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Tuesday word: Denial

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Denial (noun)
de·ni·al [dih-nahy-uhl]

1. an assertion that something said, believed, alleged, etc., is false: Despite his denials, we knew he had taken the purse. The politician issued a denial of his opponent's charges.
2. refusal to believe a doctrine, theory, or the like.

3. disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing.
4. the refusal to satisfy a claim, request, desire, etc., or the refusal of a person making it.
5. refusal to recognize or acknowledge; a disowning or disavowal: the traitor's denial of his country; Peter's denial of Christ.
6. Law. refusal to acknowledge the validity of a claim, suit, or the like; a plea that denies allegations of fact in an adversary's plea: Although she sued for libel, he entered a general denial.
7. sacrifice of one's own wants or needs; self-denial.
8. Psychology. an unconscious defense mechanism used to reduce anxiety by denying thoughts, feelings, or facts that are consciously intolerable.

rejection, veto, disapproval, repudiation, rebuttal, retraction, repulse, dissent, negation, negative, rebuff, nay, prohibition, renunciation, nix, turndown, contradiction, protestation, refutation, declination

non·de·ni·al , noun
pre·de·ni·al , adjective
re·de·ni·al , noun

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1. disavowal, disclaimer, repudiation.

1. admission, acknowledgment, confession.

Origin: 1520–30; deny + -al

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fan fiction (noun) Definition: stories involving popular fictional characters that are written by fans and often posted on the Internet. Called also fanfic.

I have written fanfic since I was about 8 or 9. At that point, you were thought to be an odd duck or to have something wrong with you. I'm glad it's gotten to the point of where the word is at least mainstream enough for an on line dictionary.

Sunday Word: Cogitate

cogitate [koj-i-teyt ]

1 Think deeply about something; meditate or reflect; ponder on usually intently


Penrose believes that Hawking's condition has forced him to work more creatively, to take imaginative leaps where someone with a less uncertain future might want to cogitate a little longer. (Jerry Adler, Stephen Hawking, Master of the Universe)

Nevertheless, the media machine will cogitate for the next 48 hours on the supposed winners and losers. (Mark McKinnon, Government Shutdown: Who Was to Blame?)

Captain Dove in his turn took time to cogitate over that selfish suggestion. (Hudson Douglas, The White Blackbird)


Latin cogitatus, past participle of cogitare to think, think about, from co- + agitare to drive, agitate (Merriam-Webster)

1560s (transitive); 1630s (intransitive); from Latin cogitatus, past participle of cogitare 'to think' (Online Etymology Dictionary)

Wednesday Word: Otorhinolaryngologist

Otorhinolaryngologist - noun.

Do you ever wonder what your ENT specialist is called? Ear nose and throat doctors/surgeons are called otorhinolaryngologists and their specialty is of course, otorhinolaryngology. Let's say it all together: oh-toh-rahy-noh-lar-ing-gol-uh-gist!

Tuesday word: Wine

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wine (noun, adjective, verb)
wine [wahyn]

1. the fermented juice of grapes, made in many varieties, such as red, white, sweet, dry, still, and sparkling, for use as a beverage, in cooking, in religious rites, etc., and usually having an alcoholic content of 14 percent or less.
2. a particular variety of such fermented grape juice: port and sherry wines.
3. the juice, fermented or unfermented, of various other fruits or plants, used as a beverage, sauce, etc.: gooseberry wine; currant wine.
4. a dark reddish color, as of red wines.
5. Pharmacology , vinum.
6. something that invigorates, cheers, or intoxicates like wine.
7. British.
a. a social gathering at which wine is the major beverage.
b. a party, especially one held by university students, for drinking wine.
8. Obsolete. intoxication due to the drinking of wine.

9. dark red in color.

verb (used with object)
10. to supply with wine: He wined his cellar with rare vintages.

verb (used without object)
11. to drink wine.

12. new wine in old bottles, something new placed in or superimposed on an old or existing form, system, etc. Matt. 9:17
13. wine and dine, to entertain lavishly: They wined and dined us in order to get us to sign the new contract.

wine·less , adjective
win·ish , adjective


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Origin: before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English win (cognate with Dutch wijn, German Wein, Old Norse vin, Gothic wein ) « Latin vinum (cognate with Greek oînos )

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Sunday Word: Oxymoron

oxymoron [ok-si-mawr-on, -mohr- ]

1 a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in 'cruel kindness' or 'to make haste slowly'.
2 broadly : something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements


Which is a logistical problem that echoes a philosophical one in both the show and our own world: Isn’t the term virtual reality inevitably an oxymoron? (Spencer Kornhaber, Westworld’s Virtual Afterlife Might Not Be Fiction)

The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron. . (Robin D Gill, The Cat Who Thought Too Much - An Essay Into Felinity )

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have. (Dr John C Maxwell, Taming Time)


Mid 17th century: from Greek oxumōron, neuter (used as a noun) of oxumōros ‘pointedly foolish’, from oxus 'sharp' + mōros 'foolish'. (OED)

1650s, from Greek oxymoron, noun use of neuter of oxymoros (adj.) 'pointedly foolish,' from oxys 'sharp, pointed' (from PIE root ak- 'be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce') + mōros 'stupid'. Rhetorical figure by which contradictory terms are conjoined so as to give point to the statement or expression; the word itself is an illustration of the thing. Now often used loosely to mean 'contradiction in terms.' (Online Etymology Dictionary)

Tuesday word: Date

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Date (noun, verb)
date [deyt]

1. a particular month, day, and year at which some event happened or will happen: July 4, 1776 was the date of the signing of the (US) declaration of independence.
2. the day of the month: Is today's date the 7th or the 8th?
3. an inscription on a writing, coin, etc., that shows the time, or time and place, of writing, casting, delivery, etc.: a letter bearing the date January 16.
4. the time or period to which any event or thing belongs; period in general: at a late date.
5. the time during which anything lasts; duration: The pity is that childhood has so short a date.
6. an appointment for a particular time: They have a date with their accountant at ten o'clock.
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So that's what you call it...

Oneirocritical - An adjective to describe a person who is an expert at dream interpretations.

The more I play on this community, the more I am surprised.

Sunday Word: Vicissitudes

vicissitudes [vi-sis-i-toods, -tyoods]

1 Changes of circumstances or fortune, typically those that are unwelcome or unpleasant
2 Natural changes or mutations visible in nature or in human affairs
3 (Literary) alternations between opposite or contrasting things


The treatise is one of the great meditations on the meaning of life in all its vicissitudes. (Amanda Foreman, Literature Behind Bars)

Our server, clearly versed in the vicissitudes of dining with children, puts those orders in right away. (Kara Baskin, Quick Bite: At The Wellington in Belmont, a family-friendly night out )

If that is called imprudence, I wonder what would be called a thoughtful provision against the vicissitudes of fortune. (Ambrose Bierce, The Thoughtful Warden)


From singular vicissitude: 'a passing from one state to another,' whether regular or not, 1560s, from Middle French vicissitude (14c.), from Latin vicissitudinem (nominative vicissitudo) 'change, interchange, alternation,' from vicissim (adv.) 'changeably, on the other hand, by turns, in turn,' from vicis 'a turn, change' (from PIE root *weik- (2) 'to bend, to wind'). (Online Etymology Dictionary)

Wednesday Word: C-u-r-n

C-u-r-n - noun.

A word akin to kernel or corn, it's a Middle English word meaning a small quantity or grain.

It is not normally spelled with dashes, but on some screens it looks like another word completely!


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