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    Sunday, July 01, 2018

    mind-pop

    noun [mahynd-pop]
    Psychology Informal. a word, phrase, image, or sound that comes into the mind suddenly and involuntarily and is usually related to a recent experience.
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    What is the origin of mind-pop?

    Mind-pop was coined by Austrian psychologist George Mandler (1924–2016). It was first recorded in 2000–05.

    How is mind-pop used?

    Mind-pops are more often words or phrases than images or sounds and they usually happen when someone is in the middle of a habitual activity that does not demand much concentration—perhaps when they are brushing their teeth or tying their shoes. Ferris Jabr, "Mind-Pops: Psychologists Begin to Study an Unusual form of Proustian Memory," Scientific American, May 23, 2012

    ... researchers can now see that having a mind pop activates the same region of the brain that's engaged when you're open to experience. ... Even when they are mixed and conflicted, they are signs of your creative brain in action. Srini Pillay, Tinker Dabble Try, 2017

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    Saturday, June 30, 2018

    armamentarium

    noun [ahr-muh-muhn-tair-ee-uhm, -men-]
    the aggregate of equipment, methods, and techniques available to one for carrying out one's duties: The stethoscope is still an essential part of the physician's armamentarium.
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    What is the origin of armamentarium?

    English armamentarium is taken straight from the Latin noun armāmentārium “armory, arsenal, storehouse for military equipment.” The base of the Latin compound noun is the neuter plural noun arma “arms, weapons,” from which the verb armāre “to fit or equip with weapons” derives. From the verb armāre and the suffix -mentum, used to form concrete objects, the noun armāmentum is formed. The resulting armāmentum is completed by the very common adjective and noun suffix -ārium (from -arius), showing location. Armamentarium entered English in the 17th century in the sense “arsenal.” The broader sense of armamentarium dates from the 19th century.

    How is armamentarium used?

    By identifying a fresh target for therapy—the TB bacterium's waxy outer jacket—the new research lays the groundwork for adding to the armamentarium against TB ... Melissa Healy, "Scientists have a promising new approach for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis," Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2018

    With such powerful tastes and bold sauces in the chef's armamentarium, one has to expect that not every dish will work. Peter Kaminsky, "Tompkins Square Riot," New York, March 25, 1996

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    Friday, June 29, 2018

    flexitarian

    noun [flek-si-tair-ee-uhn]
    a person whose diet is mostly vegetarian but sometimes includes meat, fish, or poultry.
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    What is the origin of flexitarian?

    Flexitarian was first recorded in 1990-95. It’s a portemanteau of the words flexible and vegetarian.

    How is flexitarian used?

    A flexitarian is someone who rarely, though occasionally, consumes meat, including red meat, poultry, and seafood. A climatarian is someone who eats less meat—especially the most energy-consuming meats, like beef and lamb—specifically for environmental reasons. Brian Kateman, "Beyond 'Vegetarian'," Atlantic, March 14, 2016

    The moderate, conscious eater—the flexitarian—knows where the goal lies: a diet that’s higher in plants and lower in both animal products and hyperprocessed foods, the stuff that makes up something like three-quarters of what’s sold in supermarkets. Mark Bittman, "Healthy, Meet Delicious," New York Times, April 23, 2013

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    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    transmundane

    adjective [trans-muhn-deyn, tranz-; trans-muhn-deyn, tranz-]
    reaching beyond or existing outside the physical or visible world.
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    What is the origin of transmundane?

    Transmundane was first recorded in 1770-80. It combines Latin trans- “beyond” and mundane, which finds its roots in the Latin word meaning “world.”

    How is transmundane used?

    Below me along the lifelines I was aware of many sailors joining in these observations, gazing dumbstruck at it as something transmundane. William Brinkley, The Last Ship, 1988

    ... a common labourer and a travelling tinker had propounded and discussed one of the most ancient theories of transmundane dominion and influence on mundane affairs. George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, 1859

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    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    farouche

    adjective [fa-roosh]
    French. sullenly unsociable or shy.
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    What is the origin of farouche?

    The adjective farouche, accented on the second syllable, shows that it is still an unnaturalized borrowing from French. The Old French adjective faroche, forasche derives from the Late Latin forāsticus “belonging outside or out of doors” (i.e., not fit to be inside), a derivative of the adverb and preposition forās (also forīs) “(to the) outside, abroad.” A similar semantic development can be seen in savage, from Middle French salvage, sauvage, from Medieval Latin salvāticus (Latin silvāticus) “pertaining to the woods.” Farouche entered English in the 18th century.

    How is farouche used?

    He's a bit farouche, but I like the way he enthuses about what interests him. It's not put on. Richard Aldington, Death of a Hero, 1929

    Many of the women in these stories are farouche--they're outsiders, they're troubled, they lack polish, they dream too much. Joy Williams, "Introducion" Fantastic Women: 18 tales of the surreal and the sublime from Tin House, 2011

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    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    benedict

    noun [ben-i-dikt]
    a newly married man, especially one who has been long a bachelor.
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    What is the origin of benedict?

    Benedict is a familiar correction of Benedick (Benedicke), the former confirmed bachelor newly married in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing (1600). Benedict as a common noun entered English in the 19th century.

    How is benedict used?

    It had, when I first went to town, just become the fashion for young men of fortune to keep house, and to give their bachelor establishments the importance hitherto reserved for the household of a Benedict. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Devereux, 1829

    "Why are you so anxious for all England to be informed that you are a Benedict?" I enquired scornfully. Alan Dale, A Marriage Below Zero, 1889

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    Monday, June 25, 2018

    scupper

    verb [skuhp-er]
    British. Informal. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck.
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    What is the origin of scupper?

    The origin of the verb scupper is uncertain. It originated as military slang (“to surprise and slaughter; utterly defeat”). The verb scupper may be a development from the noun scupper “an opening in a ship's side even with the deck to allow water to flow away,” but the semantic development is unclear. Scupper entered English in the 19th century.

    How is scupper used?

    A row between the EEC and the US is threatening to scupper the UN Convention on the Ozone Layer, which was to have been agreed in Vienna next month. "Ozone agreement up in the air," New Scientist, February 7, 1985

    McMaster has tried to prevent his celebrity from scuppering his career. Patrick Radden Keefe, "McMaster and Commander," The New Yorker, April 30, 2018

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