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Post by GD on Wed 05 Jan 2011, 7:48 am

Exculpate :

To clear from alleged fault or guilt; to prove to be guiltless; to relieve of blame; to acquit.

Origin:
Exculpate is ultimately derived from Latin ex- , "without" + culpare , "to blame," from culpa , "blame, fault."


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Post by GD on Thu 06 Jan 2011, 7:48 am

prevaricate

To depart from or evade the truth; to speak with equivocation.
Origin:
Prevaricate derives from the past participle of Latin praevaricari , "to pass in front of, or over, by straddling; to walk crookedly; to collude," from prae , "before, in front of" + varicare , "to straddle," from varicus , "straddling," from varus , "bent."


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Post by GD on Fri 07 Jan 2011, 7:55 am

chatoyant
1.
Having changeable lustre; twinkling.
2.
(Of a gem, esp a cabochon) displaying a band of light reflected off inclusions of other minerals

Origin:
Chatoyant's poetic origin lies in the French chatoyer , "to gleam like a cat's eyes," from the French chat , "cat."


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Post by GD on Mon 10 Jan 2011, 7:46 am

byzantine
1.
Complex or intricate.
2.
Characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue, esp. for the gaining of political power or favor.

3.
Of or pertaining to Byzantium.

4.
Of or pertaining to the Byzantine Empire.

5.
Noting or pertaining to the architecture of the Byzantine Empire and to architecture influenced by or imitating it.

Origin:
Byzantine derives its general reference to complexity from the intricate workings of the government of Byzantium, an ancient center of both the Roman and Ottoman empires.


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Post by Dell on Mon 10 Jan 2011, 5:21 pm

TODAY'S NAUGHTY-SOUNDING WORD: "PRICKLOUSE"





pricklouse, n. a tailor - so called in contempt, while princod n. is a pincushion, not to mention a plump man or woman.

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Post by GD on Tue 11 Jan 2011, 7:44 am

lickerish
1.
Fond of and eager for choice food.
2.
Greedy; longing.

3.
Lustful; lecherous.

Origin:
Likerish shares a common ancestor with the less positive term lecherous . The Old French licherous ,"pleasing to the palate," evolved into both English words


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Post by Thistle on Tue 11 Jan 2011, 5:20 pm

Lachanophobia: the fear of vegetables.
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Post by Dell on Tue 11 Jan 2011, 7:06 pm

"H" IS FOR HUCKLE MY BUFF

H is for HUCKLE MY BUFF. Now there's a mirthful mouthful if ever there was one. It has nothing to do with a discrete invitation to attend a toga party but everything to do with a hot beer, egg, and brandy beverage.

Example of use while skating on thin ice with one's boss: "Believe me, another Huckle My Buff and you won't feel a thing!"

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Post by GD on Wed 12 Jan 2011, 2:27 pm

autoschediastical
Something improvised or extemporized.

Origin: Autoschediastical enters English from the Greek by way of the German autoschediázein , "to extemporize."


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Post by GD on Thu 13 Jan 2011, 7:42 am

mansuetude
Mildness; gentleness.

Origin:
Mansuetude derives from the Latin mansuescere , literally "to tame by the hand."


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Post by Dell on Thu 13 Jan 2011, 7:18 pm

"strozzapreti" & "vermicelli" & "muscatel"

Did you know that the Italians have over 500 different names of different kinds of macaroni not to mention oodles of things other than noodles, some of which when translated into English might sound distinctly unappetizing?

There's: -
"strozzapreti" (tr. stangled priests),
"vermicelli" (tr. little worms), or
"muscatel" (tr. wine with flies in it)


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Post by GD on Fri 14 Jan 2011, 2:05 pm

klatsch
A casual gathering of people, esp. for refreshments and informal conversation.

Origin:
Klatsch comes from the German word for "gossip."


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Post by GD on Mon 17 Jan 2011, 7:37 am

creolize

1.
To combine local and foreign elements into a new, distinct whole.
2.
To render a pidgin into a distinct, spoken language.

Origin:
Creolize is a verb alteration of creole , which derives from the Spanish criollo , "a person native to a locality."




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Post by GD on Tue 18 Jan 2011, 1:04 pm

concupiscible
Worthy of being desired.

Origin:
Concupiscible has Latin roots in concupiscere , "to be desirous of."


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Post by GD on Wed 19 Jan 2011, 9:19 am

fain
1.
Gladly; willingly.

Origin:
Fain has ancient roots in the Old English fćg , "happy."


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Post by GD on Fri 21 Jan 2011, 2:18 pm

totemic
1.
Pertaining to an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or group considers itself closely related.
2.
Relating to a representation of such an object serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group

Origin:
Totemic derives from the Algonquian (probably Ojibwa) odoodeman , "his sibling kin, his group or family," hence, "his family mark."


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Post by GD on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 7:45 am

homograph

A word of the same written form as another but of different meaning, whether pronounced the same way or not
Origin:
Homograph conbines the Greek roots homos , "same," and graphos , "drawn or written."


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Post by GD on Wed 26 Jan 2011, 7:45 am

dharna
In India,the practice of exacting justice or compliance with a just demand by sitting and fasting at the doorstep of an offender until death or until the demand is granted.

Origin:
Dharna is a Hindi word literally meaning "a placing."


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Post by GD on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 12:38 pm

jobbery
The conduct of public or official business for the sake of improper private gain.

Origin:
Jobbery combines the sense of job and robbery and reflects the historically negative connotation of job , whose definition may derive from gob , as in "a mass or lump."


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Post by GD on Mon 31 Jan 2011, 7:41 am

vulpine
1.
Cunning or crafty.
2.
Of or resembling a fox.

Origin:
Vulpine derives from the Latin word for "fox," vulpinus


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Post by GD on Tue 01 Feb 2011, 2:27 pm

ambisinister

Clumsy or unskillful with both hands
Origin:
Ambisinister is a combination of the Latin roots Ambi- , "both," and sinister , "to the left side."


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Post by GD on Thu 03 Feb 2011, 7:38 am

elide
1.
To suppress; omit; ignore; pass over.
2.
To omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation.

3.
In law, to annul or quash.

Origin:
Elide derives from the Latin elidere , "to wound."


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Post by Dell on Thu 03 Feb 2011, 1:03 pm

Taphephobia:

Fear of being buried alive.


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Post by GD on Fri 04 Feb 2011, 1:46 pm

effluvium

A slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, esp. one that is disagreeable
Origin:
Effluvium comes into English from the Latin effluere , "to flow out."


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Post by GD on Mon 07 Feb 2011, 7:45 am

verdant1.
Green with vegetation; covered with green growth.
2.
Green.

3.
Lacking experience or sophistication; naive.

Origin:
Verdant comes from French verdoyant , present participle of verdoyer , "to be verdant, to grow green," from Old French verdoier , verdeier , from verd , vert , "green," from Latin viridis , "green," from virere , "to be green."




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