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"The battle scenes are a Hollywood mishmash of medieval melees [ˈmeɪˌleɪ], meaningless cannonades [ˌkænəˈneɪdz - a period of continuous heavy gunfire], and World War I-style infantry advances." — Franz-Stefan Gady, Foreign Policy, 2 Dec. 2023
English May 3, 2024, 3:34 AM   cowpoke

Heaven forfend [fɔrˈfɛnd] that people actually pick up dictionaries and read them!
English May 2, 2024, 4:34 AM   cowpoke

"Under international law, humans possess an inviolable [ɪnˈvaɪələbəl] right to freedom of thought. As part of this, governments have a duty to create an environment where people can think freely." — Simon McCarthy-Jones, The Conversation, 27 Sept. 2023
English Apr 29, 2024, 3:32 AM   cowpoke

The author advised the aspiring writers in the crowd to develop an authoritative voice by sticking to subjects within their ken [kɛn]. // [beyond/outside/within one’s ken.] [It is beyond my ken!]
English Apr 28, 2024, 4:31 AM   cowpoke

assail [əˈseɪl], by way of Anglo-French, from the Latin verb assilire ("to leap upon"), which in turn comes from the Latin verb salire, meaning "to leap."
English Apr 27, 2024, 7:01 AM   cowpoke

“Polls can have their own politics, and media polls are often accused of being tendentious [tɛnˈdɛnʃəs].” — Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal, 26 Oct. 2021
English Apr 25, 2024, 5:15 AM   cowpoke

"From the quaint charm of its historic downtown to the dynamic energy of its burgeoning [ˈbɜrdʒən] Arts District, Gilbert [Arizona] offers something for everyone." — Lux Butler, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024
English Apr 24, 2024, 5:48 AM   cowpoke

"The power of the ancestral people who built Cliff Palace feels palpable [ˈpælpəbəl] as I stand inside the cliff hollow, marvelling at towers and rooms that slot together perfectly." — Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star, 16 Sept. 2023
English Apr 22, 2024, 6:02 AM   cowpoke

Think of fleshing out a skeleton. To flesh out something is to give it substance, or to make it fuller or more nearly complete.

To flush out something is to cause it to leave a hiding place, e.g., "The birds were flushed out of the tree." It can also be used figuratively, as in "flush out the truth."

English Apr 22, 2024, 4:31 AM   cowpoke

It’s a delicate subject, and we need to approach it with gingerly [ˈdʒɪn.dʒər.li] care and tact.
English Apr 20, 2024, 9:28 AM   cowpoke

As one 20th-century usage writer commented, “Qua is sometimes thought affected or pretentious, but it does convey meaning economically.”

Qua’s meaning is quite specific—it can substitute for the phrase “in the capacity or character of” or the preposition as in the right context,

as in “they wanted to enjoy the wine qua [kwɑː] wine, not as a status symbol.”

I want to enjoy doing the "designerly" things qua the "designerly" things, not participating in office politics.

English Apr 18, 2024, 5:30 AM   cowpoke

"Despite the hurdles, comedians continue to negotiate their inalienable [ɪˈneɪ.li.ə.bl̩] need to do stand-up to the point that money comes as a secondary concern." — Jake Kroeger, The Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2023
English Apr 16, 2024, 3:25 AM   cowpoke

The puppy managed to purloin [pərˈlɔɪn] a few cookies from the plate when no one was looking.
English Apr 15, 2024, 3:53 AM   cowpoke

To win the Kentucky Derby, a Thoroughbred must run 10 furlongs [ˈfɜrlɔŋ], or one and 1/4 miles.
English Apr 14, 2024, 6:43 AM   cowpoke

"Pet owners can have a tougher time finding apartments because of the surfeit [ˈsɜrfɪt]of landlords who don't allow dogs, cats or other animals in their buildings." — Andrew J. Campa, The Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024
English Apr 12, 2024, 6:04 AM   cowpoke

“That Jagger can still sing and dance up a storm, at 80, is a triumph for him and should provide a vicarious [vaɪˈkɛriəs] thrill for anyone who attends a concert by the Rolling Stones next year.” — George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023
English Apr 10, 2024, 6:18 AM   cowpoke

The issue will be decided under the aegis [ˈiːdʒɪs] of an international organization.
English Apr 9, 2024, 4:49 AM   cowpoke

Our hopes for an apology and a reasonable explanation for the error were met with fatuous [ˈfætʃuəs] platitudes [陈词滥调].
English Apr 8, 2024, 4:08 AM   cowpoke

Some scientists have conjectured [kənˈdʒɛktʃər] that Jupiter’s moon Europa could sustain life.
English Apr 7, 2024, 4:53 AM   cowpoke

The refugees gathered in a hilly redoubt [rɪˈdaʊt] several miles from the outskirts of town.
English Apr 6, 2024, 7:42 AM   cowpoke