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Topic: insouciance
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:35:19 AM
Another synonym was "gaiety"; an insouciant person was a gay person. Then that word got hijacked.
Topic: pommel
Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3:53:33 AM
The single meaning given ignores the others. And slants it towards solely a Usan (American) readership. Pommel in British English ONLY means the rising front part of a horse's saddle or part of a sword that forms the handle. Whowever chooses the single meanings here needs to think outside of Usa (America).
Topic: vermiculate
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:39:52 AM
More common is the word vermiculite - "a hydrous phyllosilicate mineral. It undergoes significant expansion when heated". See Wikipedia for its many uses in industry, construction and as a packaging material.
Topic: lurcher
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:25:43 AM
I do not know in which "English speaking" country a lurcher is a prowler. In the UK, it is a breed of dog, originally used for hunting. From Wikipedia: "The lurcher is the offspring of a sighthound mated with another breed, most commonly a pastoral breed or a terrier type of dog. Historically a poacher's dog, lurchers in modern times are used as pets, hunting dogs and in racing." The prowler meaning is unknown in the UK - to the best of my knowledge - and I have lived here for 77 years.
Topic: unfrequented
Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 10:30:04 AM
Think of the word itself: unfrequented - and its opposite: frequented. Frequent means at short intervals, or often.
The opposite is at long intervals or seldom. So it does not mean "Devoid of creatures", a curious expression at best.
If unfrequented did me no one was ever in the library, then it would have been closed. Lovers would choose an
unfrequented spot (one not often visited, not unvisited) for a bit of quiet intimacy.
Topic: parlous
Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 6:07:41 AM
Parlous - in the UK - more often refers to things in a poor state of repair or general condition, rather than dangerous. A vehicle, house or even a sofa might be in a parlous condition.
Topic: minibar
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 7:07:42 AM
In the UK a wooden cabinet standing on the floor, usually some four to eight feet long, eighteen inches to two feet deep, and the top some three to four feet high. With a flat top and drawers to contain dining rom items, or doors to open to reveal one or two shelves for such items,and also general sitting room items. Often used to store wine glasses and cutlery. There is usually a free space a foot or more high beneath the bottom of the cabinet.
Topic: palmistry
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5:04:36 AM
Palmistry - the pretence that the future can be revealed by looking at people's palms. THe making of money from pretending that the future can be revealed by looking at people's palms.
Topic: overextend
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 4:17:40 AM
In an extended trot, canter or gallop, the extremities of a horse's legs move further forward and backward, with the risk of a hind hoof hitting the soft tissue making up the rear of a fore hoof's fetlock and injuring it.
Topic: laundress
Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2018 5:03:26 AM
I feel "A working woman who takes in washing" to be a poor definition. It suggests that her "taking in washing" is almost a side line to other work. The emphasis should be on washing, not being a working woman. How about "a woman who works in a laundry, or who works washing other people's laundry at her own home"? The area where I used to live in London was called "Soapsud Island", because there were so many laundries in the area. The last one closed in the 1990s. They dated from the 19th century. The groundwater was soft and ideal for washing clothes and bed linen, and the area was close to London's West End where most of the upper class Londoners lived for the laundry to be readily collected and delivered by horse-drawn waggons.

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