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Sunday, August 28th, 2005
11:18 pm

If this is not allowed, please forgive me and feel free to delete this post. Thank you. =D
Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
11:58 pm
chip·per (chpr)
In lively spirits; cheerful.

example: she was in a chipper mood as she went home, relieved that she had finally completed her final year of high school.
4:21 pm
suffuse \suh-FYOOZ\, transitive verb:
To spread through or over in the manner of fluid or light; to flush.

She gave me a long slow look, as if she were deciding something, and then she allowed herself to blush, the color suffusing her throat in a delicious mottle of pink and white.

Current Mood: geeky
Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
3:12 pm
new member!
let me say that this community looks really intersting. i didnt think that they were other ppl who liked words just because...
here are some words i made up and decided to craete definitions for... (i hope this is alright. tell me if its not. i promise i will post real words, too!)

ebatyba (-e-be-di-bi-ya)
exp a word used to express hyperactivity 2. n. the condition of being overloaded, thereby "frying" the circuits of the brain, leading the detouring of neurons, thus producing sounds of jibberish

egonanakeesta (eego-nana-keesta)
exp. origin: the lilo and stitch movie. a word used as a battle cry; often followed by HAHA!

merg: (merg)
exp a word used as an expression of irritation or dissapointment; see also snargle

skreut (skroot)
1. abbrv. orgin: fifth period ("era") precalculus class a verbal abbreviation for "square root of"
2. n. a mentally handicapped amphibian

snargle: (snar-gl)
exp a word used as an expression of intense frustration
Saturday, May 21st, 2005
8:36 pm
lu·gu·bri·ous (l-gbr-s, -gy-)
Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

First post, wicked excited about the community. Vocab has always been my favorite thing in school.
Saturday, May 7th, 2005
1:21 am
wa·ter·shed P (wôtr-shd, wtr-)

A ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems. Also called water parting.

The region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water.

A critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point: “a watershed in modern American history, a time that... forever changed American social attitudes” (Robert Reinhold).

sem·i·nal P (sm-nl)

Of, relating to, containing, or conveying semen or seed.

Of, relating to, or having the power to originate; creative.

Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development: a seminal idea in the creation of a new theory.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
5:24 pm

sur·rep·ti·tious (sûrp-tshs)

1. Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means.
2. Acting with or marked by stealth.


lack·a·dai·si·cal (lk-dz-kl)

Lacking spirit, liveliness, or interest; languid:

“There'll be no time to correct lackadaisical driving techniques after trouble develops” (William J. Hampton)
Monday, March 28th, 2005
8:54 am
sapid \SAP-id\, adjective:
1. Having taste or flavor, especially having a strong pleasant
2. Agreeable to the mind; to one's liking.

Chemistry can concentrate the sapid and odorous elements of
the peach and the bitter almond into a transparent fluid
--David William Cheever, "Tobacco," [1]The Atlantic, August

I've raved about the elegant and earthy lobster-and-truffle
sausage, the sapid sea bass with coarse salt poached in
lobster oil, and the indescribably complex and delectable
ballottine of lamb stuffed with ground veal, sweet-breads
and truffles.
--James Villas, "Why Taillevent thrives," Town & Country,
March 1, 1998
Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
10:22 am
bibulous \BIB-yuh-luhs\, adjective:
1. Of, pertaining to, marked by, or given to the consumption
of alcoholic drink.
2. Readily absorbing fluids or moisture.
Thursday, January 13th, 2005
11:32 pm

1. A person afflicted with cretinism.
2. Slang. An idiot.

Current Mood: sick
Monday, January 10th, 2005
10:40 am
I Just Think This One Sounds Very Cool

scrof·u·lous (adj.) - 1 : of, relating to, or affected with scrofula
2 a : having a diseased run-down appearance b : morally contaminated


Current Mood: dorky
Sunday, January 2nd, 2005
3:57 pm
Hello there!
My first post to this community!

- noun (formal) a deep feeling of sadness that lasts for a long time and often cannot be explained.
A mood of melancholy descended on us.
- adj. very sad or making you feel sadness.
melancholy thoughts/memories. The melancholy song died away.

adj. (old-fashioned or literary) feeling or expressing sadness, especially when the sadness is like an illness.

Taken from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
7:55 pm

adj : large in capacity; "she carried a capacious bag"

yeah, new here. i like words, which is why i have a synonyms community that i think a lot of people would like.

yeah, my banner isnt all that good. i think that gives it authenticity.

its not the kind of commnity that you have to be really active in, just comment with all of the synonyms that you know for the word of the day/month. thats all. i garuntee its fun to see all of the synonyms that you can come up with.

sorry for the shameless plugging in my very first post here.

Current Mood: embarrassed
Monday, December 6th, 2004
5:30 pm
cur·va·ceous ( P ) Pronunciation Key (kûr-vshs)
Having the curves of a full or voluptuous figure.
Thursday, November 25th, 2004
12:13 pm
opus \O-pehs\ (noun) - (Erudite) A creative work, such as a novel, musical piece, or painting.

Italian opera "work" from Latin opus, opera (plural) "work, service." The same root is found in "operate," but also in "copious," "copy;" and "cornucopia" from Latin copia "profusion, plenty" based on the prefixed form *co-op-.
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004
12:49 pm
protean \PRO-ti-yehn\ (adjective) - Able to change shape or form; diverse, exhibiting great variety, as a protean talent.

from the Greek sea god Proteus, who had the ability to change his form to escape his enemies
Monday, November 22nd, 2004
1:38 pm
tittle \TIT-ehl\ (noun) - 1 : A small jot, the dot of an [i], cross on a [t], the beard on [c], or a diacritic such as the tilde on [n]; 2 : something minute, incredibly tiny, smaller even than an iotaindeed, an iota (Greek short [i]) is capped by a tittle.

This word entered Old English as titul from Medieval Latin titulus "diacritical mark," the diminutive of Latin, title "inscription, superscription." The same Latin word developed into Spanish tilde "accent, tilde; blemish." As early as 1607 Francis Beaumont wrote in his play, The Woman Hater, "I'll quote him to a tittle," meaning precisely, without omitting so much as a tittle. Somewhere over the years that followed, "to a tittle" was apparently confused with the phrase, "cross all your Ts (and dot your Is)," which also referred to exactitude. Ultimately, "to a tittle" was reduced to "to a T." Now we can quote or describe someone to a T, meaning absolutely exactly.

from arcamax.com
Friday, November 12th, 2004
1:25 pm
matutolypea \meh-tu-teh-leh-PEE-eh\ (noun) - A rare word for an everyday occurrence: ill-humor in the mornings, getting up on the wrong side of the bed.

'The secret is not to talk to Mr. Jenkins at all until he's been awake for at least an hour, as it's best to wait until his inevitable matutolypea subsides."

A facetiously concocted word that mixes Latin and Greek in a way impossible in either language, you won't find "matutolypea" in most English dictionaries. However, we like to include the occasional non-word just to demonstrate the line between them and actual words. Today's derivation was based on "Matuta" of Matuta Mater, the Roman goddess of the dawn, newborn babies, and harbors plus the Greek word for "grief, sorrow," lype. (The Latin word for morning is "aurora," also the chief goddess of dawn.) The Greek word for morning and the goddess of morning is "eos," so eostugia "morning sullenness," would be a more consistent derivation for the target meaning, though there is no evidence such a word was used in Greece.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
3:53 pm
Today's Word "Wampumpeag" from arcamax.com
Wampumpeag \WAHM-pehm-peeg\ (noun) - White beads used for trade (money) by the Algonquian tribes when the first Europeans landed in Massachusetts; sometimes reduced to "wampum." A similar currency of less value, called "roanoke," was used by the Native Americans in Virginia.

Article 154 of the General Laws Massachusetts in 1643 read as follows: "Wampampeag shall pass currant in the payment of Debts, to the payment of forty shillings, the white at eight a penny, the black at four, so as they be entire without breaches or deforming spots."

Today's word was borrowed in the 17th century from one of the Algonquian languages, probably Abnaki. The original form resembled wampampiak "(string of) white beads," cf. Abnaki wambambiar "chaplet, string of beads," and Delaware wapapi "white wampum" and woapaschapiall "white beads." The word is a compound of two elements, *wamp- "white" and *ampi (probably) 'bead' with the Algonquin plural endings -ag/ak or -al/ar. The first element turns up in Natick wompi "white", Delaware wapi "white," and Abnaki wambi "white." The second element, ampi "bead" also occurs in a number of Abnaki words describing strings of things. The division of the word into "wampum" and "peag" resulted from Europeans misanalyzing the compound under the influence of French and English syllabic structure.
Monday, November 8th, 2004
3:36 pm
Another Greek Word from arcamax.com
anodyne \AE-neh-din\ (adjective) - Alleviating or reducing pain; soothing or comforting.

This word originated in Greek anodynos "free from pain," based on an-"without" + odyne "pain." "Odyne" is related to English "eat;" both originate in Proto-Indo-European od-/ed- "bite." In Germanic languages the [d] became [t], which changed to [ss] in German (as in Wasser "water"), so we are not surprised to find essen "to eat" in German. German fressen "to feed, devour" also goes back to Proto-Germanic fra- "completely" + etan "to eat up," which we inherited as fret "to wear or be eaten away, to worry."
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