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3/31/11: Deleterious

Posted by ccasc on March 31, 2011

Deleterious

[del-i-teer-ee-uhs

(adj.) injurious to health; harmful.

*from the Greek deleterious, meaning “noxious”

“Tis pity wine should be so deleterious, for tea and coffee leave us much more serious.”

~Lord Byron

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Word of the Day–3/30/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 30, 2011

Vernacular

[ver-nak-yuh-ler, vuh-nak-]  (adj.) native or indigenous language.

*from the Latin vernaculus, meaning “domestic, native.”

“Music is the vernacular of the human soul.”

~Geoffrey Latham

 

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Word of the Day–3/29/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 30, 2011

Debilitate

[dih-bil-i-teyt]  (v.) to make weak or feeble; enfeeble.

*from the Latin debilitare, meaning “to weaken.”

Chemotherapy is known to debilitate cancer patients while also helping them fight their illness.

 

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Word of the Day–3/28/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 28, 2011

Haughty

[haw-tee]  (adj.) disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious.

*from the Middle English haute, meaning “high in one’s own estimation.”

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

~Joseph Addison

 

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ASC Word of the Day–3/25/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 28, 2011

Penultimate

[pi-nuhl-tuh-mit] (adj.) being or occurring next to last.

* From the 1670s, from earlier penultima, meaning “the next to the last syllable of a word or verse.”

“Katie is a junior and in her penultimate year at Columbia College.” 

~brought to you by Dr. Rapoport’s former Reading 110 student,
Kendra Johnson

 

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Word of the Day – 3/24/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 24, 2011

Unassuming
[uhn-uh-soo-ming]
(adj.) modest; unpretentious.

*from the prefix –un, meaning “not” and the Latin assumere,  meaning “to take up.”

“I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.”

~Albert Einstein

 

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ASC’s Word of the Day–3/23/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 23, 2011

Discreet

[dih-skreet] (adj.) judicious in one’s conduct or speech especially with regard to respecting privacy.

*from the French discret, meaning “discreet, sensible, intelligent, wise.” 

“Once man demanded virtue in woman; now all he expects is that she be discreet.”
-Anonymous

 

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ASC’s Word of the Day–3/23/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 23, 2011

Connotation

[kon-uh-tey-shuhn] (n.) the associated or secondary meaning of a word in addition to its primary meaning

*from the Middle Latin connotare, meaning “signify in addition to the main meaning,”

“In the East the wilderness has no evil connotation; it is thought of as an expression of the unity and harmony of the universe.”

~William Orville Douglas

 

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ASC’s Word of the Day–3/21/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 21, 2011

Pathos

[pey-thos, -thohs, -thaws] (n.) the quality or power of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.

*from the Greek pathos, literally meaning “what befalls one.”

“Whenever you find humor, you find pathos close by his side.”

~Edwin P. Whipple

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Word of the Day–3/18/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 18, 2011

Indelible

[in-deh-luh-bul] (adj.) making marks that cannot be easily removed, washed away, or erased.

* From the Latin indelebilis, meaning “imperishable.”

Brandi chose her tattoo very carefully because it is indelible.”

~brought to you by Dr. Rapoport’s former Reading 110 student,
Brandie Vanlue

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