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Word of the day

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Gomer, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    For my 500th post, an attempt at something not completely useless.

    This is a chance to expand your vocabulary, SJ style.

    Be they words that have a meaning of their own on this site (fnord, scoops, BLOGS!) or words you might actually want to use (quixotic is a word I've had in my head this week for no apparent reason), I'm thinking it might be worthwhile.

    So, without further adieu:

    quixotic \kwik-SOT-ik\, adjective:
    1. Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals.
    2. Capricious; impulsive; unpredictable.
  2. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Someone used this word on a thread the other day and I didn't know what it meant.

    –verb (used with object), -gat·ed, -gat·ing. 1. to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
    2. to make submissive or subservient; enslave.
  3. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Also, dictionary.com's word of the day is:

    chimerical \ky-MER-ih-kuhl; -MIR-; kih-\, adjective:
    1. Merely imaginary; produced by or as if by a wildly fanciful imagination; fantastic; improbable or unrealistic.
    2. Given to or indulging in unrealistic fantasies or fantastic schemes.

    Edit: I just now actually read it and realized JDV is chimerical.
  4. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    Main Entry: ado
    Pronunciation: &-'dü
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English, from at do, from at + don, do to do
    1 : heightened fuss or concern : TO-DO
    2 : time-wasting bother over trivial details <wrote the paper without further ado>

    Often mistaken for adieu.
  5. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member


    By the way, I thought I was using it en Francais.

    Edit: It's even more incorrect in French. D'oh!
  6. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    acerbic \uh-SUR-bik\, adjective:
    Sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone.
  7. audreyld

    audreyld Guest

    I'm proud I knew all of those words.
  8. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    A buddy and at the student paper used to look up words in the dictionary and then put odds on whether or not I could get them into print.
    I usually won.
    And then got yelled at.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    As in, "The columnist continued his quixotic crusade against the rednecks and bubbas that run the state high school association."
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