Friday, 18 March 2011 § Leave a comment



adj \ˈfān\

Definition of FAIN

1 archaic : happy, pleased

2 archaic : inclined, desirous

3 a : willing <he was very fain, for the young widow was “altogether fair and lovely…” — Amy Kelly> b : being obliged or constrained : compelled <Great Britain was fain to devote its whole energy … to the business of slaying and being slain — G. M. Trevelyan>

Examples of FAIN

  1. <during the Renaissance most men of science and the arts were fain to express their noblest thoughts in Latin, the lingua franca of the learned>

Origin of FAIN

Middle English fagen, fayn, from Old English fægen; akin to Old English gefēon to rejoice, Old High German gifehan, Old Norse feginn happy

First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to FAIN

Synonyms: amenable, disposed, willing, game, glad, inclined, minded, ready

Antonyms: disinclined, unamenable, unwilling

Related Words: predisposed, prone; accommodating, agreeable, compliant, cooperative, obedient, obliging, submissive; favorable, receptive; prepared, prompt, quick, responsive, swift; desirous, eager, enthused, enthusiastic, excited

Near Antonyms: averse, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctant, reticent






Definition of FAIN

1 : with pleasure : gladly <a speech of fire that fain would blaze — Michael Billington>

2 a : by preference <knew it, too, though he would fain not admit it publicly — John Lukacs> b : by desire <I would fain consult you — W. S. Gilbert>

Examples of FAIN

  1. <“I would fain not marry that suitor, my lord,” the princess pleaded>

First Known Use of FAIN

12th century

Related to FAIN

Synonyms: rather, first, preferably, readily, soon, willingly

Antonyms: involuntarily, unwillingly

Related Words: alternately, alternatively, either, instead; electively, optionally; desirably, gladly, wishfully; obligingly, voluntarily

Near Antonyms: reluctantly; forcibly, willy-nilly



Wednesday, 9 February 2011 § Leave a comment



\ˈhər-ˌsüt, ˈhir-, ˌhər-ˈ, hir-ˈ\

Definition of HIRSUTE


: hairy 1


: covered with coarse stiff hairs <a hirsute leaf>

hir·sute·ness noun

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Examples of HIRSUTE

  1. <wore a hirsute mask as part of his werewolf costume>

Origin of HIRSUTE

Latin hirsutus; akin to Latin horrēre to bristle — more at horror

First Known Use: 1621

Related to HIRSUTE

Synonyms: bristly, brushy, cottony, fleecy, furred, furry, hairy, rough, shaggy, silky, unshorn, woolly (also wooly)

Antonyms: bald, furless, glabrous, hairless, shorn, smooth

Related Words: bearded, bewhiskered, mustachioed (also moustachioed), whiskered; stubbled, stubbly; downy, fluffy, fuzzy, linty, nappy

Near Antonyms: beardless, shaved, shaven



Friday, 7 January 2011 § Leave a comment

First time seeing this word from this tweet.
"@TheSingleWoman: Toxic relationships will pollute every area of your life.
Don’t hesitate. Fumigate. #TheSW"



verb \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt\


Definition of FUMIGATE

transitive verb

: to apply smoke, vapor, or gas to especially for the purpose of disinfecting or of destroying pests

fu·mi·ga·tion \ˌfyü-mə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

fu·mi·ga·tor \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgā-tər\ noun

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Examples of FUMIGATE

  1. All the hospital rooms had to be fumigated.
  2. We had to fumigate our apartment to get rid of the ants.

Origin of FUMIGATE

Latin fumigatus, past participle of fumigare, from fumus + -igare (akin to Latin agere to drive) — more at agent

First Known Use: 1781


Saturday, 20 November 2010 § Leave a comment

Heard this word from Lie to me Season 3 Episode 6.


plonk‧er [countable] British English informal not polite

an offensive word for a stupid person


Plonker is a slang term of British origin whose meaning has evolved over time. Partridge in the third edition of his A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English in 1949 recorded the term as "low" slang for penis, "since ca. 1917". The term remains in recent use with that meaning.

By 1966, the term had also acquired the meaning of a man who let his girlfriend sleep with his male friends,[1] and in the 1980s had a new meaning of a stupid or inept person. This meaning gained very wide circulation through its frequent use in Only Fools and Horses, and has entered common usage.[2]



plonker (plural plonkers)

  1. (British, slang, mildly pejorative) A fool
  2. (British, slang, dated) A man who sanctions sexual relationships between his girlfriend and his male friends.



P.S. Strangely, Merriam-Webster Dictionary online does not have the word.


Tuesday, 9 November 2010 § Leave a comment



noun \ˌin-tər-ˌä-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\


: ability of a system (as a weapons system) to work with or use the parts or equipment of another system

in·ter·op·er·a·ble\-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective



Argument Reduction*

Saturday, 31 January 2009 § Leave a comment

Living a life is sometimes, if not most of the time, complicated. Each person thinks, does, and lives her/his life in a different way. No complaint. No doubt. Nobody would be the same, even twins, who have been together for almost 9 months before born.

What we say, think, and do will impact others in a way, more or less, and perhaps the reflect of that impact will revert to us as fast as a thunder at the end.

However, nobody would be able to say, think or do something to please everybody in all aspects. One has her/his own perspectives, and the others have theirs.

This makes the argument comes into play. Very few people live their lives without arguing with others. And it is strange that, to me, most arguments are with those in my family, with those that I am close to. The closer, the more.. somehow. We even argue with ourselves!

What causes those arguments? Varied.

Misunderstanding, discussing (some people call it this way instead of arguing though it looks like the latter), (just) talking out loud, (just) speaking our minds, being frank, having a ‘minus’ attitude towards somebody, stereotyping in a negative way, pretending to be able to read others’ minds, assuming, mis-interpreting, etc.



Think thoroughly about anything we are going to do and say before we really make it happen.

Act discretely until we are certain of what we are doing. Do not even let our eyes readable by others.

Shut our mouths if we have not carefully considered what we are to say. Silence can heal sometimes.


I am telling myself..


Thursday, 4 December 2008 § Leave a comment

When ones cannot focus on what they are doing, they cannot be successful and achieve what they expect for.

I, this morning, practised yoga while lacking attention to it. I kept thinking about this and that during the practice. I did not feel that I got anything from this morning class, plus I collapsed once when I tried to come back from a wheel posture with my right hand pointing to the ceiling.

Then I lost all my concentration after that.



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