Saturday, May 08, 2021

In other words, tetchy and touchy

  • accurate, adjective. Free from error or defect; consistent with a standard, rule, or model; precise; exact; careful or meticulous.
  • animadversion, noun. An unfavorable or censorious comment; the act of criticizing.
  • corpus theologicum, noun. The body or collection of theology.
  • demitasse, noun. A small cup of strong black coffee or espresso; also, the small cup used to serve this drink.
  • Francophone, noun and adjective. (n.) A speaker of the French language, especially a native speaker. (adj.) French-speaking.
  • Germanophone, noun and adjective. (n.) A speaker of the German language, especially a native speaker. (adj.) German-speaking.
  • hawala, noun. A traditional system of transferring money used in Arabian and South Asian countries, whereby the money is paid to an agent who then instructs an associate in the relevant country or area to pay the final recipient.
  • hawaladar, noun. A person who acts as an agent in a hawala transaction; a hawala dealer.
  • negaholic, noun. A person with an excessively or habitually pessimistic outlook.
  • odium theologicum, noun. Bitterness developed during or typical of controversy about religion; intense anger and hatred generated by disputes over theology (Latin, theological hatred).
  • owldom, noun. The realm or domain of owls.
  • perk tree, noun. A long pole; spec. a pole or rod, set up horizontally, from which to hang cloth or clothes.
  • quaere, verb (transitive). To query; to question. Frequently with “whether.”
  • query, noun. A question or inquiry.
  • rigmarole, noun. A complicated, petty set of procedures; confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
  • spelunk, verb (used without object). To explore caves, especially as a hobby.
  • suggestio rerum, noun. Suggestion or incorporation of things or matters.
  • suggestio verborum, noun. Suggestion or incorporation of words. 
  • sycophant, noun. A person who attempts to gain advantage by flattering influential people or behaving in a servile manner.
  • ta, exclamation. (informal British) Thank you.
  • tetchy, adjective. Bad-tempered and irritable.
  • touchy, adjective. Apt to take offense on slight provocation.
  • wastrel, noun. A wasteful or good-for-nothing person.
  • whio, noun. A blue duck (New Zealand).

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