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Author:  Raya [ Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:28 pm ]
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Sign up for...? Your practicum? Is there something education-wise called Praxis? Do elucidate.

As for me, "praxis" sounds like a Roman officer...I'm probably thinking of praetorium or praetor, I guess. But it still sounds like a Roman officer :P

Author:  Kallysti [ Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:03 am ]
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osmose
\ oz-MOHS \ , verb;
1.To gradually or unconsciously assimilate some principle or object.
2.To undergo osmosis.

Quote:
They set off assuming that somehow or other the information that they were on their way would osmose through the settlement or that Mme. Legrand might mention in passing that she'd asked them to come.
-- Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly, Irish girls about town

Origin:
Osmose comes from the biological term osmosis , "the tendency of a fluid, usually water, to pass through a semipermeable membrane into a solution where the solvent concentration is higher, thus equalizing the concentrations of materials on either side of the membrane." Osmosis derives from endosmose , with endo- being French for "inward" and osmos meaning "push, thrust" in Greek.
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Not one you see very often (spell check didn't even recognize it in my posting, lol) but a cool word, nonetheless.

Author:  Raya [ Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:18 pm ]
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I dunno - it's a made-up word, and I don't have too much patience with most made-up words. I deplore making verbs out of nouns - for instance, gift as a verb, as in, I gifted my husband with a watch on our anniversary. What's wrong with gave? I like osmosis very much - it sounds so mysterious and elemental, but osmose? Not so much.

P.S. Nice to see you back on Word of the Day, Kally *hug*

Author:  Kallysti [ Sat May 07, 2011 1:16 pm ]
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I do it when I can ;)
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callithump
\ KAL-uh-thuhmp \ , noun;
1. A children's parade, with prizes for the best costumes.

Quote:
The callithump of his ideas never stops, never flags, never pauses for rest or recuperation or revival.
--Leo Calvin Rosten, People I Have Loved, Known, or Admired

Origin:
Callithump is a Midwestern Americanism that derives from the regional British phrase gallithumpians , "disturbers of order at Parliamentary elections."
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Now that's an interesting one. Very...specific, lol.

Author:  Raya [ Sat May 07, 2011 10:00 pm ]
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Aye, very interesting all the way around...and you did notice the first syllable of that word, right? ;)

Author:  Kallysti [ Tue May 10, 2011 8:38 pm ]
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epigamic
\ep-i-GAM-ik\ , adjective;
1.Attracting the opposite sex, as the colors of certain birds.

Quotes:
But now the epigamic urgings travel beyond their periphery, kneading painfully against my heart and lungs and brain.
-- Jim Thompson, Now and on Earth

Origin:
Epigamic comprises the Greek roots epi-, "close in space or time," and gamos, "of marriage."
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My spell check didn't know this one, lol.

Author:  Raya [ Tue May 10, 2011 10:43 pm ]
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For some reason, it makes me think of festive Greek weddings, with lots of dancing, laughing and ousos. Perhaps because it is a Greek-based word? Dunno.

I'm not surprised your spellcheck didn't know it. I'm not sure mine does either lol

Author:  Kallysti [ Thu May 12, 2011 7:01 pm ]
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Zeitgeist
\TSYT-guyst; ZYT-guyst\ , noun;
1.[Often capitalized] The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.

Quote:
Like other figures who seem, in retrospect, to have been precociously representative of their times, Kerouac was not simply responding to the Zeitgeist, but to the peculiarly twisted facts of his own upbringing.
-- "Jack Kerouac: The Beat Goes On", New York Times, December 30, 1979

Origin:
Zeitgeist is from the German: Zeit, "time" + Geist, "spirit."

Author:  Raya [ Thu May 12, 2011 9:11 pm ]
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Sounds very precise and...German. I have heard it before but wasn't 100% sure what it meant. Now I do.

Author:  Sarekai [ Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:13 pm ]
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I've always loved this word. It sounds sort of mysterious to me. The literal translation of the two words that it's made of would be 'time ghost' or 'time spirit.'

Author:  EQPlayer [ Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:04 am ]
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Xyloid. Adjective.

Of or pertaining to wood.
Resembling wood; ligneous.

Author:  Raya [ Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:32 pm ]
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Sounds like a throat disease. Good one, EQP.

Author:  Menagerie [ Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:19 pm ]
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Can you guys guess what word only uses one vowel? It uses only one vowel several times. It's the longest word in the dictionary that does that.









Strengthlessnesses. Lack of strength. :shock: I can't pronounce it....

Author:  Raya [ Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:46 pm ]
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The only one that comes to mind is banana. But I'm sure that's not long enough.

Author:  Nasorin [ Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:38 pm ]
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(She listed it at the end of her post, down by the signature area:)

Quote:
Strengthlessnesses. Lack of strength. I can't pronounce it....



Strengthlessnesses... huh. I'm more impressed by the 6 S's in there!

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