Wordplay Wednesday™ (2)


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     Interesting, quirky words not necessarily heard in common conversation, here, for your edification; and posted on Twitter every Wednesday @PenchantForPen. Baffle and bewilder your family and friends with weird and wild new words and skewed uses of the standards!
Abbreviated definitions are derived from the 2014 Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fifth Ed., unless stated otherwise. 200+ Wordplay words 2013-2019 archived here.

Featured Word: Wordplay Wednesday ~ AUGUST 12, 2020:
KICKSHAW (ʹkik-,shȯ; 1597) n. 1) a fancy dish, delicacy; 2) trinket, gewgaw. [WW #281]
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- chary (cherʹē, charʹē) adj. – 1) not taking chances, careful, cautious [to be chary of offending others]; 2) not giving freely, sparing (chary of his hospitality). [WW #261]

- colligate (kälʹɘ gātʹ) vt. – 1) to bind together; 2) to relate (isolated facts) by some reasonable explanation, esp. so as to evolve a general principle (n. – colligation). [WW #269]

- collocate (kälʹɘ kātʹ) vt. – to arrange, esp., to set side by side. [WW #270] 

- éclat (ā-ʹklä; ʹā-; 1672) n. – 1) ostentatious display : publicity; 2) dazzling effect : brilliance; 3a) brilliant or conspicuous success, b) praise, applause. [WW #276] 

- elint (elʹint) n. – the gathering of intelligence by monitoring with electronic equipment from airplanes, ships, satellites, etc. [WW #254*]

- epithalamium (epʹi thɘ lā’mē ɘm) n. – a song or poem in honor of a bride or bridegroom, or of both; nuptial song (also epithalamion; plural – epithalamia) [WW #271]

- esculent (esʹkyōō lɘnt) adj. – fit for food; edible (n. – something fit for food, esp. a vegetable). [WW #266]  

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flexuous (fleksʹyōō ɘs, flekʹshōō-) adj. – winding or wavering (adv. – flexuously). [WW #250*] 

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flibbertigibbet (flibʹɘr tē jibʹit) n. – an irresponsible, flighty person. [WW #253*

- gambol (gamʹbɘl) n. – a jumping and skipping about in play, frolic (vi. – gamboled or gambolled, gamboling or gambolling; to jump, etc.) [WW #272]

- harlequinade (härʹli kwi nādʹ) n. – 1) that part of a play or pantomime in which the Harlequin [comic character] and the clown play leading parts; 2) comic pranks, lively and mischievous antics, buffoonery. [WW Foolplay Two-Fer #262, April Fool's Day 2020]


- impuissance (im pyōōʹi sɘns) n. – lack of power, weaknss (adj. – impuissant). [WW #259]  


- katzenjammer (ʹkat-sɘn-,ja-mɘr; 1849) n. – 1) hangover; 2) distress; 3) a discordant clamor. [WW #278] 

- kickshaw (ʹkik-,shȯ; 1597) n. 1) a fancy dish, delicacy; 2) trinket, gewgaw. [WW #281]

- machree (mɘ krēʹ, mɘ khrēʹ) n. – literally, my heart: Anglo-Irish term of endearment (Mother machree) [WW #255*]


- malentendu (mȧ lännʹ; French) adj. – misunderstood, poorly conceived (n. – a misunderstanding). [WW #280]

- mouthfeel (mouthʹfēlʹ’) n. – the way a particular food or beverage feels in the mouth as it is eaten or drunk (the velvety mouthfeel of ice cream). [WW #252*

- munificent (myōō nifʹɘ sɘnt) adj. – 1) very generous in giving; 2) characterized by or indicative of great generosity (a munificent reward). [WW #256*]- redivivus (redʹi vīʹvɘs) adj. – restored to life; reborn; reincarnated: usually used metaphorically. [Pronounced red uh vi-vus; WW #249*]

- nescience [ʹne-sh(ē-)ɘn(t)s; 1612] n. – lack of knowledge or awareness: ignorance (adj. – nescient). [WW #277] 

- pandemonium (pan’de mo’ne em) n. – 1) the capital of Hell in Milton’s Paradise Lost; 2) Hell; 3) a] any place or scene of wild disorder, noise, or confusion; b] wild disorder, noise, or confusion. [WW #267]

- pleonasm (plēʹɘ nazʹɘm) n. – 1) the use of more words than are necessary for the expression of an idea, redundancy (Ex.: “plenty enough”); 2) an instance of this; 3) a redundant word or expression (adj. – pleonastic). [WW #258]  

- quire (kwīr) n. – a set of 24 or 25 sheets of paper of the same size and stock, the twentieth part of a ream. [WW #274] 

- raillery (rāʹlɘr ē) n. – 1) light, good-natured ridicule or satire, banter; 2) a teasing act or remark. [WW #264]

- rhapsodist (rapʹsɘ dist) n. – 1) rhapsode*; 2) a person who rhapsodizes. [WW #265] 

- sophism (säfʹizʹɘm) n. – a clever and plausible but fallacious argument or form of reasoning, esp. one intended to deceive. [WW #268] 

- sylvan (silʹvɘn) n. – one who lives in the woods; adj. – 1) of or characteristic of the woods or forest; 2) living or found in the woods or forest; 3) wooded. [WW #251*]

- tautology  (tô täʹɘ jē) n. – 1-a) needless repetition of an idea in different words, redundancy, pleonasm (Ex.: “necessary essentials,” b) an instance of such repetition; 2) Logic: a proposition that is analytic (sense 5). [WW #257] [Look for this accompanying word as next week’s Wordplay.]

- tomfoolery (tämʹfōōlʹɘr ē) n. – foolish behavior; silliness; nonsense. [Foolplay Two-Fer #292, April Fool's Day 2020]

- verdure (vurʹjɘr) n. – 1) the fresh-green color of growing things, greenness; 2) green growing plants and trees, green vegetation; 3) a vigorous or flourishing condition (characteristic of/adj. – verdurous). [WW #260] 

- veridical (vɘ ridʹI kɘl) adj. – 1) truthful, veracious; 2) corresponding with reality or facts (n. – veridicality) [WW #273]

- whiffler (hwifʹlɘr) n. – a person who vacillates or shifts position frequently in argument. [WW #263]

- widdershins (ʹwi-dɘr-shɘnzʹ; 1545) adv. – in a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction: counterclockwise (also withershins) – compare deasil [clockwise]. [WW #279] 

- zeitgeist (ʹtsīt-,gīst) n. – the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era. [WW #275] 





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