Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 4 of 42 1 2 3 4 5 6 41 42
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

YARRA-BANKER

PRONUNCIATION: (YAHR-uh-bangk-uhr)

MEANING: noun:
1. A vagrant or a loafer.
2. A soapbox orator or agitator.

ETYMOLOGY: After the Yarra river in Victoria, Australia. Its bank was once a popular hangout for vagrants, soapbox orators, and the like. Earliest documented use: late 19th century.
______________________________

YARRA-BANNER - see many of them, along the riverside tourist esplanade in Victoria, Australia

FARRA-BANKER - the Six Million Dollar Woman's second career was in finance

Y'AGRA-BANKER - its headquarters is right next to the Taj Mahal (and it specializes in farm loans)

Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

KLONDIKE

PRONUNCIATION: (KLAN-dyk)

MEANING: noun: A rich source of something valuable.

ETYMOLOGY: After the Klondike region in the Yukon Territory, Canada, named after the Klondike River. It was the site of a gold rush from 1896 to 1899. Earliest documented use: 1897.
________________________________

BLONDIKE - when Eisenhower lightened his hair dramatically

KOLONDIKE - the physical cause of constipation

KLM ON DIKE - Royal Dutch Airways aircraft made an emergency landing on a sea-wall

Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

RUBICON

PRONUNCIATION: (ROO-bi-kon)

MEANING: noun: A point of no return, one where an action taken commits a person irrevocably.

ETYMOLOGY: Contrary to popular belief, Caesar salad is not named after Julius Caesar. But today’s term does have a connection to him. In 49 BCE, Caesar crossed the Rubicon, a small river that formed the boundary between Cisalpine Gaul and Italy. As he crossed the river into Italy, he exclaimed “Iacta alea est” (The die is cast), knowing well that his action signified a declaration of war with Rome. Today when an action marks a situation where there is no going back, we say the Rubicon has been crossed. Earliest documented use: 1613.
_____________________________

RUBIC WON - Who got the prize for the best toy of the early 1980s?

REBICON - annual gathering of Civil War renacters, partial to the South

RUBI-CORN - maize of a particularly intense deep red

Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

MEANDER

PRONUNCIATION: (mee-AN-duhr)

MEANING: verb intr.: 1. To follow a winding course.
2. To move aimlessly.
3. To speak or write without a focus.
noun: 1. A curve or bend in a path, stream, etc.
2. A winding path.
3. A circuitous journey; a ramble.

ETYMOLOGY: After Maeander (modern name: Büyük Menderes), a river in Turkey, known for its winding course. Earliest documented use: 1576.
____________________________________

MEAN TER - Cockney behaving with ill will

MEANTER - teacher, role model, and guide

MEADER - Vaughan the Comedian (and JFK satirist)

MD ANDER - father of a well-known cancer hospital and research center in Texas

Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

NIAGARA

PRONUNCIATION: (ny-AG-ruh, ny-AG-uhr-uh)

MEANING: noun: An outpouring; a deluge.

ETYMOLOGY: After the Niagara river which forms the Niagara Falls, a group of three massive waterfalls, between the US and Canada. Earliest documented use: 1800.
______________________________

"NI!" AGORA - Greek marketplace full of Knights from Monty Python

NiAg BRA - lingerie worn by Metallica on tour

NAG ARA - pester the Notre Dame football coach

Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

LITHOPHONE

PRONUNCIATION: (LITH-uh-fon)

MEANING: noun: Any of various musical instruments in which sound is produced by striking pieces of stone.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek litho- (stone) + -phone (sound). Earliest documented use: 1889.
____________________________________

LITHOPRONE - given to forming kidney and gall-bladder stones

LITHOPHONY - rocks made of papier-maché but painted

LITHOPHANE - a thin layer of wrapping material that you can't unfold or tear open or even see through, for wrapping packs of guaranteed-safe cigarettes

LITHOSHONE - very highly polished marble

Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

AISCHROLATREIA

PRONUNCIATION: (eye-skroh-luh-TREE-uh)

MEANING: noun: Excessive devotion to filth or obscenity.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek aischro- (shameful or ugly) + -latreia (worship). Earliest documented use: 1912.
____________________________________

AISCHROLATRIA - having ugly upper-chambers of the heart

AISCROLATREIA - worshipping the parchment and ink of the ancient Holy Writ rather than the meaning of its contents

AISCHROLATRESIA - the island fishery did not develop properly

Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

HENOTHEISM

PRONUNCIATION: (HEN-uh-thee-iz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: Belief in or worship of one god without denying the possibility of others.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek heno- (one) + -theism (belief in god). Earliest documented use: 1860.
___________________________

HEROTHEISM - worship of a protagonist

XENOTHEISM - worship of an alien god

ME-NOT-HE-ISM - I'm all right, Jack

SHE-NOT-HE-ISM - I always knew God didn't have a long white beard

Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

HYPONYM

PRONUNCIATION: (HY-puh-nim)

MEANING: noun: A more specific term in a general class. For example, “purple” is a hyponym of “color”.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek hypo- (under) + -nym (name). Earliest documented use: 1963.
________________________________

TYPONYM - TU1/2ONYM

HYPO-GYM - the locker rooms are downstairs, right below us

BY PONY, M - reply to "How do you plan to escape from those desperadoes afterward, Bond?"

Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 9,681

GERATOLOGY

PRONUNCIATION: (jer-uh-TOL-uh-jee))

MEANING: noun:
1. The study of aging and related decline.
2. The study of a species approaching extinction.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek gerat- (old age) + -logy (study). Earliest documented use: 1884.
___________________________________

GER-OTOLOGY - the study of ear disorders in the elderly

GERMATOLOGY - the study of skin infections

VERATOLOGY - the study of Truthiness

GEARATOLOGY - the study of mechanical interactions

GYRATOLOGY - the study of spinning

Page 4 of 42 1 2 3 4 5 6 41 42

Moderated by  Jackie 

Link Copied to Clipboard
Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,904
Posts228,033
Members9,148
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
gonekrazzzy, accCngrssMRA, rexdee, gypsydancer, Astrostu
9,148 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 members (), 130 guests, and 3 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Top Posters
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,542
LukeJavan8 9,804
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2021 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5
(Release build 20201027)
Responsive Width:

PHP: 7.4.26 Page Time: 0.019s Queries: 35 (0.009s) Memory: 2.9517 MB (Peak: 3.2481 MB) Data Comp: Off Server Time: 2021-11-29 00:34:02 UTC
Valid HTML 5 and Valid CSS