sera commented on the word gewgaws
Gewgaws Vs. Gimcracks on Postcards from Yo Mamma:
"My dear as a matter of fact I have been a collector of gewgaws for all my life. I believe gew gaws is a northern word and gimcracks southern. Added to this I take umbrage with the connotation that they are gaudy. They are indeed beeuuteeful.
May 12, 2008
sera commented on the list words-from-word-a-day-email-lists
"Ilan Ros's jowls are scarlet, and he's wearing a loose apron over his Pantagruelian belly. He begins by gobbling up three slices of cold meat in quick succession and then wipes his mouth on a paper napkin." Yasmina Khadra (pen name of Mohammed Moulessehoul); The Attack (translated by John Cullen); Doubleday; 2006.
May 7, 2008
Word a Day - Pantagruelian
May 6, 2008
sera commented on the list compare-words
ephemeral / ethereal
August 29, 2007
sera commented on the word sagacious
sagacious : perspicacious
sera commented on the word raconteur
Making up analogies...
sera commented on the word runic
1. consisting of or set down in runes: "runic inscriptions"
2. having some secret or mysterious meaning: "runic rhyme"
August 28, 2007
sera commented on the word inimitably
"he has an inimitably verbose style"
August 16, 2007
sera commented on the word inimical
Note to self:
inimitable- peerless. Antonym: common
inimical- hostile. Antonym: amicable
sera commented on the word inimitable
sera commented on the list huck-s-perspective
Wow. What a great passage. It takes me back to nights spent on the Appalachian trail, watching a summer storm from a shelter warm and dry in my down bag.
Thanks for posting the quote.
sera commented on the word outsider
sera commented on the word moodle
Wow, you mean this?
Looks like a great thing. I'll have to check it out.
sera commented on the word bloodcurdingly
I think you left out an "l"...bloodcurdling - well, bloodcurdlingly
sera commented on the word spendthrift
"Someone who spends money prodigally"
sera commented on the word urbanity
"there is an important difference between rusticity and urbanity"
sera commented on the word pertinacious
I bet this is related to tenacious. Maybe that will help me separate it from all of those other per-par-pen words:
persnickety (well, that one's easy) - hey, I'm just finding that pernickety is a word! What the heck? Oh, it means the same as persnickety, just not the "colloquial" meaning. Hmm.
August 15, 2007
sera commented on the word piquancy
The piquancy of the evening was refreshing. ~Sera
sera commented on the word pethetic
No, it's not pathetic. Everybody does it. Don't be so hard on yourself!
(Just kidding ; )
sera commented on the word quixotry
I have been known to have(?), suffer from(?), imagine(?)quixotry at times. How the heck do you use this word?
Nice word, though! : )
"That form of delusion which leads to extravagant and absurd undertakings or sacrifices in obedience to a morbidly romantic ideal of duty or honor, as illustrated by the exploits of Don Quixote in knight-errantry."
sera commented on the word inspissate
"Letting citizens sue polluters ... would only inspissate the logjam of litigation." (The New York Times, August 5, 1985)
August 14, 2007
sera commented on the word ennui
Gotta have ennui.
sera commented on the list the-no-no-list
I like titular.
Consider self deprecating. One slip of tongue and...
sera commented on the word grandiose
to be grandiose is to display an exaggerated manner
August 13, 2007
sera commented on the word scurrilous
sera commented on the word panagyrize
sera commented on the word pedantic
"annoyingly proud of learning"
sera commented on the word respite
respite is a time of temporary rest
truce is a time of temporary peace
sera commented on the word innoxiousness
antonyms: pure, innocent
sera commented on the word cleave
How is it that cleave means "split" and "cling to" at the same time?
sera commented on the word premonish
"to admonish beforehand"
sera commented on the word hegira
"A journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment"
sera commented on the word jeremiad
A long and mournful complaint
"a jeremiad against any form of government"
"the function of a jeremiad is to premonish"
sera commented on the word burnoose
"A long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors"
sera commented on the word alchemist
A mountebank practice unsubstantiated medicine as an alchemist practices unsubstantiated science
sera commented on the word mountebank
"A flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes"
A mountebank practices unsubstantiated medicine as an alchemist practices unsubstantiated science
sera commented on the word stygian
"Dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades. Hellish"
sera commented on the word latency
"The state of being not yet evident or active"
sera commented on the word tenebrous
"dark and gloomy"
darkness is tenebrous
sera commented on the word refulgent
incandescence is refulgent
sera commented on the word incandescence
sera commented on the word solecism
solecism is a breach of etiquette
sera commented on the word pittance
"An inadequate payment"
sera commented on the word canard
"A deliberately misleading fabrication"
sera commented on the word encomium
encomium is a speech about someone redoubtable
sera commented on the word redoubtable
sera commented on the word panegyric
sera commented on the word palaverous
"full of or given to palaver: wordy, verbose"
sera commented on the word stipule
"A small leafy outgrowth at the base of a leaf or its stalk; usually occurring in pairs and soon shed"
sera commented on the word succulent
"full of juice"
sera commented on the word querulous
Complaining - like Professor Quirinus Quirrell (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone)
sera commented on the word vociferous
"Conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry. a vociferous mob"
sera commented on the word fustian
"Pompous or pretentious talk or writing"
sera commented on the word oscillate
to oscillate is to move laterally
sera commented on the word pendulate
"to swing as a pendulum"
sera commented on the word sibyl
sera commented on the word enormity
1. The quality of passing all moral bounds; excessive wickedness or outrageousness.
2. A monstrous offense or evil; an outrage.
USAGE NOTE (from the Free Dictionary):
"Enormity is frequently used to refer simply to the property of being great in size or extent, but many would prefer that enormousness (or a synonym such as immensity) be used for this general sense and that enormity be limited to situations that demand a negative moral judgment, as in Not until the war ended and journalists were able to enter Cambodia did the world really become aware of the enormity of Pol Pot's oppression. Fifty-nine percent of the Usage Panel rejects the use of enormity as a synonym for immensity in the sentence At that point the engineers sat down to design an entirely new viaduct, apparently undaunted by the enormity of their task. This distinction between enormity and enormousness has not always existed historically, but nowadays many observe it. Writers who ignore the distinction, as in the enormity of the President's election victory or the enormity of her inheritance, may find that their words have cast unintended aspersions or evoked unexpected laughter."
sera commented on the word career
"Move headlong at high speed"
compare to careen - "Walk as if unable to control one's movements"
sera commented on the word bolt
sera commented on the list word-guidelines-for-wordie
It's Chinese. As Uselessness said, the Google Translation is far from perfect, but it gives you a good idea. I can see that one of the posts is from a horoscope site. And I get the idea of this translation better by "trying" to read the Chinese characters.
It's something like "Always be positive. Everyone has his own -literally "beautiful place"- but the only "un-beautiful place" is to not face your life.
Anyway, the guy is posting quotes and such. A lot of them are about business and doing well in life.
sera commented on the word sanguinary
The Southern rebellion was largely the outgrowth of the Mexican war. Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. We got our punishment in the most sanguinary and expensive war of modern times.
~Ulysses Simpson Grant (1869–1877)
We are Cubans and have one great aim in view, one glorious object to obtain – the freedom of our country and liberty. It is of more importance to us than glory, public applause, or anything else. Everything else will follow in time. I have never believed in or advised a sanguinary revolution, but it must be a radical one. First of all we must triumph; toward that end the most effective means, although they may appear harsh, must be employed. ~Máximo Gómez writing to Tomás Estrada Palma in 1895
Lay then the axe to the root, and teach governments humanity. It is their sanguinary punishments which corrupt mankind. - Tom Paine "The Rights of Man"
sera commented on the word funipendulous
fr. L. funis, rope + pendulus, hanging /fyu nuh PEN dyu lus/ hanging from a rope
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