Happy New Year!

Wanted to wish all the members of this comm all the best in the coming year 2020!

Thank you for all your posts and comments.

It has been my pleasure to be the moderator for this comm, and my New Year's resolution is to continue, as well as to do my best to be more active in the comm ;)

roses::by any other name

Tuesday word: Goal

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

Goal (noun)
goal [ gohl ]

1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
2. the terminal point in a race.
3. a pole, line, or other marker by which such a point is indicated.
4. an area, basket, cage, or other object or structure toward or into which players of various games attempt to throw, carry, kick, hit, or drive a ball, puck, etc., to score a point or points.
5. the act of throwing, carrying, kicking, driving, etc., a ball or puck into such an area or object.
6. the score made by this act.

goal·less, adjective
sub·goal, noun

objective, intention, target, ambition, duty, use, object, end, destination, limit, mark, design, intent, mission, zero

See more synonyms on
1. target, purpose, object, objective, intent, intention.
2. finish.

Origin: 1275–1325; Middle English gol boundary, limit; compare Old English gǣlan to hinder, impede

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Monday word: Maravedi

maravedi, n.
mar·​a·​ve·​di | \ ˌmarəˈvādē \

1 : an old Moorish gold dinar of Spain and Morocco
2a : a medieval Spanish unit of value equal to ¹/₃₄ real
b : a copper coin representing one maravedi

Spanish maravedí, from Arabic Murābiṭīn Almoravides, Muslim dynasty of the 11th and 12th centuries in North Africa and Spain, from plural of murābiṭ marabout


He who shies
At such a prize
Is not worth a maravedi,
Be so kind To bear in mind--
Faint heart never won fair lady!

(Gilbert and Sullivan, from "Iolanthe"--"If you go in, you're sure to win")

You can find the video and the lyrics of this song here; do take a look, it's quite entertaining.
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Sunday Word: Epiphany

epiphany [ih-pif-uh-nee ]
1 capitalized : January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ

2 an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being

3a a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something
3b an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking
3c an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure; a revealing scene or moment


Invention has its own algorithm: genius, obsession, serendipity, and epiphany in some unknowable combination. (Malcolm Gladwell, In The Air, New Yorker, 2008)

But Scrooge's Christmas epiphany is interrupted by an aggro, mech-suit wearing time traveler (Veep's Sam Richardson) crashing through the wall to warn him about the apocalyptic Christmas in 3050. But Scrooge's Christmas epiphany is interrupted by an aggro, mech-suit wearing time traveler (Veep's Sam Richardson) crashing through the wall to warn him about the apocalyptic Christmas in 3050. (Jess Joho, The weirdest versions of 'A Christmas Carol', Mashable, 2019)

But after seeing Frank Stella’s wall reliefs in 1958, Woodman experienced an epiphany: that painting could spring out of the frame and assert itself in three dimensions. (Spinning craft into art at the Whitney Museum, Financial Times, 2019)

It was a grand farewell dinner, as he and Denisov were leaving to join their regiment after Epiphany. About twenty people were present, including Dolokhov and Denisov. (Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace)


early 14c., 'festival of the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles' (celebrated Jan. 6; usually with a capital -E-), from Old French epiphanie, from Late Latin epiphania, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular), from late Greek epiphaneia 'manifestation, striking appearance, festival held in commemoration of the appearance of a god at some particular place' (in New Testament, 'advent or manifestation of Christ'), from epiphanes 'manifest, conspicuous,' from epiphainein 'to manifest, display, show off; come suddenly into view,' from epi 'on, to' (see epi-) + phainein 'to show' (from PIE root *bha- (1) 'to shine'). Of divine beings other than Christ, first recorded 1660s; general literary sense of 'any manifestation or revelation' appeared 1840, first in De Quincey. (Online Etymological Dictionary)

Middle English epiphanie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin epiphania, from Late Greek, plural, probably alteration of Greek epiphaneia 'appearance, manifestation', from epiphainein 'to manifest', from epi- + phainein 'to show' (Merriam-Webster>

NSYNC::fan for life

Tuesday word: Merry

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry (adjective)
merry [mer-ee]

adjective, mer·ri·er, mer·ri·est.
1. full of cheerfulness or gaiety; joyous in disposition or spirit: a merry little man.
2. laughingly happy; mirthful; festively joyous; hilarious: a merry time at the party.
3. Archaic . causing happiness; pleasant; delightful.

4. make merry ,
a. to be happy or festive: The New Year's revelers were making merry in the ballroom.
b. to make fun of; ridicule: The unthinking children made merry of the boy who had no shoes.

Related forms
mer·ri·ly , adverb
mer·ri·ness , noun
o·ver·mer·ri·ly , adverb
o·ver·mer·ri·ness , noun
o·ver·mer·ry , adjective
un·mer·ri·ly , adverb
un·mer·ry , adjective

Can be confused
marry, Mary

Related Words for merry
pleasant, winsome, enjoyable, mad, joyous, sunny, rollicking, jolly, cheerful, lively, hilarious, amusing, comical, joyful, glad, lighthearted, fun-loving, blithe, boisterous, boon

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Sunday Word: Skerrick

skerrick [sker-ik]
1 (informal Australian, New Zealand usually with negative ) The smallest bit, semblace, trace


While the judge accepted his guilty plea was indicative of remorse, he noted there was "not one skerrick of remorse" in his police interview. (Meliisa Iaria, Vic driver jailed over Dutch cyclist death, Yass Tribune, 2019)

You can feel the performance wilt every time it shifts 'gears', proving there isn’t a skerrick of truth in the claim that "this stepped operation also improves acceleration performance incrementally". (Neil Mackay, Honda attempts a return to form with new-generation Accord – and largely succeeds, Go Auto, 2019)

You’ll use every lesson you’ve learnt, every skerrick of drive and every ounce of experience you have. (Kakadu National Park looks for park manager, Herald News, 2017)


Early 19th century of unknown origin. The word is also recorded as an English slang term meaning ‘halfpenny’. (Oxford English Dictionary)