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FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2013

Words of the day -- intemperate 

Good jmorning, Netizens... February 15, 2013 Word of the Day intemperate \in-TEM-puh-rut\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : not moderate or mild : severe 2 : lacking or showing lack of restraint 3 : given to excessive use of alcoholic beverages EXAMPLES The journalist eventually apologized for…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

Words of the day -- heartstring

Good morning, Netizens... February 14, 2013 Word of the Day heartstring \HAHRT-string\ DEFINITION noun : the deepest emotions or affections — usually used in plural EXAMPLES "Thou touchest my inmost centre, boy; thou art tied to me by cords woven of my heart-strings." — From…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

Wprds of the day -- companionable

Good morning, Netizens... February 13, 2013 Word of the Day companionable \kum-PAN-yuh-nuh-bul\ DEFINITION adjective : marked by, conducive to, or suggestive of companionship : sociable EXAMPLES I've come to enjoy sharing a dorm room with Brad; he's a companionable roommate and we get along well…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2013

The price of North Korea's atom bomb test..,,

Good morning, Netizens... According to the Associated Press, North Korea has said it successfully detonated a miniaturized nuclear device at a northeastern test site Tuesday, defying U.N. Security Council orders to shut down atomic activity or face more sanctions and international isolation. The atomic test,…

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Words of the day -- aegis

Good morning, Netizens... February 12, 2013 Word of the Day aegis \EE-jus\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a shield or breastplate 2 a : protection b : controlling or conditioning influence 3 : auspices, sponsorship b: control or guidance especially by an individual, group, or system…

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MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2013

Words of the day -- meretricious

Good evening Netizens... February 11, 2013 Words of the Day meretricious \mair-uh-TRISH-us\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : of or relating to a prostitute : having the nature of prostitution 2 a : tawdrily and falsely attractive b : superficially significant : pretentious EXAMPLES The critic panned…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2013

Words of the day -- reprove

Good evening Netizens... February 10, 2013 Words of the Day reprove \rih-PROOV\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent 2 : to express disapproval of : censure 3 : to express rebuke or reproof EXAMPLES "Remember to say…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013

To Be, Or Not. . .

Yesterday, my seatmate at dialysis talked to his doctor about planning on NOT coming back to dialysis because the site in his arm is so pitiful and they spend about an hour trying to get it to work and the blood flow to be adequate…

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Words of the day -- métier

Good afternoon, Netizens... February 08, 2013 Word of the Day métier \MET-yay\ DEFINITION noun 1 : vocation, trade 2 : an area of activity in which one excels : forte EXAMPLES Within a short time of Sonia's first piano lessons, it was clear to her…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013

Words of the day -- lackluster

Good morning, Netizens... February 07, 2013 Words of the Day lackluster \LAK-luss-ter\ DEFINITION adjective : lacking in sheen, brilliance, or vitality : dull, mediocre EXAMPLES In spite of its owner's hard work, the little shop was forced to close due to lackluster sales. "After a…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2013

A Word A Day -- factotum

February 06, 2013 Word of the Day factotum \fak-TOH-tuhm\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities 2 : a general servant EXAMPLES After graduating from college, Jerry worked for several years as an office factotum. "It also was in contrast…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2013

A Word A Day -- sangfroid

Good aternoon Netizens... February 05, 2013 Words of the Day sangfroid \SAHNG-FRWAH\ DEFINITION noun : self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain EXAMPLES The lecturer's sangfroid never faltered, even in the face of some tough questions from the audience. "Daniel Craig portrays a vulnerability far removed…

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MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2013

A Word A Day -- eurytopic

Good evening Netizens... February 04, 2013 Word of the Day eurytopic \yur-ih-TAH-pik\ DEFINITION adjective : tolerant of wide variation in one or more environmental factors EXAMPLES Eurytopic groups are observed in a wide range of habitats. "Eurytopic species tend to have longer geologic ranges than…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 2013

David Horsey--Los Angeles Times

Is it time to regulate guns?

Good morning, Netizens... Who wants to possess a rocket launcher? Maybe a rocket launcher, tanks, fighter jets or an attack helicopter or two? There is a far difference between possessing a handgun and any of the above. According to some staunchly conservative gun rights advocates,…

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Words of the day -- largesse

Good morning, Netizens... February 02, 2013 Words of the Day largesse \larh-ZHESS\ DEFINITION noun 1 : liberal giving (as of money) to or as if to an inferior; also : something so given 2 : generosity EXAMPLES Thanks to their grandparents' largesse, both children were…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013

Guess who's coming to dinner? 

Good morning, Netizens... Guess who is coming to dinner? Would you believe David Elton is coming back to Spokane, and that might be interesting, considering he is contemplating at least two lawsuits. I would wager a small pittance that perhaps Doug Clark and myself might…

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Words of the day -- amortize

Good morning, Netizens... February 01, 2013 Words of the Day amortize \AM-er-tyze\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to pay off (as a mortgage) gradually usually by periodic payments of principal and interest or by payments to a sinking fund 2 : to gradually reduce or write…

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Day nine and counting...

Good morning, Netizens... Hey, it's day nine... nine days since I last had a cigarette, but I have to admit it all comes at a price. The patch is the only thing that has made this change tolerable, but I am having wildly-unpredictable dreams when…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013

Jeffreys, his wife and girlfriend in jail...

Good morning, Netizens... A 73 count Federal indictment was unfurled against Gregory Jeffreys, his wife and ostensible girlfriend the other day, as I have often said would take place, and none too soon. I have been following the macabre trail of Jeffreys' financial dealings around…

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Words of the day -- jabberwocky

Good morning, Netizens... January 31, 2013 Words of the Day jabberwocky \JAB-er-wah-kee\ DEFINITION noun : meaningless speech or writing EXAMPLES "The salesman started spewing computer jabberwocky at me like an auctioneer. I understood about every sixth word he uttered."— From an article by Larry D.…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30, 2013

Words of the day -- malafide

Good evening Netizens... January 30, 2013 Words of the Day mala fide \mal-uh-FYE-dee\ DEFINITION adverb or adjective : with or in bad faith EXAMPLES The company's board is accused of acting mala fide and with criminal intentions. "NTC analyzes each traveler's risk before departure to…

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Words of the day -- nomothetic

Good morning, Netizens... January 29, 2013 Words of the Day nomothetic \nah-muh-THET-ik\ DEFINITION adjective : relating to, involving, or dealing with abstract, general, or universal statements or laws EXAMPLES "Even the authors that emphasize the existence of cross-cultural differences ... acknowledge that a nomothetic characterization…

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MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

Words of the day -- gambit

Good evening, Netizens... January 28, 2013 Word of the Day gambit \GAM-bit\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a chess opening in which a player risks minor pieces to gain an advantage 2 : a remark intended to start a conversation 3 : a calculated move EXAMPLES…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

Pillow talk... 

Good morning, Netizens... Just as an aside, if you are contemplating your typical departure for work this morning, you might want to carefully consider your options in our lovely community. That's because overnight it rained, which promptly froze to the streets and sidewalks in many…

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Words of the day -- satiate

Good morning, Netizens... January 25, 2013 Word of the Day satiate \SAY-shee-ayt\ DEFINITION verb : to satisfy (as a need or desire) fully or to excess EXAMPLES After eating three pieces of pie and one of cake at the potluck, Jamie's sweet tooth was finally…

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