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TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012

A Word A Day -- lagniappe

Good afternoon, Netizens..., December 18, 2012 Word of the Day lagniappe \LAN-yap\ DEFINITION noun : a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase; broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure EXAMPLES Diners…

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MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012

A Word A Day -- commensal 

Good morning, Netizens... December 17, 2012 Word of the Day commensal \kuh-MEN-sul\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : of or relating to those who habitually eat together 2 : of, relating to, or living in a relationship in which one organism obtains food or other benefits from…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2012

When is it evil?

Good morning, Netizens... Despite having a vast overload of work keeping me from my appointed rounds, I could not help but ask a theologically thorny question in the face of the deaths in Newtown, Connecticut, as it has been haunting me since I first heard…

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A Word A Day -- hagiography

December 15, 2012 Word of the Day hagiography \hag-ee-AH-gruh-fee\ DEFINITION noun 1 : biography of saints or venerated persons 2 : idealizing or idolizing biography EXAMPLES The book effectively portrays the leader's strengths without resorting to hagiography. "'Lincoln' gratifyingly dodges the kind of safe, starchy…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

A Word A Day -- schmooze

Good morning, Netizens... December 14, 2012 Word of the Day schmooze \SHMOOZ\ DEFINITION verb : to converse informally : chat; also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections EXAMPLES Conference attendees will have plenty…

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A Word A Day -- parietal

Good morning, Netizens... December 13, 2012 Word of the Day parietal \puh-RYE-uh-tul\ DEFINITION adjective 1 a : of or relating to the walls of a part or cavity b : of, relating to, or forming the upper posterior wall of the head 2 : attached…

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A Word A Day -- intersperse

Good morning, Netizens... December 12, 2012 Word of the Day intersperse \in-ter-SPERSS\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to place something at intervals in or among 2 : to insert at intervals among other things EXAMPLES The author has interspersed the guidebook with illustrations of the different…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012

A Word A Day -- disport

Good evening, Netizens... December 11, 2012 Word of the Day disport \dih-SPORT\ DEFINITION verb 1 : divert, amuse 2 : frolic 3 : display EXAMPLES "Dracula builds a five-stake resort for his monster friends to disport themselves unbothered on vacation, but his daughter falls in…

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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012

A Word A Day -- pomander

Good morning, Netizens... December 10, 2012 Word of the Day pomander \POH-man-der\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a mixture of aromatic substances enclosed in a perforated bag or box and used to scent clothes and linens or formerly carried as a guard against infection; also :…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 9, 2012

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum...

Good morning, Netizens... Good morning, Netizens... For most of the year, it lives in the deepest most-depraved corner of our basement, in a little-used closet space beneath the basement stairs, somewhat adjacent to the hot water heater. Each year, in my experience, it is reverently…

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A Word A Day -- tutelary

Good morning, Netizens... December 09, 2012 Word of the Day tutelary \TOO-tuh-lair-ee\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : having the guardianship of a person or a thing 2 : of or relating to a guardian EXAMPLES The ancient Romans revered certain gods and goddesses as tutelary deities.…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 2012

A Word A Day -- hypermnesia

Good morning, Netizens... December 08, 2012 Word of the Day hypermnesia \hye-perm-NEE-zhee-uh\ DEFINITION noun : abnormally vivid or complete memory or recall of the past EXAMPLES "When I heard Peyton Manning might have hypermnesia, I was going to buy him a get-well card. Then I…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2012

A Word A Day -- tamale

Good morning, Netizens... December 07, 2012 Word of the Day tamale \tuh-MAH-lee\ DEFINITION noun : cornmeal dough rolled with ground meat or beans seasoned usually with chili, wrapped usually in corn husks, and steamed EXAMPLES "The Mexican Dinner has a little of everything; the moist…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

A Word A Day -- nobby

Good morning, Netizens... December 06, 2012 Word of the Day nobby \NAH-bee\ DEFINITION adjective : cleverly stylish : chic, smart EXAMPLES "[Mrs. Vance] ... reappeared, stunningly arrayed in a dark-blue walking dress, with a nobby hat to match." — From Theodore Dreiser's 1900 novel Sister…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012

A Word A Day -- connive

Good afternoon Netizens... December 05, 2012 Word of the Day connive \kuh-NYVE\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to pretend ignorance of or fail to take action against something one ought to oppose 2 a : to be indulgent or in secret sympathy : wink b :…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012

A Word A Day -- cloche

Good morning, Netizens... December 04, 2012 Word of the Day cloche \KLOHSH\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a transparent plant cover used outdoors especially for protection against cold 2 : a woman's close-fitting hat usually with deep rounded crown and narrow brim EXAMPLES You may be…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2012

A Word A Day -- hotdog

Good evening, Netizens... December 03, 2012 Word of the Day hotdog \HAHT-dawg\ DEFINITION verb : to perform in a conspicuous or often ostentatious manner; especially : to perform fancy stunts and maneuvers (as while surfing or skiing) EXAMPLES The wide receiver hotdogged in the end…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2012

A Word A Day -- scumble

Good evening, Netizens... December 01, 2012 Word of the Day scumble \SKUM-bul\ DEFINITION verb 1 a : to make (as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brush b :…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

A Word A Day -- cathexis

Good afternoon, Netizens... November 30, 2012 Word of the Day cathexis \kuh-THEK-sis\ DEFINITION noun : investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea EXAMPLES "The veil that hides Laura and her eyes, her hair, her smile (and its counterpart, the glove…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

A Word A Day -- famish

Good afternoon, Netizens... November 29, 2012 Word of the Day famish \FAM-ish\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to cause to suffer severely from hunger 2 : to suffer for lack of something necessary EXAMPLES "Set him breast-deep in earth and famish him, / There let him…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

On bravery and grace...

Good morning, Netizens... This has been a rough month around our household. Suzie's mother passed away which came as no surprise as her husband of 60-some years, Suzie's father, had passed away not long before. Isn't it poignant that, when married couples have been together…

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A Word A Day -- hortative

Good afternoon, Netizens... November 28, 2012 Word of the Day hortative \HOR-tuh-tiv\ DEFINITION adjective : giving exhortation : serving to advise or warn EXAMPLES The candidate's hortative style of speaking appealed to some voters but led others to dismiss him as a blowhard. "But it's…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

A Word A Day -- vapid

Good morning, Netizens... November 27, 2012 Word of the Day vapid \VAP-id\ DEFINITION adjective : lacking liveliness, tang, briskness, or force : flat, dull EXAMPLES The movie was billed as a gripping political thriller but turned out to be a vapid film with a slow…

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

A Word A Day -- sederunt

Good morning, Netizens... November 26, 2012 Word of the Day sederunt \suh-DEER-unt\ DEFINITION noun : a prolonged sitting (as for discussion) EXAMPLES "This letter is a report of a long sederunt ... at Davos Platz, Dec. 15, 1880." — From a letter by Robert Louis…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 25, 2012

A Word A Day -- numen

Good morning, Netizens... November 25, 2012 Word of the Day numen \NOO-mun\ DEFINITION noun : a spiritual force or influence often identified with a natural object, phenomenon, or place EXAMPLES We were in a village that had hardly changed in a thousand years, and we…

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