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Community Comment archive for Nov. 2012

MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2012

A Word A Day -- biddable

Good evening, Netizens... November 12, 2012 Word of the Day biddable \BID-uh-bul\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : easily led, taught, or controlled : docile 2 : capable of being bid EXAMPLES "The twins are well-behaved children, biddable, meek, neat about their clothes, and always mindful of…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2012

A Word A Day -- flotsam

Good evening, Netizens... November 11, 2012 Word of the Day flotsam \FLAHT-sum\ DEFINITION noun 1 : floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo; broadly : floating debris 2 a : miscellaneous or unimportant material b : debris, remains EXAMPLES The young couple's apartment was…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2012


Political advertising... 

Good evening, Netizens... There is nothing I love more than good old-fashioned political donnybrooks, and boy we just had a series of dandies over the last few weeks. From the governor's race to that of the President of the United States and all the Initiatives…

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A Word A Day -- dissemble

Good evening, Netizens... November 10, 2012 Word of the Day dissemble \dih-SEM-bul\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to put on a false appearance : to conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense 2 : to hide (something) under a false appearance 3 : to put…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2012

A Word A Day -- kaput

Good morning, Netizens... November 09, 2012 Word of the Day kaput \kuh-PUT\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : utterly finished, defeated, or destroyed 2 : unable to function : useless 3 : hopelessly outmoded EXAMPLES Shortly after Richard retired as CEO, the firm went kaput. "We humans…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012

A Word A Day -- stem-winder 

November 08, 2012 Word of the Day stem-winder \STEM-wyne-der\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a stem-winding watch 2 : one that is first-rate of its kind; especially : a stirring speech EXAMPLES Stuart is a stem-winder as a defense attorney. "In his 48-minute stem-winder Wednesday, the…

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Pie and coffee memorial... 

Good evening, Netizens... The memorial for Marty Hibbs will be held on Veteran's Day, November 11th, at 3:30 PM at the Perry Street Cafe. According to Marty's son, this gathering is being slated as a “pie and coffee” memorial. How utterly familiar and perfect. I…

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A Word A Day -- comestible

Good morning, Netizens... November 07, 2012 Word of the Day comestible \kuh-MESS-tuh-bul\ DEFINITION adjective : edible EXAMPLES The November issue of the magazine was filled with recipes for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving feast, including candied yams, homemade cranberry sauce, mincemeat pie, and other comestible delights. "This…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012

A Word A Day -- bugbear

Good morning, Netizens... November 06, 2012 Word of the Day bugbear \BUG-bair\ DEFINITION noun 1 : an imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear 2 a : an object or source of dread b : a continuing source of irritation : problem EXAMPLES The…

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MONDAY, NOV. 5, 2012

A Word A Day -- gorgonize

Good morning, Netizens... November 05, 2012 Word of the Day gorgonize \GOR-guh-nyze\ DEFINITION verb : to have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on : stupefy, petrify EXAMPLES Dave joked that his boss's angry glare could gorgonize an employee in mid-complaint. "Izzy asked Sol why he…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 4, 2012

A Word A Day -- maieutic

Good morning Netizens... November 04, 2012 Word of the Day maieutic \may-YOO-tik\ DEFINITION adjective : relating to or resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another EXAMPLES "I am grateful to him for his maieutic inquiry about my own views, which had not…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2012

Tormenting of the cat... 

Good afternoon, Netizens... Peering at the NEXRAD Weather Radar, if not glaring out the window at the falling rain, the weather forecast this morning is wet. In our house we have one indoor-outdoor cat, that being a feline that normally comes inside to purloin some…

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A Word A Day -- espresso

Good morning, Netizens... ] November 03, 2012 Word of the Day espresso \eh-SPRESS-oh\ DEFINITION noun 1 : strong coffee brewed by forcing steam through finely ground darkly roasted coffee beans 2 : a cup of espresso EXAMPLES Joan couldn't begin her day without at least…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012

A Word A Day -- sequacious

Good morning, Netizens... November 02, 2012 Word of the Day sequacious \sih-KWAY-shus\ DEFINITION adjective : intellectually servile EXAMPLES Eager to prove that he was not merely a sequacious follower, Mario wrote a critical review of his former mentor's book. "Fund investors are not simply sequacious…

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The arrival of Marty Hibbs.... 

Good evening, Netizens... I have been sitting in retrospective thought the last few days in the Virtual Ballroom contemplating the late Marty Hibbs, pondering whether he would honor the Virtual Ballroom with his presence now that he is no longer among the living. Tonight I…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012

A Word A Day -- agon

Good evening, Netizens... November 01, 2012 Word of the Day agon \AH-gahn\ DEFINITION noun : conflict; especially : the dramatic conflict between the chief characters in a literary work EXAMPLES As the U.S. presidential elections approach, anyone with an interest in politics is focused on…

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