Learn a word every day

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Learn a word every day
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:04:29 PM »
Every day we encounter with some familiar words. Thousands words remain unused as we hardly know their meanings. So let's try to learn a word a everyday.
 
Whippersnapper:

A whippersnapper is someone who is younger than you are but also irritatingly overconfident and impertinent, like your little smart aleck cousin.

The word whippersnapper describes a specific kind of bratty, know-it-all kid, and it's only used by an older person who is talking about a younger person. It's a fairly old-fashioned word, having been around since the late-1600s, when it apparently arose out of "whip-snapper," which implied a general sense of lots of noise and very little importance. Around the same time, the word "whipperginnie" was a derogatory term for a woman.

Synonyms: a)Jacknapes: It means  a colorful but very old fashioned way to describe a rascal or a whippersnapper. Your great-grandfather might shake his cane and yell, "Get off my lawn, you jackanapes!" when the neighbor kids lose their basketball in his yard, but they're unlikely to know what the word means. Jackanapes is from the fifteenth century, and it's thought to come from the phrase "Jack of Naples," or to have some connection to the word apes, but experts are uncertain.

b) Lightweight: Break lightweight apart — light + weight — and you see its definition right there in its root words. Someone who is called a lightweight is either a professional boxer who weighs under 135 pounds or he's someone with little importance or ability. When a company is looking to make layoffs, it's the lightweight employees, or those who just aren't important to the business that often get axed first.

Source:www.vocabulary.com

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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2015, 11:31:41 AM »
Ex gratia: An ex gratia payment is not necessary, especially legally, but is made to show good intentions:



Example:  Ex gratia payments were made to all those who had been affected by the spillage.

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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2015, 10:51:16 AM »
Ass over teakettle: a) Frantically , in complete disarray.

Example: We've been scrambling ass over teakettle to get this thing done on time.

 b) Head over heels. Used frequently by weird Canadian mother-in-laws.

Example: Damn, Tom got really wasted and fell out of his chair, ass over teakettle.



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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2015, 12:17:18 PM »
Te Deum: a) an early Christian hymn of praise
                b) A religious service in which the singing of the hymn forms a principal part; a public thanksgiving

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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2015, 04:44:24 PM »
Very good, really liked it
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2015, 01:34:54 PM »
Babbitt  metal: A soft white alloy of variable composition used in bearings to diminish friction

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2015, 12:37:47 PM »
Wicca: A neopagan religion first published in 1954 by British civil servant Gerald Gardner, involving the worship of God and Goddess,and the boservance of eight Sabbats.

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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2015, 03:01:52 PM »
Good initiative.

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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2015, 03:07:06 PM »
onerous: 1. laborious or oppressive
                2. (Law) law (of a contract, lease, etc) having or involving burdens or obligations that counterbalance or outweigh the advantages.

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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2015, 04:36:07 PM »
Educe
Develop or evolve from a latent or potential state


We educed some interesting linguistic data from the native informant"
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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2015, 09:18:45 AM »
roach

A roll of hair brushed back from the forehead
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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2015, 11:11:26 AM »
Onerous:

 involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty.

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Re: Learn a word every day
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2015, 01:53:09 PM »
So many new and interesting words indeed!!! :)

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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2015, 01:04:42 PM »
 Vie: to rival ; to struggle for superiority or to compete eagerly so as to gain something

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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2015, 06:07:05 PM »
Brio (noun) Italian origin
vigor; vivacity
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