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reallifepixel commented on the word cleat
2. (Transport / Nautical Terms) a device consisting of two hornlike prongs projecting horizontally in opposite directions from a central base, used for securing lines on vessels, wharves, etc.
August 15, 2010
reallifepixel commented on the word temerity
Word History: Today's Good Word is a burnishing of 15th century French témérité, inherited from Latin temeritas "happenstance, accident, at random", a noun derived from the adverb temere "by chance, accidentally". "Blindly" or "in the dark" are other fitting translations of this word because it comes from a Proto-Indo-European word, temes- "dark". We find relatives in Sanskrit tamas- "darkness" and Russian t'ma "darkness" and tëmnyi "dark".
Dr. Goodword, alphaDictionary.com
November 30, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word lees
It is Celtic in origin.
October 20, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word broguing
The distinction must be drawn between brogues and brogueing. The term brogueing refers to punched patterns along the seams and outer layers of the shoe uppers, while a brogue is not only a fully-punched shoe, but also has Derby (open) lacing. Brogueing, the punching which forms the patterns in the shoes, has its origin in the boglands common in Scotland and Ireland; the wearers had to step in and out of bogs all day and needed a shoe that would allow good drainage. Today brogueing is used to emphasise the seams that define the design of a shoe. This punching occurs in various patterns. Brogueing is mostly applied to laced shoes, typically Oxfords or Derbys, but may sometimes by used on loafers or women's shoes.
October 2, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word aubade
August 18, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word peshmerga
Peshmerga, Peshmerge or Armed Forces of Kurdistan (Kurdish:Pêşmerge پێش مهرگه ) is the term used by Kurds to refer to armed Kurdish fighters. Literally meaning "those who face death" (Pesh front + marg death) the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan have been in existence since the advent of the Kurdish independence movement in the early 1920s, following the collapse of the Ottoman and Qajar empires which had jointly ruled over the area.
"Peshmerga." - Wikipedia., the free encyclopedia (17 August 2009) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peshmerga.
August 17, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word colliery
In the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa, a coal mine and its accompanying structures are collectively known as a colliery.
Colliery tailings : slag
August 9, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word tetany
Result of abnormal calcium metabolism
July 29, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word last
July 28, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word itinerant
Early Methodist preachers
reallifepixel commented on the word roue
reallifepixel commented on the word lascar
East Indian sailor
reallifepixel commented on the word biscione
It is an image of a serpent eating a child.
June 22, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word fata morgana
June 10, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word futurity
"By playing at Chess then, we may learn: I. Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action…"
- Benjamin Franklin,"The Morals of Chess",(1750)
February 6, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word evince
1600–10; < L ēvincere to conquer, overcome, carry one's point, equiv. to ē- e- + vincere to conquer
February 4, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word cairn
In the mythology of ancient Greece, cairns were associated with Hermes, the god of overland travel. According to one legend, Hermes was put on trial by Hera for slaying her favorite servant, the monster Argus. All of the other gods acted as a jury, and as a way of declaring their verdict they were given pebbles, and told to throw them at whichever person they deemed to be in the right, Hermes or Hera. Hermes argued so skillfully that he ended up buried under a heap of pebbles, and this was the first cairn.
January 18, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word kain pelikat
"Malaysian sarong" = kain
January 13, 2009
reallifepixel commented on the word bushwa
"This is a nice, small joke that provides a few grace notes of levity in what is otherwise a lugubrious exercise in spiritual bushwa."
Scott, A.O. "Movie Review: Seven Pounds (2008) An I.R.S. Do-Gooder and Other Strangeness." The New York Times. December 19, 2008
December 20, 2008
reallifepixel commented on the word sepak takraw
December 6, 2008
reallifepixel commented on the word hoon
"Broadbeach police Sergeant Brendon O'Reilly said the Subaru and its owner were known to police - the vehicle had been impounded for 48 hours on November 13 in relation to hooning offences."
Teens get takeaway food at fatal crash
November 24, 2008 09:41am
November 26, 2008
reallifepixel commented on the word emolument
"What's an Emolument, you ask? It's your salary or other compensation for employment. In other words, the Framers didn't want members of Congress creating new jobs or giving raises to existing jobs, and then taking them for themselves."
"Emoluments," Clinton, and That Pesky Constitution
Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 02:10:04 PM PST
reallifepixel commented on the word aril
An aril (or arillus) is any specialized outgrowth from the funiculus (attachment point of the seed) (or hilum) that covers or is attached to the seed. It is sometimes applied to any appendage or thickening of the seed coat in flowering plants, such as the edible parts of the mangosteen and pomegranate fruit, or the mace of the nutmeg seed.
Wikipedia - Aril
November 24, 2008
reallifepixel commented on the word abortifacient
"Nutmeg was once considered an abortifacient, but may be safe for culinary use during pregnancy."
Nutmeg - Wikipedia
reallifepixel commented on the word umami
There are five known fundamental tastes in the human palate: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami. Umami is the proteiny, full-bodied taste of chicken soup, or cured meat, or fish stock, or aged cheese, or mother's milk, or soy sauce, or mushrooms, or seaweed, or cooked tomato. "Umami adds body," Gary Beauchamp, who heads the Monell Chemical Senses Center, in Philadelphia, says. "If you add it to a soup, it makes the soup seem like it's thicker—it gives it sensory heft. It turns a soup from salt water into a food."
The Ketchup Conundrum
November 20, 2008
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