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Old 07-01-2003, 01:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Word of the day July 1

The Word of the Day for July 1 is:

temporize • \TEM-puh-ryze\ • (verb) 1. to act to suit the time or occasion; yield to current or dominant opinion; compromise; 2. to draw out discussions or negotiations so as to gain time

A little more information about today’s word:
"Temporize" comes from the Medieval Latin verb "temporizare" ("to pass the time"), which itself comes from the Latin noun "tempus," meaning "time." ("Tempus" is also the root of such words as "tempo," "contemporary," and "temporal.") If you need to buy some time, you might resort to temporizing—but you probably won't win admiration for doing so. "Temporize" can have a somewhat negative connotation. For instance, a political leader faced with a difficult issue might temporize by talking vaguely about possible solutions without actually doing anything. The point of such temporizing is to avoid taking definite—and possibly unpopular—action, in hopes that the problem will somehow go away. But the effect is often just to make matters worse.

My sentence (using definition #2):
The legislature was accused of temporizing while the budget deficit continued to worsen.

Based on Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, 10th Edition.

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Old 07-01-2003, 02:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Management tried to temporize the negotiations with the union rather then bargain in good faith.
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Old 07-01-2003, 04:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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After heated debate, both sides decided to temporize to end the deadlock.
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Old 07-01-2003, 05:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The agents for the ballplayer temporized while they dtermined if the player had other suiters.
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Old 07-01-2003, 05:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Sometimes I temporize my bosses' pet projects,
while dealing with the real issues.

No wonder I get into to trouble.
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Old 07-01-2003, 07:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My kid begins to temporize when bedtime is near.
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Old 07-02-2003, 12:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Word of the day July 2

The Word of the Day for July 2 is:

redbrick • \RED-brick\ • (adjective) 1. built of red brick; 2 often capitalized: of, relating to, or being the British universities founded in the 19th or early 20th century

A little more information about today’s word:
Although red brick is a perfectly innocent building material in America, the British usage of "redbrick" is often potentially uncomplimentary. "Redbrick" is a British coinage created to denote the universities which were newer and perhaps less prestigious than Oxford and Cambridge (and sometimes the ancient universities of Scotland). These newer universities tended to be constructed of red brick, rather than the stone used for Oxford and Cambridge, and were most often created in industrial cities such as Liverpool. Sometimes the term is also used to distinguish these universities from those built after World War II. Limited evidence suggests that "redbrick" may be developing an extended meaning of "lower-class" or "working class," but this is not established enough to merit dictionary entry.

My sentence (using definition #2):
Maureen graduated with a Redbrick degree three years ago and now works in London.

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Old 07-02-2003, 02:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The man felt very confident that he would get the job because of his Redbrick degree.
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Old 07-02-2003, 05:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Janis, with her Old Navy attire and Redbrick upbringing could never quite fit in with her new crowd up on the Hill.
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Old 07-02-2003, 05:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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As my bills fly in every month I am constantly temporizing in the most creative ways.
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Old 07-02-2003, 05:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Newly graduated from the community college, Stan was surprised that his redbrick diploma did not open many doors.
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Old 07-02-2003, 05:35 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My wife accuses me of temporizing when it comes to the ol' "honeydew" list...
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Old 07-02-2003, 05:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Yale & Harvard would not be considered Redbrick institutions,
either figuratively or literally.
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Old 07-02-2003, 05:54 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Today a degree gained through the internet (even from a reputable college) would be considered redbrick.
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Old 07-02-2003, 09:50 AM   #15 (permalink)
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If you want a gal with more than just a killer body, go chase after the redbrick poon.
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Old 07-02-2003, 03:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
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If I graduated with a redbrick degree, I'd probably have a bloody English accent. It'd be rippa. :-)
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Old 07-03-2003, 01:57 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Word of the day July 3

The Word of the Day for July 3 is:

abject • \AB-jekt\ • (adjective) 1. sunk to or existing in a low state or condition; 2a. cast down in spirit; servile, spiritless; 2b. showing utter hopelessness or resignation; 3. expressing or offered in a humble and often ingratiating spirit

A little more information about today’s word:
"Abject" comes to us from Latin "abjectus," the past participle of the verb "abicere," meaning "to cast off." "Abicere" in turn comes from the prefix "ab-" ("away, off") and the verb "jacere," which means "to throw." As you may have guessed, "reject" is a cousin of "abject"—it is ultimately derived from "re-" and "jacere." (Both words arrived in English in the 15th century.) "Jacere" has a number of other descendants in English as well, including "deject," "eject," "conjecture," and "adjective," just to name a few.

My sentence (using definition #2b):
"In reality the difference between spectacular success and abject failure can come down to a little luck and a few dedicated inventors toiling behind the scenes."
-- Robert Langreth and Zina Moukheiber, Forbes, June 23, 2003

Based on Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, 10th Edition.

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Old 07-03-2003, 04:50 AM   #18 (permalink)
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The abject failure of the experiment was disheartening to the scientist.
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Old 07-03-2003, 05:45 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Living in abject poverty has a way of destroying peoples hopes and sense of humanity.
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Old 07-03-2003, 05:51 AM   #20 (permalink)
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There have been times in my life where I've been in an abject mood.
I kick myself out of it, and move on.
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Old 07-03-2003, 08:22 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Reality television can be described as abject entertainment.
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Old 07-03-2003, 10:50 PM   #22 (permalink)
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He entered an abject depression following the death of his grandfather.
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Old 07-04-2003, 02:53 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Word of the day July 4

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The Word of the Day for July 4 is:

bloviate • \BLOH-vee-ayt\ • (verb) to speak or write verbosely and windily

A little more information about today’s word:
Warren G. Harding is often linked to "bloviate," but to him the word wasn't even remotely insulting; it simply meant "to spend time idly." Harding used the word often in that "hanging around" sense, but during his tenure as the 29th U.S. President (1921-23), he became associated with the "verbose" sense of "bloviate," perhaps because his speeches tended to the long-winded side. Although he is sometimes credited with having coined the word, it's more likely that Harding picked it up from local slang while hanging around with his boyhood buddies in Ohio in the late 1800s. The term most likely derives from a combination of the word "blow" plus the suffix "-ate."

My sentence:
Paul can bloviate on a par with the windiest of politicians, but he’s also capable of being concise and getting right to the point.

Based on Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, 10th Edition.

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Old 07-04-2003, 05:52 AM   #24 (permalink)
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If I don't stick to my notes during a presentation I tend to bloviate out of nervousness.
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Old 07-04-2003, 07:28 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Well, god knows I'm NEVER one to bloviate.
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Old 07-04-2003, 10:51 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Larry the Loquacious' rambling bloviations were like an opiate to those he came into contact with,
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Old 07-04-2003, 10:52 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I'm generally quiet, so I tend not to bloviate.
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Old 07-04-2003, 06:55 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I could bloviate all night and you still wouldn't listen.
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Old 07-05-2003, 04:46 AM   #29 (permalink)
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He often dreamed of great things for himself, but laziness restricted him to an abject existence.
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Old 07-05-2003, 04:47 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Some females I know can bloviate with the best of them.
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Old 07-05-2003, 04:06 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Although many times people find the need to be concise to the point of being terse or taciturn, some tend to migrate towards the opposite end of the spectrum and bloviate with uncomparable verbosity and superfluously flowery speech.
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Old 07-06-2003, 05:16 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I bloviate when I don't need to, and procrastinate when I need to bloviate.

Twice the bloviation!
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Old 07-07-2003, 02:00 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Word of the day July 7

The Word of the Day for July 7 is:

chin-wag • \CHIN-wag\ • (noun) slang: conversation, chat

A little more information about today’s word:
In English, phrases about wagging tongues have suggested the act of speech since at least the late 1500s. The pairing of "chin" with "wag" to refer to talk didn't occur until several centuries later, but when it did, "chin" took on a life of its own as a term for idle chatter. Other "chin" expressions for loose lips include "chin-music" (a noun meaning "idle talk, chatter"), "chinfest" (another noun synonymous with "chat"), and "chin" itself (which can be used either as a verb meaning "to chatter" or a noun meaning "a chat").

My sentence:
"Few things in life are better than a good chin-wag over a cup of tea," my aunt often said, and I have fond memories of our many teatime chats.

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Old 07-07-2003, 04:08 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Our weekend in Las Vegas is sure to be remembered fondly in future beer fueled chin-wags.
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Old 07-07-2003, 05:13 AM   #35 (permalink)
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I was watch chin-Wag The Dog, and couldn’t believe one of my favorite actors portrayed that cur.
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Old 07-07-2003, 05:24 AM   #36 (permalink)
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The TFP members are known for their constant chin-wagging.
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Old 07-07-2003, 05:52 AM   #37 (permalink)
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The tiny beard musicians like to grow right under their bottom lip is a chin-wag.
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Old 07-07-2003, 09:52 AM   #38 (permalink)
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The garrulous tend to bloviate.
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Old 07-07-2003, 09:59 AM   #39 (permalink)
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We need to have a chin-wag.
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Old 07-07-2003, 10:00 AM   #40 (permalink)
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He bloviated endlessly during our chin-wag.
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