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for·mu·late \ fawr-myuh-leyt \ verb (used with object)

posted Dec 12, 2010, 8:59 PM by Kenneth D   [ updated Nov 8, 2012, 2:07 AM ]

–verb (used with object), -lat·ed, -lat·ing.
1. to express in precise form; state definitely or systematically: He finds it extremely difficult to formulate his new theory.
2. to devise or develop, as a method, system, etc.
3. to reduce to or express in a formula.

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pun·dit \ puhn-dit \ noun

1. a learned person, expert, or authority.
2. a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.

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a·cu·men \ uh-kyoo-muhn, ak-yuh- \ –noun;

posted Oct 31, 2010, 11:12 PM by Kenneth D   [ updated Oct 31, 2010, 11:17 PM ]

keen insight; shrewdness: remarkable acumen in business matters.

Origin:
1525–35;  < L acūmen  sharpness, equiv. to acū-  (s. of acuere  to sharpen; see acute) + -men  n. suffix

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ineffable \ in-EF-uh-buhl \ adjective;

posted Oct 16, 2010, 2:11 AM by Kenneth D

1. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
2. Not to be uttered; taboo.

  • Pope John Paul II notes that people are drawn to religion to answer the really big questions--for example, "What is the ultimate ineffable mystery which is the origin and destiny of our existence?"
-- William A. Sherden, The Fortune Sellers
  • One cannot blame them very much; explaining the ineffable  is difficult.
-- Edward O. Wilson, "The Biological Basis of Morality", The Atlantic , April 1998


Origin:
Ineffable  is from Latin ineffabilis , from in- , "not" + effabilis , "utterable," from effari , "to utter," from ex- , "out" + fari , "to speak."

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chi·can·er·y \ shi-key-nuh-ree \ –noun, plural -er·ies;

posted Aug 19, 2010, 7:18 AM by Kenneth D

1.Trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry: "He resorted to the worst flattery and chicanery to win the job."
2.A quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade.

Origin:
1605–15;  < F chicanerie. See chicane, -ery

—Synonyms
--- fraud, deception, knavery, subterfuge, duplicity, artifice, stratagem, cheating.

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schadenfreude \SHAH-dn-froi-duh\ (noun)

posted Oct 23, 2009, 12:21 AM by Kenneth D

schadenfreude \SHAH-dn-froi-duh\ (noun)

1. Enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

Example Sentence:

Despite herself, Jane felt a tingle of schadenfreude at her sister-in-law’s recounting of her latest woes.

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