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Word of the Day–2/28/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 28, 2011

Nom de plume

[nom-duh-ploom; French: nawn-duh-plym]

(n.) pen name; pseudonym

“The famous author Samuel Langhorne Clemens,
known by his nom de plume Mark Twain, wrote the classic American novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

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Word of the Day–2/25/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 25, 2011

Amuck

[uh-muck] (adj.) mad with murderous frenzy.

From the 1670s Malay word amuk, meaning “to attack furiously.”

“The students went amuck when they learned their college team won the
championship.”

~brought to you by Dr. Rapoport’s former Reading 110 student,
Heather Smith

 

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Word of the Day – 2/24/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 24, 2011

Denotation
[dee-noh-tey-shuhn] (n.) the explicit or
direct meaning or set of meanings of a word.

*derived from the Latin denotare, meaning “to mark out.”

“Unsure if she used the correct word, the conscientious student looked up its denotation to be sure.”

 

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Word of the Day–2/23/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 23, 2011

Reprehensible

[rep-ri-hen-suh-buhl] (adj.) deserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthy.

*derived from the Latin reprehendere, meaning “to seize, restrain, or pull back.”

“It is, of course, reprehensible to steal from others, but plain stupid to steal from yourself.”

-Peter Ustinov

 

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Word of the Day – 2/22/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 22, 2011

Cajole
[kuh-johl] (v.) to persuade by flattery or promises.

 

*derived from the French cajoler, meaning “to cajole, wheedle, coax,”.

“Self-confidence is apt to address itself to an imaginary dullness in others; as people who are well off speak in a cajoling tone to the poor.”

~George Eliot

 

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Word of the Day–2/21/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 21, 2011

Forthright

[fawrth-rahyt] (adj.) going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken.

*The word is derived from the Old English forðriht, meaning forward and good.

“We now need to resolve this election in a way that is fair and forthright.”

~Al Gore

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Word of the Day–2/18/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 21, 2011

Inveigh

[in-vay] (v.) to protest.

* From the Latin invehi, meaning “to attack with words,” originally “carry oneself against,” .

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin was written to inveigh against slavery.”

~brought to you by Dr. Rapoport’s former Reading 110 student,
Anne Meyers

 

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Word of the Day–2/17/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 21, 2011

Confound

[kon-found, kuh n-] (v.) to throw into
confusion or disorder.

“As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.”

~Leonardo da Vinci

 

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Word of the Day–02/16/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 16, 2011

Resilient

[ri-zil-yuh-nt, -zil-ee-uh nt] (adj.) recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like.

“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”

~Bern Williams

 

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Word of the Day – 2/15/2011

Posted by ccasc on February 15, 2011

Adulation
[Aj-uh-ley-shuh n] (adj.) constant in effort
accomplish something.

 

“The ambitious are forever followed by adulation, for they receive the most pleasure from flattery”

~Oliver Goldsmith

 

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