Daffy's Logolept Page and Word a Day Blog

A blog to help others improve their vocabularies. I feature several words every day. The words are eclectic mix of words gathered over many years. I also feature sentence examples, and I try to write in an informal friendly style.

Monday, October 31, 2005

apex, disport, kismet, stark, encyclopedic, gallinipper

Hello! Today, I offer some short words as well as the customary longer ones. I'll tell you why in a moment. First word today is apex (A-pecks); The highest point of something: the tip, the top of something

My wonderful sentence "Jerry's career reached it's apex when he appeared on broadway in a three year run of "Phantom Of the Opera"

Next word is disport (DIS-port); To amuse. "Carl had a long wait in the principal's office, so he began to disport himself by picking his nose and rolling the by products into a little ball"

Next word for today is kismet (KIZ-mit); fate, destiny "Ralph and Sally pondered their initial meeting for a long time, wondering how they could be so very fortunate. Finally, they gave up and chalked it up to kismet"

Next word is stark (STARK) desolate, bleak "Cathy walked into the house the realtor had talked up, and was shocked to see such stark, bare, cold walls in every room"

Now for a couple longer words ; encyclopedic ; (In- sy-klo-PEE-dik) covering a wide range of subjects; having wide and detailed knowledge "Aaron had gained a well deserved reputaion for his encyclopedic knowledge of all things relating to computers."


Gallinipper (GAL-i-ni-per) A large mosquito "When gramps called Dennis a little gallinipper, he meant it in a nice way, and was in no way inferring that his grandchild was an insect!")

OK. So why the short words today? Simple. I wanted to point out to you that some of the most intelligent and impressive words you will ever use don't neccesesarily have to be multi-syllabic!
take our word apex, fpr instance. Here is a word that most people have heard, but not many know the definition of. By intromitting this word into your daily vocabulary, you immediately set your self apart as a person of exceptional intelligence who is just a notch above everyone else when it comes to expression and word choice. And you are doing it elegantly without using six foot long words.

I'll include more of those impressive short words in the future. For now, I have to run...
See ya'!

Doug

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Ranarium. emacity, haptepronia, trichogenous, countenance

Hello! If you have been reading and working with this blog, you are indeed on your way to developing a phenomenal vocabulary!

Today, as I am in a most benificent mood, I will give you several new words. Enjoy!

Today's first word is Ranarium; (Ray-NARE-ee -um) A frog farm. Here is a sentence to get you started "Bill insulted Tom, and Tom (Of weak vocabulary skills) had no idea what Bill was saying when he shouted "Hey man! Were you brought up on a ranarium or something?"

"Kermit eased back in his chair, and slowly closed his ping-pong ball eyes and slipped into sweet dreams about the care-free days back on the ranarium"

Next word: emacity (Ee-MA- si-tee) The urge to spend. (money, I presume) "Gary's wife, Laura, had seemed like such a nice, conservative girl before he married her, but it only took a week of marriage and one paycheck for him to discover her extraordinary emacity!"

And another: haptepronia (hap-tuh- PRON-ee-uh) The inclination to respond positively to amorous advances. A sentence? Sure, I can do that!: "Dave and Jill had always had a great sexual relationship, but after her change of life, Dave sadly watched her haptepronia diminsh and dwindle to near zero."


Shall we do some more? Can you handle it? Allright then! Here goes: trichogenous (trik-oh-GIN-us) producing hair. And the obligotary sentence example: "Fred was devastated to see his full head of hair recede to the point of leaving him as a living, walking cue-ball, so he desperately tried every trichogenous potion he could buy, only to see his dome grow smoother and smoother."


And another : countenance (Kown-tuh-nance) To tolerate; to approve. And my wonderfully creative and delightful sentence? "I remember my first day in high school and the draconian school principle, who held a special assembly to let us all know that he would not countenance any kind of scurrilous behaviour in his school"

I'll be back! Hope you enjoy today's cornucopia!

Catch ya' on the flip!
Doug

Saturday, October 29, 2005

sophomania ,gambrinous

Today's word is sophomania (sof-oh-MAY-nee-uh) A delusional state in which one believes themself to be a person of exceptional intelligence.

Wow! Here is a word that applies to folks you run into on a daily basis, therfore, I judge this to b a real utilitarian word for you, or a "worker", as they say.

I will create a sentence for you: "Ed had just gotten his GED, and soon after became a victim of his own sophomania...but his family knew otherwise"

And I will toss one more in for good measure; gambrinous (GAM-brin-us) full of beer.
Boy I'm on a roll with two extremely utilitarian words in a row.

Sentence? Sure, this should be easy: "As I walked down to the corner store for a gallon of milk, I noticed, across the street, my ever- gambrinous uncle Fred, stumbling out of the local pub, three sheets to the wind, but apparently happy as a clam."

I must run!

See ya'!
Doug

Menticide

Hello!

Today's word is menticide (MEN-tu-side) brainwashing

Surprised? Most of us were not aware that there was actually another word for brainwashing, but now you know!

I'll give you a sentence "Dave didn't normally give in to T.V. adds to call in and order some "money making" real estate program, but after weeks of menticide by the latest guru, he finally picked up the phone and ordered the tapes."

Gotta run! See ya'!

Doug

Friday, October 28, 2005

gormandize

Today's word is gormandize: GORE-man-dize To eat gluttonously and ravenlously

This is a great substitute for "pigging out" That is basically what it means.

A sentence "Fat Paul wa so huge that he could hardly scoot up to the table, and yet, everyday he gormandized, wolfing down massive shovels of food, until he finally ate himself into a fatal heart attack"

I have to run for now!

See ya'!

Doug

Thursday, October 27, 2005

beblubbered

Hello again! Todays' word is beblubberd (bee-BLU-berd) A nice little word that means to have one's face disfigured from crying.

I'll have to come up with a sentence for you. Let me give it a go: "After little Johny's ice-cream fell onto the ground, he made a point to cry and scream in front of his mom, until she finally wiped his snotty little nose, and dried the tears from his beblubbered face, and gave him a nickel for his loss."

Don't you feel sorry for that little brat kid? Don't you commiserate with him? Well I don't.

And about yesterday's word, bandicoot. If you suspected it was not a complimentary word, you are absolutely correct. By calling you that, I just called you a foot long rat with feet like a pig.
Honest folks, I did not make that up. That is an actual decription of an animal we call the bandicoot. Not something I would like to meet in the dark, that's for sure!

Here is another word for you to try to figure out until tommorow. The word is mumblecrust. I won't tell you what it is now, but I will give you a clue: Sometimes it waves.
I have to run and get some shut-eye, that is if I am not stricken by agrypnia tonight.

Doug

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Drintling

Hello again!

Today's word is drintling (DRINT-ling) The clucking noise made by turkeys.

With a little imagination, you can intromit this word into your lexicon with ease. Here is my sentence "As Dave walked past the water cooler, he was immediately aware of the group of older ladies, gesturing, gabbing, and drintling on about the newest tid-bit of juicy town gossip."

Now you see what I did? I took a literal concept, (turkeys that make a particular noise) and I applied if figuratively to humans (old ladies) to create a clear and colorful picture. This is important, because one can do this frequently.

My challenge to you is this. Get a good dictionary, and take a half hour to mine through it, looking at random definitions of words, and imagine how many literal definitions that you spot that can be easily applied as figures of speech.

If you do this, and do it every day, you can increase your word skills by quantum leaps!

Yesterdays answer. How can you express the concept of someone being at the same time attractive, charming, and winning? Simple. Use the word "engaging" That word encapsulates all those qualities, and saves you alot of breath, as it is much shorter to utter! Sentence? "Bob desired to be an engaging personality, thinking it would launch him into the enviable position of having girls hanging on each arm, but the sad truth was, he was considered just a nerd."

And for today, a bonus word for you (because I'm in such a sanguine mood today!)
Bonus word: Gremial: A friend who can always be counted on. "At the bar, as the Juke Box blared, Don, three sheets to the wind, put his arm around Paul and slurred " You know what palsy walsey? You're the best gremial a guy could (hic) ever have!"

A mystery: If I called you a bandicoot, how should you respond? Should you hit me or thank me? Am I complimenting you, or insulting you? Remember, the person with the more words at his command always has the verbal advantage!

Answer tommorow!

See ya',

Doug

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Slubberdegullion

Hello again! The word is slubberdegullion. (slu -ber-dee- GULL-yin) This colorful word describes someone who is a consumate slob. That is, someone who is the "king of slobs." There are slobs, and there are slubberdegullions. The latter take the art of "slobbery" to a whole new low.

Here is a sentence example :"Ralph, the town's slubberdegullion, sat on the couch, in tatterd t-shirt, three day growth of beard, gulping beer by the gallon, belching as the spittle dribbled down his chin, as the flies buzzed merrily around the spilled potatoe chips and salsa that had fallen carelessly on his lap and the floor."

Get the picture? You should by now! A slubberdegullion is an extreme slob.

Here is another word: mopsical.

How about guessing the meaning of this one? I'll give you some choices.

1 a popsical with an ice cream center

2 a rubber grip on a mop handle

3 a dopey expression

4 a small cute child (a moppet)

Take time to think about this...answer will be tomorrow.

Answer to yesterdays mystery word...remember I had spoken of sewing the eyelids shut? The word is tarsorhaphy tar- SORE-uh-fee. Strange, and bizzare, but true my friends. And you heard it here first!

Remember I had spoken of words being containers holding concepts?

Well, let me give you a concept, and see if you can come up with one word that embodies that concept. The concept is: attractive; charming; winning
If a person is all those things, would you be able to come up with one word that embodies the concept to describe that person?
Answer tommorow! Stay tuned!

I have to run..remember. Words are free...all it requires is a little time and a good dictionary, and you are in business!
Doug

Monday, October 24, 2005

noctivagant

Hello again!

Today's word is noctavigant (nok-TIV-uh-gint) Wandering at night.

Night wanderers...they are more common than we may suppose. Here are my sentences (made up on the fly, BTW) "Darlene's husband, noctivagant as he was, sleep- walked into the kitchen and helped himself to a cold leg of chicken straight out of the fridge"

"Dr Frankenstein, after giving life to his creation, discovered his noctivagant streak as the monster began to wander the village at night, eliciting fear, panic, and eventually lighted torches from the town-folk."

Now today, instead of signing off right away, I'd like to confabulate with you a bit about why you might want to ammeliorate your vocabulary.

Why do you want to learn new words? Don't most of us have enough already? Perhaps, but consider this:Words are more than just sounds. words are CONTAINERS, and each container holds a unique concept. Yes, a concept that may help you in ways you don't even imagine.


When I say words contain concepts, consider this: Suppose there were no word for a certain small domesticated pet that many folks own. Then our communication might go something like this. "Bill, before you go to leave for work, please make sure you feed the animal that meows, and eats mice, and sleeps all day, and rubs against your legs when you run the can opener."

Sounds silly doesn't it? Isn't it simpler, quicker, and more efficient to use the word that contains the concept? But it points out precisely what we would end up doing if we didn't have the simple word "cat" which is a container holding the concept described in all that long winded description.

Perhaps this is a simplified example, but I am over simplifieing on purpose to point out how verbaly crippled we would be if we didn't have words. Or, even more pointedly, if we don't KNOW the words.

To put it another way, he who has the most words, has the most containers. If the containers contain concepts, then it stands to reason that the person with more concepts to his knowledge has a greater understanding/knowledge of our world.

Others may be jealous, and may even in their jealousy attempt to stop that person from enjoying his containers, but I can assure you, the person with all those containers has worked assiduously for each and every one of them, and in my opinion has every right to employ them in communicating his ideas to others and also internally to his own mind.

That brings us to the next point. The more words you command, the clearer and more efficient your thinking process becomes! I could elaborate on that last point, but for now I'd just like you to ruminate on it, and you will see that it is 100% truth.

I must run, and go watch the inside of my eyelids for eight hours, because the sandman is beating me to death.

Speaking of eyelids, did you realize that there is an actual word for the act of stitching someone's eyelids shut? Pretty morbid, eh? It's an unusual CONCEPT, but it actually occurs. Perhaps only of interest to funeral directors and head shrinkers, but maybe I'll tell you that word on our next session.

See ya'!

Doug

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Hypermammiferous

Hello again!
Today's word is hypermamiferous: having large breasts

I'll bet you didn't know there was a clean word for this..but now the truth comes out.

I can't leave without using this in a sentence, so here is my humble attempt: "Watching the television show "Fear Factor", one can't help but notice that an attempt is made weekly to jack up the ratings by including at least one hypermemiferous blonde in every episode, drawing in the ogle eyed male audience."

See ya'!

Doug

Back again. Today's word is Pisculent: Full of or containing fish.

At first glance, one would think this a pretty useless word, but after some thought, it becomes apparent that there are alot of things that meet the qualifications. The sea, the nets of the fisherman who make their living there, (on a good day) the display showcases at your local market, the Penguin after a good meal, and many other things are full of fish.

I prefer to use it figuratvely, as in today's sentence "After getting the facts, and spotting the strange shoes under the bed, Joe decided that his wife's story about remaining faithful while he was away was indeed pisculent." (A fish story!)

See ya' !
Doug

Hebetate

Hello again! Today's word is Hebetate: to grow dull and stupid.

Now this is my idea of a utilitarian word! Think of all the times you could use this wonderful zinger!
My sentence example "The Smiths had planned for their son , Barry, to go to college and become a doctor, but instead, all he did after dropping out of high school, was to sit in his room with earphones on and hebitate."

See ya next time!

Daff

Friday, October 21, 2005

First Words:Fumacious

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

My name is Doug, and I am an inveterate logolept..(A person who is nuts about words)

My purpose in creating this blog is to share my love of words for anyone who cares to listen. (and learn!)

Hopefuly, you will get as much pleasure out of these words as I have!

Today's word is Fumacious: fond Of smoking

Have you ever wanted a word to describe people who love the tobacco habit? This word will do it!
To help you remember the word, think of smoking and FUMES. Think of FUMEacious!

My example sentence? "The fumacious of heart these days sometimes feel like a persecuted minority!"

See 'ya! More great words coming up! Keep an eye on this blog!

Doug


Back again! Today's word is Apolactize: to spurn with the heel.

This definition leaves much to the imagination, does it not? shall we use a little license and say this: The heel is located on the bottom of the foot or shoe. So, then this word indicates the action of giving someone "the boot".

My sentence example: "When George was caught pilfering company funds, the H.R. department uncerimoniously apolactized him.