paternal

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paternal

Pronunciation /pəˈtəːn(ə)l/
adjective
1 Of or appropriate to a father.
1.1 Showing a kindness and care associated with a father; fatherly.
2 attributive Related through the father.

Origin
Late Middle English from late Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus ‘fatherly, belonging to a father’, from pater ‘father’.

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Just what makes Sunday June 20, 2021 a festive, paternal day is lost to the mists of time (or at least the ones of Spokane, Washington), but perhaps you can enjoy it anyway.

scamper

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scamper

Pronunciation /ˈskampə/
verb
no object, with adverbial of direction
(especially of a small animal or child) run with quick light steps, especially through fear or excitement.
noun
in singular
An act of scampering.

Origin
Late 17th century (in the sense ‘run away’): probably from scamp.

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It is little stretch to see that, for the purposes of evasion, a stride might not succeed so well as a scamper. Success is, however, in the actual escape.

bargainous

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bargainous

Pronunciation /ˈbɑːɡɪnəs/
adjective
informal British
Costing less than is usual or than might be expected; cheap or relatively cheap.

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Bill bought a bountiful, bargainous bundle of beautiful blue balloons.

invincible

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invincible

Pronunciation /ɪnˈvɪnsɪb(ə)l/
adjective
Too powerful to be defeated or overcome.

Origin
Late Middle English (earlier than vincible): via Old French from Latin invincibilis, from in- ‘not’ + vincibilis (see vincible).

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The Atlantic hurricane season is full of invincible storms. It is upon us once again. “Bill” has been named…an anticipation of the season’s cost?

paddock bomb

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paddock bomb

noun
informal Australian
An old car, often unregistered, used solely for driving round farmland or wild countryside.

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Paul pursued the stray cattle across the station in his pristine paddock bomb. The stock didn’t react too well.

upholstery

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upholstery

Pronunciation /ʌpˈhəʊlst(ə)ri/ /ʌpˈhɒlst(ə)ri/
noun
mass noun
1 Soft, padded textile covering that is fixed to furniture such as armchairs and sofas.
1.1 The art or practice of upholstering furniture.

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Sam sank slowly into the upholstery of his easy chair. It always absorbs his fatigue, relaxing his day-drained muscles and releasing the tension in his joints. Very soon he naps, waking for supper, followed by a couple of hours watching baseball on TV with Edith before heading off to bed.

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[Lexico didn’t offer an origin this time, so I consulted with Etymonline.com, checking ‘upholsterer’ and its recommended ‘uphold’.]

upholsterer (n.)

“tradesman who finishes or repairs articles of furniture” (1610s), from upholdester (early 15c.; early 14c. as a surname), formed with diminutive (originally fem.) suffix -ster + obsolete Middle English noun upholder “dealer in small goods” (c. 1300), from upholden “to repair, uphold, keep from falling or sinking” (in this case, by stuffing); see uphold (v.).

uphold (v.)

c. 1200, “support, sustain,” from up (adv.) + hold (v.). Similar formation in Old Frisian upholda, Middle Dutch ophouden, German aufhalten. Meaning “maintain in good condition or repair” is from 1570s. Related: Upheld; upholding.

In software circles, the people who keep (especially FOSS) programs up-to-date are called ‘maintainers’. Sometimes, the ones who work on the very core elements of operating systems and infrastructure are called ‘plumbers’. Nonetheless, I do not think ‘upholsterer’ will catch on for a maintainer of GUI software which allows us to use easy, comfortable clicks and gestures and to avoid the command line interface.

sanitary

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sanitary

Pronunciation /ˈsanɪt(ə)ri/
adjective
1 Relating to the conditions that affect hygiene and health, especially the supply of sewage facilities and clean drinking water.
1.1 Hygienic and clean.

Origin
Mid 19th century from French sanitaire, from Latin sanitas ‘health’, from sanus ‘healthy’.

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Sadly, keeping a place clean does not always mean the same as keeping it sanitary. Sterile goes even beyond that.

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allopathy

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allopathy

Pronunciation /əˈlɒpəθi/
noun
mass noun
The treatment of disease by conventional means, i.e. with drugs having effects opposite to the symptoms.

homeopathy

(British homoeopathy)
Pronunciation /ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθi/ /hɒmɪˈɒpəθi/
noun
A system of complementary medicine in which ailments are treated by minute doses of natural substances that in larger amounts would produce symptoms of the ailment.
Often contrasted with allopathy

Origin
Early 19th century coined in German from Greek homoios ‘like’ + patheia (see -pathy).

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While I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, I think vaccinations are more a case of homeopathy than allopathy.

demented

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demented

Pronunciation /dɪˈmɛntɪd/
adjective
1 Suffering from dementia.
1.1 British informal Behaving irrationally due to anger, distress, or excitement.

Origin
Mid 17th century past participle of earlier dement ‘drive mad’, from Old French dementer or late Latin dementare, from demens ‘out of one’s mind’.

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Dementia

Dean didn’t decide to be demented.
All wished it could have been prevented.
Very soon after it began to show
It was, by his family, deeply resented.

He didn’t always have retention
Of things his wife might mention.
And often, while he watched TV,
He didn’t really pay attention.

If you ask him about his reading books
He might shrug or give you dirty looks
He’d read the same page over and again
Like well-loved recipes from his favorite cooks.

While no one ever thinks it’s fair
Eventually he just will not be there
Though his body may still work
His brain, his mind, won’t even care.

significant

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significant

Pronunciation /sɪɡˈnɪfɪk(ə)nt/
adjective
1 Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.
2 Having a particular meaning; indicative of something.
2.1 Suggesting a meaning or message that is not explicitly stated.
3 Statistics
Relating to or having significance.

Origin
Late 16th century (in significant (sense 2)): from Latin significant- ‘indicating’, from the verb significare (see signify).

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Sam saw that significant feature and bug-squashing progress had occurred, so he decided it was time to install the newest version of his favorite software.

[It may also be properly seen as significant that I did not choose the offered word from Lexico, “runagate”. Runagate is archaic. There are more modern and reasonably popular equivalents, so there’s little reason to try to promote the older, outdated word. There you go.]