Tuesday, October 11, 2011
October goodies from POSP stringer Tim. Good ones as usual.
1. Conveying meaning by hint, euphemism, innuendo, or the like.
2. Pertaining to, or characteristic of Aesop or his fables.
A free ticket.
1. An imaginary wild animal of fierce disposition.
2. A person of uncouth or unconventional habits, attitudes, etc., especially one considered a menace, nuisance, or the like.
1. A hard stone-like object (calculus) composed of indigestible materials such as hair, vegetable fibers, and various other objects that form in the stomachs of some animals, especially ruminants and occasionally in humans.
2. Because bezoars in the past have been considered an antitoxin for poisons, today's Good Word may also refer to an antidote for poison or magical elixir.
The restructuring of sedimentary deposits (as in a lake bottom or seabed) by moving organisms (as worms and burrowing clams).
To sprout; appear above the ground.
The first sprouts or shoots of grass, corn, or other crops; new growth.
1. Of or relating to conversation; conversational.
2a. Used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation; also, unacceptably informal.
2b. Using conversational style.
Stubbornly disobedient; rebellious.
To wear or crumble away through abrasion.
1. To give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes; sparkle.
2. To be brilliant or showy in technique or style.
1. To grow dark, gloomy, etc.
2. To appear dark; show indistinctly.
1. Relating to the mourning or remembering of the dead.
2. Used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy.
3. Expressing sorrow.
1. Belonging exclusively or confined to a particular place.
2. Natural to or characteristic of a specific people or place; native; indigenous.
To act or talk in a foolish or silly way.
A diviner in ancient Rome basing his predictions on inspection of the entrails of sacrificial animals.
The alteration of a word borrowed from a foreign language to accord more closely with the linguistic patterns of the borrowing language.
1. Of, relating to, or resembling a homily.
2. Of or relating to the art of preaching; also, preachy.
1. To approve; confirm or ratify.
2. To register (a specific make of automobile in general production) so as to make it eligible for international racing competition.
To teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.
1. Make up, compose.
2. To give literary or formal expression to.
3. To put down in writing.
1. Impossible to refute.
2. Impossible to break or alter.
1. A member of the MacGuffin family.
2. An otherwise meaningless object in a film or book that provides the motivation for the action; a flimsy excuse for an action.
1b. Vertigo, dizziness.
2a. Fancy, whim.
2b. Plural; low spirits.
1. A tendency to lie; untruthfulness.
2. An instance of lying; falsehood.
Having the quality of a literary work that has been translated or changed from one form to another, as prose into verse.
Assisting or designed to assist memory.
(Literary) A person who undertakes study late in life, a person who learns late in life (an old dog that can learn new tricks).
1. To reduce the violence of (a disease); also : to ease (symptoms) without curing the underlying disease.
2. To cover by excuses and apologies.
3. To moderate the intensity of.
The suggestion, by deliberately brief treatment of a topic, that much of significance is being omitted, as in "not to mention other faults."
The love of learning.
Of acute mental vision or discernment; keen.
1. The use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; as, "I saw it with my own eyes."
2. An instance or example of pleonasm.
3. A superfluous word or expression.
Expressing a wish.
1. Work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.
2. Something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment.
quid pro quo
Something given or received for something else; also : a deal arranging a quid pro quo.
A person with no luck at all, a sort of loser who magnetically attracts misfortune. A schlimazel could be hired as a "cooler" in a casino.
To make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing together special bodily structures -- used especially of male insects (as crickets or grasshoppers).
A figure of speech by which a less encompassing term is put for a more encompassing term or vice versa.
A disturbance of body equilibrium in standing or walking, resulting in an uncertain gait and trembling.
1a. A state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility.
1b. A state of lowered physiological activity typically characterized by reduced metabolism, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature that occurs in varying degrees especially in hibernating and estivating animals.
2. Apathy, dullness.
To address familiarly.
Sentimental pessimism; sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life.
In a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction : counterclockwise.
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