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Archive for April, 2009

Word of the Day …

Posted by ccasc on April 24, 2009

It’s Friday, and it is also the … LAST DAY OF CLASS! Congrats, folks!

Today’s word is propitiate.

Propitiateverb. to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.

Here’s a lovely quotation I found that uses the word:
“When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast.”
~ John Burroughs

Have a nice weekend!
~ Lauren Bach

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Word(s) of the Day …

Posted by ccasc on April 23, 2009

Hello, folks! Sorry for the gap in posts. But good news, today you get two new words instead of one!

Remonstrateverb. to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.

Sample sentence:
The professor remonstrated the student for the abundant grammar errors in her paper; she should have gone to the Academic Skills Center. 

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Quixoticadjective. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary or impractical.

Sample sentence:
Her quixotic beau sent her roses and love poems every day. 

That’s all! Enjoy!

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Word of the day: Pundit

Posted by ccasc on April 22, 2009

Good Morning Ladies,

Today’s Word of the Day is Pundit.

Pundit – n. a learned person, expert, or authority

Lauren Bach came up with this sentence using our Word of the Day:

The writing consultants in the Academic Skills Center are grammar pundits.

Also, the ASC has evaluation forms available on the desk as you walk into the center.  Come tell us what you liked, what you found helpful, and what we can improve on.

Have a great Wednesday.

The ASC

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Word of the Day …

Posted by ccasc on April 20, 2009

Well, well, well – the semester is winding down. It is the last week of classes, folks!

Need help with that final paper?
We can help!
Come on by the Academic Skills Center!

The Word of the Day for Monday, April 20th, 2009 is fatuous.

Fatuousadjective. foolish or inane, especially in an unconscious, complacent manner.

Here’s a sample sentence:
Young children often exhibit fatuous behavior until they learn about social cues and norms. 

Well, good luck with all your last minute work!
Have a good one!

~ Lauren Bach

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Word of the Day …

Posted by ccasc on April 17, 2009

The Word of the Day for Friday, April 17th, 2009 is concomitant.

Concomitant adjective. existing or occurring with something else, often in a lesser way; accompanying; concurrent.

Here’s a sample sentence:

The vice president is concomitant to the president.

Enjoy, folks! Have a nice weekend!

~ Lauren Bach

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Word of the Day

Posted by ccasc on April 16, 2009

The Word of the Day for Thursday, April 16th, 2009 is parlance.

Parlance – noun. a way or manner of speaking; vernacular; idiom.

Here’s a sample sentence:

“You can tell a lot about a person by their parlance.”  

~ Lauren Bach

Enjoy, folks!

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Word of the Day …

Posted by ccasc on April 15, 2009

The Word of the Day for Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 is sycophant.

Sycophantnoun. a self-seeking, servile flatterer; a fawning parasite.

Here’s a quotation that uses sycophant:

“Journalists were never intended to be the cheerleaders of a society, the conductors of applause, the sycophants. Tragically, that is their assigned role in authoritarian societies …”
~ Chet Huntley

Enjoy, folks!

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Word of the day …

Posted by ccasc on April 14, 2009

Today’s Word of the Day is Pusillanimous!!!…I know you’re excited!

Pusillanimousadjective. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; timid.

Here’s a sample sentence:

“Why, anybody can have a brain!  That’s a very mediocre commodity.  Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain.”

~The Wizard of Oz

ENJOY the film quote…Yay!

~Brittany

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Word of the Day …

Posted by ccasc on April 13, 2009

The Word of the Day for Monday, April 13th is perspicacious.

Perspicacious adjective. having keen mental perception and understanding.

Here’s a sample sentence:
Come to the Academic Skills Center and work with a perspicacious writing consultant.

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Word of the Day

Posted by ccasc on April 9, 2009

Today’s Word of the Day is foible.

Foiblenoun. a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect.

Here’s a sample sentence:

Every writer has foibles; the best writers know their weaknesses and proactively work on them.

ENJOY!

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