February 2015 WOD
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Word of the Day
2/2 archipelago – (ahr kuh PEL uh goh)(noun) a large body of water containing many islands; a group of islands.
The islands in the Hawaiian archipelago make up the fiftieth state in the United States.
2/3 bibelot – (BEE buh low)(noun) a small object of beauty or rarity.
Many bibelots found in sunken treasure are made of priceless gems and precious metals.
2/4 burlesque – (bur LESK)(noun) exaggerated imitation.
Before movies were invented, Vaudeville actors were famous for their burlesque skits.
2/5 Byzantine – (BIZ un teen)(adjective) difficult to understand and complicated; characterized by the architectural style of the Byzantine empire.
Byzantine architecture is characterized by spires, domes, arches, and minarets.
2/6 conflagration – (kahn fluh GRAY shun)(noun) a large destructive fire.
They say that a cow named Elsie was responsible for the conflagration that occurred in Chicago in the early 1900’s.
2/9 denizen – (DEN I zun)(noun) inhabitant.
Sharks are often called denizens of the deep, even though their habitat is typically in shallow waters near the shore.
2/10 eloquent – (EL oh kwent)(adjective) extremely expressive in speech, writing, or movement.
The dancers glided eloquently across the stage with practiced, graceful movements.
2/11 foment – (foh MENT)(verb) to instigate.
Agitators were sent into the crowd to foment discontent.
2/12 gauche – (GOHSH)(adjective) unpolished; unmannerly; unsophisticated.
Nancy’s gauche behavior shocked everyone at the senator’s reception.
2/13 hackneyed – (HAK need)(adjective) overused; cliché.
A strong writer tries to avoid hackneyed expressions.
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2/17 idiosyncrasy – (id dee oh SINK ruh see)(noun) a behavioral quirk.
Her worst idiosyncrasy involved repeating back everything that was said to her.
2/18 juxtapose – (JUK stuh pohz)(verb) to place side by side.
Although Hamlet is a tragedy, several moments of comedy are juxtaposed with the tearful scenes.
2/19 magnanimous – (mag NAN uh mus)(adjective) generous; noble in spirit.
The mayoral candidate was magnanimous in defeat, telling his constituents to support his opponent.
2/20 metaphysics – (met uh FIZ iks)(noun) the study of what exists, the study of ultimate reality.
Sometimes doctrine becomes so intertwined with older metaphysics that they are nearly impossible to separate.
2/23 noisome – (NOY sum)(adjective) having an unpleasant odor; harmful or injurious to health.
When I opened the garbage can, the odor was so noisome I thought I might suffocate before I could get the lid back on.
2/24 prestigious – (pres TEE jus)(adjective) highly esteemed.
Since I was just promoted to a prestigious position within my company, I now have a fancy title and a spacious office.
2/25 regurgitate – (rih GURJ ih tate)(verb) to cause to serge or rush back; to vomit.
Many mother birds feed their young by regurgitating food.
2/26 svelte – (sfelt)(adjective) slim; slender.
The svelte waitress was able to move easily between the crowded tables.
2/27 valedictory – (val uh KIK tuh ree)(adjective/noun) bidding goodbye; farewell address.
Reilly was chosen to deliver the valedictory address for his graduating class.