Mar 172020
 

This word is from Merriam-Webster Word Of The Day

oleaginous

adjective | oh-lee-AJ-uh-nus

Definition
1 : resembling or having the properties of oil : oily; also : containing or producing oil

2 : marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality

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This word is from Word Think Of The Day

Contemporaneous
“The contemporaneous court cases for the two defendants.”

Contemporaneous (con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous) adj.
Originating, existing, or happening during the same period of time

 

Wondrous Words Wednesday 

 Posted by at 7:56 PM
Oct 302019
 

Wondrous Words Wednesday 

 

I saw this word at a blog post on Bertram’s Blog

I must confess I am a bit too much of an egalitarian to truly appreciate the nuances of the film.

I am an egalitarian too and didn’t even know it

e·gal·i·tar·i·an
/iˌɡaləˈterēən/

adjective
relating to or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.
“a fairer, more egalitarian society”

noun
a person who advocates or supports egalitarian principles.

 Posted by at 6:05 AM
Jul 232019
 

Wondrous Words Wednesday

I saw this word used by Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

“I know #firstworldproblems and all, but it can be such a palaver.”

Palaver
pa·lav·er

INFORMAL
noun
1. unnecessarily elaborate or complex procedure.
“there’s a lot of palaver involved”

HISTORICAL
2.an improvised conference between two groups, typically those without a shared language or culture.

 Posted by at 4:24 PM
Apr 102019
 

Hosted @ Bermudaonion’s Weblog

I get the Merriam-Webster Word Of The Day sent to my email and this was the word for yesterday.

Handsel
noun | HAN-sul

Definition
1 : a gift made as a token of good wishes or luck especially at the beginning of a new year

2 : something received first (as in a day of trading) and taken to be a token of good luck

3 a : a first installment

b : a token or sample of what is to come : earnest, foretaste

According to an old custom in the British Isles, the first Monday of the New Year is Handsel Monday, a day to give a small gift or good luck charm to children or to those who have served you well. As long ago as the 13th century, English speakers were using the ancestor of handsel in the context of omens and luck, eventually leading to the meaning of a good luck charm given to one at the start of some new situation or condition. By the 18th century, traders were using handsel for the first cash they earned in the morning—to them, an omen of good things to follow. Nowadays, it can also be used for something that gives a taste of things to come.

 Posted by at 4:04 AM
Mar 192019
 

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I saw this word in an email:

“In 1937, [radio astronomer Grote] Reber built the world’s first parabolic radio telescope in his backyard. The Reber Telescope was moved to the National Radio Observatory at Green Bank in the 1960s and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.” — Princeton Times (West Virginia), 21 Dec. 2018

parabolic:
adjective | pair-uh-BAH-lik

Definition
1 : expressed by or being a parable : allegorical

2 : of, having the form of, or relating to a curve formed by the intersection of a cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone

 Posted by at 8:00 PM