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Old 06-02-2003, 01:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Word of the day June 2

The Word of the Day for June 2 is:

soporific • \sah-puh-RIH-fik\ • (adjective) 1a. causing or tending to cause sleep; 1b. tending to dull awareness or alertness; 2. of, relating to, or marked by sleepiness or lethargy

A little more information about today’s word:
In Greek, he was called "Hypnos," but in Latin his name was "Somnus," and he was the god of sleep, the son of Night, and the brother of Death. "Somnus" is also the Latin word for "sleep" and is related to the noun "sopor," another Latin term meaning "deep sleep." It is "sopor" that we find at the root of "soporific," an adjective that has been appearing in sleepy contexts in English since the mid-1600s.

My sentence (using definition #1a):
After dinner, Charles sank onto the couch by the fireplace and—succumbing to the soporific effect of his full belly and comfortable surroundings—quickly fell asleep.

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

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Old 06-02-2003, 04:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As much as I love baseball, it is just so soporific on television.
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Old 06-02-2003, 04:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Even though I love the game, just reading a D&D book immediately has a soporific affect on me.
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Old 06-02-2003, 04:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Turkey has a soporific effect on most individuals.
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Old 06-02-2003, 04:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My wife sometimes has a soporific effect on me.
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Old 06-02-2003, 05:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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We’ll soon be having soporific can get Pizza Hut to deliver in this downpour.
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Old 06-02-2003, 06:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The client data system training I'm going to is going to be extremely soporific.
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Old 06-03-2003, 02:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Word of the day June 3

The Word of the Day for June 3 is:

roister • \ROY-ster\ • (verb) to engage in noisy revelry; carouse

A little more information about today’s word:
As Hugo Williams asserts in The Times Literary Supplement (November 15, 1991), roistering tends to be "funnier, sillier and less harmful than standard hooliganism, being based on nonsense rather than violence." Roisterers might be chagrined to learn that the word "roister" derives from a Middle French word that means "lout" or "boor" ("rustre"). Ultimately, however, it is from the fairly neutral Latin word "rusticus," meaning "rural." In the 16th century, the original English verb was simply "roist," and one who roisted was a "roister." Later, we changed the verb to "roister" and the corresponding noun to "roisterer."

My sentence:
Chandra didn't get much sleep last night—her neighbors were roistering until the wee hours of the morning, with a good deal of laughing and singing.

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Old 06-03-2003, 04:20 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Larry Eustachy's and Mike Price's roistering cost them contracts worth millions.
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Old 06-03-2003, 04:24 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Me and the boiz roistered all night long.. till the cops came.. then we roistered some more with our karaoke machine!
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Old 06-03-2003, 05:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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He tried to convince her roisters were aphrodisiacs, but she wasn’t biting.
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Old 06-03-2003, 05:24 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My fraternity brothers & I were known to have a roistering party or two.
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Old 06-03-2003, 06:08 AM   #13 (permalink)
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The wedding was roisterous and a good time was had by all.
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Old 06-03-2003, 11:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I roistered with a girlfriend of mine until we both passed out on the bed... it was sweet.
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Old 06-04-2003, 02:25 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Word of the day June 4

The Word of the Day for June 4 is:

cacography • \kak-AH-gruh-fee\ • (noun) 1. bad spelling; 2. bad handwriting

A little more information about today’s word:
In its earliest use in the 16th century, "cacography" meant not "incorrect spelling" but "a bad system of spelling." Today people worry about misspelling words, but back then there was little need for such concern. English spelling was far from standardized; people spelled words any way that made sense to them. Not every one was happy with such laxity, however, and over the coming centuries spelling reformers pressed for regularization. Some reformers thought spelling should reflect the etymological background of words; others thought words should be spelled the way they sound. And of course, everyone believed his or her own way of spelling was the best! Our present inconsistent system was arrived at over time. Today "cacography" usually suggests deviation from the established standards.

My sentence:
"I always wanted to be a contestant in the National Spelling Bee," said Pat, "but an unfortunate tendency to cacography prevented me from qualifying."

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Old 06-04-2003, 04:32 AM   #16 (permalink)
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i dun, hav a porblem wif; cacography
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Old 06-04-2003, 04:36 AM   #17 (permalink)
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My cacography is something I've been battling all my life,
thank god for spell check.
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Old 06-04-2003, 04:39 AM   #18 (permalink)
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He had such a large cacography designed was needed to show prospective paramours, so as not to shock and awe them.
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Old 06-04-2003, 04:43 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I'll ask the next applicant at the office about his or her level of cacography skill.



(It'll be a "trick" question.)
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Old 06-04-2003, 06:01 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I'm a skilled cacographist because my misspellings are very consistant.
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Old 06-04-2003, 05:56 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I am frequently guilty of cackografy.
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Old 06-04-2003, 06:04 PM   #22 (permalink)
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awesome! my handwriting is the worst anyone has ever seen, now i have a word to describe it!
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Old 06-05-2003, 01:29 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Word of the day June 5

The Word of the Day for June 5 is:

irenic • \i-REH-nik (with a long "i" in the first syllable)\ • (adjective) favoring, conducive to, or operating toward peace, moderation, or conciliation

A little more information about today’s word:
In Greek mythology, Eirene was one of the Horae, the goddesses of the seasons and natural order; in the Iliad they are the custodians of the gates of Olympus. According to Hesiod, the Horae were the daughters of Zeus and a Titaness named Themis, and their names indicate their function and relation to human life. Eirene was the goddess of peace. Her name is also the Greek word for "peace," and it gave rise to "irenic" and other peaceable terms including "irenics" (a theological term for advocacy of Christian unity), "Irena" (the genus name of two species of fairy bluebirds found in southern Asia and the Philippines), and the name "Irene."

My sentence:
Sasha had always been one of the more irenic students on campus, so we weren't surprised to learn that she had helped negotiate a truce between feuding student factions.

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Old 06-05-2003, 02:29 AM   #24 (permalink)
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The more IRENIC of us will survive to see a better world fashioned in our design.
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Old 06-05-2003, 04:32 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Barry Manalow, who recently broke his substantial nose, said: “Irenic to a wall in the middle of the night.”

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Old 06-05-2003, 04:56 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Even though I'm friendly, I'm usually not one of the more irenic of the groups I hang out with, I like to debate too much.
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Old 06-05-2003, 06:00 AM   #27 (permalink)
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The Quakers have made being irenic an integral part of their religion.
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Old 06-05-2003, 11:32 AM   #28 (permalink)
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After every holiday card exchange my best-friends cacogriphic penmanship allows me to laugh and joke with him for weeks on end.
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Old 06-06-2003, 02:04 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Word of the day June 6

The Word of the Day for June 6 is:

betwixt • \bih-TWIKST\ • (adverb or preposition) between

A little more information about today’s word:
In the nursery rhyme used as today's sentence, perhaps you've always said "and so between the two of them." That's fine. When the nursery rhyme was created (probably in the 1600s in reference to Charles I of England and his wife Henrietta Maria), "betwixt" and "between" were apparently equal. "Twixt," like "tween," is closely related to "two" (and the "be-" prefix is Old English for "by"). A couple hundred years ago, the phrase "betwixt and between" took on a life of its own to mean "neither one thing nor the other." At about this same time, "betwixt" fell out of favor. But "betwixt" is not archaic. Nowadays it's simply used more consciously than "between."

My sentence:
Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean; and so betwixt the two of them, they licked the platter clean.

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Old 06-06-2003, 02:09 AM   #30 (permalink)
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"Life is a choice betwixt the devil and the deep blue sea." said the old fisherman.
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Old 06-06-2003, 04:18 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I'd like to be betwixt a couple of hot blondes.
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Old 06-06-2003, 04:40 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I have worked backstage on a major magicians set, and therefore, I won’t betwixted so easily next time.
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Old 06-06-2003, 05:28 AM   #33 (permalink)
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ie, me pole is betwixt me nads. (use fat-bastard voice)
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Old 06-06-2003, 06:08 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Betwixt Love & Lust, I pick Love.

Lust is the bonus.
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Old 06-06-2003, 06:37 AM   #35 (permalink)
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When the NCAA official was caught playing the office pool for the bowl games, he found himself betwixt a rock and a hard place.
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Old 06-06-2003, 05:41 PM   #36 (permalink)
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My hotel in Vegas was betwixt the New York-New York and the Boardwalk Casino.
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Old 06-06-2003, 07:54 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I like my face to be betwixed a nice pair of breasts
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Old 06-06-2003, 08:19 PM   #38 (permalink)
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My heart and head are
all betwixt

I love this word. Poets manna.


As an aside....I always thought the following would be a great line for a song-

Ah wanna put mah WEINER/iiiiiin beh-tweener

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Old 06-06-2003, 10:43 PM   #39 (permalink)
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...but that is just betwixt you, me, and the bedpost...
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Old 06-09-2003, 02:10 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Word of the day June 9

The Word of the Day for June 9 is:

farrago • \fuh-RAH-goh\ • (noun) a confused mixture; hodgepodge

A little more information about today’s word:
"Farrago" might seem an unlikely relative of "farina" (the mealy breakfast cereal), but the two terms have their roots in the same Latin noun. Both derive from "far," the Latin name for "spelt" (a type of grain). In Latin, "farrago" meant "mixed fodder"—cattle feed, that is—or it was used more generally to mean "mixture." When it was adopted into English in the early 1600s, "farrago" retained the "mixture" sense of its ancestor. Today, we often use it for a jumble or medley of disorganized, haphazard, or even nonsensical ideas or elements.

My sentence:
"The book masquerades as a biography," stated the book review, "but it is actually an irresponsible farrago of fact, fiction, and even fantasy."

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