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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby StlSluggers » Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:53 am

syncategorematic \sin-kat-uh-gor-uh-MAT-ik\ adjective

: forming a meaningful expression only in conjunction with a denotative expression (as a content word)
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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby StlSluggers » Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:22 am

For Mr. Ostrich...

pogonip \PAH-guh-nip\ noun

: a dense winter fog containing frozen particles that is formed in deep mountain valleys of the western United States
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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:41 am

scission \SIZH-un\ noun

1 : a division or split in a group or union : schism
2 : an action or process of cutting, dividing, or splitting : the state of being cut, divided, or split
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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby StlSluggers » Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:04 am

dégringolade \day-gran-guh-LAHD\ noun
: a rapid decline or deterioration (as in strength, position, or condition) : downfall

If "dégringolade" looks French to you, you have a good eye. We lifted this noun directly from French, and even in English it is usually styled with an acute accent over the first "e," as in French. The French noun in turn comes from the verb "dégringoler" ("to tumble down"), which itself derives from the Middle French "desgringueler" (from "des-," meaning "down," and "gringueler," meaning "to tumble"). Although "dégringolade" retains the sense of a sudden tumble in English, it tends to be applied to more metaphorical situations -- a rapid fall from a higher position in society, for example. These days, "dégringolade" is fairly rare in American English. We rely far more heavily on its familiar synonym "downfall."

It's funny that they never mention the word degrade. That was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw that word.
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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby knapplc » Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:35 am

After only three hours' sleep last night, my strength and alertness are both in a terrible dégringolade. X-I
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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby Dan Lambskin » Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:43 pm

Misremember\mis-REE-mem-bur\ verb
: to incorrectly remember

Example: Andy Pettitte misremembered our conversation

the edit was because : t without the space gave me :t
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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby Half Massed » Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:30 am

Kalopsia \ka LOPE see ah\ noun
: The delusion of things to be more beautiful than they are
The state in which things appear more beautiful than they really are
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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby knapplc » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:53 am

Half Massed wrote:Kalopsia \ka LOPE see ah\ noun
: The delusion of things to be more beautiful than they are
The state in which things appear more beautiful than they really are

That's a pretty good description for most every one of my fantasy baseball rosters over the years. :-b
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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby knapplc » Mon May 12, 2008 11:00 pm

Orogeny \o --jə-nē\ noun
: the process of mountain formation especially by folding of the earth's crust

wikipedia wrote:Orogeny (Greek for "mountain generating") is the process of natural mountain building, and may be studied as a tectonic structural event, as a geographical event and a chronological event, in that orogenic events cause distinctive structural phenomena and related tectonic activity, affect certain regions of rocks and crust and happen within a time frame.



I saw it on a bumper sticker that read, "Subduction leads to orogeny." I figured it had something to do with tectonics and mountain building but I had never read the word before.
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Re: Your Word of the Day

Postby AdvRider » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:25 am

My God, there's a word for everything! :*)

American Heritage Dictionary
tup (v. intr.) To copulate with a ewe.
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