slippage

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slippage

noun
slip·​page | \ ˈsli-pij \
1 an act, instance, or process of slipping
2 a loss in transmission of power also : the difference between theoretical and actual output (as of power)

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Sam was nervous about slippage,
Always ready to quickly engage
With the wall-mount safety bar
So he would not fall down too far.

debacle

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debacle

noun
de·​ba·​cle dē-ˈbä-kəl
di-, -ˈba- nonstandard ˈde-bə-kəl
variants or less commonly débâcle
dē-ˈbä-kəl di-, -ˈba-
also dā-ˈbäk(lᵊ), -ˈbä-kəl

1a a great disaster
1b a complete failure : fiasco
2 a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river
3 a violent disruption (as of an army) : rout

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It will be another of your famous debacles
And you’ll surely raise some hackles
If you use defective block and tackles
On prisoners, instead of sturdy shackles.

logy

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logy

adjective
lo·​gy | \ ˈlō-gē \
variants: or less commonly loggy \ ˈlȯ-​gē, ˈlä-​ \
logier; logiest
sluggish, groggy

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Vince awoke thick headed
A sensation that he dreaded.
In spite of two cups of coffee
All day he felt just logy.

dreg

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dreg

noun
\ ˈdreg \
1 sediment contained in a liquid or precipitated (see precipitate entry 1 sense 3a) from it : lees —usually used in plural
2 the most undesirable part —usually used in plural
3 the last remaining part : vestige —usually used in plural

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All Gone

Dennis drank the dregs from his mug.
The sound from his throat was “Glug.”
He reached out for the crockery jug.
And gave it a sad, slobbery hug.

caucus

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caucus

noun
cau·​cus | \ ˈkȯ-kəs \
a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy also : a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause
verb
caucused; caucusing; caucuses
intransitive verb
to meet in or hold a caucus

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Our dealings become quite raucous
As we work within the caucus.
So let us make it very clear
That those outside don’t need to hear.

mechanomorphic

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mechanomorphic

adjective
mech·​a·​no·​mor·​phic
having the form or qualities of a machine : described in mechanical terms

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Is a robot an anthropomorphic machine, or a mechanomorphic version of a human?

With Alexa, Siri and similar responsive “smart” technology becoming commonplace, I think back to Knight Rider and his car KITT as I watch a current television ad in which a human talks with his microwave about buying a car.

misnomer

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misnomer

noun
mis·​no·​mer | \ ˌmis-ˈnō-mər \
1 the misnaming of a person in a legal instrument
2a a use of a wrong or inappropriate name
2b a wrong name or inappropriate designation

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It might be a partial misnomer to call this series of posts ‘Word of the Day’ since some days do get unintentionally missed.

defer

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defer

verb
de·​fer | \ di-ˈfər \
deferred; deferring
transitive verb
1 put off, delay
2 to postpone induction of (a person) into military service
transitive verb
to delegate to another
intransitive verb
to submit to another’s wishes, opinion, or governance usually through deference or respect

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Regina’s Rest

My mind is all astir.
My life’s become a blur.
Others may now aver
That I must soon defer

By giving them the reins,
And gently shifting lanes,
Releasing all these pains,
Establishing their reigns.

feign

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feign

verb
\ ˈfān \
feigned; feigning; feigns
transitive verb
1a to give a false appearance of : induce as a false impression feign death
1b to assert as if true : pretend He feigned that he was not feeling well so that he could leave the party early.
2 archaic a : invent, imagine
2b to give fictional representation to
3 obsolete : disguise, conceal
intransitive verb
pretend, dissemble

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When you do not try to learn from
But merely feign concern…some,
For the troubles faced by others
You ignore that they’re your brothers.