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Today's word is pellucid

  1. Mar 26, 2006 #1
    "Today's word is pellucid"

    Onelook Dictionary is a site where you can search a slew of different dictionaries at once for a word by checking the "search all dictionaries" option.

    http://www.onelook.com/


    Apparently that have a "word of the day" feature, and today's word is pellucid.

    Quick definitions (pellucid)

    # adjective: (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable (Example: "Pellucid prose")
    # adjective: transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity (Example: "A pellucid brook")
    # Word origin info is available.*

    *"transparent, translucent," 1619, from L. pellucidus "transparent," from pellucere "shine through," from per- "through" + lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).

    This latter feature, word origin info links you to the Online Etymology Dictionary which gives an interesting history of the word.
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    "Pellucid" is an ironic word: since it's not part of the average person's vocabulary, using it will make your meaning less pellucid.
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2006 #2
    That was very pellucid!
     
  4. Mar 26, 2006 #3
    A luculent explanation of an eldritch concept, forsooth
     
  5. Mar 26, 2006 #4
    Thanks, but it's neither luculent nor pellucid to me what an "eldritch concept" is.
     
  6. Mar 27, 2006 #5

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    Merriam-Webster Dictionary online. Yeah, I use this word a lot. :bugeye:

    The Word of the Day for March 27 is:

    Götterdämmerung • \gher-ter-DEM-uh-roong\ • noun
    : a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder; broadly : downfall

    Example sentence:
    Although we all hoped for a peaceful transfer of power, we feared the conflict would instead end in a chaotic Götterdämmerung.
     
  7. Mar 27, 2006 #6

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    Norwegian word of the day: Gjelgje
    Moveable pin above the fireplace with a hook screwed in (the "gjelgjekrok"), upon which a kettle/pot may be hung, and swung into position above the fire (i.e, so that the contents in the kettle may be heated).
     
  8. Mar 27, 2006 #7
    Ah, but you missed the interesting etymology:

    "Etymology: German, literally, twilight of the gods, from Götter (plural of Gott god) + Dämmerung twilight"

    "The Twilight Of The Gods," Götterdämmerung is part of the famous "The Ring Of The Niebelungen" by Wagner, which was a large influence on Tolkien's "Lord Of The Rings."

    That Webster's example is actually the first time I've ever seen Götterdämmerung applied outside that opera.

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    The OneLook's Word of the Day is :

    Quick definitions (limpid)

    # adjective: (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable (Example: "Writes in a limpid style")
    # adjective: clear and bright (Example: "Limpid blue eyes")
    # adjective: transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity (Example: "Could see the sand on the bottom of the limpid pool")

    It seems they're obsessed with clarity lately.
     
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  9. Mar 27, 2006 #8
    You could pretty much make them up and no one would be the wiser.
     
  10. Mar 27, 2006 #9
    Curiously, Götterdämmerung is the tittle of a song of Stratovarius, one of my favourite bands, though given that is a finnish band, i thought that it was a finnish word, not being accepted in the english parlance
     
  11. Mar 27, 2006 #10

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    It is NOT made up! :grumpy:

    Neither is "klopp":
    Trunk of tree laid over a river so that one may come dryshod over to the other side (unless one slips and falls into the river, that is).
     
  12. Mar 27, 2006 #11
    Zoobie Word Of The Day:

    prkwqilmnnntte n. twig of brush used to point to stuff when teaching young zoobies to speak
     
  13. Mar 27, 2006 #12

    arildno

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    Zoobie is not a recognized language among civilized individuals.
     
  14. Mar 27, 2006 #13
    Not much by zoobies either.
     
  15. Mar 27, 2006 #14

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    I would like the pronounciation of that word if you please zooby.
     
  16. Mar 27, 2006 #15

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    You should poke them with your prkwqilmnnntte, then.
     
  17. Mar 27, 2006 #16
    Same way it's spelled, of course.
     
  18. Mar 28, 2006 #17

    jimmy p

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    I'm intrigued as to how you pronounce 3 n's without sounding like a jerk. Every time I try it just sounds weird.
     
  19. Mar 28, 2006 #18
    Put some effort into it, damn you!
     
  20. Mar 28, 2006 #19

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    Are you going into reruns already? I'm pretty sure that you used this one about a year ago when I first started hanging around here. Slackard! :grumpy:
     
  21. Mar 29, 2006 #20

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    It is my favourite Norwegian word.
    Unfortunately, I've never been in a situation where I might use it naturally :cry:
     
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