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Sunday, September 06, 2020

squib

[ skwib ]

noun 免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片

免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing.

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What is the origin of squib?

The noun squib, “a short and witty or sarcastic saying,” dates from the end of the 16th century, a development of its original sense, “a small firework that burns with a hissing noise but doesn’t explode.” The word has no definitive etymology, but it is most likely onomatopoeic. Squib entered English in the first half of the 16th century.

how is squib used?

After Bush pulled off his carrier stunt before an awestruck cable universe, Maureen Dowd dipped her fingernails in the old acid and banged out a memorable squib免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片 questioning the Top Gun’s swagger …

William Powers, "The Call of the Skunk," The Atlantic, May 1, 2003

Throughout it all, he found one way or another to seize the gaze of the media, often by slipping to the press short bits of provocative writing, then known as squibs.

Jack Hitt, "P.T. Barnum, the showman and grifter who held up a funhouse mirror to America," Washington Post, October 18, 2019

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Saturday, September 05, 2020

scherzando

[ skert-sahn-doh, -san- ]

adjective

免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片(in music) playful; sportive.

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What is the origin of scherzando?

Scherzando, “playful,” is an adjective used in music. Like many musical terms, scherzando is of Italian origin, it being the gerund of the verb scherzare “to joke.” The noun scherzo, “a musical movement or passage of light or playful character,” is another derivative from the verb. Italian scherzare is most likely a borrowing from Middle High German scherzen “to jump for joy, enjoy (oneself).” Scherzando免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片 entered English in the second half of the 18th century.

how is scherzando used?

The scherzando免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片 character is expressed in rapid gestures high on the guitar, with mercurial changes of tone color, perilous slides, and abrupt silences.

Jonathan Leathwood and Daphne Leong, "Local Frictions and Long-Range Connections in Carter's Changes for Guitar," Performing Knowledge, 2019

After the opening section in the scherzando mood that Rachmaninov does so wonderfully, he presents us with this gorgeous melody.

"Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2, by Stephen Hough," Gramophone, September 5, 2016

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Friday, September 04, 2020

olericulture

[ ol-er-i-kuhl-cher ]

noun

the cultivation of vegetables for the home or market.

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What is the origin of olericulture?

Starting from the end, the –iculture of olericulture “cultivation of vegetables for the home or market” is familiar to us from compounds like agriculture “the cultivation of land for crops,” and the relatively recent apiculture “beekeeping, especially commercial beekeeping.” The first part of olericulture comes from oleri-, the inflectional stem of the Latin noun olus (also holus) “a vegetable, vegetables, kitchen herb,” which is related to the adjective helvus “yellowish, dun (of cattle).” Helvus is the Latin result of the Proto-Indo-European adjective ghelwos “bright, yellow,” a derivative of the Proto-Indo-European root ghel– “to shine,” a root that is particularly associated with colors. Latin has another adjective gilvus “yellowish” (used of domestic animals), a borrowing from a Celtic language. Much, much closer to home, ghelwos becomes gelwa– in the Germanic languages, the source of English yellow. Olericulture免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片 entered English in the second half of the 19th century.

how is olericulture used?

… he offered his 7-year-old grandson a daily tutorial in olericulture in his backyard field of bounty.

Phil Gianficaro, "With One Sniff, My Grandfather and I Were Together Again," Courier Times, August 19, 2020

As either a lecture or a recitation course alone olericulture免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片 is not likely to prove a shining success. It should be accompanied by a definite laboratory course, in which the actual materials of the garden may be studied first hand.

John Craig, "Horticultural Education," The O. A. C. Review, Vol. 19 Issue 6, March 1907

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Thursday, September 03, 2020

verisimilitude

[ ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood ]

noun

the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude.

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What is the origin of verisimilitude?

Verisimilitude, “the appearance or semblance of truth; probability,” comes via French similitude from Latin vērīsimilitūdō (also written as an open compound vērī similitūdō), an uncommon noun meaning “probability, plausibility,” literally “resemblance to the truth.” Similitūdō is a derivative of the adjective similis “like, resembling, similar,” which governs the genitive case. Vērī is the genitive singular of vērum, a noun use of the neuter gender of the adjective vērus “true, real.” Vera, the female personal name, is the feminine singular of vērus and is related to the Slavic (Russian) female name Vera, which is also used as a common noun (vera) meaning “faith, good faith, trust.” The Latin and Slavic forms come from a Proto-Indo-European root wer-, werǝ-, wēr– “true, trustworthy.” In Germanic wērā became Vār in Old Norse, the goddess of faithful oaths. Verisimilitude entered English in the early 17th century.

how is verisimilitude used?

Every beast you see here, from elephant to elephant shrew, and every square inch of habitat, from desert sand to belching mud, is computer-created, and one can but marvel at the verisimilitude.

Anthony Lane, "Does 'The Lion King' Need C.G.I.?" The New Yorker, July 19, 2019

According to O’Brien, artificial intelligence will soon push the verisimilitude免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片 of computer-generated fake images and videos beyond what even skilled human editors can produce.

Emma Grey Ellis, "How to Spot Phony Images and Online Propaganda," Wired, June 17, 2020

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Wednesday, September 02, 2020

legerity

[ luh-jer-i-tee ]

noun 免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片

免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片physical or mental quickness; nimbleness; agility.

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What is the origin of legerity?

Legerity, “mental or physical agility,” comes from Middle French legereté “lightness, thoughtlessness,” a derivative of leger, liger “light (in weight).” Leger is a regular French phonological development of Vulgar Latin leviārius “light (in weight),” equivalent to Latin levis. The original and now obsolete English meaning of legerity免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片 was “lack of seriousness, frivolity” (its French sense). The current sense “nimbleness, quickness” dates from the end of the 16th century.

how is legerity used?

Alighting with the legerity免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片 of a cat, he swerved leftward in the recoil, and was off, like a streak of mulberry-coloured lightning, down the High.

Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson, 1911

With such legerity of mind, how could I not study physics?

Jordana Jakubovic, "Physics to Go, and Hold the Math," New York Times, March 21, 2004

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Tuesday, September 01, 2020

scofflaw

[ skawf-law, skof- ]

noun

a person who flouts rules, conventions, or accepted practices.

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What is the origin of scofflaw?

Scofflaw, a transparent compound of the verb scoff “to deride, mock” and the noun law, was originally an Americanism coined during Prohibition. In 1923 Delcevare King, a wealthy prohibitionist from Quincy, Massachusetts, offered $200 in a contest for a word that best described “a lawless drinker of illegally made or illegally obtained liquor.” On January 15, 1924, the Boston Herald declared scofflaw the winner. Scofflaw免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片 had been submitted by Henry Dale and Kate Butler, two of the 25,000 contestants, who shared the prize.

how is scofflaw used?

Even then, he had a reputation as a scofflaw. He had exaggerated his war record. He first ran for Senate (and lost) while he was still in uniform, which was against Army regulations, and he ran his second Senate campaign while he was a sitting judge, a violation of his oath.

Louis Menand, "Joseph McCarthy and the Force of Political Falsehoods," The New Yorker, July 27, 2020

Larry David identified this breed of scofflaw [the two-space parker] as the “pig parker.”

Ray Gustini, "Pig Parkers, Parrot Talk, and Dustin Hoffman Heroics," The Atlantic, May 8, 2012

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Monday, August 31, 2020

gorp

[ gawrp ]

noun

Informal.

免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片a mixture of nuts, raisins, dried fruits, seeds, or the like eaten as a high-energy snack, as by hikers and climbers.

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What is the origin of gorp?

Gorp, “trail mix,” was originally and still is mostly an American colloquialism dating from the 1950s. There is no satisfactory etymology for gorp (one common but improbable etymology interprets gorp as an acronym for good old raisins and peanuts; the Oxford English Dictionary notes that the verb gorp, “to eat greedily,” dates to 1913).

how is gorp used?

Oh, look, I found some MREs from that military-themed shindig where we taught a whole class to march and make their own gorp.

Caroline Aiken Koster, "Confessions of an Urban Prepper," Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2020

In that regard, every health-food nut knows what gorp is: a mix of cereal grains, peanuts, raisins, dates, little bits of chocolate or sugar candy. … To me, the word seems formed like Lewis Carroll’s creation of chortle by combining chuckle with snort: gorp is a wedded snort and gulp.

William Safire, "The Post-Holiday Strip," New York Times, January 6, 1985

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