October 2014 WOD
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Word of the Day
10/1 capricious – (kuh PRISH us)(adjective) unpredictable; impulsive.
Joe’s capricious attitude confounds his parents; one day he is going to college, and the next he is joining the army.
10/2 dichotomy – (dye KAHT uh mee)(noun) division into two parts that are usually contradictory.
It is a dichotomy when parents tell their children never to lie, but also never to hurt someone’s feelings.
10/3 erroneous – (ih RONE ee us)(adjective) fallacious; false.
It is erroneous to assume that you won’t have to work for what you get in life.
10/6 fulcrum – (FUL krum)(noun) the point around which a lever rotates.
The knee could be considered the fulcrum of the leg.
10/7 gyrate – (JIE rate)(verb) to rotate rapidly, to wind or coil.
When the pilot cut the engine, the propellers ceased their gyrating.
10/8 habituate – (huh BICH oo wayt)(verb) to make accustomed to; to train.
It can sometimes be difficult to habituate a new puppy to using the yard instead of the carpet.
10/9 impolitic – (im PAWL I tick)(adjective) lacking sensitivity and skill in dealing with others; not wise, tactless.
Bill’s impolitic comments about his teammates’ performance cost him much respect.
10/10 kismet – (KIZmet)(noun) fate.
Many pagan religions believe that kismet determines all life events.
10/13 lexicography – (lex ih KOG ruh fee)(noun) writing, editing, or compiling of dictionaries.
John listed lexicography as his profession while working at Random House.
10/14 malinger – (muh LING ger)(verb) to pretend to be ill to avoid doing work.
Whenever Tom had chores to do on the farm, he would malinger, claiming to have a headache.
10/15 modus operandi – (MO dus op uh RAN deye)(noun) manner in which something is done.
The Yankees base their modus operandi on the team’s size and abundance of money.
10/16 ornithology – (or nih THAHL uh jee)(noun) branch of zoology dealing with birds.
When studying ornithology, one will find that the bones of all birds are hollow.
10/17 pedestrian – (peh DES tree ahn)(adjective) ordinary.
The right frame can make any pedestrian painting look like it belongs in a museum.
10/20 proliferate – (pro LIF uh rayt)(verb) to increase in number and spread rapidly, regenerate.
Germs proliferate like wildfire when sick people come to work.
10/21 quiescent – (kwye ES unt)(adjective) at rest, inactive; dormant.
The stadium remains quiescent until football season begins.
10/22 rabble – (RAB ul)(noun) disorderly mob or crowd, lower-class.
The police were accused by the rabble of violating their First Amendment rights.
10/23 savoir faire – (SAV whah FAIRE)(noun) ability to say and do the right thing at the right time.
Charlie’s diplomacy in awkward social situations proved he has the savoir faire to be a diplomat.
10/24 soporific – (sop uh RIF ik)(adjective) tending to cause sleep.
Dan took Benadryl for his rash, but the soporific effects had him dozing for hours.
10/27 systemic – (sis TEM ik)(adjective) affecting an entire system, as the body.
Septicemia is a serious systemic bacterial infection that can affect all internal organs.
10/28 tangential – (tan JEN chul)(adjective) not especially relevant: only slightly related to a matter at hand.
John’s report of butterflies was tangential to the fate of forest insects.
10/29 unctuous – (UNK choo us)(adjective) excessively smooth; suave; oily.
Joseph’s personality was unctuous, and we always felt like he was selling snake oil.
10/30 vehement – (VEE uh munt)(adjective) zealous; impassioned.
Zelda was vehement about not going to prom with her older brother as her date.
10/31 wheedle – (WEED l)(verb) to persuade or influence.
The class tried to wheedle the teacher into not giving homework over the weekend.