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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:26 pm 
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Never heard of that word. I must say I don't think it sounds like its meaning. It sounds like something that is divisive.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:29 am 
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It kind of puts me in mind of a rude noise. I'm terrible :( I really do like the definition.

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bedaub
\ bih-DOB \ , transitive verb;
1. To smudge over; to besmear or soil with anything thick and dirty.
2. To overdecorate; to ornament showily or excessively.

Quote:
The patient's signature is less neat than usual, not only because of his agitated state but also, quite possibly, because the pen is so bedaubed with chocolate that it slips through his fingers.
-- Marcel Beyer, "The Karnau Tapes.", Grand Street , Fall 1997

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Bedaub is from be- , "thoroughly" + daub , from Medieval French dauber , "to plaster," perhaps from Old French dauber , "to clothe in white, white-wash, plaster," from Latin dealbare , "to whitewash, to plaster," from de- (intensive prefix) + albus , "white."
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"Bedaubed with chocolate" just made me smile...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:50 am 
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Bedaub makes me think of bingo cards. I know the word is daub, when you mark the bingo number, but when the game is over (especially a blackout), then the card is bedaubed :)

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Haha, yeah, with two bingo-playin' grammas, I wonder why I didn't think of that...

lucre
\ LOO-kuhr \ , noun;
1. Monetary gain; profit; riches; money; -- often in a bad sense.

Quote:
Picture the place where you grew up. Now, imagine it trampled by an avalanche of capital and the stampede of lucre-crazed hordes chasing after it.
-- Katharine Mieszkowski, "I Want to Blow Up Silicon Valley"

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Lucre comes from Latin lucrum , "gain, profit." It is related to lucrative , "profitable."
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Love this word. If it wasn't blocked at work, I'd find y'all the comic from "Order of the Stick" where they reference the rogue girl's "filthy lucre" and she takes offense, saying she cleans and polishes that lucre every day :P

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ephemeris, noun

[ih-fem-er-is]

plural: ephemerides

Dictionary definition says it's a table showing the positions of a heavenly body for various times. True, but I'm much more used to its satellite definition.

Ephemeris is the name given for data coming from the satellite. Not much use in fantasy writing, but very useful if writing scifi.

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On board Space Station X-7, Lt. Epstein sat at an orbit analyst workstation, calculating antenna analemma. Her secondary monitor beeped, having detected anomalies in the station's ephemeris. "Gah, the battery voltage is low again", she muttered, before calling out to Captain Scudder, "Hey Pete, check this. Battery voltage is sagging, just like it's been doing ever since that crazy asteroid skimmed by."


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:02 pm 
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Kally - I'm more used to seeing the word used in the phrase "filthy lucre" and the phrase used in a tongue-in-cheek, Perils-of-Pauline sort of way. lol I like the word (and the phrase too).

EQ Player - I think I've heard ephemerides more in connection with star charts showing sidereal time as opposed to Earth time. I wasn't even aware of the other definition.

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To expand on ephemeris:

It's data related to the satellite itself, not the signal the satellite carries. Take a sat used for TV rebroadcasts. The TV signal is not ephemeris. But data about the satellite's battery voltage, temperature, orientation, etc IS ephemeris.

Wrong: A general was speaking over a military comsat. The ephemeris of his voice was loud and clear.

Right: A general was speaking over a military comsat. His voice was loud and clear, ephemeris showed a high signal strength.

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Off topic funny story. My Dad worked in satellite operations for many years. One time, a pass (contact between a controlling ground station and the satellite) was about to end. So, they sent the command to turn off the commanding antenna. But Oops! Sent the wrong command, turned off the main antenna instead. Mass Chaos! Hundreds of communication links got shut down.

They had to spend the next few weeks calming down crazed high-rankers who had their calls terminated. "Sorry Admiral, it was a mistake! Hold on sir, the General is calling..."

Oh man, those were the days... I remember the stories: 3-star general getting a door slammed in his face, the Major who thought he was God's Gift to Programming, pass station scheduling done on butcher paper, midnight antics that day shift Really Didn't Want To Know... maybe I should write some stories? :?:


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Go for it, EQP, but do it in the stories section :P

Thanks for the information on ephemeris. You made a difficult to grasp (for me) definition seem clear.

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dapple
\ DAP-uhl \, noun;
1. A small contrasting spot or blotch.
2. A mottled appearance, especially of the coat of an animal (as a horse).
transitive verb:
1. To mark with patches of a color or shade; to spot.
intransitive verb:
1. To become dappled.
adjective:
1. Marked with contrasting patches or spots; dappled.

Quote:
Gentle shafts of sunlight...dapple the grass.
-- Gail Sheehy, Hillary's Choice

Origin:
Dapple derives from Old Norse depill , "a spot."
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A word I generally associate with horses...or perhaps the quality of light filtering through tree leaves in a forest :) So...a good word.

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Me too, Kally. I think of the dappled gray mare and know instantly what she looks like. I like this word. It is friendly.

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irascible
\ ih-RASS-uh-buhl \ , adjective;
1. Prone to anger; easily provoked to anger; hot-tempered.

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The lawyer described his client as an irascible eighty-two-year-old eccentric who alternated between spinning fascinating tales about her past and cussing him out.
-- Jack Olsen, Hastened to the Grave

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Irascible is from Latin irascibilis , "prone to anger," from ira , "anger," which is also the source of ire and irate.
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I like this one, too. It sounds like what it means. Although I do usually have to double check my spelling on it :P

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Ditto what Kally said on all counts. It can also double as a $2 word, because I have heard Nero Wolfe use it :P

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praxis
\PRAK-sis\ , noun;
1.Practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills.
2.Convention, habit, or custom.
3.A set of examples for practice.

Quote:
"Classically," he said, "the revolution proceeds at the most general level along dialectical lines between theory and praxis, praxis and theory."
-- Jonathan Franzen, The Twenty-Seventh City

Origin:
Praxis comes into English from the same Greek word, meaning "deed, act, action."
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A nice enough word...has kind of a stuffy feel to me but that has its place :)

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And this conveniently reminds me that I still need to sign up for mine...*gulp* :shock:

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