Saturday, July 17, 2021

In other words, cowboy and turtle up

  • affix, noun. An additional element placed at the beginning or end of a root, stem, or word, or in the body of a word, to modify its meaning. (Compare infix, prefix, and suffix.)
  • clavicorn, adjective. Having club-shaped antennae, as many beetles of the group Clavicornia.
  • cowboy up, verb. To adopt a tough approach or course of action.
  • dicta probanta, noun. A theological term meaning “proof text”.
  • diurnal, adjective. Of or relating to a day or each day; of or belonging to the daytime; active by day (Compare nocturnal).
  • hendiadys, noun (Rhetoric). A figure in which a complex idea is expressed by two words connected by a copulative conjunction. For example, “to look with eyes and envy” instead of “with envious eyes.”
  • heresiologist, noun. A person who studies or writes about heresies; a heresy hunter.
  • infix, noun. An affix (word or letter) that is inserted in the body of a word.
  • lingua franca, noun. Any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages.
  • nocturnal, adjective. Of or relating to the night; done, occurring, or coming at night; active at night (Compare diurnal).
  • perlaceous, adjective. Resembling pearl in appearance; pearly, nacreous.
  • poetaster, noun. An inferior poet; a writer of poor or trashy verse; a mere versifier.
  • prefix, noun. An affix (word or letter) placed before another word.
  • schlimazel, noun. Bad luck, misfortune.
  • schwa, noun. An unstressed mid-central vowel (such as the usual sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America), represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet by (ə). The the symbol (ə) used to represent this sound.
  • sea change, noun. A striking change; any major transformation or alteration.
  • subnival, adjective. Designating the uppermost mountain zone in which regular plant growth is still possible, immediately below the permanent snow line.
  • suffix, noun. An affix (word or letter) added at the end of a word to form a derivative.
  • turtle up, verb. To cope by withdrawing (as in to one’s shell).

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