: having a reddish glow
“Ruber” itself is a direct ancestor of our word “rubella” (a disease named for the reddish color one’s skin turns when afflicted with the condition) and “rubric” (which, among other things, can refer to a book or manuscript heading that is done or underlined in red). “Ruber” is also a distant relative of several English words for things that bear a reddish tone (including “russet,” “rouge,” and “ruby”) and even of the word “red” itself.
Read more at http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/#MRzjO8iCdHqWt4Cq.99 8 months ago
1. gross injustice or wickedness.
2. a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin. 10 months ago
adjective: Originating in a region other than where it is found.
From Greek from allos (other) + chthon (earth, land). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhghem- (earth), which also sprouted human, homicide, humble, homage, chamomile, exhume, inhume, chthonic, disinter, chameleonic, and Persian zamindar (landholder). Earliest documented use: 1888.”
-http://wordsmith.org/words/allochthonous.html 13 months ago
1. full of difficulties.
2. having a rough surface because of minute points or projections.
3. indecent or scandalous; risqué; obscene: scabrous books. 14 months ago
noun: Reward; recompense; wage.
From Old English med. Earliest documented use: before 900.
“And speaking of seats, the folding chairs were hideously uncomfortable—something like that fabled throne in Hades, which demanded a meed of blood and bone if you tried to leave it.”
Example: Grandmother’s scathing remarks took my pride as a meed for not calling for a month. 14 months ago
Synonyms: chat, bull session,, chin wag, gum bumping
Antonym (sort-of): conference, colloquy, seminar, consultation, discourse, deliberation
Example: The teachers delivered the decision they reached after deep deliberation. Then, students confabulated about their fairness. 14 months ago
1. To talk informally.
2. To replace fact with fantasy to fill in gaps in memory.
From confabulari (to talk together), from con- (with) + fabulari (to talk), from fabula (tale). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bha- (to speak) that is also the source of fable, phone, fame, boon, and infant. Earliest documented use: 1604.
“Senior party leaders from across the state were expected to attend the meet and confabulate on issues pertaining to tribals in the state.”
Congress Takes a Diwali Break; The Indian Express (New Delhi); Oct 13, 2011.
“The majority of the subjects failed to notice the switch, and confabulated reasons why they chose the picture they had been given.”
Neil Levy; Are You Racist? You May Be Without Even Knowing It; The Bundaberg News-Mail (Australia); May 31, 2013. 14 months ago
1. Having a common boundary.
2. Confined within one common boundary.
3. Having the same scope, in time, meaning, etc.
“Alaska is not in the conterminous United States” 15 months ago
1. something annoying, ridiculous, or useless.
2. something for which one cannot find a word; something difficult to name.
3. an unpleasant or unsolvable situation or problem. 16 months ago
a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person. 16 months ago
1. a dispute about or concerning words.
2. an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words
3. a game played with cards, each bearing one letter, with which words are formed. 16 months ago
1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey. 16 months ago
1. To settle firmly and comfortably.
2. To hide securely.
From en- (in) + sconce (small fortification), from Dutch schans (entrenchment). Earliest documented use: 1589.
“Vladimir Putin is once more ensconced behind the Kremlin’s walls.”
Not Such a Strongman; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 9, 2012.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia, author (1924-1998)
Thanks: http://wordsmith.org/ 16 months ago
1. assisting or intended to assist the memory.
2. pertaining to mnemonics or to memory.
3. something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.
4. In computing: a programming code that is easy to remember, as STO for “store.” 16 months ago
Insouciant [in-soo-see-uhnt] (French: an-soo-syah)
free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant. 18 months ago
a state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; flutter 18 months ago
1. boasting; bragging.
2. a restless tossing of the body. 18 months ago
1. a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person. 18 months ago
1. a high ecclesiastic appointed by the pope to the College of Cardinals.
2. a crested grosbeak, Cardinalis cardinalis, of North America, the male of which is bright red.
3. a deep, rich red color.
4. a woman’s short cloak with a hood, originally made of scarlet cloth and popularly worn in the 18th century. 18 months ago
1. something wanted or needed.
Example: “Happily-ever-after” and “eternal love” appear to be the desiderata of the current generation.18 months ago
1. a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few. 18 months ago
1. producing eggs that are hatched within the body, so that the young are born alive but without placental attachment, as certain reptiles or fishes. 18 months ago
1. to cudgel; beat; punish severely.
2. to criticize harshly; castigate 18 months ago
1. extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess; niggardliness. 19 months ago
1. green with vegetation; covered with growing plants or grass
2. of the color green
3. inexperienced; unsophisticated 19 months ago