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Author Topic: Word of the Day Challenge  (Read 86256 times)

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Online Daeva

Re: Word of the Day Challenge
« Reply #1225 on: July 09, 2020, 12:32:37 PM »
Today's Word of the Day is....


bromide
noun | BROH-myde


Definition

1 : a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (such as potassium bromide) used as sedatives

2 a : a commonplace or tiresome person : bore

b : a commonplace or hackneyed statement or notion


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After bromine was discovered in the 1820s, chemists could not resist experimenting with the new element. It didn't take long before they found uses for its compounds, in particular potassium bromide. Potassium bromide started being used as a sedative to treat everything from epilepsy to sleeplessness, and by the 20th century, the word bromide was being used figuratively for anything or anyone that might put one to sleep because of commonness or just plain dullness. Today, bromides are no longer an ingredient in sedative preparations, but we can still feel the effects of figurative bromides as we encounter them in our daily routines.


Online Daeva

Re: Word of the Day Challenge
« Reply #1226 on: Yesterday at 11:05:26 AM »
Today's Word of the Day is....


histrionic
adjective | his-tree-AH-nik


Definition

1 : deliberately affected : overly dramatic or emotional : theatrical

2 : of or relating to actors, acting, or the theater


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The term histrionic developed from histrio, Latin for "actor." Something that is histrionic tends to remind one of the high drama of stage and screen and is often stagy and over-the-top. It especially calls to mind the theatrical form known as the melodrama, where plot and physical action, not characterization, are emphasized. But something that is histrionic isn't always overdone; the word can also simply refer to an actor or describe something related to the theater. In that sense, it becomes a synonym of thespian.


Online Daeva

Re: Word of the Day Challenge
« Reply #1227 on: Today at 09:27:56 AM »
Today's Word of the Day is....


confabulate
verb | kun-FAB-yuh-layt


Definition

1 : to talk informally : chat

2 : to hold a discussion : confer

3 : to fill in gaps in memory by fabrication


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Confabulate is a fabulous word for making fantastic fabrications. Given the similarities in spelling and sound, you might guess that confabulate and fabulous come from the same root, and they do—the Latin fābula, which refers to a conversation or a story. Another fābula descendant that continues to tell tales in English is fable. All three words have long histories in English: fable first appears in writing in the 14th century, and fabulous follows in the 15th. Confabulate is a relative newcomer, appearing at the beginning of the 1600s.