18 December 2008
adj. Shining brilliantly; resplendent. See Synonyms at bright.
[Latin effulgēns, effulgent-, present participle of effulgēre, to shine out : ex-, ex- + fulgēre, to shine; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.]
"Effulgent rays of light." --Cowper.
OK a serious usage of effulgent:
It is a rare day in Arizona that there are no effulgent rays of light.
17 December 2008
Would tasseomancy be considered more or less scientific than astrology?
[;-) JC, you know I don't love you less -- and perhaps more -- because you are interested in astrology.]
We love obscure words that we can use to confound others. *evil, self-aggrandizing laugh echoes hollowly in mad business manager's office* OK. Really how often can one use such words that you read in historical novels.
16 December 2008
That is not to say that I don't enjoy either noticing or pointing out the solecisms others utter.
- A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction.
- A violation of etiquette.
- An impropriety, mistake, or incongruity.
[Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikizein, to speak incorrectly, from soloikos, speaking incorrectly, after Soloi (Soli), an Athenian colony in Cilicia where a dialect regarded as substandard was spoken.]
15 December 2008
DEF: adj. Combative in nature; belligerent. See Synonyms at belligerent.
[From Latin pugnāx, pugnāc-, from pugnāre, to fight, from pugnus, fist; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]
pug·na'cious·ly adv., pug·na'cious·ness, pug·nac'i·ty (-nās'ĭ-tē) n.
CMES staff meeting re: holiday break
12 December 2008
|Part of Speech:||adj|
|Definition:||unconcerned, undisturbed; carefree and nonchalant|
|Etymology:||Latin in- + soucier 'to disturb'|
11 December 2008
n. One who systematically blocks or interrupts a process, especially one who attempts to impede passage of legislation by the use of delaying tactics, such as a filibuster.
10 December 2008
–verb (used with object)
|1.||to close, shut, or stop up (a passage, opening, etc.).|
|2.||to shut in, out, or off.|
|3.||Physical Chemistry. (of certain metals and other solids) to incorporate (gases and other foreign substances), as by absorption or adsorption.|
09 December 2008
- Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention.
- Informal; unofficial.
- Archaic Eager to render services or help others.
Usage: Impertinent, Officious, Rude. A person is officious who obtrudes his offices or assistance where they are not needed; he is impertinent when he intermeddles in things with which he has no concern. The former shows a want of tact, the latter a want of breeding, or, more commonly, a spirit of sheer impudence. A person is rude when he violates the proprieties of social life either from ignorance or wantonness. "An impertinent man will ask questions for the mere grafication of curiosity; a rude man will burst into the room of another, or push against his person, inviolant of all decorum; one who is officious is quite as unfortunate as he is troublesome; when he strives to serve, he has the misfortune to annoy." --Crabb. See Impudence, and Insolent.
Thanks to the boss of the boss of CMES' cleaner who asked "Has anyone shared with you that bicycles are not allowed in the building?"
08 December 2008
- Disposed to seek revenge; revengeful.
- Marked by or resulting from a desire to hurt; spiteful.
04 December 2008
recalcitrant - adj. Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance. See Synonyms at unruly.
n. A recalcitrant person.
[Late Latin recalcitrāns, recalcitrant-, present participle of recalcitrāre, to be disobedient, from Latin, to deny access : re-, re- + calcitrāre, to kick (from calx, calc-, heel).]
re·cal'ci·trance, re·cal'ci·tran·cy n.
03 December 2008
02 December 2008
- Of or relating to prescience.
- Possessing prescience.
FYI: I prefer the pronunciation of prěsh-ē-ənt.
01 December 2008
To make fun of in a good-natured way; tease.
To engage in playful teasing. See Synonyms at banter.
n. Good-natured teasing; banter.
26 November 2008
a small covering, usually ornamental, placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy.
25 November 2008
- To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: assuage her grief. See Synonyms at relieve.
- To satisfy or appease (hunger or thirst, for example).
- To pacify or calm: assuage their chronic insecurity.
24 November 2008
21 November 2008
I would like to say that if you wanted to get creative with "Surrey with the fringe on top", you could substitute fascicles for fringe but strictly speaking fringe does not have to be like fascicles.
A small bundle.
One of the parts of a book published in separate sections. Also called fascicule.
Botany A bundle or cluster of stems, flowers, or leaves.
Many of the extreme absurdities in "Grey's Anatomy" made me want to caterwaul. To the relief of all present, I refrained.
To cry or screech like a cat in heat.
To make a shrill, discordant sound.
To have a noisy argument.
20 November 2008
When someone does me wrong, I enjoy remembering the appropriate word for what I am feeling is aggrieved. The sound perfectly describes the feeling.
Feeling distress or affliction.
Treated wrongly; offended.
Law Treated unjustly, as by denial of or infringement upon one's legal rights.
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|1.||to hold back; hinder; impede: A steady rain hampered the progress of the work.|
|2.||to interfere with; curtail: The dancers' movements were hampered by their elaborate costumes.|
12 November 2008
- A sudden feeling of sickness, faintness, or nausea.
- A sudden disturbing feeling: qualms of homesickness.
- An uneasy feeling about the propriety or rightness of a course of action.
10 November 2008
06 November 2008
- One who pays undue attention to book learning and formal rules.
- One who exhibits one's learning or scholarship ostentatiously.
- Obsolete A schoolmaster.
05 November 2008
04 November 2008
After months of being inundated with news about the Presidential election, will we feel relief tomorrow or an emptiness?
- To cover with water, especially floodwaters.
- To overwhelm as if with a flood; swamp: The theater was inundated with requests for tickets.
Sluggard DEF: n. A slothful person; an idler.
adj. Lazy. (American Heritage)
At least, you cannot say that you have been inundated with postings.
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- The act or an instance of vituperating; abusive censure.
- Sustained, harshly abusive language; invective.
21 October 2008
I was unsure how I would recognize a panjandrum until I attended yesterday's meeting; as the meeting progressed it quickly became clear that there was one panjandrum in attendance.
DEF: a self-important or pretentious official.(dictionary.com)
Etymology of panjandrum: mock name for a pompous personage, 1755, invented by Samuel Foote (1720-77) to test the memory of actor old Macklin (who said he could repeat anything after hearing it once) in a long passage full of nonsense.
20 October 2008
16 October 2008
DEF: A legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar. (American Heritage)
note: non-traditional usage of fatwa
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06 October 2008
definition: the formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound
made by or associated with its referent
02 October 2008
Prurient incongruities almost prevented "Red Heroine" from vanquishing the Generalissimo!