carbohydrate

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carbohydrate

Pronunciation /kɑːbəˈhʌɪdreɪt/
noun
1 Any of a large group of organic compounds occurring in foods and living tissues and including sugars, starch, and cellulose. They contain hydrogen and oxygen in the same ratio as water (2:1) and typically can be broken down to release energy in the animal body.
1.1 Food consisting of or containing a lot of carbohydrates.

Origin
Mid 19th century from carbo- + hydrate.

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Uncontrolled eating of carbohydrates is considered unwise by most experts. Of course, uncontrolled eating of any food probably unwise.

bouncebackability

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bouncebackability

Pronunciation /ˌbaʊnsbakəˈbɪlɪti/
noun
mass noun informal
(especially in sport) the capacity to recover quickly from a setback.

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Frank was known for bouncebackability. He routinely fell behind in any game he played. More often than not, he came back to win.

recoup

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recoup

Pronunciation /rɪˈkuːp/
verb
[with object]
1 Regain (something lost or expended)
1.1 Regain (money spent) through subsequent profits.
1.2 Reimburse or compensate (someone) for money spent or lost.
1.3 Law Deduct or keep back (part of a sum due)

Origin
Early 17th century (as a legal term): from French recouper ‘retrench, cut back’, from re- ‘back’ + couper ‘to cut’.

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The lost coins, he wished to recoup
So Joe tried to use a small scoop.
But the job was way too hard,
And it threw him for a loop.

deurmekaar

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deurmekaar

Pronunciation /ˌdjəːməˈkɑː/
adjective
informal South African predicative
In a state of muddle or confusion.

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In a Monday morning huddle
To guide the week ahead
But there’s a bit of muddle
And it’s deurmekaar days, instead.

dysphemism

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dysphemism

Pronunciation /ˈdɪsfɪmɪz(ə)m/ noun A derogatory or unpleasant term used instead of a pleasant or neutral one. The opposite of euphemism

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Sunday isn’t the day for dysphemisms. Perhaps no day of the week should be.

lackerband

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lackerband

Pronunciation /ˌlakəˈband/
noun
informal Australian
(especially in Victoria) a rubber band.

Origin
1970s an alteration of elastic band.

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Accepting a new word is sometimes a bit of a stretch for some of us. “Lackerband” is possibly one of those words.

[It might also be a stretch for you to see the illustration as a rubber band.]

devotee

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devotee

Pronunciation /ˌdevəˈtē/ /ˌdɛvəˈti/ /ˌdevəˈtā/ /ˌdɛvəˈteɪ/
noun
1 A person who is very interested in and enthusiastic about someone or something.
1.1 A strong believer in a particular religion or god.

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Stan is a devotee of sport, when played by others, at least.

reticulation

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reticulation

Pronunciation /rɪˌtɪkjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
1 mass noun A pattern or arrangement of interlacing lines resembling a net.
1.1 Photography The formation of a network of wrinkles or cracks in a photographic emulsion.
2 Australian, New Zealand A network of pipes used in irrigation and water supply.

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It was with great elation
That they began their celebration.
But since they were meeting online by network
It was just, in a sense, reticulation.