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    Word of the day

    Discussion in 'Writing Prompts' started by SeverinR, Apr 28, 2011.

    I figured I would do a word a day to expand my vocabulary.
    So how about just posting an interesting word.
    Maybe use the word in a sentence, if you can.

    Embonpoint: an-bone-pwa,

    The state of being plump or stoutness.

    "He is embonpoint for his height."(?)


    Flathat: the act of flying close to the ground, ie to flatten ones hat.

    "The dragon swooped to flathead along the river."(?)

    If the word is not used properly in the sentence please correct the person posting it. (so we can use it right if we find the place in our writing.)

    I put the definitions in my own words, didn't realize that was quoting to much. But it will make one learn it better. (which is why I started this)
     
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    polymorphous= Having, assuming, or passing through many or various forms, stages, or the like.

    His polymorphous form gave me the chills as he touched my flesh.
     
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    Let me add a caveat before this gets too far along:

    PLEASE DO NOT copy dictionary definitions verbatim in this thread. Either a thjread like this must be rigorous about citing sources, or it must be completely in the wording of the participants.

    Because this is a Word Game, this thread will take the latter approach. For this reason, I also encourageall readers to research the words independently before using them in their writing.

    As someone who has operated a more formal Word of the Day thread on this site, I can tell you from personal experience that taking the other approach, with cited definitions, is a lot of work.

    Don't let this ruin the fun and value of the thread, But the ground rules haev to be clear from the start if this thread is not to die an early and ignoble death.

    And that brings me to my entry for the day:

    ignoble - embarassingly mundane, or of common.vulgar origin.
     
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    I started to say you didn't use the word in a sentence, but you slipped it in above the word.

    The first word I quoted, I doubt I would use in writing, except for maybe a person that is trying to impress someone with their vocabulary.

    I agree with the researching the word for yourself, as we might not use it correctly, or we might not make the definition clear or correctly when using our own words.

    I will ask again, if someone sees a word mis-used in a sentence please point it out.
     
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    Dandle;
    to lightly bounce a baby on your knee.

    --Dandle a crying baby, to quiet them.--
     
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    beatified-ruled by the church as being worthy of canonization (process of being declared a saint.)

    "Mother Teressa was beatified after her death."

    (only looked up five sights for a good word)

    solus
    alone or by oneself, for male

    Sola is for female.

    They left him in solus
     
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    Jalousie Jay-lousy
    blinds with horizonal slats or louvers to control sunlight or air that are adjustable.

    Sounds very close to jealousy. (Gell-osy)
     
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    moonshine- illegal alcohol or moonlight
    like the savage song 'moonshine': where's my moonshine?
     
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    Profligate= recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources.

    "He succumbed to drink and a profligate lifestyle."
    "Profligate consumers of energy."
     
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    Antediluvian = incredibly archaic and old
     
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    Venal: corrupt, able to be bribed.

    Most politicians are venal to some degree.
     
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    Animalcule: ana-mala-qual (like equal without e)

    extremely small animal, microscopic or near to it.

    The water had an abundance of animalcule.
     
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    Pedantic - A heavy concern, almost to the point of pretentiousness in book learning, Precise, formal, narrowly and surgically focused.

    His pedantic and often nitpicking style of teaching leave him a bore in the classroom.
     
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    Irenic- I-wren-ic
    promoting peace

    His Irenic style was very annoying.
     
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    Palooka: 1.new or inexperienced boxer
    2.stupid person

    I've heard this in older movies, never realized it was a boxing term.

    The poor Palooka did not do well in the ring.
     
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    Curmudgeon: A bad-tempered cranky person, usually old.

    "When we accidentally hit the baseball into Mr. Wallace's yard, that curmudgeon refused to give it back to us."
     
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    Desultory-disconnected, hard to follow, or without a plan.
    digressing in a story.

    The desultory story needed lots of work.


    Connubial- relating to marriage, or the state of marriage

    They worked hard on the connubial party to make it the envy of all their friends.
     
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    As a troper, I am disappointed that this word is not here yet:

    Egregious - Especially, conspicuous, conspicuously bad

    "The fact that this word has not been mentioned yet alludes to an egregious lack of tropers on this writing forum."
     
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    Fungible- changable, can be replaced, interchangable.

    The barrels on some Dan Wesson firearms are Fungible.
     
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    This year's arid climate made for a bad harvest.
     
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    Logolepsy - An obsession with words.

    The fact that the un-sub displayed signs of logolespsy was apparent when they saw the one word post-it's on the wall.
     
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    Good word to avoid today:

    Longueur:(pronounced longer?)
    A long boring or tedious passage(book, play or music).(noun not adj)

    "We should try to avoid longueur in our stories."
     
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    Getting musical:

    A gliss, short for glissando, is a glide from one musical pitch to another.

     
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    Prink:
    primp, dress up, deck out for show.

    "The horse loved being prinked for the 4h competition."
     
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    Someone with logolepsy might have problem with prinking their paragraphs thus making them longueur.

    three words of the day in one sentence.:D
     

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