September 2014 WOD
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Capital Word of the Day
9/2 abeyance – (uh BAY uns)(noun) a state of not being presently used.
The road repair project is being held in abeyance until agreement is reached on project funding.
9/3 altruism – (AL troo iz im)(noun) devotion to helping others; selflessness.
The Salvation Army is an organization devoted to altruism.
9/4 bivouac – (BIV wak)(noun) a temporary shelter or encampment, especially for military purposes.
With a storm closing in, the climbers prepared a bivouac and settled down for the night.
9/5 corrugated – (KAWR uh gay tud)(adjective) shaped or bent into ridges.
My new computer came packed in a corrugated cardboard box.
9/8 derring-do – (DARE ing DOO)(noun) daring action and deeds.
James Bond films show many actos of derring-do performed by stunt actors dressed up to look like Bond.
9/9 empirical – (em PIR uh kul)(adjective) relying on observation or experience.
In Science class we do experiments so that we can base our findings on empirical evidence.
9/10 flourish – (FLOOR ish)(verb) prosper, thrive.
Air conditioning businesses flourish in Florida where the weather is warm most of the year.
9/11 glean – (gleen)(verb) to gather information or material slowly, search for relevant articles.
Understanding began to glean on Isaac’s face as he started to grasp the new material.
9/12 halcyon – (HAL see un)(adjective) tranquil; happy and carefree.
The halcyon atmosphere of quiet cabin in the woods is the perfect recipe for relaxation.
9/15 jocular - (JAHK yuh lur)(adjective) inclined to joke.
Candice has a jocular personality and spreads laughter everywhere she goes.
9/16 legerdemain – (lej ur duh MANE)(noun) sleight of hand, trickery.
Most magicians use legerdemain instead of actual magic.
9/17 mercurial – (mur KYOOR ee ul)(adjective) following no predictable pattern.
The mercurial nature of tropical storms makes them very hard to predict.
9/18 parquet – (par KAY)(noun) wooden floor forming a pattern; part of an area in a theatre.
Concert tickets in the parquet sold for the highest prices of all the seats in the theatre.
9/19 progeny – (PRAHJ uh nee)(noun) offspring or descendant; a product of creative effort.
The musician’s young progeny will be a star one day.
9/22 quip – (kwip)(noun) a witty remark or reply.
Our English teacher is especially known for his good-natured quips.
9/23 regime – (ri ZHEEM)(noun) a particular government; a system or method of government.
The dance instructor’s regime was so strict that half the students dropped out.
9/24 salutary – (SAL yuh ter ee)(adjective) wholesome, healthful, remedial.
A low sodium dies has a salutary effect on a person’s blood pressure.
9/25 somatic – (suh MAT ik)(adjective) of the body; physical.
June’s somatic infection was serious enough to require hospitalization.
9/26 tantamount – (TAN tuh mount)(adjective) synonymous, parallel, equivalent.
General Cornwallis’s retreat in South Carolina was tantamount to defeat.
9/29 ubiquitous – (yoo BIK woh tus)(adjective) being or seeming to be everywhere.
Computers were once rare but today are more ubiquitous than typewriters.
9/30 veneer – (vuh NEER)(noun) a thin layer of material; façade; outward appearance.
As I stepped outside, a veneer of condensation appeared on my glasses, obscuring my vision.