Word Of The Day 6-25-2017




someone who is afraid of running out of things to read.


“…it seems rather ironic that the term abibliophobia appears to have been coined on the Web during the last three or four years. It would seem impossible for anyone with regular access to the Internet to be an abibliophobe (someone suffering from a fear of running out of reading material) or to become abibliophobic when more and more reading matter is available by the hour.”



a- +‎ biblio +‎ -phobia

Word For The Day 6-21-2017


jo·ba·tion \jōˈbāshən\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words


A scolding; a long tedious reproof.


When he had gone I gave Umslopogaas a jobation and told him that I was ashamed of his behaviour.
Allan Quatermain

It is difficult for me to justify to myself the violent jobation which my Father gave me in consequence of my scream, except by attributing to him something of the human weakness of vanity.
Father and Son: a study of two temperaments

Julian would gladly have fought it out with his imperative father; but, nevertheless, it was a comfort to have to fetch pale Charles for a jobation; so he went at once.
The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper

After all, there’s no place for a cock to fight on like his own dunghill; and there’s nothing able to carry a fellow well through a tough bit of jobation with a lawyer like a stiff tumbler of brandy punch.
The Kellys and the O’Kellys

Mr Green was presented, and ushered into the service much in the same way as I was; but he had not forgotten what I said to him relative to the first lieutenant; and it so happened that, on the third day he witnessed a jobation, delivered by the first lieutenant to one of the midshipmen, who, venturing to reply, was ordered to the mast-head for the remainder of the day; added to which, a few minutes afterwards, the first lieutenant ordered two men to be put both legs in irons.
Percival Keene

“I can understand, father,” answered Ida, struggling to keep her temper under this jobation, “that my refusal to marry Mr. Cossey is disagreeable to you for obvious reasons, though it is not so very long since you detested him yourself.”
Colonel Quaritch, V.C. A Tale of Country Life


jobe (to harangue or rebuke in a long-winded or drawn-out way)

-ation (an action or process)


Word Of The Day 6-17-2017





In the shape of a half-moon, i.e. semicircular.

A fortification constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin.


He described it as a demilune—meaning half moon—gaming table.
Picky on Provenance

A refined demilune table wrapped in rope, a lampshade crafted from metal mesh, and a petrified log used as an accent table are all creative ways to incorporate texture into an interior.
Thom Filicia Style

The Iroquois respected their palisades and demi-lunes, and withdrew, after burning two Huron prisoners.
“Pioneers Of France In The New World” by Francis Parkman, Jr.

A general formed on the model of him who, not contented with assaulting a demi-lune, had taken une lune toute entiere.
“Dynevor Terrace (Vol. I)” by Charlotte M. Yonge

From that it sweeps out in a huge demi-lune of cliff, the outer cord being the east, the inner hugging the bluff.
“Lore of Proserpine” by Maurice Hewlett

After crossing into Floriana, we are still surrounded by a cordon of elaborate fortifications, demi-lunes, curtains, and ditches.
“The Story of Malta” by Maturin M. Ballou



French: half moon. See demi-, lune




Word Of The Day 6-9-2017




the attempt by a horse to throw its rider. (This was the most used meaning.)

a torture or punishment technique where the victim is tied at a pole which is dropped from a considerable height to just above the soil; aboard a vessel, the victim is dipped into the sea

a gymnastic move


Though the first meaning seems to be the most common, all the examples I found were for estrapade as a method of torture. That, a place-name or, in one instance, the name of a Thoroughbred.

Where are the defenestrations that shall break their bones, where is the estrapade that shall grind their joints? –The Shadow of the Torturer

It would take Sotillo a day to give me the estrapade, and try some other things perhaps, before he puts a bullet through my heart — as he did to that poor wretch here. —Nostromo, a Tale of the Seaboard


Word For The Day 6-7-2017


chan·delle \shan-ˈdel, shäⁿ-\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words


A sudden, steep climbing turn of an aircraft,executed to alter flight direction and gain altitude simultaneously.


Recovering on a reciprocal heading, the Spad pilot added power, climbing into a chandelle to perhaps 5,000 feet heading outbound.
On Yankee Station

She was either using too much rudder in her chandelle maneuvers or not enough.
Silver Wings, Santiago Blue


The word ‘chandelle’ comes from a French word meaning ‘candle’. According to Propilotguide.com, the maneuver was perfected by WWI French aviators, who described it as ‘monter en chandelle’, “to climb around a candle”.

Did You Know?

See here for a great article -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandelle


See here for video-https://youtu.be/Ml8YI7oj2Q8



Word Of The Day 6-5-2017



[en-kahy-rid-ee-uh n, -ki-]


A book to be carried in the hand; a manual; a handbook.

a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location.


The plot twists were a little too convenient, and the language at times was a little unbelievable (okay she’s an academic, but does that really give her the right to use the word enchiridion to describe a parenting book?).

Called a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, this ‘propaedeutic enchiridion’ came with its own power pack, a voice-recognition interface, ‘smart paper’ computer pages, ‘nanoreceptors’ to measure the reader’s pulse, and a database that amounted to ‘a catalogue of the collective unconscious. ‘
Cri de Coeur

Laurentius wanted a handbook (enchiridion) that would sum up the essential Christian teaching in the briefest possible form.
Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

But it is only fair to bear in mind that the Lay is less a poem than an enchiridion, a sort of Emersonian guide to the conduct of life rather than an exquisitely-presented summary of the thoughts of an Eastern pessimist.
The Life of Sir Richard Burton

It is an impious but comic enchiridion of almost all violence, all done, curiously, in a mannered style – he tended to draw people in extended and vaguely balletic postures – and in arch, elegant forms.
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1540s, “a handbook,” from Late Latin, from Greek enkheiridion, neuter ofenkheiridios “that which is held in the hand,” from en “in” (see en- (2)) + kheir “hand” (see chiro- ) + diminutive suffix -idion.


Word Of The Day 6-4-2017


Popularity: Bottom 10% of words


Rare. a rumbling sound.


borrowed from New Latin bombilātiōn-, bombilātiō, from Latin bombilāre “to buzz, hum” (derivative of bombus, perhaps with suffix of sībilāre “to hiss,” or after Greek bombyliós “bumblebee”) + -tiōn-, -tiō, noun suffix — more at 1bomb, 1sibilant, bombyliidae, -ion