Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dictionary Highlights: Day 5

Albania - 1. a republic in S Europe, in the Balkan Peninsula, W of Macedonia and NW of Greece. 3,293,252; 10,632 sq. mi. (27,535 sq. km). Capital: Tirana.
2. Obsolete. Scotland.

Good to know if you're ever time-traveling to ancient Scotland. If they tell you you're in Albania, you're in the right place.

Albuquerque (Alfonseo de) - 1453–1515, founder of the Portuguese empire in the East.

alcoholize - 1. to convert into an alcohol.
2. to treat or saturate with an alcohol.
3. to place under the influence of alcoholic beverages; make drunk; besot.

A good question to ask at parties. "Are you alcoholized yet?"

Alcoranist - a person who believes in an absolutely literal interpretation of the Koran.

Why did they need to come up with another word for this. Is Wahhabiist not good enough?

alectryomancy - an ancient form of divination, using a rooster to select grains of food placed on letters of the alphabet.

And it's a lot more fun than Ouija. Perfect activity for a party once everyone has been alcoholized.

aleuromancy - the use of flour as a means of divination.

I would love to see how this works.

Alexandrinus -the Greek uncial codex, dating from the early 5th century a.d., originally containing the complete text of the Greek Old and New Testaments.

Sweet! Another complete text that predates Codex Leningrad.

aliterate - a person who is able to read but rarely chooses to do so: Schools are worried about producing aliterates who prefer television to books.

- tremendous; extreme; excessive: He had the all-fired gall to quit in the middle of the job.

Then his team members were all fired.

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