Category: Word of the Day
pə lae vər
1. idle conversation or discussion, especially at length.
2. formerly, discussion or negotiation, as between explorers and natives.
1. to talk idly and at length.
2. to discuss or negotiate over some issue.
kuh lə rə tu rə
1. flourishes, such as runs or trills, in vocal music.
2. music characterized by such flourishes.
3. a singer, usually a high soprano, who specializes in coloratura.
either of two larks, found in Europe and Asia, that are known for singing in flight.
“…between the peals of thunder I could hear the brave song of the skylark climbing his silver stairway of music, undismayed, hopeful, unconquerable.”
to play or move about in a carefree, idle, or happy manner; frolic.
“The boarders irritated him by trespassing upon his premises, by knocking their tennis balls into his garden beds, by bathing and skylarking on the beach in plain sight from his verandas.”
brə vyu rə
1. a musical piece or passage requiring great spirit or expertise of the performer.
“She raised the piano-cover and began playing a dashing bravura that was strikingly out of place in the dismantled room, then she closed the piano-lid with a slam.”
2. a display of such spirit or expertise.
“Every note and finger must be in place, every mark of phrasing obeyed; but during practise hours you need not give the piece all its dashing vigor and bravura at every repetition. Such a course would soon exhaust the player.”
sa lə sih zəm
a gross violation of convention in grammar, etiquette, or the like; impropriety.
“There is many a man, moving in good society, who would rather be guilty of, and even detected in, an act of unkindness or mendacity, than be seen in an unfashionable dress or commit a grammatical solecism or a broach of social etiquette. Vulgarity to such men is a worse reproach than hardness of heart or indifferent morality.”