troopie commented on the word stygofauna
Creatures that live within underwater caves and aquifers, usually invertebrates, though terrestrial air-breathing subterranean animals are also sometimes included.
May 21, 2008
Stygofauna usually live within freshwater aquifers, but are also found in marine caves and wells along coasts.
Not to be confused with Troglobites.
Not a word one needs every day but what the hell!
troopie commented on the word obtrude
To force or impose (one's self, remarks, opinions, etc.) on others with undue insistence or without solicitation.Moreover, crime is something which the citizen is happy to forget when it does not obtrude itself into public consciousness.-- "Voting On Crime", Irish Times, May 30, 1997For the next few months, Polidori continued to obtrude himself on Byron's attention in every possible way -- popping into every conversation, sulking when he was ignored, challenging Percy Bysshe Shelley to a duel, attacking an apothecary and getting arrested "accidentally" banging his employer on the knee with an oar and saying he wasn't sorry -- until finally Byron dismissed him.-- Angeline Goreau, "Physician, Behave Thyself", New York Times, September 3, 1989He was, in his relationships with his few close friends, a considerate, delightful, sensitive, helpful, unpretentious person who did not obtrude his social and political views, nor make agreeing with them a condition of steadfast friendship.-- Alden Whitman, "Daring Lindbergh Attained the Unattainable With Historic Flight Across Atlantic", New York Times, August 27, 1974And, as is common in books sewn together from previously published essays, certain redundancies obtrude.-- Maxine Kumin, "First, Perfect Fear; Then, Universal Love", New York Times, October 17, 1993Obtrude is from Latin obtrudere, "to thrust upon, to force," from ob, "in front of, before" + trudere, "to push, to thrust."
May 19, 2008
troopie commented on the word altiloquence
Pompous or high speech L. altus, high, and loquor, loquens, speaking.] Lofty speech; pompous language.
May 7, 2008
troopie commented on the word acedia
1. Apathy; a lack of care or interest; indifference 2. Spiritual or mental sloth; 3. boredom Acedia is a Latin word, from Greek akedia, literally meaning "absence of caring".
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troopie commented on the word aby
1. To pay for; to buy. 2. To pay the penalty for; atone for. 3. To pay as penalty, to suffer. 4. To endure, to experience, to tolerate. (Confused with abide.) 5. To endure; to abide. (Confused with abide.) Old English �?bycgan (corresponding to a- + buy), from Germanic. "Lest to thy peril thou aby it dear." - Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream "But nought that wanteth rest can long aby." - Spenser
troopie commented on the word absonant
Discordant; contrary; -- opposed to consonant. Latin ab + sonans, past preterite of sonare to sound.
troopie commented on the word abdominous
Having a protuberant or big belly"Gorgonius sits, abdominous and wan, Like a fat squab upon a Chinese fan" - Cowper
troopie commented on the word abditive
remote, secret, hidden Latin abditivus, from abdere to hide
troopie commented on the word abapical
At the lowest point
troopie commented on the word abactor :
cattle thief Latin, from abigere to drive away; ab + agere to drive.
troopie commented on the word agelast
From Greek agelastos (not laughing), ultimately from gelaein (to laugh).