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Word of the Day – Catawampus and Argufy

November 8, 2012 Leave a comment

cat·a·wam·pus
[kat-uh-wom-puhs] Show IPA Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.

adjective
1. askew; awry.

2. positioned diagonally; cater-cornered. Read more…

Today’s Words Of The Day: Motte and Bailey & Quay

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

motte and bailey
noun
: a medieval Norman castle consisting of two connecting ditched stockaded mounds with the higher mound surmounted by the keep and the lower one containing barracks and other buildings Read more…

Warning: Readers Have Comfort Zones

October 14, 2012 2 comments

Writers sometimes get a little too crazy.  One thing we often do is try to show how smart we are by using what are known as ten dollar words.  I call it the Plethora Rule.  What is the Plethora Rule?  It is best described from the scene that made me realize long ago that fancy words are not always good.  Here is that scene from ¡Three Amigos! that introduced 90% of people who know what plethora means to the word:

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Today’s Words Of The Day – Asperse and Kerf

October 12, 2012 Leave a comment

as·perse
transitive verb \ə-ˈspərs, a-\
as·persedas·pers·ing

1: sprinkle; especially: to sprinkle with holy water

2: to attack with evil reports or false or injurious charges Read more…

Words of the day – Ullage and Edacity

October 8, 2012 Leave a comment

ullage
noun \ˈə-lij\

the amount that a container (as a tank or cask) lacks of being full Read more…

Words Of The Day – Sclaff & Lassitude

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

sclaff intransitive verb \ˈsklaf\

Definition of SCLAFF

: to scrape the ground instead of hitting the ball cleanly on a golf stroke

— sclaff noun

— sclaff·er noun
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Words of the Day – kishke & hawse

September 16, 2012 Leave a comment

kish·ke
noun \ˈkish-kə\

Definition of KISHKE

: beef or fowl casing stuffed (as with meat, flour, and spices) and cooked Read more…

Today’s Word Of The Day – Obdurate

September 5, 2012 Leave a comment

ob·du·rate
adj
\ˈäb-də-rət, -dyə-; äb-ˈdu̇r-ət, əb-, -ˈdyu̇r-\

Definition of OBDURATE Read more…

Today’s Word of the Day – Hoary

August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

hoary (adjective) \ˈhȯr-ē\

1 : gray or white with or as if with age
2 : extremely old : ancient <hoary legends>

Today’s BONUS word of the day – jolie laide

August 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Ok, I know I already gave a word of the day, but here’s a bonus one!  Jolie laide!

foreign term \zhȯ-lē-led\ Read more…