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    Word of the Day

    Thought it would be nice to learn a new word every day.

    Rules:
    - Only one word per day.

    - Clearly state for which day you are posting in the title line.

    - To give an equal chance to all, the same person cannot post twice in the same week (at least 7 days later).

    - The definition should come from a legitimate online dictionary and the link should be posted at the end of the post.
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    March 22

    ubiquitous
    adjective FORMAL OR HUMOROUS
    seeming to be in all places:

    Leather is very much in fashion this season, as of course is the ubiquitous denim.
    The Swedes are not alone in finding their language under pressure from the ubiquitous spread of English.
    The radio, that most ubiquitous of consumer-electronic appliances, is about to enter a new age.

    ubiquitously

    adverb

    ubiquity
    noun [U] FORMAL
    the ubiquity of fast-food outlets (= the fact that they are found everywhere)


    (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/def...=CALD&key=85831)
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    *edit*
    someone can't read the instructions
    *points finger at self*
    *hey, poke that thing somewhere else*
    *you learn to read instructions and then can poke fingers as well*
    *hmm, good idea, thanks*
    *welcome* *pokes finger*

    nope, I'm really not crazy
    Last edited by Jay; 03-22-2005 at 01:17 PM.
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    Catch-22 also catch-22 (noun)


    One:

    1. A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions: “In the Catch-22 of a closed repertoire, only music that is already familiar is thought to deserve familiarity” (Joseph McLennan).
    2. The rules or conditions that create such a situation.

    Two:
    A situation or predicament characterized by absurdity or senselessness.

    Three:
    A contradictory or self-defeating course of action: “The Catch-22 of his administration was that every grandiose improvement scheme began with community dismemberment” (Village Voice).

    Four:
    A tricky or disadvantageous condition; a catch: “Of course, there is a Catch-22 with Form 4868you are supposed to include a check if you owe any additional tax, otherwise you face some penalties” (New York).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay
    *edit*
    someone can't read the instructions
    *points finger at self*
    *hey, poke that thing somewhere else*
    *you learn to read instructions and then can poke fingers as well*
    *hmm, good idea, thanks*
    *welcome* *pokes finger*

    nope, I'm really not crazy
    .......begs to differ......

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    For all those weary of the endless commute from the homely suburbs into the dreary office-pocked metropolis:

    Bathysiderodromophobia : noun fear of subways, undergrounds, or metros.
    Faith is believing what you know ain't so - Mark Twain

    The preachers deal with men of straw, as they are men of straw themselves - Henry David Thoreau

    The way to see faith is to shut the eye of reason - Benjamin Franklin

    The teaching of the church, theoretically astute, is a lie in practice and a compound of vulgar superstitions and sorcery - Leo Tolstoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by baddad
    .......begs to differ......
    Beg you may but I would give in even without the begging
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    jingoism noun [U] DISAPPROVING
    the extreme belief that your own country is always best, which is often shown in enthusiastic support for a war against another country:

    Patriotism can turn into jingoism and intolerance very quickly.


    jingoist noun [C] DISAPPROVING
    someone who believes that their own country is always best:

    He was a confirmed jingoist and would frequently speak about the dangers of Britain forming closer ties with the rest of Europe.


    jingoistic adjective DISAPPROVING


    (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...ey=42703&ph=on)
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    Bathysiderodromophobia..WOW...such an interesting word

    Does it include fear of subterranean?

    Quote Originally Posted by atiguhya padma
    March 24th

    For all those weary of the endless commute from the homely suburbs into the dreary office-pocked metropolis:

    Bathysiderodromophobia : noun fear of subways, undergrounds, or metros.


    "there are people in the world so hungry that God can not appear to them except in the form of bread"

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    Tannhauserism is a love of caves and all things subterranean, IIRC.

    Maybe Bathysiderodromophobia covers fear of subterranean spaces and passages, but don't quote me on it.
    Faith is believing what you know ain't so - Mark Twain

    The preachers deal with men of straw, as they are men of straw themselves - Henry David Thoreau

    The way to see faith is to shut the eye of reason - Benjamin Franklin

    The teaching of the church, theoretically astute, is a lie in practice and a compound of vulgar superstitions and sorcery - Leo Tolstoy

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    Entitle/Entitlement

    I finally got to enter a word... the word

    entitle (ALLOW)
    verb [T]
    to give someone the right to do or have something:
    Being unemployed entitles you to free medical treatment.
    [+ to infinitive] The employer is entitled to ask for references.

    entitled
    adjective [+ to infinitive]
    I felt entitled (= I felt I had the right) to know how my own money is being spent!

    entitlement
    noun [C or U]
    something that you have right to do or have, or when you have the right to do or have something:
    pension/holiday entitlements
    Managers have generous leave entitlement.

    linky 1

    OR

    entitle (GIVE TITLE)
    to give a title to a book, film, etc:
    Her latest novel, entitled 'The Forgotten Sex', is out this week.

    linky 2
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    acquiesce
    Definition


    verb [I] FORMAL
    to accept or agree to something, often unwillingly:
    Reluctantly, he acquiesced to/in the plans.

    acquiescent

    adjective FORMAL
    She has a very acquiescent nature (= agrees to everything without complaining). <--- not sure about this example, I have yet to meet any women who agrees to anything without complaining

    acquiescence

    noun [U]
    I was surprised by her acquiescence to/in the scheme.

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    I thought this would be a good place to post this. Many of you are probably familiar with the word gullible. It is usually used to mean easily fooled or deceived.

    But how many of you knew that gullible is in fact NOT an actual word at all? That it cannot be found in any English dictionary?
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    haha...very very funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    I thought this would be a good place to post this. Many of you are probably familiar with the word gullible. It is usually used to mean easily fooled or deceived.

    But how many of you knew that gullible is in fact NOT an actual word at all? That it cannot be found in any English dictionary?
    Uhm, we would be too gullible to believe that!
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