barnabas_truman: (oldstyle)
Ahoy there, and welcome aboard of Cap'n Truman's Lexical Amplifier! Below I have provided for you a destination-word. Your job is to look up the destination-word in a real* dictionary and compose a creative but meaningful sentence around it; post this sentence in a comment here. Furthermore, you will very probably find another interesting and underutilized word on your journey to the destination. Include in your comment your choice of journey-word and its definition. (You are of course, also welcome to reply to other people's comments by building sentences around their chosen journey-words.)




Today's destination-word is: mizzen-topgallant.

We were compelled to remain in Jamaica until the repair of our mizzen-topgallant, though the crew did not seem to mind in the slightest.




* By "real dictionary" I mean any dictionary in which the definition of "sail" is accompanied by a well-labeled diagram of a full-rigged ship.
barnabas_truman: (oldstyle)
Good evening, and welcome back to Uncle Truman's Lexical Amplifier! Here you will find words that, in my opinion, are not used nearly as much as they ought to be. Your job is to look up each such word in your favorite real* dictionary, read and contemplate its definition, and post a response to this episode which includes
1) an amusing or insightful sentence of your own composing which uses this word, and
2) another word, with definition, that you have found in your dictionary whilst looking up the original word.




Today's word is: valetudinarianism.

In spite of his frequent absences, it seemed that the only affliction that plagued him was valetudinarianism.




* By "real dictionary" I mean any dictionary which can be used to incapacitate a burglar. (Be creative.)
barnabas_truman: (oldstyle)
Good morning, and welcome to Uncle Truman's Lexical Amplifier! Here you will find words that, in my opinion, are not used nearly as much as they ought to be. Your job is to look up each such word in your favorite real* dictionary, read and contemplate its definition, and post a response to this episode which includes
1) an amusing or insightful sentence of your own composing which uses this word, and
2) another word, with definition, that you have found in your dictionary whilst looking up the original word.



Today's word is: snath.

I apologize for the jungliness of my front lawn; my snath is in the shop for repairs.



* By "real dictionary" I mean any dictionary in which, while looking up a desired word, one sees the definitions of various others in passing. Online dictionaries are welcome if they allow this, but paper dictionaries are so much more fun.

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