Posts Tagged ‘www.dictionary.com’

Watch Your Phraseology!

January 16, 2019

According to the Oxford English Dictionary online, the word profane “carried the meaning of either “desecrating what is holy” or “with a secular purpose.” Usage of the term was discovered as early as the 1450s.

profanity

\ pruhfan-i-tee, proh- \, noun;

  1. the quality of being profane; irreverence.
  2. profane conduct or language; a profane act or utterance.
  3. obscenity.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Amazing Adjectives, Number Forty-Five!

January 9, 2019

Here is a word from the English jackboot, meaning “a popular style of leather boot,” + a suffix signifying a past participle, -ed. As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“When the jackbooted crowd roared into town, women gripped their purses tighter and ordinary men did their best to find shelter without allowing themselves to appear fightened.”

jackbooted

\ jak-boo-tid \, adjective;

  1. wearing jackboots, especially those who ride motorcycles.
  2. brutally and oppressively bullying.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com.

How Calloused!

January 2, 2019

In our modern, capitalistic (and materialistic) society, we must be continually strive to keep greediness from indurating our hearts to those who are less fortunate.

indurate

\ in-doo-reyt, -dyoo– \, adjective;

  1. to make hard; harden, as rock, tissue, etc.
  2. to make callous, stubborn, or unfeeling.
  3. to inure; accustom.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and http://www.dictionary.com.

Not Your Usual Michievousness!

August 22, 2018

Today’s word is fairly common, but there are so many other words one could use to convey the same concept that it seems quite wasteful to not exercise this ability from time to time.

rascal

\ ras-kuh l \, noun;

1. a base, dishonest, or unscrupulous person.
2. a mischievous person or animal.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Amazing Adjectives, Number Thirty-Eight!

August 16, 2018

Here is a word from the English xeno-, a combining form meaning “alien, strange”; from the Greek xenos, a combining form meaning “a stranger, guest, alien, foreigner.”  The word is completed by the English -morphic, from -morphous, a combining form meaning “having the shape or form of.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“It was not until the very end of the expedition that they came upon strata yielding the predicted xenomorphic rock specimens.”

xenomorphic

\ zen-uhmawr-fik, zee-nuh-k \, adjective;

1.  Also, allotriomorphic. Petrography. noting or pertaining to a mineral grain that does  not have its characteristic crystalline form but has form impressed on it by   surrounding grains; anhedral.
2.  in an unusual form; having a strange form.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com.

Live Birth Versus Egg!

August 8, 2018

Today’s word describes animals that produce live babies instead of reproducing through eggs.  And while the category of animals that are viviparous includes mostly mammals, some fish and insects have this trait as well.

viviparous

\ vahy-vip-er-uh s, vi- \, adjective;

1. Zoology. bringing forth living young rather than eggs, as most mammals and some  reptiles and fishes.
2. Botany. producing seeds that germinate on the plant.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and http://www.dictionary.com.

A Little Bulge!

August 2, 2018

Today’s word is another very common word a growth or expansion.  So here are some other ways to swelling that may just “grow on you.”

swelling

\ swel-ing \, noun;

1.  the act of a person or thing that swells.
2.  the condition of being or becoming swollen.
3.  a swollen part; a protuberance or prominence.

 

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Amazing Adjectives, Number Thirty-Seven!

July 25, 2018

Here is a word from the Old Norse vaga, meaning “to sway”; from the English wag meaning “mishievous lad; habitual joker.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“My friends mistakenly thought of me as waggish, not realizing that beneath my jocund exterior lay brooding self-doubt.”

waggish

\ vat-ik \, adjective;

1.  like a wag; roguish in merriment and good humor; jocular
2.  characteristic of or befitting a wag

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com.

Who Knew?!

July 19, 2018

Growing up in a household where homemade bread was the norm, I’m quite familiar with the yeasty smell that would permeate the house during the pre-baking process.  However, I was totally unaware of the many other definitions of yeasty.  Now I know.

yeasty

\ uhk-sawr-ee-uh s, –sohr-, uhg-zawr-, -zohr- \, adjective;

1. of, containing, or resembling yeast.
2. frothy; foamy.
3. youthful; exuberant; ebullient.
4. trifling; frivolous.
5. characterized by agitation, excitement, change, etc.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and http://www.dictionary.com.

This Could Be Harmful to Your Health!

July 11, 2018

Today’s word is a very common word attributed to one’s life and/or lifestyle and eating habits.   But this doesn’t mean that you can’t use a different word every now and then.

unhealthy

\ uhn-hel-thee \, adjective;

1. not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition.
2. symptomatic of or resulting from bad health
3. not conducive to good health; unhealthful
4. morally bad, harmful, or contaminating
5. dangerous; risky

 

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com