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I've lost effluvia,...

 
 
Lash
 
Reply Sun 13 Feb, 2011 12:35 pm
which according to Merriam - Webster, means I cut one. I most certainly did not. But, I have to ax it from my vocabulary.

I was emailing my erudite father in law and the word seemed to be right for my subject line... I believed for years that effluvium meant a vapor - something ethereal arising from a subject - a whimsical or loosely connected topic. I used it constantly.

This morning, I questioned myself because he's such a Word Use Nazi (which I like, but it keeps me googling for accuracy), and I'll be damned if it doesn't pretty officiously mean fart.

I sent him my morning farts this morning. I want to discontinue my email account rather than see the searing response I'm going to get. I will never live this down.

Me, English teacher.

Has there been a word that you've used ....incorrectly and in mortifying fashion?

Do I really have to bow to this definition? Effluvia sounds too pretty for farts.
 
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djjd62
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Reply Sun 13 Feb, 2011 12:42 pm
@Lash,
`I don't know what you mean by "glory,"' Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. `Of course you don't -- till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'

`But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument,"' Alice objected.

`When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'

`The question is,' said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.'

`The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master - - that's all.'
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 13 Feb, 2011 12:43 pm
@Lash,
you weren't wrong.

"a vapor - something ethereal arising from a subject "...with a pungent odor.
Chumly
 
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Reply Sun 13 Feb, 2011 12:51 pm
I just told my wife that the Potsdam Declaration allowed for the State of Israel post WWII!
Lash
 
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Reply Sun 13 Feb, 2011 12:59 pm
@Rockhead,
Well, thank you darling. I may retake the effluvial beachhead, cause I liked that word, and as ddjj (bunch of ds and js guy) said - I think I'll just countermand effluvia for myself.

Who's to stop me!! (besides FIL, who is right now, probably gasping for breath from laughing at me and mocking me.)

(shakes fist in air defiantly!!!!)

Thank you all, you few. You happy few. You band of homies.
Lash
 
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Reply Sun 13 Feb, 2011 12:59 pm
@Chumly,
Way to write history and make it yours, Chumly!!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 13 Feb, 2011 01:29 pm
@Lash,
Just avoid stepping on the miasma, Lash..
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Joeblow
 
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Reply Mon 14 Feb, 2011 10:34 am
@Lash,
Best laugh in days.


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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 14 Feb, 2011 06:13 pm
http://www.davyking.com/fart.htm
An Ill Wind
fart literature, with sound effects
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Tue 15 Feb, 2011 08:11 am
Don't you mean effusive?
meaning to spread out . .
Francis
 
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Reply Tue 15 Feb, 2011 08:35 am
@Lash,
The amazing thing about effluvia is that in Italian, as well as in French, it is almost always connoted with a pleasant odor.

Effluves (in French) are very often heady, subtle and Effluvio is often agreeable in Italian (gradevole).
Lash
 
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Reply Tue 15 Feb, 2011 08:49 am
@PUNKEY,
No, but I like that word, too!
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Lash
 
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Reply Tue 15 Feb, 2011 08:50 am
@Francis,
Oh Jesus. I am more French every day. (grin) Thank you, darling.
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Lash
 
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Reply Tue 15 Feb, 2011 08:56 am
@edgarblythe,
Edgar, thanks for the great laughing this morning. The Joyce write up was hysterical...and in league with the rest of the expose - completely disgusting. Ah, humanity: ye gassy pervs.
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