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.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Back for A Moment

Hello! I know that I have been away for a while, but I have been dealing with illness in my family. This consumes massive amounts of time and energy, as you would know if you have ever had a sick loved one. It leaves precious little time for other activities.

I haven't forgotten the blog, though, and I will be back soon with more words. Thanks for your patience!

Friday, November 11, 2005

guttle, grinagog, gressible

Hello again, and welcome back. Have you even dared think that my stock of words has begun to run dry? Well, perish the thought, because this is a bottomless well, and we have not yet begun to fight! I have thousands, likely hundeds of thousands of these amazing words running around in my cranium, obtained over many years of patient and asiduous effort, and as usual, I am happy to share them with you.

Today's first word is:Guttle (GUT-ull) verb It means to swallow greedily, to gorge one's self. here is your sentence: "Jay had forgotten his manners again. At the restaurant, to his family's chagrin, he guttled his food as if he hadn't eaten in three days."

Well, that was fun! Let's do another, shall we? have you heard the word grinagog before? Well, you have now! (GRIN-ah-gogg) noun This amusing and colorful word means a person with a large, perpetual grin Sentence? OK. "Jimmy was a happy kid; a grinagog whom the other kids avoided because they perceived him as being a sort of nerd."

The next word is gressible (GRESS-uh-bull) adjective:having the ability to walk, "Fred built a robot in his basement using spare parts gleaned from the junkyard. It had artificial speech, and could grasp objects, but despite his best efforts, he could not make it fully gressible."

Well, I'll leave for now, but I will be back again tomorow!

Here is a little something to think about. "Daffy say "Man who live in glass house, should see to it that he always wears bathrobe late at night!"


See ya'!

Doug


Thursday, November 10, 2005

pullulate, cancatervate, apoclasm

Hello! As I type, I must confess that my energy is sapped from a long hard day, but I will get in a word or two for you.

First word...pullulate (Pull-you-late) (verb) To sprout multiply. or increase rapidly. "Dave wanted to take up magic as a hobby, so he purchased a pair of rabbits. Too late, because a few weeks and a few dozen rabbits later, he had discovered their incredible propensity to pullulate!"

Next up, let's try the word Cancatervate (Verb) (can- CAT-er-vate) to heap into a pile

Sentence? How about this: "As your vocabulary increases, try not to cancatervate the new words in your head, but rather, arrange them mentally into separate, neat categories."

And one more, (even though my eyes want to close in sleep):"apoclasm (APP-oh-klas-um) (noun) "A breaking off of any body part" (Pretty gross, eh?)

"Don had a hair -raising nightmare, in which he watched in horror as several apoclasms reduced his body down to nothing but his torso!"

Quote for the day "I may not approve of millionares, but I would have trouble turning down the position." (Mark Twain)

See ya'!

Doug



Wednesday, November 09, 2005

jumentous, plumply, clumperton

Once again, welcome all great lovers of better self expression! I have chosen some superb word samples for you to learn today, so without further cunctation....

The first one that I am going to throw at you is: jumentous (jew-MIN-tus) A pleasant sounding word that doesn't have quite so pleasant a definition. This word actually means: pertaining to the smell of horse urine!! Unbelieavable? All I can say is believe it, because I swear I didnt make it up.

My sentence? "Jeff was in a hurry and had to skip the locker room after football practice, prompting his girl friend to comment "Jeff, you need to shower, you are totally jumentous!

Let's do another, shall we? Ok. try this on for size: plumply (PLUMP-LEE) wholeheartedly, without hestiation or "beating around the bush" Angela thought to herself "Mark didn't have to be quite so plumply when I told him I thought I had gained a pound or two."


You realize, of course, that I am not yet finished! Clumperton is the next word we will define. That's a rather colorful word, isn't it? It simply means: A clownish, clumsy lout.


"Calvin Cloobs was the school's most famous clumperton. His antics had resulted in the suspensions of two of his ex best friends, as well as the loss two important football games."

I'll sign off for now.

See ya'!


Doug






Tuesday, November 08, 2005

taphofillia, gumplefik, psaphonic, murfles

Well, here we are again, and this day I have contruded a wondrous word gallimaufry for you, and without further cunctation, I will begin!

First up at bat today, we have the wierd word taphophillia. (taf-oh-FEEL- ee-ya) This word is one that describes perfectly those who are in the business of embalming the dead for profit...namely, your local funeral director.The word means: the love of funerals! You read it correctly. There are actually folks in this world that love and delight in these lugubrious events. So how about a sentence? Sure! (Man, this should be fun!) How about this one: "Mr Herman, our local mortician, was recently glimpsed with a wide smile on his face, lurking in a dark corner of his parlor during a service for the bereaved. Apparently, his greedy taphophillia was too much for him to contain."


Would you like to hear another? I knew you would! So here it is. The next word to step up to the plate is: gumplefik (GUM-pull-fik) This mouthfull means simply: restless and fidgety. And here is my sentence: "Mary took her gumplefik three old into the grocery store with her, but had to drag him back to the car, kicking and screaming, because he was causing such a scene."


I'm game for another, if you are! Let's try psaphonic (say-FON-ik) This adjective means planning how to rise to fame and fortune. Sentence? "Jim had spent so much time being psaphonic, that he died an old man without actually experiencing the fame he repined for"


One more? OK. I like the cute word murfles, (MER-fuls) noun and you should too. It means simply "freckles" "Little Lisa had a girlish grin that captured your heart, and a sunshiney face dotted with murfles"


Here is a little thought for you "If opportunity doesn't knock.....build a door' Milton Berle (1908-2002) Comedian

Well, I have to skedaddle on out of here. See ya'!

Doug




Monday, November 07, 2005

scriptorium, circumbendibus, automoton

Hello again, and welcome to word central! I am Doug, your cordial host, and today you will continue on your journey to an ever expanding vocabulary. So dig in, and savor today's wondrous word goodies that I have compiled for you!

The first word that you will add to your vocabulary today is: scriptorium (noun) (skrip-TORE-ee-um)

This word means a place in a monastery where books are kept. So then, loosely speaking, and by extension, a library.

My sentence? "Paul finished his supper, then lit his pipe and headed to his den, and ultimately to his scriptorium."

Here's another: circumbendibus (noun) (sir-kum- BEND-uh-bus) This mouthful means simply an indirect or roundabout course.

"Rick had his report card in hand, with straight F's, so he, fearing his father's wrath, took a circumbendibus route home"

The next word is automoton :(noun) ah-TOM-ah-ton) This is one of my favorites, and always has been. It means a machine that behaves like a person.

Here is a sentence "Data, the android from the Star trek TV show, is a perfect example of what an automoton may someday be, if technology progresses."

See ya'!

Doug


Sunday, November 06, 2005

pedophaege, juvenesce, pug-nozzle,soporific, appetent, yabber

Hello again, and welcome back! I am your host, and today you will once again add to your amplicative word store with some great new/old words that I have set aside for your learning pleasure. So let's get started!

Let's begin with the word Paedophage (PED-oh-fage): a child eater. Yes, you read correctly, this is a person who eats children!! Is there really such a person? I don't know, but with all the sick people in the world, it would not surprise me. So how about a sentence? Sure, here goes: "When it was rumored that the ugly troll had gotten loose and was wondering the neighbor hood at night,(see the word noctivagant in an earlier post) all the parents locked their doors and kept the kids inside, because the troll was said to be a fierce , hungry, drooling pedophaege."


See! I'll bet you didn't think anyone could come up with a sentence for that one!


Let's try another word...one that is not as ugly as that last one. How about the word juvenesce? (ju-vin-ES-inse) This beautiful word means (believe it or not) to grow younger! Impossible you say? Perhaps, but let's give it some cerebration, and see what I can come up with....( long extended pause here, please)

OK. I have cerebrated with intensity, and I have it! Here goes: "Jeff had tried the new miracle vitamin super mix he saw on a late night infomercial, and after two weeks, he actually began to look younger. Yes, he actually juvenesced, and lost his wrinkles and gray hair, but the juvenescence was short lived, because the manufacturer went bankrupt, so Jeff could no longer buy the mixture"

Want to hear a comical one? I have the perfect word for that. The word is pug-nozzle (PUG-nah-zul) It means to move the nostrils and upper lip as a pug dog does!!

For once, I am going to let you come up with your own sentence for that one! On second thought, I believe I can do it: "Norman the nerd had only one talent, and that talent got him a spot on the local talent show. You see, he could pug-nozzle better than anyone in the county, and that pug-nozzling talent always brought the house down with uproarious laughter!" Dumb sentence, you say? Well, it's a dumb word! But I like it, in spite of that fact! Let's move on, shall we?

The next word I thought you would enjoy is soporific (soap-uh-RIF-ik) Able to cause sleep
Professor Sneer's long, droning, soporific lectures often end up with the sound of snoring coming from several sections of the room."

Another? Allright. You talked me into it. Appetent (A-puh-tent) having a strong, fixed desire "Mike's parent's had lectured him about the importance of being totally appetent about finishing his schooling"

Yabber (YA-bur) (one of my own personal neologism's) To talk on and on. To flap one's jaws, to yak, yak, yak. I'll leave you to come up with a sentence for this one!

See ya' tomorrow!

Doug

Saturday, November 05, 2005

katzenjammer, felicide, dumple, scrofulous, resupine, chubling

Hello again from the place where all your magical word dreams come true! Today I have selected some succulent words for you to sink your verbal teeth into. Yes, my abligurition this day knows no limits, so pull up a chair to my table, and feast, feast, feast!

First word today: katzenjammer (CATS-in-jam-er) This word lends itself to some cute little memory tricks. For instance, you may visualize a cat in a jar of jam, or perhaps a cat in pajamas. (jammies)
The word means:A loud discordant noise. It also is another fine word for a hangover, and lastly it means a state of depression or bewilderment. This word is a jack of all trades, is it not?

"After a rowdy night at Fred's bar, Sam had found himself dealing the next morning with a katzenjammer the magnitude of which he could not believe."

Here is one you may or may not favor, depending on your feelings for felines. The word is felicide (FEEL-uh-side) It means the killing of a cat.

"Terry never liked cats, but he let his daughter persuade him into keeping one. But after it shredded the expensive living room curtains, thoughts of felicide played in his head most vigorously."

And here is one from old english that I truly love the sound of. The word is dumple:(DUM-pul) it means to bend or compress into a dumpy shape.

"Darla used her skilled hands to dumple the dough in preparation for her famous and beloved dumplings"

Here is another that I love the sound of :scrofulous (SKROF-you-lus) Morally corrupt; degenerate "Grant had degenerated surely but slowly over the years. He went from being a super- clean high school boy to one of the city's most scruffy, scrofulous, hardened street thugs"

And another for you: resupine (RES-uh-pine) lying on the back "The accident had caused the once tall, sturdy Bob Fowler to spend months recovering in his bedroom, totally helpless and resupine"

More? Allright!: chubling (CHUB-ling) (One of the authors own personal neoligisms) A chubby person; a chubby baby
"Aunt Martha dimpled the new born baby's cheeks with her forefingers and exclaimed "Oh my! You're such a chubling!"

It's two in the morning, and I must go and watch the inside of my eyelids for a few hours, so I will see you tomorrow!

Doug

breadbasket, bucculent,magnoperate, eventuate, superficies

Good morning! Today, you will once again have the chance to add some verve, and a splash of panache to your once emaciated vocabulary! Dig in, because here it comes!

breadbasket: The stomach: "I watched in horror as that bully landed a stoter of a punch direct to my son's breadbasket!"

bucculent :wide mouthed "Jerry stood there, bucculent and totally metagrobalized, as Tim strode away, arm in arm with his fiance"

magnoperate: to work on one's magnum opus (great work) "Even though Sam was simply writing his prsonal diary, he shot off the comment "Pardon me while I depart to my den for the evening to magnoperate"

eventuate: to come out or result in the end "Daryl said "I hope that my romancing Rose will eventuate in our finally being married"

superficies : the external aspects or the appearance of a thing "One must not pay so much attention to the superficies of their life, and instead focus on what is really profound."

Well, I have errands to run, so I must end this for now..
See ya'!

Doug

Friday, November 04, 2005

yeasty, jentation, middenstead, nepenthe, abrosia, imbosk

Hello again, fellow verbivores! Does today strike you as a marvelous day to augment your word skills? Would you like to take one step closer to becoming totally verbipotent? Do you relish the thought of increasing your verbal armamentarium?

Well then , step right up to the plate, because you have once again arrived, whether volitionally or by serendipity, to the best place. So please take some well deserved oblectation in this word compendium that I have assembled for you this day!

First stop on today's list is the word "yeasty" (YEES-tee) adj This word has multiple meanings, but today we will focus on one that may be most utilitarian for you: full of vitality

'When Terry woke up, she took an hour or so to smoke, sip her morning coffee and such, but after about an hour and a half, she perked up considerably, and in fact became quite yeasty."

here's another that I truly love because of it's wonderful, elegant quality: jentation (jen-TAY-shun) breakfast

My sentence: "No Jeeves, I'm sorry, I won't be partaking of my usual jentation this morning, as me and the Mrs. shall remain quite pre-occupied with other "educational" pursuits " until noon or thereabouts"

middenstead (MID-in-sted) the place where a dunghill is formed (peering into your child's room and seeing the horrible wreck that was once an actual room) Children, clean up this middenstead at once, or I will have your father thrash you within an inch of your little, feckless lives!!"


Another little tiffin? Sure. I can oblige you: nepenthe (ne-PINTHE) something to cause forgetfullnes of sorrow and suffering "Steve had lost all in the poker game, so he scooted down to the local speak- easy for a little nepenthe."

abrosia (a-BRO-zhuh) going without food;fasting "We had spent our last dime on getting the starter fixed in the car, and didn't leave any grocery money, therefore we were in for an interminable week of involuntary abrosia"


And one more: imbosk (im-BOSK) to hide something well enough that no one can ever find it"
"Jeff had just turned seventeen, and his parents had no inkling of his sudden interest in biology, nor of the forbidden magazines he was "educating himself" with in his room, for when he heard them coming up the stairs, he would swiftly imbosk the magazines and pull out his homework asignments."

See ya!

Doug

Thursday, November 03, 2005

balbutiate, bogglish, drogulous, flaffer, scolocophagous, poculation, supernaculum

Hello again! The time has come for some ultra unique words, so today, be ready for anything!
first word? How about balbutiate (bal BYOO-shee-ate) to stutter or stammer "When big Rick caught his former best friend, Mark, in bed with his spouse, all the soon to be dead man could manage to do was balbutiate a few futile phrases, and then pass out"

Are you ready for another? Are you a glutton for punisment? OK, then try this on for size :bogglish (BOG-lish) uncertain; full of doubt; not sure;unconvinced "I watched the late night info-mercial hawking the latest wonder, miracle-widget, and they were indeed counting on me to break out my credit card, but I am totally bogglish about the thing"

I'm not nearly done yet! Here's another for you to ruminate on: drogulous (DROG-you-lus) something of which you can not verify the presence, (usually a ghost, a phantom, or other disembodied spirit), because it has no tangible, effect in the physical realm.
"As Tom slowly entered the oversized door of the presumably haunted Bevenshire Mansion, something bone chilling blowing past his cheek and touching his shoulder made his hair stand on end, as realized he was in the same room as the dreaded drogulous!!"

Would you like more? I knew you would! OK. I'm happy to oblige: "flaffer (FLAFF-er) To make a rustling movement.; to flutter (spoken of birds)

I have two beautiful white doves in a cage on my dresser. When I turn down the thermostat, they tend to hunch together on their perch, and flaffer themselves up."

Here's a zinger: scolecophagous (skol-uh-KOFF-uh-gus) Worm eating.
(honest folks, I did not make it up) "Little Davey wanted a girl friend, but when the pig- tailed girls observed him in his scolocophagous mode, they all ran away"

And one more canorous tid-bit: Poculation (pok-you-LAY-shun) The drinking of alcoholic spirits

We don't normally drink around this house, but on New Years Eve, the spirits flow, and merry poculation is the order of the evening, as we imbibe in that wondrous supernaculum!!"

Supernaculum (super-NAK-you-lum) Very good, or very fine, excellent liquor (See previous sentence)

It's time for me to "hit the hay". I'll be back tomorrow.

Doug

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

squassation, blatteroon, lachanophilia, kerffuffle

Here we are again, and I have some galuptious words for you today, so dig in! First word Squassation (skwa-ZA-shun) A severe shaking
"My Grandma Edna loved to sit in that old wicker chair, but her squassation problem loosened it up to the point where it almost fell apart."

Another for you: blatteroon: (blat-er-UNE) A person who won't stop talking "Sally was quiet when she was unmedicated, but the medicines, when she took them, loosened her jaw and she turned into the world's most obnoxious blatteroon"

Another? Sure! I can oblige you on that: Lachanophilia(lak-an-oh-FEEL-ya) A love of vegetables
"Tim had been a heavy meat eater, but his first heart attack at age thirty nine, caused a turn-around in his life, and after months of working at it, he developed an unstoppable, astonishing lachanophilia"

One for the road? OK. Here it is:"kerfuffle (ker-FUF-ul) A big commotion or fuss "When Jane couldn't find her new prom dress, she searched frantically throughout the house, and finally ended up cauing a big kerfuffle over it"

Must run!

See ya,

Doug

trismus. injudicious

Good morning! Today's word is trismus (TRIS-mus) lockjaw My sentence? here it is "On numerous occasions, Dave found himself wishing intently that his mother in law would become blessed with a lucky case of trismus" (Lucky for him, I might add!)

The second word I will share is injudicious (in-jew-DIH-shus) unwise;indiscreet;lacking judgement "When they visited Florida, Paul's wife thought it quite injudicious of George to volunteer for the aligator wrestling contest"

See ya!

Doug

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

limerance, doolally, niveous, bibulous, diaphonous

Good morning class! Today's first word is limerance (lLIM-er-ance) The first rush of falling in love;the state of being in love

My sentence: "Barb had just turned twelve, when suddenly it hit her: a euphoric, giddy limerance for her geography teacher that made her heart race and left her almost breathless"

The second word for today is Doolally (DU-lal-ee) ; weak in the head
Can you think of a few people that could fit this lovely adjective? I know for a fact that I could!
A sentence you say? Sure! Listen up students while the master weaves his spell: "Paul lost his first love, after a brief and fleeting limerance, and we all thought him a little doolally when he tried to jump off the main Street bridge."

Let's do another, shall we? Allright, I love the sound of niveous(NIV-ee-us) Snowy, or resembling snow. Here is my masterpiece: "Grandpa Fred always had a way of charming us when we were young. His impish smile, and his niveous, albeit amazingly full head of hair are two things that still remain vivid in my memory."

One more? Sure! I always give great value for the money. (Even though reading this blog is free!) Bibulous(BIB-you-lus) Fond of alcohol.

Ahh! Another utilitarian word, eh? "A sentence for this one should be ultra simple. Here goes: "My uncle Jerry was well known for his bibulous ways. But the alcohol destroyed his brain, and when he was old, his family had to sit the bibulous fellow down at the dinner table with a bib, lest he spill food on his person, because his mind had "left the building"

(I incorporated a little memory aid there if you caught it!)

Another one for good measure: diaphonous (di-AF-uh-nus) Extremely thin, flimsy. fragile

Sentence : "Tim, I said, normally I would believe you, but this time your diaphonous lie is as plain as the nose on your proverbial face"











See ya'!

Doug