Fri 10 Jan, 2003 06:26 pm
Feel free to add more than one word in a day. I only ask that you include definitions.
orgulous :: proud.
This word is a favorite for me because of its close cognates in Portuguese (orguloso) and it's comparative rarity in English.
lucre \LOO-kuhr\, noun:
Monetary gain; profit; riches; money; -- often in a bad sense.
His stories began to be published in the American Mercury before he moved to L.A., lured by the dream of Hollywood lucre.
--Jerome Boyd Maunsell, "Truly, madly, weepy," Times (London), June 10, 2000
They ought to feel a calling for service rather than lucre.
--Sin-Ming Shaw, "It's Time to Get Real," Time Asia, July 1, 2002
But surely there are other motives for writing, and they range from the desire for filthy lucre to the pleasure in doing the thing itself to the impulse to delight readers.
--Robert Alter, "The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages," New Republic, October 10, 1994
Persiflage - (what else, for me!)
1. Light, bantering talk.
2. A frivolous style of treating a subject.
(French, from persifler: banter lightly, from per + siffler, whistle, hiss, from Latin siflare, sibilare)
I used this one on Balderdash in the other site:
A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health: “She affected to be spunky about her ailments and afflictions, but she was in fact an utterly self-centered valetudinarian” (Louis Auchincloss).
Chronically ailing; sickly.
Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.
It's also in Book 5 of Plato's Republic.
Retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult, occurring in mammals.
swinge: vt, archaic: To whip, punish
swingeing: adj 1. Forcible, strong 2. Great, large.
I have a valetudinarian coworker. She was pedomorphic until she had a bossom augmentation process. I am too orgolous to swinge her with my enchanting persiflage.
(Gee, I'm talking elegant, like my loquacious favorite friends at work).
\Lo*qua"cious\, a. [L. loquax, -acis, talkative, fr. loqui to speak; cf. Gr. ? to rattle, shriek, shout.] 1. Given to continual talking; talkative; garrulous.
Loquacious, brawling, ever in the wrong. --Dryden.
2. Speaking; expressive. [R.] --J. Philips.
3. Apt to blab and disclose secrets.
In the Southwest USA we calls 'em rustlers. Noun. An abactor is a cattle thief.
July: believe it or not, it came from Julius Caesar!
Why wouldn't I believe it? August, after all, came from Caesar Augustus.
A zampogna is an Italian wind instrument, a bagpipe.
(BTW, where is everybody? I thought this was supposed to be a daily depository of esoteric logorhea.)
abusage - abusing English
I do like the new embelishments on your avatar, Crave. What happened to the rolling eyes?
Figured I'd switch. The eyes were irritating me.
contretemps - something unexpected (usually bad)
The overly-religious teen didn't even know he was suffering from pecattiphilia until his experiment in onanism...
Cav -- Craven sez we gotta provide daffynitions.
Pecattiphilia: The sexual arousal one gets from sinning, may manifest itself in guilt.
Onanism: Spanking the monkey
onanism - spilling the seed (corrupted into masturbating by religious people who wanted to equate masturbation with evil)
*'twas just a small quibble*
rereward - the rear contingient of an army (as a child I thought the Bible has a typo)