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Friday, January 31, 2014

What is the Meaning of Glossolalia?


Glossolalia’s a word
Describing that which can be heard
Inside a Pentecostal church sometimes,

The phenomenon when one
Begins to speak another tongue
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

What is the Meaning of Fordo?


Let me now explain to you
The meaning of the word fordo
A word that not so much these days is said
Hailing from the olden days
It means destroy or do away
As in “I shall fordo that rusty shed!”

In modern times the word has changed
Letters have been rearranged
To express when one is overcome
By fatigue or exhaustion
As in when you’ve been for a swim
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Meaning of Ergo


Here’s a piece of sound info
About the word we call “ergo
It is a word that simply means “therefore”

As in “I found a bunch of bones
Enormous, bigger than my home,
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What is a Dansker?


In Hamlet once I read a word,
A word that I had never heard,
And searched and searched until I found the answer

And now to you I can impart
That someone who is from Denmark
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Who was Charlemagne?


There was a king called Charlemagne
Charles the first also his name
King of the Franks in seven sixty eight
Later the king of Italy
Remembered throughout history
By the designation Charles the Great!

Since in the West Rome’s Empire fell
The books about those days do tell
He was the first in three whole centuries
To bear the title “Emperor”,
The Holy Roman Emperor,
Crowned so by Pope Leo number three.

Since the Roman Empire
He was the first king to acquire
Most of Western Europe in his grasp
Of which he ruled for 13 years
Until he left earth’s mortal sphere
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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Meaning of Bacciferous


If I said that something was
Bacciferous it is because
It certainly has the ability,

To produce or generate
Bring forth, bear and generate
Nothing other than a humble berry.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Law of Your and You and You're!


Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do
When you use the pro-noun “you”
You know, the word you use to designate
The person you are addressing
As in, “Gosh you are depressing”
When referring to another person’s state.

But listen here my little friend,
If “r” is found at “you’s” rear end,
The word takes on a sudden transformation;
For then the word, it does take on,
The very essence of “belongs”
As in, “Excuse me sir but is this your train station?”

But if you add an "r" and "e"
After an apostrophe
What you mean is something someone’s doing,
Like, “You’re certainly disturbing me
If you’re wearing that to tea,
Doing so will end up your undoing!”

So please don’t be a moron
When you need to put an r on
Otherwise you might cop some abuse,
For your and you’re might seem the same
But they’re not, THEY’RE NOT the same!
And after reading this you've no excuse!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

The Meaning of Wadi


I found out that the word Wadi
Refers to a dry and rocky
Channel in a desert area
One that is especially
Specific to and usually
Found in parts of Northern Africa

Sometimes more than that it can
Be a gully on dry land
That becomes a short lived kind of stream,
A torrent that will only run
When the heavy rain does come
Coursing through what was a dry ravine.

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What is the Meaning of Vacillate?


If you’re the type to vacillate
It means you do facilitate
A hesitant or unsure certainty,
Implying that back and forth you swing
In your beliefs and your feelings
Making you act indecisively.

Kind of like a person who
Holds up the rest of the queue
While they think about what they should eat
They “um” and “ah” and scratch their heads,
“Should I this, or that instead?
And should I take-away or take a seat?”

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

What is a Tabernacle?


The Tabernacle was a tent
Purposefully made and meant
Specifically to be a sanctuary
Or a kind of portable
Temple, but demountable,
For the Israelites when stationary

For in the days when it was used
The people then called The Hebrews
Wandered through the wilderness a bit
But when they stopped up went the tent,
As said in the Old Testament,
While the cloud of God hovered above it!

A Tabernacle though these days
Is a box found on display
In a church which does contain within
Wine, the kind said to be red,
And the kind of crispy bread
That is used for the Holy Communion

That is though the tradition
Of the Catholic position
Which is unlike some other Christian types
To whom a tabernacle is
What a place of worship is
A church building or chapel if you like.

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What is a Sabbatical?


How nice it would be to receive
A time of paid extended leave
A nice long break from where I am employed
To do the things I want to do
And not the things I’m made to do
When I’m at work where nothing is enjoyed!

Apparently a lecturer
Can become a wanderer
And take something called a Sabbatical
That is a lot of time away
For weeks and months and many days
To do “research” and probably to travel

Slight investigation
Only proves the word’s relation
To the Sabbath day of calm respite
Except in this case here
A Sabbatical’s a year!
A year off after six of work sounds right!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What is a Rabelaisian?


One who’s robust or bawdy
Whose jokes are rude and are naughty
Is a Rabelaisian at best

After Francois Rabelais
A Frenchman from the olden days
A 16th century wayward satirist.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Meaning of Quadrant


Imagine now a really nice
Juicy and delicious slice
Of pie made by your favorite dear old aunt

The slice of course being one of four
Equal slices and no more
A quarter or in other words a quadrant!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

What is the Meaning of Manifold?


Imagine that within my home
Are myriads of telephones
Of different variations new and old
The adjective that best describes
The bunch of phones I have inside
In varied forms is the word manifold

It implies great diversity
And also multiplicity,
Variety as well or so I’m told
So if there’s an array
Of anything just say
“Manifold” of what you now behold!

But also if I said of you
Something that was very true
For lots of different reasons not a few
I can use the word to
Exemplify about you
That you are a manifold cuckoo!

And finally you might
Come across a kind of pipe
With many joints and also lots of holes
I can clearly state
The word that designates
This type of pipe is also manifold.

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What is Lucre?


Whether we are great or small
Lucre is a thing we all
Should avoid most oft and avidly,

It is the profit, one might say,
That's made in a dishonest way,
Put simply it is grubby filthy money!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

What is the Indefinite Article?

Indefinite article

"A" or "an" are words we use
When we wish to introduce
Something before making known the noun

Although a tiny particle
The indefinite article
Can in many languages be found.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What is the Meaning of Gainsay?

If you find I don’t agree
With something that you've said to me
I might gainsay the thing that you have said

That is I might well contradict
The thing that you’re trying to depict
And say the opposite is true instead!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What is the Meaning of Forbear?


If perchance you ever hear
Me swear that I will now forbear
What I'm saying is “I will do without”
As in this sentence here:
“I decided to forbear
Wearing jeans for my lack of a belt.

But I’m afraid there’s more
And so we can’t ignore
That this word can turn into “forbore
Which really means the same
As forbear yet again
But in, “I forbore from entering the store.”

And so this tricky word
Is a rather useful verb
With synonyms like abjure or abstain
So if you find that ever
You want to sound quite clever
Use forbear to substitute “refrain”

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Monday, January 13, 2014

What is the Meaning of Ensample?


Not so much in use today
But still read in the old King James
Is the middle English word "ensample"

Don't be puzzled by the "n"
Replace it with an "x" and then
You'll have a word that means the same - "example".

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

What is a Dacoit?


When traversing Burma's hills
You do so at your own peril,
One may become a target to exploit

To a breed of bandits who
Are armed so they can steal from you
Known by the fancy word Dacoit

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

What is a Caballero?


Before today I did not know
The meaning of caballero
Which is a knight or gentlemanly man

One who also rides a horse,
A useful thing to know of course,
If visiting a Spanish speaking land.

Here's a wee tune to help you learn it :)

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The Meaning of Baccalaureate


If you are the laureate
At a Baccalaureate
It means you’ve earned a Bachelor’s Degree.
Perhaps it was in liberal arts
Or in how to make great tarts
After years at University?

And of course it’s also true
The sermon spoken at the do
Is the baccalaureate as well
And the degree that you have earned
For the things that you did learn
Is called the baccalaureate itself!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

The Abacus


If you are investigating
How to do your calculating
Without using your fingers or your toes,
Then the Abacus will do
The arithmetic for you
By organizing beads on rods in rows.

The word originated as
Has been so speculated
From "abax", spoken by the Ancient Greeks.
A table for the purpose
To do math on its surface,
Used exclusively by ancient geeks.

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What is an Abalone?


This is the testimony
Of the noble abalone
A shell fish from the bottom of the sea.

Its mother of pearl interior
Beats its rough exterior
And makes for some exquisite jewellery.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

What is Zabaglione?


If you're the kind who likes to flirt
With the idea of dessert
May I suggest you try a Zabaglione?

Whipped egg yolk and sugar which
With Marsala wine is mixed
I'm sure you'll find it satisfactory!

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What is a Yagi?


Let me now pass on the truth
The old antenna on your roof
Necessary once for your TV,

Was a Japanese invention
That enabled good reception
Named after the engineer Yagi

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What is a Xanthippe?


A woman who is quite bossy
Domineering and haughty
Is the overbearing Xanthippe,

Argumentative at best
The name apparently possessed
By the younger wife of Socrates

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The Meaning of Wacker


Apparently if you are one
Born a Liverpudlian
Then you're a Wacker so I've heard it said.

But if you would prefer another
Scouser is a name that's uttered
Named after a stew that there is fed

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What is Vaccinia?


Way back in the olden days
It happened that some dairy maids
Touched the ailed udders of a cow
And none of them were very pleased
To catch from it a skin disease
Which gave them blisters and a furrowed brow

Cowpox was the malady
That put the maidens I'll at ease
A virus passed on from the cow to them
Related to vaccinia
But not so much to tinea
A shame there were no latex gloves back then!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What is an Übermensch?


A super duper human being
Formidable and staggering
Superior is what I'm trying to say,
Impervious to bumps and dents
Is the splendid übermensch
A superman in every kind of way.

The concept is a feature
In the thought of Frederick Nietzsche
In the latter nineteenth century,
Suggesting through philosophy
That the übermensch should be
A goal to set for all humanity

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What is a Tabard?


In the medieval days
The knights back then liked to display
Their coat of arms when they were fully dressed,

So they had a tunic stitched
To fit over their armour which
Identified them while they looked their best.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

What is a Sabbatarian?


A person whose conscience reserves
Saturday to be observed
As the Sabbath Day of holy rest

Is a Sabbatarian
For whom all work and play is sin
When done upon the day the good Lord blessed!

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

What is a Rabbet?


Sometimes you just might find
A piece of wood that is designed
To fit together with another bit

A type of groove that has the point
Of fitting with a matching joint
Such a groovy thing is a rabbet!

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What Does Qua Mean?


If you want a word that has
The same meaning as the word "as"
But in the context of "virtue of being"

Then substitute the "as" with "qua"
To sound much smarter than you are
As in "cats qua cats have difficulty skiing".

Friday, January 3, 2014

What is Pabulum?

Food that is easy to chew
And that will go straight through you
Can be designated pabulum,

But another denotation
Is insipid information
Mental fodder bland and trite and dumb!

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