Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Deossify

to unbone.
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note:I made this one up.

Pettifogging

Something petty or trivial.
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Triste

Sad; wistful.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Propagate

Here is one with an unexpected etymology:

Propagate
Etymology:
Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare to set slips, propagate, from propages slip, offspring, from pro- before + pangere to fasten
1: to cause to continue or increase by sexual or asexual reproduction2: to pass along to offspring3 a: to cause to spread out and affect a greater number or greater area : extend b: to foster growing knowledge of, familiarity with, or acceptance of (as an idea or belief) : publicize c: to transmit (as sound or light) through a medium

Friday, May 9, 2008

Fard

an Islamic term which denotes a religious duty. The word is also used in Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Hindi (spelled farz) in the same meaning. A synonymous term is wajib.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wayfarer

a pedestrian who walks from place to place

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ribgrasses

Old World plantain with long narrow ribbed leaves

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Ribaldries

Vulgar, lewdly humorous language or joking or an instance of it.

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Supination

Supination is the rotation of either the forearm or foot. Supination in the forearm occurs when the palm faces anteriorly, or faces up (when the arms are unbent and at the sides). Supination in the foot occurs when a person appears "bow-legged" with their weight supported primarily on the anterior of their feet.