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message 501: by Julia (last edited Mar 13, 2014 10:59AM) (new)

Julia (juliastrimer) JOCUND

1. Cheerful and full of good humor:
2. Sprightly and lighthearted in disposition, character, or quality:
3. Full of gladness and gaiety; mirthful:

Etymology: from Latin jocundus, "pleasant, agreeable, delightful"

(A rebeck is a pear-shaped, two-stringed or three-stringed medieval instrument, played with a bow.)

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments I love the movement and sound of Milton's quote.

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Julia (juliastrimer) Yes, it start with the 95th line of his great poem L'Allegro.

The Dartmouth site says: "It is nearly impossible to understand and appreciate John Milton's L'Allegro without also having read its companion piece, Il Penseroso. Whereas l'allegro is "the happy person" who spends an idealized day in the country and a festive evening in the city, il penseroso is "the thoughtful person" whose night is filled with meditative walking in the woods and hours of study in a "lonely Towr." First published in 1645, the two poems complement each other structurally and contain images which are in specific dialogue with one another."

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments secret of Polichinelle

(SEE-krit uv po-LISH-i-nel)

noun: A supposed secret that's widely known: an open secret.

From French secret de Polichinelle. Polichinelle (English Punch or Punchinello) was a stock character in Italian puppetry. Earliest documented use: 1828.

"The tsar waited until after the memorial services on the fortieth day after the empress's death ... and announced that he had decided to marry Katya. The games between the tsar and the minister, the secret of Polichinelle, were over."
Edvard Radzinsky; Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar; Free Press; 2005.

"How often has she taunted me with lack of dignified reserve and needful caution! How many times has she saucily insinuated that all my affairs are the secret of Polichinelle!"
Charlotte Brontë; Villette; Smith, Elder & Co.; 1853.

Childrens Illustrations - Childrens Prints - Punch Judy 1880b Painting

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Julia (juliastrimer) EXECRABLE

1. Extremely bad or of very low quality:
2. Deserving to be detested:

Etymology: from Latin execrabilis, exsecrabilis, from execrari, exsecrari, "to curse" or "to wish something awful, evil, or a misfortune will fall on someone or some group"; from ex-, "out of, from" + sacare, "to set apart as sacred, to consecrate"; from the stem of sacer, "holy, sacred".

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Julia (juliastrimer) Oh, love this, Jen! Our world is so much more "selcouth" than we realize. I got goosebumps at this picture and description:

"A cloven tree was thought to have magical curing powers in the medieval times - people believed that passing a sick child through the space between the trees would cure them of weakness and sickness. Although that belief has faded into superstition and the amophous cloud of “folklore”, the trees still retain some eldritch power."

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments Hauntingly beautiful!

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Julia (juliastrimer) FULGENT

Shining brightly; dazzling; gleaming brilliantly, resplendent.

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LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) | 4443 comments Mod
Jen ƸӜƷ wrote: "


This describes the constant state of my TV area. no matter how many times I clean it, those little dust bunnies come back!

I will just tell people the color is simply Pulveratricious!

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Julia wrote: "FULGENT

Shining brightly; dazzling; gleaming brilliantly, resplendent.


This describes your spirit, Julia!

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments Laura,
My floors are pulveratricious, wishing that was only their color.

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I have carpet in my living room and hope to get laminate at this year.

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments LaLaLa Laura wrote: "I have carpet in my living room and hope to get laminate at this year."

I prefer laminate to carpeting, less allergens.

message 516: by Julia (last edited Mar 16, 2014 01:25PM) (new)

Julia (juliastrimer) HOMYNYM

words that are pronounced the same way, but which are spelled differently: The words "bare, bear" and "bye, bye; buy, buy" show examples of homonyms.

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments One of the many reasons why English is a difficult language to learn.

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Jen ƸӜƷ wrote: "One of the many reasons why English is a difficult language to learn."

Julia wrote: "HOMYNYM

words that are pronounced the same way, but which are spelled differently: The words "bare, bear" and "bye, bye; buy, buy" show examples of homonyms.


Did you know If you take a laptop for a run you could jog your memory?

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments Newly added words to Oxford dictionary:

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments acuity


noun: Sharpness; keenness.

Via French from Latin acuere (to sharpen). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ak- (sharp), which is also the source of acrid, vinegar, acid, acute, edge, hammer, heaven, eager, oxygen, mediocre, paragon, and acescent. Earliest documented use: 1400.

"Birds seek out their own food and build nests for their eggs, some have the mental acuity to know of approaching storms and they may huddle together for warmth when it is cold."
L. Sue Boggler; Four Legs of the Stool; Abbott Press; 2012.

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Julia (juliastrimer) INIMITABLE

Descriptive of something that is impossible to copy or to reproduce by another person in the same way; one of a kind: "Latonya was an inimitable storyteller for children."

Etymology: from Latin inimitabilis, "that which cannot be imitated"; from in-, "not" + imitabilis, "copy, represent".

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments That looks like a fun book, Julia :)

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments desuetude

(DES-wi-tood, -tyood)

noun: A state of disuse.

From Latin de- (away from) + suescere (to become accustomed). Earliest documented use: 1623.

"Far from being a high-tech wonder, the Earth Station had a sad, neglected air about it, a feeling of desuetude and abandonment."
Douglas Preston; Impact; Forge Books; 2010.

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Julia (juliastrimer) LACHRYMIST

A person who has a tendency to cry often: "Norbert's wife was diagnosed as an overly sensitive lachrymist who often shed tears while she was watching TV dramas and movies."

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments turgid


1. Swollen; congested.
2. Pompous; high-flown.

From Latin turgere (to swell). Earliest documented use: 1620.

"It's not surprising that [Norm Macdonald] would take the wind out of the sails of peers who write turgid, self-important autobiographies ... he has earned attention for his deflating Twitter responses to various celebrity tweets."
Eric Volmers; Norm Macdonald Still Working at His First Love of Standup Comedy; Calgary Herald (Canada); Feb 4, 2014.

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Julia (juliastrimer) MACULATION

A pattern of spots or the condition of being spotted or stained, as on certain animals and plants:

"Leopards are examples of animals that have maculations as a part of their bodily fur patterns."

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From Literary Interest "There is a word, ‘muckibus’, meaning ‘drunkenly sentimental’ – it is first recorded in a 1756 letter by the Gothic novelist Horace Walpole."

message 528: by Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ (last edited Mar 19, 2014 03:58PM) (new)

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments Nice word, I like it :)

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments sciolism


noun: Pretentious display of superficial knowledge.

From Late Latin sciolus (smatterer), diminutive of Latin scius (knowing), from scire (to know). Ultimately from the Indo-European root skei- (to cut or split), which also gave us schism, ski, shin, science, conscience, nice, scienter, nescient, exscind, and adscititious. Earliest documented use: 1810.

"This consists of some of the dullest sciolism in the history of prose, a standardized academic jargon and rhetoric, the dutiful rehearsal of received theory, and the deliberate misrepresentation of anything challenging or rejecting academic postmodernism."
Michael Donaghy; The Shape of the Dance; Picador; 2009.

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Julia (juliastrimer) MICROLOGY

1. A branch of science that gives attention to very small forms of research: "The students were upset that the professor was assigning them to investigate the micrology of insects living in winter conditions."
2. Attention that is given to or a study that involves trivial or unimportant matters or petty differences: "Andre was accused of committing a micrology when he complained that Mason arrived five minutes late for a meeting."

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments edacity


noun: Greediness; good appetite.

From Latin edere (to eat). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ed- (to eat, to bite) that has given other words such as edible, comestible, obese, etch, fret, and postprandial. Earliest documented use: 1626.

"Allender is still undaunted, but hungry, not with the reckless experience appetite of a kid, but rather with the edacity of an older gourmand who wants as much of what he loves as possible."
Alan Tennant; The Guadalupe Mountains of Texas; U of Texas Press; 1980.

message 533: by Julia (last edited Mar 22, 2014 03:23AM) (new)

Julia (juliastrimer) NUGATORY

Having no worth or meaning; of little value:
"Whether this rug is red or green is nugatory to someone who is colorblind."

Latin nugatorius, from nugari "to trifle", from nugae "trifles"
First Known Use: 1603

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Julia (juliastrimer) Imagine having an inaniloquent conversation on nugatory subjects--oh wait, that's Twitter! :-)

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments So very true!

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Julia (juliastrimer) Great article here, called "What Would Plato Tweet?"

I'd never heard of a "Klout" score before! What will humans think up next lol :-)

message 539: by Julia (last edited Mar 23, 2014 02:03PM) (new)

Julia (juliastrimer) OBFUSCATE

1. To confuse, to bewilder, or to stupefy
2. To darken, to make obscure, or to make something more difficult to understand

Etymology: from Latin obfuscatus and obfuscare, "to darken," from ob, "over" + fuscare, "to make dark"; from fuscus, "dark".

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Julia (juliastrimer) PERNICIOUS

causing great harm or damage often in a way that is not easily seen or noticed: "She thinks television has a pernicious influence on our children."

Etymology: from Latin perniciosus, "destructive", which came from pernicies, "destruction, death, ruin"; from per-, "completely" + necis, "violent death, murder".

Important article: "The Task Force on Advertising and Children grew out of a general concern about the influence of commercialism in children's lives and about marketing and advertising to children and adolescents."

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments euchre


verb tr.: To cheat, trick, or outwit.
noun: A card game for two to four players usually played with the 32 highest cards in the pack.

Of uncertain origin. Perhaps from the Alsatian game of Juckerspiel as the two top trumps are Jucker (jack). The verb sense of the word arises from the fact that the failure to win three tricks is known as being euchred and results in the opponent scoring two points. Earliest documented use: 1846.

"You got euchred. The company lied to you about its status and you foolishly bought its lie."
Colin Barrett; A Harsh Lesson on Due Diligence; Journal of Commerce (New York); May 23, 2013.

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Julia (juliastrimer) AFLUNTERS

In a state of disorder.

"Her hair was all aflunters."

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments Julia wrote: "AFLUNTERS

In a state of disorder.

"Her hair was all aflunters."


This describes my hair on all days :)

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Julia (juliastrimer) Wish mine would "aflunter", but it so very straight and short lol! I'm reading a book my son gave me, The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten--so my entries will be pretty outlandish for awhile!

message 546: by Julia (last edited Mar 25, 2014 05:55AM) (new)

Julia (juliastrimer) ALECTRYOMANCY

Divination by a cock. Draw a circle, and write in succession round it the letters of the alphabet; on each side of it lay a grain of corn. Then put a cock in the centre of the circle, and watch the grains he eats. The letters will prognosticate the answer.

[From] Greek "alector", cock and "manteia", divination

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments vole


noun: 1. Any of various rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera.
2. The winning of all the tricks in some card games.
verb intr.: 3. To risk everything in the hope of great rewards. Typically used in the phrase "go the vole".
4. To try every possibility.

For 1: Short for volemouse, from Norwegian vollmus, from voll (field) + mus (mouse). Earliest documented use: 1805.
For 2-4: From French voler (to fly), from Latin volare (to fly), which also gave us volatile and volley. Earliest documented use: 1680.

"So, as I was determined to go the vole, I have taken care you shall dip as deep as I."
Sir Walter Scott; Tales of My Land; 1819.

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Pluviophile -
(n) a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days

message 549: by Julia (last edited Mar 25, 2014 05:14PM) (new)

Julia (juliastrimer) PERVICACIOUS

Self-willed, inflexible, very stubborn, and obstinate

Etymology: from Latin pervicac, pervicax, "headstrong, stubborn"

 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu (jenschu) | 7041 comments That describes me well!

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