Community Comment archive for April 2013

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

A Word A Day -- lamia

Good evening, Netizens... April 23, 2013 Word of the Day lamia \LAY-mee-uh\ DEFINITION noun : a female demon EXAMPLES In this campy horror film, the men of a college campus are attacked and killed by a seductive lamia who slips into their dorm rooms at...

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

Richie Havens in 2009. (Associated Press)

Richie Havens has passed away...

Good evening, Netizens.... It is with great sadness that I heard that singer/songwriter/poet Richie Havens died today of a heart attack at age 72, and suddenly my world drew a deep introspective breath and held it a long time before letting it go. My God,...

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A Word A Day -- transpire

Good evening Netizens... April 22, 2013 Word of the Day transpire \tran-SPYRE\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to give off vaporous material; specifically : to give off or exude watery vapor especially from the surfaces of leaves 2 : to become known or apparent : develop...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013

A Word A Day -- demulcent

Good evening Netizens... April 21, 2013 Word of the Day demulcent \dih-MULL-sunt\ DEFINITION adjective : soothing EXAMPLES Honey has a demulcent property that is thought to be effective in relieving sore throats and coughs. "Chickweed (Stellaria media) has a demulcent effect on the stomach, which...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013

A Word A Day -- xenophobia

Good afternoon Netizens,,, April 20, 2013 Word of the Day xenophobia \zen-uh-FOH-bee-uh\ DEFINITION noun : fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign EXAMPLES "A Labour MP has been accused of xenophobia after complaining about the Polish staff...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

A Word A Day -- admonish

Good Afternoon Netizens... April 19, 2013 Word of the Day admonish \ad-MAH-nish\ DEFINITION verb 1 a : to indicate duties or obligations to b : to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner 2 : to give friendly earnest...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013

A Word A Day -- milieu

Good morning Netizens... April 18, 2013 Word of the Day milieu \meel-YOO\ DEFINITION noun : the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops : environment EXAMPLES The quiet suburban neighborhood was within walking distance of the elementary school and provided the perfect...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013

A Word A Day -- surd

Go0od morning, Netizens... April 17, 2013 Word of the Day surd \SERD\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : lacking sense : irrational 2 : voiceless — used of speech sounds EXAMPLES The artist is known for creating videos in which well-known speeches with surd utterances scattered throughout...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013

A Word A Day -- verbiage

Good morning, Netizens... April 16, 2013 Word of the Day verbiage \VER-bee-ij\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a profusion of words usually of little or obscure content 2 : manner of expressing oneself in words : diction EXAMPLES The newspaper editor said that he would have...

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MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

A Word A Day -- heinous

Good morning Netizens... April 15, 2013 Word of the Day heinous \HAY-nus\ DEFINITION adjective : hatefully or shockingly evil : abominable EXAMPLES The former dictator will have to stand trial for the role he played in his government's heinous treatment of political dissidents. "Oz so...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013

A Word A Day -- mirandize

Good morning, Netizens.... April 14, 2013 Word of the Day Mirandize \muh-RAN-dyze\ DEFINITION verb : to recite the Miranda warnings to (a person under arrest) EXAMPLES In accordance with police procedures, the officers had to Mirandize the suspect to make sure that he was aware...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013

A Word A Day contentious

Good afternoon Netizens.,,, April 13, 2013 Word of the Day contentious \kun-TEN-shuss\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : likely to cause disagreement or argument 2 : exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes EXAMPLES Although she is very pleasant in person, Katie has...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

A Word A Day -- nepenthe

Good evening Netizens... April 12, 2013 Word of the Day nepenthe \nuh-PENTH-ee\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow 2 : something capable of causing oblivion of grief or suffering EXAMPLES "Once barely sipping at...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013

A Word A Day -- indissoluble

Good morning Netizens... April 11, 2013 Word of the Day indissoluble \in-dih-SAHL-yuh-bul\ DEFINITION adjective : incapable of being dissolved or disintegrated; especially : incapable of being annulled, undone, or broken : permanent EXAMPLES The minister contended that matrimony is a bond that is indissoluble in...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013

A Word A Day -- kiln

Good morning Netizens... April 10, 2013 Word of the Day kiln \KILN\ DEFINITION noun : an oven, furnace, or heated enclosure used for processing a substance by burning, firing, or drying EXAMPLES Now that the school has purchased a new kiln, it can offer more...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013

A Word A Day -- doxology

Good morning Netizens... April 09, 2013 Word of the Day doxology \dahk-SAH-luh-jee\ DEFINITION noun : a usually liturgical expression of praise to God EXAMPLES The church service typically concludes with the congregation singing a short doxology. "A doxology, with impromptu four-part harmony, concluded a prayer...

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MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013

A Word A Day -- convalesce

Good evening Netizens... April 08, 2013 Word of the Day convalesce \kahn-vuh-LESS\ DEFINITION verb : to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness EXAMPLES According to the article, the athlete is still convalescing from her recent injury but expects to resume her training...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013

A Word A Day -- equivocal

Good evening Netizens... April 07, 2013 Word of the Day equivocal \ih-KWIV-uh-kul\ DEFINITION adjective 1 a : subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse b : uncertain as an indication or sign 2 a : of uncertain nature or...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013

A Word A Day -- gest

Good evening, Netizens..., April 06, 2013 Word of the Day gest \JEST\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a tale of adventures; especially : a romance in verse 2 : adventure, exploit EXAMPLES Dorothy, who has already traveled the world in her quest for adventure, now daydreams...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013

A Word A Day -- hackneyed

Good evening Netizens... April 05, 2013 Word of the Day hackneyed \HAK-need\ DEFINITION adjective : lacking in freshness or originality EXAMPLES The new crime drama's characters are shallow stereotypes who engage one another in hackneyed dialogue. "Though it has been floating around Hollywood for a...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

A Word A Day -- redbrick

Good evening Netizens... April 04, 2013 Word of the Day redbrick \RED-brik\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : built of red brick 2 : of, relating to, or being the British universities founded in the 19th or early 20th century EXAMPLES The round-table forum brought four distinguished...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013

A Word A Day -- boulevardier

Good evening, Netizens... April 03, 2013 Word of the Day boulevardier \bull-uh-vahr-DYAY\ DEFINITION noun : a frequenter of the Parisian boulevards; broadly : man-about-town EXAMPLES Trevor fancies himself something of a boulevardier, and he appears in the newspaper's society pages often enough that the label...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

A Word A Day -- ambidextrous 

Good morning, Netizens... April 02, 2013 Word of the Day ambidextrous \am-bih-DEK-strus\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : capable of using both hands with equal ease 2 : unusually skillful : versatile 3 : characterized by duplicity : double-dealing EXAMPLES "Jensen, a right-handed athlete, quickly began to...

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