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  • mama

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    #30307017 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Vacant_Hope, #101:

    no, no, no! It's all admiration on my side! I love word people.

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307018 - 8 years ago

    In reply to mama, #102:

    In reply to Vacant_Hope, #101:

    I just have too much time on my hands.

    With two assignments due, this is how i procrastinate.

  • Vacant_Hope

    Vacant_Hope

    #30307019 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #103:

    At least it is productive procrastination...if there is such a thing.

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307020 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Vacant_Hope, #104:

    Well creative at least.

    'Procrastinate' is the word of the year for me.

  • mama

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    #30307021 - 8 years ago

    One of my favorite authors is P D James. I always find new words in her books, plus she writes great mysteries. Word of the day came from her book Murder Room -

    casuist
    — n
    1. a person, esp a theologian, who attempts to resolve moral dilemmas by the application of general rules and the careful distinction of special cases
    2. a person who is oversubtle in his or her analysis of fine distinctions; sophist

  • Vacant_Hope

    Vacant_Hope

    #30307022 - 8 years ago

    In reply to mama, #106:

    so,basically every Greek who had dialogue in The Iliad and The Odyssey

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307023 - 8 years ago

    In reply to mama, #106:

    "A particularly saturnine casuist, Morris found his reflections on lifes dilemmas would continually circle back to the book of Ecclesiastes."

  • mama

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    #30307024 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #108:

    Bravo!

  • mama

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    #30307025 - 8 years ago

    word of the day

    ex·cres·cence   [ik-skres-uhns]

    –noun
    1. an abnormal outgrowth, usually harmless, on an animal or vegetable body.
    2. a normal outgrowth, as hair or horns.
    3. any disfiguring addition.
    4. abnormal growth or increase

    icky word - even sounds icky

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307026 - 8 years ago

    "Ever the casuist, Meredith lay awake at nights trying to decide if the excrescence she discovered was a verruca or a common wart."

    I am enjoying this challenge way, way too much. Someone else feel free to contribute!

  • Vacant_Hope

    Vacant_Hope

    #30307027 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #111:

    told you so. ^_^

  • mama

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    #30307028 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #111:

    I think this one is all yours - you're way too good for competition.

  • mama

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    #30307029 - 8 years ago

    word of the day

    jock·te·leg

    –noun British Dialect .
    a large clasp knife or pocketknife; jackknife.
    Also, joktaleg.

    Origin:
    1665–75; orig. Scots; first attested as jackteleg, perh. with Jack, Jock and leg, alluding to knife handles carved in the form of a leg

    came across this word in Robert Burns' poem Halloween

  • Vacant_Hope

    Vacant_Hope

    #30307030 - 8 years ago

    In reply to mama, #114:

    of course the Scots came up with a new form of knife; we're always creative =D

  • mama

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    #30307031 - 8 years ago

    word of the day

    xanthous

    1. yellow
    2. yellowish

    1829, from Gk. xanthos "yellow," of unknown origin. Prefix form xantho- is used in many scientific words; cf. xanthein (1857) "soluble yellow coloring matter in flowers," Huxley's Xanthochroi (1867) "blond, light-skinned races of Europe" (with okhros "pale"), xanthophyll (1838) "yellow coloring matter in autumn leaves." smiley5.gif

    and a second word for today - because yesterday was my birthday and I feel generous and extra smart to boot

    dastard

    -noun
    1. a mean, sneaking coward
    -adj
    2. of or befitting a dastard; mean, sneaky, or cowardly

    mid-15c., "one who is lazy or dull;" an English formation on a French model, probably from *dast , "dazed," pp. of dasen "to daze" + (see daze) + deprecatory suffix -ard. Meaning "one who shirks from danger" is late 15c.

    I was married to two world class dastards. Cause I may be word smart, but I have terrible taste in men. Fortunately the third time was the charm and I picked a winner. So there's a lesson in there somewhere for all of you. Figure it out on your own.

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307032 - 8 years ago

    In reply to mama, #116:

    I am looking for an opportunity to call someone "a xanthous dastard" this week.

    I'm thinking it will be someone smaller than me though, and far enough away that i have a good head start.

  • mama

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    #30307033 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #117:

    please, please let us know how it turns out

  • Vacant_Hope

    Vacant_Hope

    #30307034 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #117:

    indeed, inform us of the outcome; I'm sure it will be hilarious =D

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307035 - 8 years ago

    In reply to mama, #118:

    In reply to Vacant_Hope, #119:

    I have struck a problem with the plan.
    My options were:
    A) i call one of my children a 'xanthous dastard' (which could be warranted at times) and then face the fact that i have given permission, nay encouragement for them to repeat the phrase ever after, or,
    B) i use it on my good friend and minister, with whom i share an office. Again, it would not be out of place as we have a relationship based upon personal abuse and wisecracks, but he is away for two weeks on paternity leave.

    So now i'm left with insulting strangers or my wife. I don't like my chances here.

  • Vacant_Hope

    Vacant_Hope

    #30307036 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #120:

    Well, it was a good idea in theory....

  • mama

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    #30307037 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #120:

    I vote for strangers - you always have a 50/50 chance of being right

  • mama

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    #30307038 - 8 years ago

    word of the day

    sa·ga·cious
    [suh-gey-shuhs]
    –adjective
    1. having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd: a sagacious lawyer.
    2. Obsolete . keen of scent.

    [C17: from Latin sagāx, from sāgīre to be astute]

    Synonyms
    1. wise, sage, discerning, clever, intelligent, judicious, acute, sharp, keen, perspicacious.

    This is a fabulous word. You should find a use for it at least once a day. Promise?

  • phoenix229

    phoenix229

    #30307039 - 8 years ago

    In reply to mama, #123:

    Promise!

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307040 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Vacant_Hope, #121:

    Problem solved.

    I refered to myself as a 'xanthous dastard' when the opportunity arose.
    Thus i managed to raise eyebrows but was not subjected to violence.

    I feel it was most sagacious of me.

  • mama

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    #30307041 - 8 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #125:

    Don't take this wrong way, just understand that it comes from a 55 year old woman way far away - but I have a terrific crush on you smiley8.gif