Tuesday, September 30, 2008


lucid: "clear; easily understood"

Monday, September 29, 2008


nattily: "Neat, trim, and smart; dapper."

Sunday, September 28, 2008


1. A participant in the Bacchanalia.
2. The Bacchanalia. Often used in the plural.
3. A drunken or riotous celebration.
4. A reveler.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Babel: a confusion of voices and other sounds

Friday, September 26, 2008


Purana: "The Puranas (Sanskrit: पुराण purāṇa, 'of ancient times') are a group of important Hindu (or Jain and Buddhist) religious texts, notably consisting of narratives of the history of the Universe from creation to destruction, genealogies of the kings, heroes, sages and demigods, and descriptions of Hindu cosmology, philosophy and geography. Puranas usually give prominence to a particular deity and most use an abundance of religious and philosophical concepts. They are usually written in the form of stories related by one person to another."

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Semitone: "A semitone, also called a half step or a half tone, is the smallest musical interval commonly used in Western tonal music, and it is considered the most dissonant. The most commonly written form of this interval is the minor second, notated using two adjacent letter names (e.g. C and D♭), but the augmented unison is also used, both notes having the same letter-name, with one of the notes being inflected by an accidental (e.g. C and C♯)."


Exudate: "An exudate is any fluid that filters from the circulatory system into lesions or areas of inflammation. Its composition varies but generally includes water and the dissolved solutes of the blood, some or all plasma proteins, white blood cells, platelets and (in the case of local vascular damage) red blood cells."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Knesset: "The Knesset (Hebrew: כנסת‎, lit. Assembly, Arabic: الكنيست‎) is the legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


oeuvre: "a substantial body of work constituting the lifework of a writer, an artist, or a composer"

Monday, September 22, 2008


onanistic "1. Of or pertaining to masturbation (onanism)
2. In a manner which suggests masturbation; hence, fruitless, self-congratulatory, self-absorbed, pointless"

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Chav: "Chav, or Charv/Charva, is a mainly derogatory slang term in the United Kingdom for a person whose lifestyle, clothing (especially if fake / counterfeit), speech and/or mannerisms are perceived to be common, proletarian and vulgar. The term 'chav' is often used as a stereotype to refer to poorly educated, aggressive working-class youths, but youth and aggression are not the defining attributes of a 'chav'."

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Maven: (also mavin) a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Ensmallen: make smaller.


Embiggen: make bigger

Monday, September 15, 2008


quixotic: "# Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality.
# Impulsive.
# Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded."

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


vitrine: "A glass-paneled cabinet or case for displaying articles such as china, objects d'art, or fine merchandise."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Effed: expressed.

e.g. That's effed, man.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Fatosphere: "Fatosphere n. A blogosphere of the obese, by the obese, for the obese. Often designated 'no-diet zones,' fatosphere blogs seek to counter medical claims that obesity is a health epidemic."

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Repechage: "'to rescue' or 'to save', is a practice amongst ladder competitions that allows participants that failed to meet qualifying standards by a small margin to continue to the next round."


Vet: "examine carefully"


Chemosensitivity is the susceptibility of tumor cells to the cell-killing effects of anticancer drugs.

Monday, September 1, 2008


Stöðulögin (The Laws of Standing, Danish: Landsstillingsloven or formally Lov af 2. januar 1871 om Islands forfatningsmæssige stilling i riget, Law of 2 January 1871 on the constitutional standing of Iceland within the realm) were laws passed by Denmark in 1871, determining the standing of Iceland in relation to the Danish state. The laws were followed by the granting of Iceland's first constitution in 1874.