Tuesday, June 01, 2010
May '10 List of Today's Word/Photo Friday Winner
FUG (fug) noun--an odorous emanation; the stuffy atmosphere of a hot, crowded, poorly ventilated space.
LOUCHE (loosh) adj.--cross-eyed, squint-eyed.
FLUMMERY (FLUM-er-ee) noun--a soft jelly or porridge; something poor, trashy, or not worth having.
EPICENE (EP-i-seen) adj.--having characteristics typical of the other sex; lacking vigor.
DERACINATE (de-RAS-en-ate) verb--to pull out by the roots; to separate from one's environment.
ASSIZE (uh-SIZE) noun--an instruction, decree or enactment made at a legislative sitting or assembly.
BOMBILATION (bom-bi-LAY-shun) noun--a buzzing, droning sound.
PARLOUS (PAR-lus) adj.--characterized by uncertainty, fraught with danger or risk.
EPINICIAN (eh-puh-NISH-un) adj.--celebrating victory; or noun--a song of victory.
INEXPUGNABLE (in-eks-PUG-nuh-bul) adj.--incapable of being taken by assault or subdued by force.
SPOONERISM (SPOON-ur-izem) noun--transposition of usually initial sounds of two or more words.
RUBE (roob) noun--awkward, unsophisticated and usually gullible rustic person, ignorant of urban ways.
EX NIHILO (eks-NEE-hel-lo) adj.--from or out of nothing.
DRAGOON (druh-GOON) noun--a mounted infantryman of the 17th and 18th centuries.
SOPORIFIC (sop-uh-RIF-ik) adj.--causing or tending to cause sleep.
SENTIENT (SENCH-ent) adj.--capable of sensation and at least rudimentary consciousness.
GYNARCHY (GY-nar-kee) noun--government by women.
ESTIVATE (ES-tuh-vayt) verb--to spend a summer usually at one place, sometimes in relative inactivity.
ANOMIE (AN-uh-mee) noun--a state of society in which normative standards of belief have disappeared.
EPICRISIS (eh-PIK-ruh-sus) noun--a critical or analytical summing up, esp. of a medical case history.
DECRETAL (duh-KREED-ul) noun--an authoritative order, a decree.
PERVICACIOUS (pur-vi-KAY-shus) adj.--very obstinate.
RELUCT (ruh-LUKT) intrans. verb--to struggle against; to feel/show repugnance or reluctance.
NULLAH (NUL-la) noun--a watercourse that's often dry; a gully, ravine.
CONTEXTURE (kun-TEKS-chur) noun--the arrangement and union of the constituent parts of a thing.
EFFLEURAGE (ef-flu-RAGH) noun--a light stroking movement used in massage.
CONATION (ko-NAY-shun) noun--an inclination or drive to act purposefully.
PHLEGETHON (FLE-guh-THON) noun, capitalized--a river of fire in Hades.
ECDYSIAST (ek-DIZ-ee-AST) noun--a stripteaser.
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