
conflict continues to extract a terrible toll
on innocent human lives


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments LaLaLa Laura wrote: "Internecine: causing destruction to both
sides; The African states’ internecine
conflict continues to extract a terrible toll
on innocent human lives"


Good choice for the day with govt shut down


message 37: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
sharp girl. you know Jen I hadn't even thought of that! good catch


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments caboodle

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuh-BOOD-uhl)

MEANING:
noun: The lot, collection, or crowd.

NOTES:
The word is mostly seen in the expression "kit and caboodle" meaning "the whole lot".

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps from boodle (money, goods, people), from Dutch boedel (property). Earliest documented use: 1848.

USAGE:
"New York City teems with questionable urban legends. But the fable about the postal clerk and his wife, a Brooklyn librarian, scrimping to amass an astounding collection of modern art, cramming all 5,000 pieces in a rent-controlled one-bedroom apartment, then donating the whole kit and caboodle to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and galleries in all 50 states, is true."
Douglas Martin; Herbert Vogel, Fabled Art Collector, Dies at 89; The New York Times; Jul 24, 2012.

"Theresa cruised through the office once a month with a caboodle full of scissors, smocks, and hair color.
" Lisa Baron; Life of the Party; Citadel Press; 2011.


message 39: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
like the whole kit n caboodle!


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments LaLaLa Laura wrote: "like the whole kit n caboodle!"

Yup!


message 41: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Peripatetic: going from place to place;
The peripatetic bards of yore propagated
the words of the Holy Prophet


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments LaLaLa Laura wrote: "Peripatetic: going from place to place;
The peripatetic bards of yore propagated
the words of the Holy Prophet"


Tongue twister anyone?


message 43: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
haha


message 44: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Nascent: beginning to exist, not fully
developed; In its initial stage, the nascent
film industry faced harsh opposition from
moral groups.


message 45: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Desultory: going from one thing to
another, without a definite plan or purpose;
Garcia’s desultory conversation got
everybody yawning.


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments pediculous

PRONUNCIATION:
(pe-DIK-yuh-luhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Infested with lice: lousy; contemptible.

ETYMOLOGY:
From pedis (louse). Earliest documented use: 1540.

USAGE:
"We prisoners called ourselves the Jerseys, not out of respect for this vile, pediculous hulk, but because it was our commonality, the glue that held us in its glorious stink."
Jerome Charyn; Johnny One-Eye; Norton; 2008.

"Harris called one of the pair a 'slimy, contemptible oaf ... ignorant pediculous loafer ... untalented, worthless, parasitical bloodsucker."
Jim Seavor; Our Town Controversial? Providence Journal (Rhode Island); Oct 5, 1985.


message 47: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
that's pediculous!


 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jennschu) | 7041 comments LOL :) I felt very itchy after reading that definition!


message 49: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
true same here Jen!


message 50: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Redoubtable: deserving to be feared and
respected; Mike’s redoubtable instincts as a
prize-fighter kept his opponents at arm’s
distance.


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