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« Reply #315 on: June 08, 2016, 05:53:47 PM »
Australasia

1. Australia, New Zealand, and neighbouring islands in the S Pacific Ocean
2. (loosely) the whole of Oceania

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #316 on: June 09, 2016, 12:35:40 AM »

passel
 
-a large number or amount
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #317 on: June 25, 2016, 12:56:08 PM »
Hiraeth

Hiraeth /hɪəraɪ̯θ/ is a Welsh word that has no direct English translation. The University of Wales, Lampeter attempts to define it as homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, and the earnest desire for the Wales of the past.

Hiraeth bears considerable similarities with the Portuguese concept of saudade (a key theme in Fado music), Galician morriña and Romanian dor.
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #318 on: June 25, 2016, 01:06:45 PM »
polari, n. : /pəˈlɑːri/

A form of slang incorporating Italianate words, rhyming slang, cant terms, and other elements of vocabulary, which originated in England in the 18th and 19th centuries as a kind of secret language within various groups, including sailors, vagrants, circus people, entertainers, etc. Also occas. more generally (slang): talk, patter.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #319 on: July 10, 2016, 03:15:38 AM »
Another fun Mencken word, "bibliobibuli".

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Etymology
The term was coined in 1957 by H.L. Mencken, who said "There are people who read too much: the bibliobibuli". From the Greek "biblio", meaning books, and the Latin "bibulous", from "bibere" (to drink).

"There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing".

Noun
bibliobibuli pl ‎(plural only)

The sort of people who read too much.
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #320 on: July 10, 2016, 05:41:19 AM »
Another fun Mencken word, "bibliobibuli".

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Etymology
The term was coined in 1957 by H.L. Mencken, who said "There are people who read too much: the bibliobibuli". From the Greek "biblio", meaning books, and the Latin "bibulous", from "bibere" (to drink).

"There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing".

Noun
bibliobibuli pl ‎(plural only)

The sort of people who read too much.

Love the quote. Not a fan of Mencken, but I like this one.

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #321 on: December 12, 2016, 08:13:10 PM »
nemophilist

(noun) A haunter of the woods.
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #322 on: December 13, 2016, 01:14:00 AM »
I really like sycophant.
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #323 on: March 10, 2017, 08:38:26 PM »
komorebi

Sunlight filtering through the trees.

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #324 on: March 10, 2017, 09:33:16 PM »
Endomingado

When you're bored, lazy and kinda sad because it's Sunday and tomorrow is Monday.
"May the Lord our God remember in His kingdom all Holy Catholic Apostolic Church, which heralds the Word of Truth and fearlessly offers and distributes the Holy Oblation despite human deficiencies and persecutions moved by the powers of this world, in all time and unto the ages of ages."

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« Reply #325 on: March 12, 2017, 02:54:20 AM »
amphigory

a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody

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« Reply #326 on: March 31, 2017, 01:08:32 PM »
splendiferous

splendid; magnificent; fine

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #327 on: March 31, 2017, 03:42:57 PM »
Persnickety

Giving a lot of attention to details that are minor or not important.

The term, originally used to describe OO vs  EO discussions around the mid-5th century AD, was brought to Britain from Egypt by Richard of Cornwall around the mid-13th century  without the "s". Persnickety Americans returned the "s" to its rightful place in the mid-19th century.


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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #328 on: April 12, 2017, 06:45:50 PM »
swag
verb. "to move heavily or unsteadily," 1520s, probably from Old Norse sveggja "to swing, sway," cognate with Old English swingan "to swing" (see swing ). Related: Swagged ; swagging.
noun. "ornamental festoon," 1794

a suspended wreath, garland, drapery, or the like, fastened up at or near each end and hanging down in the middle; festoon; a wreath, spray, or cluster of foliage, flowers, or fruit; a festoon, especially one very heavy toward the center

Slang: plunder; booty; money; valuables; free merchandise distributed as part of the promotion of a product, company, etc; self-confidence and personal style as shown by one's appearance and demeanor



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« Reply #329 on: May 01, 2017, 11:12:33 PM »
phenomenalize

to regard or interpret as a phenomenon

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #330 on: May 05, 2017, 06:16:28 PM »
'Evil isn't the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as evil, maybe more so, and it's a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against stupid. That might actually make a difference.'~Harry Dresden

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« Reply #331 on: May 05, 2017, 11:24:25 PM »
"Whether it’s the guillotine, the hangman’s noose, or reciprocal endeavors of militaristic horror, radical evil will never be recompensed with radical punishment. The only answer, the only remedy, and the only truly effective response to radical evil is radical love."
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #332 on: May 06, 2017, 12:32:40 AM »
Allah:  Arabic for the God of Abraham

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« Reply #333 on: June 06, 2017, 07:43:41 PM »
gyre

a ring or circle; a circular course or motion

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« Reply #334 on: June 12, 2017, 04:15:09 PM »
twitterer

compulsive user of of the social media platform twitter; also known as a tweeter or a twit

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #335 on: June 17, 2017, 01:39:23 PM »
Foto de Steve the vagabond and silly linguist.
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« Reply #336 on: August 28, 2017, 03:52:34 PM »
factitious

not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived; manufactured; sham

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #337 on: August 28, 2017, 04:18:46 PM »
Spaewoman: A prophetess or female fortune teller. From Gaelic.
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« Reply #338 on: October 01, 2017, 12:45:36 PM »
phantosmia

Phantosmia (phantom smell), also called an olfactory hallucination, is smelling an odor that is not actually there. It can occur in one nostril or both. Unpleasant phantosmia, cacosmia, is more common and is often described as smelling something that is burned, foul, spoiled, or rotten. Experiencing occasional phantom smells is normal and usually goes away on its own in time. When hallucinations of this type do not seem to go away or when they keep coming back, it can be very upsetting and can disrupt an individual's quality of life.

Olfactory hallucinations can be caused by common medical conditions such as nasal infections, nasal polyps, or dental problems. It can result from neurological conditions such as migraines, head injuries, strokes, Parkinson's disease, seizures, or brain tumors. It can also be a symptom of certain mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, intoxication or withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, or psychotic disorders. Environmental exposures are sometimes the cause as well, such as smoking, exposure to certain types of chemicals (e.g., insecticides or solvents), or radiation treatment for head or neck cancer.

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #339 on: October 25, 2017, 04:56:49 PM »
dotty

1. crazy or eccentric.

2. feeble or unsteady in gait.

3. very enthusiastic or infatuated (usually followed by about or over).

Origin of dotty: 1805-1815, perhaps variant of dotard + -y

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #340 on: November 01, 2017, 07:43:05 PM »
Nireland

Introduced this day by the  Associated Press.

Definition: Northern Ireland.

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« Reply #341 on: November 05, 2017, 01:58:31 AM »
desuetude

the state of being no longer used or practiced

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« Reply #342 on: November 19, 2017, 12:52:50 AM »
sub-STAN-tive
or
SUB-sten-tive
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #343 on: November 19, 2017, 01:49:37 PM »
SUB-sten-tive

^That. 

Sometimes I hear "SUB-sten-uh-tive", and I want to punch those people in the face. 
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Word of the day
« Reply #344 on: January 17, 2018, 02:32:21 AM »
Pronoia:
From wikipedia: "Pronoia can be defined as the opposite of paranoia. A person suffering from paranoia suspects that persons or entities (e.g. governments/deities) conspire against them. A person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good."

I'm curious how it would be used as an adjective. It's tasteless. Who wouldn't be pronoid? "Did you see the sunrise? It made me so pronoid, I didn't know what to do!"
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #345 on: January 19, 2018, 12:54:33 PM »
Pronoia:
From wikipedia: "Pronoia can be defined as the opposite of paranoia. A person suffering from paranoia suspects that persons or entities (e.g. governments/deities) conspire against them. A person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good."

I'm curious how it would be used as an adjective. It's tasteless. Who wouldn't be pronoid? "Did you see the sunrise? It made me so pronoid, I didn't know what to do!"

I am really pronoid about what Bob, Ted, Carol and Alice will be getting me for my birthday this year Ann. I am almost certain it will be a box of Nicorette gum, one year membership to a gym, a box set of non-alcoholic wines, and a gift certificate to a brothel in Nevada.
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #346 on: January 19, 2018, 09:58:13 PM »
propinquity

the state of being close to someone or something; proximity

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #347 on: January 19, 2018, 11:50:37 PM »
torse
noun
Heraldry

    A wreath.

Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete French, from Latin torta, feminine past participle of torquere ‘twist’.

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #348 on: January 31, 2018, 02:41:05 PM »
Despite all the warnings you’ve heard
Irregardless is really a word
This linguistic bacteria
Meets our criteria
Even though you might think it absurd

We Made You a Bunch of Usage Limericks

I, for one, am glad someone is standing up for this word. (Not that I would use it in any place important, especially if the grammar gestapo are patrolling.)
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #349 on: February 09, 2018, 11:03:00 PM »
obfuscate

1. a: to throw into shadow
    b: to make obscure

2. confuse

3. to be evasive, unclear, or confusing
Is any of the above Orthodox?  I have no clue, so there's that.

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #350 on: April 09, 2018, 10:56:06 PM »
Punc·til·i·ous

adjective
showing great attention to detail or correct behavior.
"he was punctilious in providing every amenity for his guests"

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« Reply #351 on: April 17, 2018, 09:42:33 PM »
unputdownable

As used in a sentence (from a novel blurb): "An unputdownable novel about the Empress Theodora, considered by many the most influential and powerful woman in the history of the Byzantine Empire."

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #352 on: April 25, 2018, 02:09:37 AM »
gobsmacked

when someone, while in the process of eating a gob, is struck with an open fist (usually to the head)