argy-bargy

29 Aug

Chiefly British. a vigorous discussion or dispute.

The argy-bargy —if I’m allowed to say that—is about what all the best arguments are about: absolutely nothing.

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Versatile

20 Aug

If something is versatile, it means that it can be used successfully in different ways. Versatility is important for people as well, especially in the modern, changeable society we live in. Companies look for versatile employees who can deal with a wide range of different and complex tasks.

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festinate

18 Aug

1. to hurry; hasten.

2. hurried.

Move—move—move! Put some order on things! Come on, Sarah—hide that bucket. Whose are these slates? Somebody take these dishes away. Festinate ! Festinate !

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That night he had the firm belief he would never need to eat again as long as he lived, and he wandered around in the dark, keeping his legs moving in a desperate attempt to festinate digestion…

brickbat

18 Aug

1. an unkind or unfavorable remark; caustic criticism: The critics greeted the play with brickbats.
2. a piece of broken brick, especially one used as a missile.
3. any rock like missile.

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Break a leg

15 Aug

Break a leg – Oh, look, another idiom about legs. You’re about to take your dreaded calculus final and before you head into your classroom your roommate texts you, “Break a Leg!”  Why, you think in your head, would he ever wish that upon me? I thought we were cool with each other. Well, your roommate surely doesn’t want your bones to break while walking to your seat in the exam room that’s for sure. Break a leg actually means good luck!

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Pluvial

24 Jul

1. of or pertaining to rain; rainy.
2. Geology . occurring through the action of rain.

Swimming in the pluvial  waters, or inert and caked over by the torrid mud, he would have discovered what he would certainly have regarded as lowly, specially-modified, and degenerate relations of the active denizens of the ocean—the Dipnoi , or mud-fish.

Nothing enters her tomb save a little moisture, pluvial  in origin, and, it may be, certain mysterious effluvia of which we do not yet know the nature.

Origin: Pluvial  is from the Latin pluvia  meaning “rain, water.” It shares the Proto-Indo-European root pleu  meaning “to flow, to swim” with Pluto , the name of God of the underworld in classical mythology.

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balmy

19 Jul

1. mild and refreshing; soft; soothing: balmy weather .
2. having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant: balmy leaves .
3. producing balm: balmy plants; a balmy shrub .
4. Informal . crazy; foolish; eccentric.

On and off and on and off until he was laughing at the magic of the running water and the chicken and bread that lay balmy  in his stomach.

Imagine now, while the curtain’s falling, that it’s a fine balmy  day and the smell of clams coming in from the bay.

Origin: Balmy  is the adjectival form of balm , which originally referred to an aromatic resin and came to mean anything that heals. Balmy  entered English in the late 1400s.

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