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  • Gewgaws Vs. Gimcracks on Postcards from Yo Mamma:

    "My dear as a matter of fact I have been a collector of gewgaws for all my life. I believe gew gaws is a northern word and gimcracks southern. Added to this I take umbrage with the connotation that they are gaudy. They are indeed beeuuteeful.
    Love, Mom"

    May 12, 2008

  • "Ilan Ros's jowls are scarlet, and he's wearing a loose apron over his Pantagruelian belly. He begins by gobbling up three slices of cold meat in quick succession and then wipes his mouth on a paper napkin." Yasmina Khadra (pen name of Mohammed Moulessehoul); The Attack (translated by John Cullen); Doubleday; 2006.

    May 7, 2008

  • ephemeral / ethereal

    August 29, 2007

  • sagacious : perspicacious

    August 29, 2007

  • Making up analogies...

    raconteur:stories
    ?:?

    August 29, 2007

  • 1. consisting of or set down in runes: "runic inscriptions"
    2. having some secret or mysterious meaning: "runic rhyme"

    August 28, 2007

  • "he has an inimitably verbose style"

    August 16, 2007

  • Note to self:

    compare inimitable

    inimitable- peerless. Antonym: common
    inimical- hostile. Antonym: amicable

    August 16, 2007

  • Note to self:

    compare inimical

    inimitable- peerless. Antonym: common
    inimical- hostile. Antonym: amicable

    August 16, 2007

  • Wow. What a great passage. It takes me back to nights spent on the Appalachian trail, watching a summer storm from a shelter warm and dry in my down bag.

    Thanks for posting the quote.

    August 16, 2007

  • same here

    August 16, 2007

  • Wow, you mean this?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moodle

    Looks like a great thing. I'll have to check it out.

    August 16, 2007

  • I think you left out an "l"...bloodcurdling - well, bloodcurdlingly

    August 16, 2007

  • "Someone who spends money prodigally"

    August 16, 2007

  • "there is an important difference between rusticity and urbanity"

    August 16, 2007


  • I bet this is related to tenacious. Maybe that will help me separate it from all of those other per-par-pen words:

    pernicious
    parsimonious
    penurious
    perspicacious
    persnickety (well, that one's easy) - hey, I'm just finding that pernickety is a word! What the heck? Oh, it means the same as persnickety, just not the "colloquial" meaning. Hmm.

    impecunious



    August 15, 2007

  • The piquancy of the evening was refreshing. ~Sera

    Good usage?

    August 15, 2007

  • No, it's not pathetic. Everybody does it. Don't be so hard on yourself!

    (Just kidding ; )

    August 15, 2007

  • I have been known to have(?), suffer from(?), imagine(?)quixotry at times. How the heck do you use this word?

    Nice word, though! : )
    .................
    "That form of delusion which leads to extravagant and absurd undertakings or sacrifices in obedience to a morbidly romantic ideal of duty or honor, as illustrated by the exploits of Don Quixote in knight-errantry."

    August 15, 2007

  • spelling?

    August 15, 2007

  • "Letting citizens sue polluters ... would only inspissate the logjam of litigation." (The New York Times, August 5, 1985)

    August 14, 2007

  • Gotta have ennui.

    August 14, 2007

  • I like titular.
    :)

    August 14, 2007

  • Consider self deprecating. One slip of tongue and...

    August 14, 2007

  • to be grandiose is to display an exaggerated manner

    August 13, 2007

  • antonym: decent

    August 13, 2007

  • antonym: disparage

    August 13, 2007

  • "annoyingly proud of learning"

    August 13, 2007

  • respite is a time of temporary rest
    truce is a time of temporary peace

    August 13, 2007

  • antonyms: pure, innocent

    August 13, 2007

  • How is it that cleave means "split" and "cling to" at the same time?
    Hmm.

    August 13, 2007

  • "to admonish beforehand"

    August 13, 2007

  • "A journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment"

    August 13, 2007

  • A long and mournful complaint
    "a jeremiad against any form of government"

    "the function of a jeremiad is to premonish"

    August 13, 2007

  • "A long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors"

    August 13, 2007

  • A mountebank practice unsubstantiated medicine as an alchemist practices unsubstantiated science

    August 13, 2007


  • charlatan

    "A flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes"

    A mountebank practices unsubstantiated medicine as an alchemist practices unsubstantiated science

    August 13, 2007

  • "Dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades. Hellish"

    August 13, 2007

  • "The state of being not yet evident or active"

    August 13, 2007

  • "dark and gloomy"

    August 13, 2007

  • darkness is tenebrous

    August 13, 2007

  • incandescence is refulgent

    August 13, 2007

  • incandescence is refulgent

    August 13, 2007

  • solecism is a breach of etiquette

    August 13, 2007

  • "An inadequate payment"

    August 13, 2007

  • "A deliberately misleading fabrication"

    August 13, 2007

  • encomium is a speech about someone redoubtable

    August 13, 2007

  • encomium is a speech about someone redoubtable

    August 13, 2007

  • encomium

    August 13, 2007

  • formidable

    August 13, 2007

  • "full of or given to palaver: wordy, verbose"

    August 13, 2007

  • stipule

    August 13, 2007

  • "A small leafy outgrowth at the base of a leaf or its stalk; usually occurring in pairs and soon shed"

    August 13, 2007

  • "full of juice"

    August 13, 2007

  • Complaining - like Professor Quirinus Quirrell (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone)

    August 13, 2007

  • "Conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry. a vociferous mob"

    August 13, 2007

  • "Pompous or pretentious talk or writing"

    August 13, 2007

  • to oscillate is to move laterally

    August 13, 2007

  • "to swing as a pendulum"

    August 13, 2007

  • August 13, 2007

  • 1. The quality of passing all moral bounds; excessive wickedness or outrageousness.
    2. A monstrous offense or evil; an outrage.

    USAGE NOTE (from the Free Dictionary):

    "Enormity is frequently used to refer simply to the property of being great in size or extent, but many would prefer that enormousness (or a synonym such as immensity) be used for this general sense and that enormity be limited to situations that demand a negative moral judgment, as in Not until the war ended and journalists were able to enter Cambodia did the world really become aware of the enormity of Pol Pot's oppression. Fifty-nine percent of the Usage Panel rejects the use of enormity as a synonym for immensity in the sentence At that point the engineers sat down to design an entirely new viaduct, apparently undaunted by the enormity of their task. This distinction between enormity and enormousness has not always existed historically, but nowadays many observe it. Writers who ignore the distinction, as in the enormity of the President's election victory or the enormity of her inheritance, may find that their words have cast unintended aspersions or evoked unexpected laughter."

    August 13, 2007

  • "Move headlong at high speed"

    compare to careen - "Walk as if unable to control one's movements"

    August 13, 2007

  • "Swallow hastily"

    August 13, 2007

  • It's Chinese. As Uselessness said, the Google Translation is far from perfect, but it gives you a good idea. I can see that one of the posts is from a horoscope site. And I get the idea of this translation better by "trying" to read the Chinese characters.

    .....................
    请永远积�?�?�上。�?个男人都有他�?�爱的地方,但是�?�?�爱的地方�?�有:�?积�?�?�对生活

    It's something like "Always be positive. Everyone has his own -literally "beautiful place"- but the only "un-beautiful place" is to not face your life.

    .....................

    Anyway, the guy is posting quotes and such. A lot of them are about business and doing well in life.

    August 13, 2007

  • The Southern rebellion was largely the outgrowth of the Mexican war. Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. We got our punishment in the most sanguinary and expensive war of modern times.
    ~Ulysses Simpson Grant (1869–1877)

    We are Cubans and have one great aim in view, one glorious object to obtain – the freedom of our country and liberty. It is of more importance to us than glory, public applause, or anything else. Everything else will follow in time. I have never believed in or advised a sanguinary revolution, but it must be a radical one. First of all we must triumph; toward that end the most effective means, although they may appear harsh, must be employed. ~Máximo Gómez writing to Tomás Estrada Palma in 1895

    Lay then the axe to the root, and teach governments humanity. It is their sanguinary punishments which corrupt mankind. - Tom Paine "The Rights of Man"

    August 13, 2007

  • funipendulous
    fr. L. funis, rope + pendulus, hanging /fyu nuh PEN dyu lus/ hanging from a rope

    funipendulous

    August 13, 2007

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    October 23, 2008