Words Learned From FFXIV – Part 2

“You may not like video games, but what I learned from them is this: no enemies in front of you means you are going the wrong way.” – Unknown

I mentioned in “Words Learned From FFXIV – Part 1“, Part 2 would come out sometime today.

To recap, the purpose of this is to show video games ARE capable of teaching or, at the very least, enhancing someone’s knowledge. There will be no, “how did you not know these already?” type of comments and responses. Don’t be that belittling asshat. I will ban you the moment I see it. I am also using going back through my Final Fantasy XIV – Luna Freia playlist on YouTube to find these words.

Now, some of the words below are words I had heard before but didn’t actually know the definitions of. As we all know, as you grow up, you hear words repeatedly to the point where you understand how they are used, so you don’t have to know the definitions to use them properly. Unlike Part 1, where most of the words were known, Part 2 has mostly words I have heard before but didn’t know the definitions of.

So, without further ado, here are the 27 words I “re-learned” going back through my FFXIV – Luna Freia, Part 2 **Spoilers** video:

  1. shipwright, n: a person who builds and launches wooden vessels or does carpentry work in connection with the building and launching of steel or iron vessels.
  2. botheration, int: (used as an exclamation indicating vexation or annoyance.)
  3. insufferable, adj: not to be endured; intolerable; unbearable.
  4. thalassocracy, n: dominion over the seas, as in exploration, trade, or colonization.
  5. profundity, n: the quality or state of being profound; depth.
  6. accost, v: to confront boldly.
  7. buxom, adj: (of a woman) full-bosomed; healthy, plump, cheerful, and lively.
  8. milksop, n: a weak or ineffectual person.
  9. strumpet, n: a prostitute or a sexually promiscuous woman (now often used facetiously).
  10. scrag, n: a lean or scrawny person or animal.
  11. scruple, n: a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions.
  12. deftly, adv: in a dexterous or nimble manner; skillfully.
  13. belligerence, n: a warlike or aggressively hostile nature, condition, or attitude.
  14. fraught, adj: full of, accompanied by, or involving something specified, usually something unpleasant (often followed by with).
  15. cur, n: a mean, cowardly person.
  16. whelp, n: a youth, especially an impudent or despised one.
  17. imperil, v: to put in peril or danger; endanger.
  18. whence, adv: from what place?
  19. regaling, v: to entertain lavishly or agreeably; delight.
  20. dignitaries: people who hold a high rank or office, as in the government or church.
  21. execrable, adj: very bad.
  22. fore, adj: situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
  23. succor, n: help; relief; aid; assistance.
  24. forsake, v: to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert.
  25. vain, Idioms: without effect or avail; to no purpose.
  26. avail, v: to be of use or value to; profit; advantage.
  27. belay: to cease (an action); stop.

I got these definitions from Dictionary.com.

I hope you learned something from this as well! Again, if you knew these words already, congrats; shut up. Belittling someone for learning something late doesn’t make people want to keep trying to learn.

Words Learned From FFXIV – Part 1

“You may not like video games, but what I learned from them is this: no enemies in front of you means you are going the wrong way.”Unknown

I decided to start this because of all the false info spewed about video games.

“Video games are a waste of time.”
“Video games are for kids!”
“Video games don’t teach you anything!”

So, here I am going to show you all the words I learned from playing Final Fantasy XIV. To do this, I went back through my FFXIV – Luna Freia, Part 1 **Spoilers** video, wrote down the words I didn’t know and their definitions, and now I shall share them with you all.

There will be no, “how did you not know these already?” type of comments and responses. Don’t be that belittling asshat. I will ban you the moment I see it. You’ll take away from the purpose of this, which is to show video games ARE capable of teaching or, at the very least, enhancing someone’s knowledge.

So, without further ado, here are the 26 words I learned in the first four hours-ish of playing Final Fantasy XIV:

  1. starboard, n: the right-hand side of or direction from a vessel or aircraft, facing forward.
  2. itinerant, adj: traveling from place to place, especially on a circuit, as a minister, judge, or sales representative; itinerating; journeying.
  3. maritime, adj: living near or in the sea.
  4. sodden, adj: soaked with liquid or moisture; saturated.
  5. hostelries, n., plural for hostelry: an inn or hotel
  6. gull, v: to deceive, trick, or cheat.
  7. spate, n: a sudden, almost overwhelming, outpouring.
  8. replete, adj: abundantly supplied or provided; filled (usually followed by with).
  9. sojourns, n., plural of sojourn: a temporary stay.
  10. rudimentary, adj: pertaining to rudiments or first principles; elementary.
  11. esoteric, adj: understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite.
  12. ensconced, adj: settled securely or snugly.
  13. cogitate, v: to think hard; ponder; meditate.
  14. inscrutable, adj: not easily understood; mysterious; unfathomable.
  15. litany, n: a ceremonial or liturgical form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations or supplications with responses that are the same for a number in succession.
  16. presaging, n: something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication.
  17. forethought, n: a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation.
  18. surfeit, n: excess; an excessive amount.
  19. grotto, n: a cave or cavern.
  20. yeomen, n: a subordinate or assistant, as of a sheriff or other official or in a craft or trade.
  21. stalwart, adj: strong and brave; valiant.
  22. knave, n: an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person.
  23. sorely, adv: in a painful manner.
  24. hard-pressed, adj: heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon.
  25. mutable, adj: liable or subject to change or alteration.
  26. perchance, adv: perhaps; maybe; possibly.

I got these definitions from Dictionary.com.

I hope you learned something from this as well! Again, if you knew these words already, congrats; shut up. Belittling someone for learning something late doesn’t make people want to keep trying to learn.

Part 2 will be available sometime tomorrow. To see the “FFXIV – Luna Freia, Part 2 **Spoilers**” video, click here.

20150220- I love words!

20150220 [14:49] Friday

What is my Dragon Name?

Yellow Wing The Cruel. That is cruel considering I hate the color yellow.


Jan 08– fritter: [frit-er]


  1. to squander or dispense piecemeal; waste little by little (usually followed by “away)
  2. to break or tear into small pieces or shreds
  3. to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often followed by “away”)
  4. to seperate or break into fragments


  1. a small piece, fragment or shred

Origin: Fritter is most likely a variation of the earlier word fitter, which refers to a fragment or piece. It has been used in English since the 1720s.


Jan 07– cogitation: noun [koj-i-tey-shuh n]

  1. concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation
  2. the faculty of thinking
  3. a thought; design or plan

Origin: Cogitation is derived from the Middle English word cogitaciun. The suffix -ion denotes action or conditions, as in opinion.

Jan 06– sororal: adjective [suh-rawr-uh l, -rohr-]

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a sister or sisters; sisterly.

Origin: Sororal stems from the Latin word soror meaning “sister”.

Jan 05– rallentando: adjective [rah-luh n-tahn-doh]

  1. slackening; becoming slower (used as a musical direction)

Origin: Rallentundo is the Italian gerund of the word rallentane, which means “to slow down”.

Jan 04– gleed: noun [gleed]

  1. Archaic. a glowing coal.

Origin: Gleed entered English before 950 and is related to the more common word glow.

Jan 03– niveous: adjective [niv-ee-uh s]

  1. resembling snow, especially in whiteness; snowy

Origin: Niveous stems from the Latin root nix, meaning “snow”. -Eous is an adjectival suffix denoting that something has the nature of the stem.


Jan 02– remunerative: adjective[ri-myoo-ner-uh-tiv]

  1. affording remuneration; profitable
  2. that remunerates

Origin: Remunerative comes from the verb remunerate, which in turn stems from the Latin verb remunerári, meaning “to repay”.

Jan 01– incunabula: noun [in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh, ing-]

  1. the earliest stages or first traces of anything
  2. extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.

Origin: Incunabula is derived from the Latin word of the same spelling which referred to an infant’s swaddling clothes. It entered English in the 1820s.


I didn’t get the job at the Dons’. Dammit. Just like with the Robeks, I wanted this job. Fuck.


Dec 13– flapdragon: noun [flap-drag- uh n]

  1. an old game in which the players snatch raisins, plums, etc., out of burning brandy, and eat them.
  2. the object so caught and eaten

Origin: Flapdragon entered English in the late


I’m about to lose the Chargers

20150219- I love words!

20150219 [8:53] Thursday

Effulgent: adjective [ih-fuhl-juh, ih-foo l-]

  1. shining forth brilliantly; radiant

Origins: Effulgent is a back formation from the noun effulgence. It derives from the Latin verb fulgere meaning “to shine”. Effulgent entered English in the mid-1700s.

Word of the Day Archives
January 2015

Jan 31– comminate: verb [kom-uh-neyt]

  1. to threaten with diving punishment or vengeance
  2. to curse; anathematize

Origin: Comminate is a back formation of the word commination meaning “a threat of punishment or vengeance”.

Jan 30– indemnify: verb [in-dem-nuh-fahy]

  1. to compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.
  2. to guard or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability).

Origin: Indemnify entered English in the early 1600s from the Latin word indemnis meaning “without loss”.

Jan 29– sodality: noun [soh-dal-i-tee, suh-]

  1. fellowship; comradeship
  2. an association or society
  3. Roman Catholic Church. a lay society for religious and charitable purposes.

Origin: Sodality comes from the Latin word sodalitas which means “companionship”, from the root sodal meaning “companion”.


Jan 28– cabotage: noun [kab-uh-tij, kab-uh-tahzh]

  1. navigation or trade along the coast.
  2. Aviation. the legal restriction to domestic carriers of air transport between points within a country’s borders

Origin: Cabotage entered English in the 1820s. It is derived from the French word caboter meaning “to sail coast-wise”.

Jan 27– dallas: plural noun [dalz] **

  1. the rapids of a river running between the walls of a canyon or gorge

Origin: Dallas is an Americanism that comes from the Canadian French word (originally from Normandy) dalla meaning “sink”.

Jan 26– subrogate: verb [suhb-ruh-geyt]

  1. to put into the place of another.
  2. Civil Law. to substitute (one person) for another with reference to a claim or right.

Origin: Subrogate comes from the Latin word subrogare which means “to nominate (someone) as a substitute”.

Jan 25– fiddlestick: noun [fid-l-stik]

  1. anything; a bit

Origin: Fiddlestick stems from the late Middle English word fidillstyk, referring to the bow with which one plays a fiddle.


Jan 24– alight: verb [uh-lahyt]

  1. to settle or stay after descending
  2. to dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc.
  3. to encounter or notice something accidentally

Origin: Alight comes from an Old English word alihitan from the root lihtan meaning “to relieve of weight”.

Jan 23– railbird: noun [reyl-burd]

  1. any kibitzer or self-styled critic or expert
  2. a horse-racing fan who watches races or workouts from the railing along the track

Origin: Railbird is an Americanism from the late 1800s based on the sense of bird as a “frequenter” as in the coinage jailbird. The sense of rail referred to the fences around a racetrack.

Jan 22– babelism: noun [bey-buh-liz-uh m, bab-uh-]

  1. a confusion, as of ideas; speech, etc.

Origin: Babelism emerged in the late 1200s from the word Babel, which refers both to a Biblical city and to “a confused mixture of sounds or voices”.

Jan 21– pyrophoric: adjective [pahy-ruh-fawr-ik, -for-]

  1. Chemistry. capable of igniting spontaneously in air.

Origin: Pyrophoric entering English in the late 1700s from the Greek root pyrophoros meaning “fire-bearing”.


Jan 20– stour: noun [stoo r]

  1. British Dialect. a tumult; confusion. b. a storm
  2. British Dialect. blowing dust or a deposit of dust.
  3. Archaic. armed combat; battle.
  4. British Dialect. a time of tumult.

Origin: Stour stems from the Old French word estour which means “battle”.

Jan 19– afflated: adjective [uh-fley-tid]

  1. having inspiration; inspired.

Origin: Afflated comes from the now-obsolate verb afflate which means “to inspire”.

Jan 18– totidem verbis [taw-ti-dem wer-bees; Eng. tot-i-dem vur-bis]


  1. Latin. with just so many words; in these words.

Origin: Totidem verbis is a Latin phrase that carries the same meanings as the English borrowing.

Jan 17– astir: adjective [uh-stur]

  1. moving or stirring, especially with much activity or excitement
  2. up and about; out of bed

Origin: Astir entered English before 1000 and is a combination of the reduced form a- and the word stir.

Jan 16– internuncial: adjective [in-ter-nuhn-shuh l]

  1. serving to announce or connect
  2. Anatomy. (of a nerve cell or a chain of nerve cells) serving to connect nerve fibers.

Origin: Internuncial stems from the Latin word internuntius meaning “intermediary”.


Jan 15– mackle: verb [mak-uh l]

  1. to blur, as from a double impression in printing


  1. a blur in printing, as from a double impression

Origin: Mackle is a variant of the Latin word macula meaning “spot, blemish”.

Jan 14– periphrasis: noun [puh-rif-ruh-sis]

  1. the use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression, circumlocation
  2. an expression phrased in such fashion

Origin: Periphrasis comes from the Greek word períphrasis from the prefix peri- meaning “around” and phrazein meaning “to declare”.

Jan 13– catchpenny [kach-pen-ee]


  1. made to sell reaily at a low price, regardless of value or use.


  1. something that is catchpenny

Origin: Catchpenny entered English in the 1750s and comes from the phrase “catch a penny”.

Whoa. The next entry is HUGE!


Jan 12– glut [gluht]


  1. an excessive supply or amount; surfeit
  2. a full supply
  3. an act of glutting or the state of being glutted


  1. to feel or fill to satiety; sate
  2. to feel or fill to excess; cloy
  3. to flood (the market) with a particular stem or service so that the supply greatly exceeds the demand
  4. to choke up
  5. to eat to satiety or to excess

Origin: Glut is a back formation of the word glutton referring to “a person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously”.

Jan 11– cicerone: noun [sis-uh-roh-nes, chich-uh-]

  1. a person who conducts sightseers; guide.

Origin: Cicerone is the ablative form of the name Cicero because a guide was thought to have the knowledge and eloquence of Cicero.

Jan 10– dowie: adjective [dou-ee, doh-ee]

  1. Scot. and North England. dull; melancholy; dismal.

Origin: Dowie is a variant of dolly, which is derived from the Old English dol meaning “dull”.


Jan 09– interosculate: verb [in-ter-os-hyuh-leyt]

  1. to form a connecting link
  2. to interpenetrate; inosculate

Origin: Interosculate entered English in the late 1800s from osculate meaning “to come into close contact or union” and the prefix inter- meaning “between” or “among”.