Monthly Archives: February 2014

Feb
26
2014

haberdashery

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hae bər dae shə ri

noun
1. a shop that sells men’s clothing and furnishings.
2. the goods sold in such a shop.

“And where will I find a haberdashery?”
“A what? Talk English. What you want?”
“I want a–an outfit; a personal outfit.”
“Blanket to moccasins? Levi’s, stranger.  Levi’ll outfit you complete and throw in a yellow purp [pup] under the wagon.”
(
Edwin Legrand Sabin, Desert Dust

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Feb
25
2014

poetaster

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po ih tae stər

noun
an untalented or inept poet.

“Not only are a reader’s views frequently clarified by setting a poetaster beside a poet as a foil, but poets themselves have clarified their views because they have been incited by declarations in false verse to express their convictions more unreservedly than they should otherwise have done.”
 (Elizabeth Atkins, The Poet’s Poet : essays on the character and mission of the poet as interpreted in English verse of the last one hundred and fifty years)

 

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Feb
25
2014

assumption

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ suhmp  sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the act of supposing or taking for granted.
example:  You have never met the man, and your opinion of him is based purely on assumption.

definition 2:  that which is supposed or taken for granted.
example:  She was indeed lost, but his assumption that she was a tourist was incorrect.
example:  Because he was so late, she made the assumption that he’d missed his train.

definition 3:  a taking on, as of a duty, role, or office.
example:  His older brother’s abdication as king forced his assumption of the throne.
example:  Her assumption of the role of caregiver for their ailing mother was a relief to her siblings.
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Feb
24
2014

adamantine

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aemaen tin [or] aemaen tihn

adjective
1. made of, resembling, or having the hardness of adamant*.
2. firmly decided or fixed; unyielding; adamant.
It was fruitless to plead with someone known for his adamantine will.

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Feb
24
2014

constitute

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kan stih tut

transitive verb
definition 1:  to form or compose.
example:  Seven days constitute a week.
example:  Two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen constitute the water molecule.
example:  Do these two paragraphs constitute your entire essay?

definition 2:  to be equal to or amount to.
example:  Providing false information on this document constitutes fraud.
example:  One dried-out piece of toast does not constitute a decent breakfast, in my opinion.

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