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The NEVERENDING word(s) of the day thread

 
 
Reply 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.

My word:

orgulous :: proud.

This word is a favorite for me because of its close cognates in Portuguese (orguloso) and it's comparative rarity in English.
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Misti26
 
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Reply Fri 10 Jan, 2003 08:35 pm
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
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 10 Jan, 2003 10:09 pm
Persiflage - (what else, for me!)

noun
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)
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jespah
 
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Reply Sat 11 Jan, 2003 09:45 am
I used this one on Balderdash in the other site:

valetudinarian: n.
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).

adj.
Chronically ailing; sickly.
Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.

It's also in Book 5 of Plato's Republic.
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Monger
 
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Reply Sat 11 Jan, 2003 11:06 am
pe·do·mor·phism
n.
Retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult, occurring in mammals.
pedomorphic -adj.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2003 08:02 am
swinge: vt, archaic: To whip, punish

swingeing: adj 1. Forcible, strong 2. Great, large.
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2003 10:45 am
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).



loquacious

\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.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Mon 3 Mar, 2003 07:05 pm
Abactor.

In the Southwest USA we calls 'em rustlers. Noun. An abactor is a cattle thief.
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TechnoGuyRob
 
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Reply Sat 5 Apr, 2003 08:22 pm
July: believe it or not, it came from Julius Caesar!
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Mon 7 Apr, 2003 08:38 am
Why wouldn't I believe it? August, after all, came from Caesar Augustus.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 06:06 pm
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.)
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 06:17 pm
abusage - abusing English
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 06:19 pm
I do like the new embelishments on your avatar, Crave. What happened to the rolling eyes?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 06:21 pm
Figured I'd switch. The eyes were irritating me.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 06:22 pm
contretemps - something unexpected (usually bad)
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 07:24 pm
The overly-religious teen didn't even know he was suffering from pecattiphilia until his experiment in onanism...
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 07:26 pm
Cav -- Craven sez we gotta provide daffynitions.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 07:31 pm
Pecattiphilia: The sexual arousal one gets from sinning, may manifest itself in guilt.

Onanism: Spanking the monkey Very Happy
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 07:38 pm
onanism - spilling the seed (corrupted into masturbating by religious people who wanted to equate masturbation with evil)

*'twas just a small quibble*
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 07:39 pm
rereward - the rear contingient of an army (as a child I thought the Bible has a typo)
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