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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 24th September 2018
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fulminate (verb) FUL-min-ate



Detonate, make a loud noise, inveigh, denounce, speak scathingly.

But while Draper might protest against the idea - while he might fulminate against his partner risking the hard-earned profits of the record company, the fruits of years of work and tears on a hare-brained scheme to run an airline - he also knew that there was little he could actually do to stop it.

M. Brown, Richard Branson: The Inside Story. Amazon

The member for Hotham can interject, shout, fulminate and carry on as much as he likes.

J.W. Howard, Australian Hansard, 24 March 1998. Australian Hansard

Now the usability expert Jakob Nielsen has done an analysis of the top 10 usability "errors" in films, (Jakob Nielsen's computer usability errors) and points out that they fall into a pretty small group: the hero can use (and crack) any computer which can talk to absolutely any other computer, though often only after negotiating a series of frustrating but usefully huge-fonted "ACCESS DENIED" notices; computers can talk and understand you, when required; time travellers from the past and future can use our computers (at which Nielsen fulminates "taken back in time to the Napoleonic wars and made captain of a British frigate, you'd have no clue how to sail the ship: you couldn't use a sextant and you wouldn't know the names of the different sails, so you couldn't order the sailors to rig the masts").

Charles Arthur, The Guardian, 21 December 2006. Guardian

Most of those outbreaks were snuffed out by veterinary officials or died out spontaneously, but the disease continues to fulminate in poultry in Egypt and Nigeria.

Donald McNeil, The New York Times, 21 February 2007. New York Times




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