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11.23.2011

Dictionary Dash

I've come across some interesting new words lately. They either have unusual spellings, pronunciations, or definitions.

Take a guess at what these words mean by trying to match them up to their definitions below. All guesses are welcome!


Otiose

Concatenate

Milquetoast

Ferly

Druthers
\OH-she-ose\

\con-CAT-eh-net\

\MILK-toste\

\FAIR-lee\

\DRUHTH-erz\

A timid, meek, or unassertive person. (noun)

Unexpected; strange; unusual. (adj)

Producing no useful result; lacking use or effect. (adj)

One's own way, choice, or preference. (noun)

Linked together. (adj) ... To link together in a series or chain. (verb)



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3 comments:

  1. Hurrah and huzzah with brightly polished brass knobs on!

    Otiose: producing no useful result;lacking use or effect.

    Concatenate: linked together; to link together with a series of chains.

    Milquetoast: a timid, meek, or unassertive person.

    Ferly: unexpected; strange; unusual.

    Druthers: one's own way, choice, or preference.

    Spoilers!
    I knew "concatenate," "druthers," and "milquetoast" somewhat vaguely and in passing (though "milquetoast" is a new spelling to me), and I managed to work out the other two by virtue of the way they sound. I can think of no better way to put it. Some words just sound like their definition. And I picked off that "ferly" was of Scottish origin. Yay me. :P

    Thanks, Tarissa!

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  2. Those are definitely unusual! Here's my guesses:

    Concatenate - Linked together. (adj) ... To link together in a series or chain.

    Milquetoast - One's own way, choice, or preference.

    Ferly - Unexpected; strange; unusual.

    Otiose - Producing no useful result; lacking use or effect.

    Druthers - A timid, meek, or unassertive person.

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