Saturday, January 18, 2020

In other words, @ sign to Xclamation mark

  • argle-bargle, noun. A vigorous or noisy discussion or dispute; another word for argy-bargy.
  • at sign, noun. The symbol @, read in English as ‘at’.
  • bulbous, adjective. Resembling a bulb in shape; rounded or swollen; fat or bulging.
  • contemperament, noun. A mixing or blending of elements, esp. in proportion or harmony; combination. Also: correlation; conformity.
  • contempo, adjective. Up to date, modern, fashionable; characteristic of the present time.
  • coxcomb, noun. The comb or crest of a (male) domestic fowl; also cockscomb.
  • exclamation mark, noun. A punctuation mark (!) indicating an exclamation. Also exclamation point.
  • fewtrils, noun. With plural agreement. Small or trivial things; knick-knacks.
  • halcyon, noun and adjective. In classical mythology: a bird, usually identified as a kingfisher, which brooded around the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, charming the wind and waves into calm. In later use also (chiefly poetic): a kingfisher, esp. the common kingfisher, Alcedo atthis.
  • herky-jerky, adjective. Characterized by abrupt stops and starts, or jerking movements.
  • hijinks, noun. Boisterous or rambunctious carryings-on; carefree antics or horseplay. Also high jinks.
  • jiggery-pokery, noun. Chiefly British, Underhand scheming or behavior, trickery.
  • Johnny Appleseed, noun. A person likened to Johnny Appleseed, esp. in introducing a practice, activity, idea, etc., to a wider group of people.
  • morigerous, adjective. Obedient, compliant, submissive. Also figurative.
  • mollycoddle, verb. To give someone too much care or protection; to be overprotective; pamper.
  • musophobist, noun. A person who dislikes or mistrusts poetry.
  • nomophobia, noun. Anxiety about not having access to a mobile phone or mobile phone services.
  • perjink, adjective and noun. Exact, precise, extremely accurate. Also: fussy, fastidious, prim; neat.
  • prescind, verb, transitive. To cut off beforehand, prematurely, or abruptly; to remove, cut away.
  • psychohistory, noun. The analysis or interpretation of historical events from the point of view of psychological or psychoanalytic theory.
  • schmick, adjective. Smart, stylish; admirable, excellent.
  • schlump, verb, intransitive. To behave in a lazy or slovenly way. Usually with around, about.
  • spit take, noun. An act of suddenly spitting out the liquid one is drinking as a reaction to something surprising or funny, esp. as a technique in comedic acting.
  • tempo, noun. Relative rapidity or rate of an activity or movement, often in music.

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