Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I love this word and want to use it more...


In baseball this is the part of an individual's swinging range in which as a hitter they can make the best contact with the ball. If a pitch is right in your wheelhouse it is right where you want it, in the spot where you have the best chance of hitting it well.

The term is also often used to explain something that falls into a person's area of expertise.
ESPN: "Konerko can hit the ball 500 ft. if it's pitched right in his wheelhouse."

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New York Documentary

Great words from the New York Documentary that I have been watching:


Pronunciation: \pə-ˈrō-kē-əl\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English parochiall, from Anglo-French parochial, from Late Latin parochialis, from parochia parish — more at parish
Date: 14th century
1 : of or relating to a church parish
2 : of or relating to a parish as a unit of local government
3 : confined or restricted as if within the borders of a parish : limited in range or scope (as to a narrow area or region)


Pronunciation: \prə-ˈvin(t)-shəl\
Function: noun
Etymology: in sense 1, from Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin provincialis, from provincia ecclesiastical province; in other senses, from Latin provincialis, from provincia province
Date: 14th century
1: the superior of a province of a Roman Catholic religious order
2: one living in or coming from a province
3 a: a person of local or restricted interests or outlook b: a person lacking urban polish or refinement


Pronunciation: \ˈplu̇r-ə-ˌli-zəm\
Function: noun
Date: 1818
1: the holding of two or more offices or positions (as benefices) at the same time
2: the quality or state of being plural
3 a: a theory that there are more than one or more than two kinds of ultimate reality b: a theory that reality is composed of a plurality of entities
4 a: a state of society in which members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups maintain an autonomous participation in and development of their traditional culture or special interest within the confines of a common civilization b: a concept, doctrine, or policy advocating this state

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Words from Webster!

Pronunciation: \ˌpe-də-ˈgä-ji-kəl, -ˈgō-\
Variant(s): also ped·a·gog·ic \-jik\
Function: adjective
Date: 1619
: of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education

pellucid \puh-LOO-sid\ adjective

*1 : admitting maximum passage of light without diffusion or distortion
2 : reflecting light evenly from all surfaces
3 : easy to understand

Example sentence:
The coastal waters were clean and pellucid, allowing us to easily identify the marine life on the ocean floor.

Did you know?
"Pellucid" ultimately derives from the Latin "lucēre" ("to shine"), which in turn contains the root "luc-" ("light"). "Pellucid" is formed from "per" ("through") plus "lucidus" ("lucid, clear"). "Pellucid" has many shining relatives in English. Among the offspring of "lucēre" are "translucent" (essentially, "clear enough to allow light to pass through"), "elucidate" ("to make clear, explain"), "lucent" ("luminous" or "clear"), and of course "lucid" itself (which can mean "shining," "mentally sound," or "easily understood"). Another related word is "Lucifer" (literally, "light-bearer"). Other relatives — such as "lackluster" ("lacking brightness"), "illustrate" (originally, "to make bright"), and "lustrous" ("shining" or "radiant") — trace from the related verb "lustrare" ("to brighten"). Clearly, "pellucid" is just one of a family of brilliant terms.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Webster words of the day and Podcast

erudite \AIR-uh-dyte\ adjective

: possessing or displaying extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books : learned

Example sentence:
The university hosted an informative lecture given by an erudite scholar of Cold War history.

esoteric \es-uh-TAIR-ik\ adjective

*1 : designed for or understood by a small number of people; broadly: difficult to understand
2 : private, confidential

Example sentence:
Computer programming was once an esoteric subject, but beginner courses and how-to books have made it easier to grasp.

Pronunciation: \ˌma-kē-ə-ˈve-lē-ən, -ˈvel-yən\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Niccolo Machiavelli
Date: 1572
1: of or relating to Machiavelli or Machiavellianism
2: suggesting the principles of conduct laid down by Machiavelli ; specifically : marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pronunciation: \ˌan-drə-ˈsen-trik\
Function: adjective
Date: 1903
: dominated by or emphasizing masculine interests or a masculine point of view
— an·dro·cen·trism \-ˌtri-zəm\ noun

Pronunciation: \fə-ˈsē-shəs\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle French facetieux, from facetie jest, from Latin facetia
Date: 1599
1 : joking or jesting often inappropriately : waggish
2 : meant to be humorous or funny : not serious
synonyms see witty
— fa·ce·tious·ly adverb
— fa·ce·tious·ness noun

Friday, March 20, 2009

Good Words

Pronunciation: \ˈe-mə-ˌser-ē, -ˌse-rē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural em·is·sar·ies
Etymology: Latin emissarius, from emissus, past participle of emittere
Date: 1607
1 : one designated as the agent of another : representative
2 : a secret agent

Pronunciation: \ˈlim-pəd\
Function: adjective
Etymology: French or Latin; French limpide, from Latin limpidus, perhaps from lympha water — more at lymph
Date: 1613
1 a: marked by transparency : pellucid b: clear and simple in style
2: absolutely serene and untroubled

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A synonym of honesty and the popular Internet tool

Pronunciation: \ˈprō-bə-tē\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English probite, from Latin probitat-, probitas, from probus honest — more at prove
Date: 15th century
: adherence to the highest principles and ideals : uprightness

Pronunciation: \ˈtwi-tər\
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English twiteren; akin to Old High German zwizzirōn to twitter
Date: 14th century
intransitive verb
1: to utter successive chirping noises
2 a: to talk in a chattering fashion b: giggle , titter
3: to tremble with agitation