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What new word did you learn recently?

 
 
Reyn
 
Reply Sat 13 Aug, 2005 05:51 pm
I'll start the ball rolling on this thread. Please include the definition. That way, we all learn! :wink: Laughing

Quonset

-- used for a prefabricated shelter set on a foundation of bolted steel trusses and built of a semicircular arching roof of corrugated metal insulated with wood fiber
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 13 Aug, 2005 08:33 pm
Fanfaronade

Arrogant or boastful talk.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 10:01 am
syncretism

1 : the combination of different forms of belief or practice
2 : the fusion of two or more orig. different inflectional forms
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 10:21 am
Pancreatitis

what laid me low.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 12:07 pm
blueveinedthrobber wrote:
Pancreatitis

what laid me low.

Yeah, my brother-in-law had that some years back. Pretty painful, I understand. Shocked

Hope you'll be okay.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 01:47 pm
phrontistery FRON-tis-te-ri, n a thinking-place [Gr phrontisterion from phrontistes a thinker, from phroneein to think; applied by Aristophanes to the school of Socrates]
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Wy
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 10:24 am
Bhodran

a ghost or shade
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Algis Kemezys
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 11:40 am
Dias

Which means GOD in greek.
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 11:51 am
Veltshmertz: (My new favorite word as it describes me pretty well). The melancholy feeling you get from comparing the world as it is, with the world as it should be.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 12:22 pm
Your spelling is phonetic, ebrown. It's usually spelled mit a W.
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thehamster
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 03:55 pm
Weltschmerz ya morons.
And it's "über" and not "uber".

Oh and speaking of which: Nobody buys Volkswagen Jettas in Europe. They're crappy cars and Europeans know that. Just because it has a VW badge on it doesn't make it a sexy German car.
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 04:00 pm
In an ideal world, it would be spelled Veltshmertz.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 04:46 pm
Hamster -- where did you see the word über anywhere in these posts? Ich hat das nicht gesehen.
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 04:55 pm
My new word is "sex". Oh wait, I think I know that one or did sometime in my past.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 08:18 pm
Hey, thanks to everybody who has participated here so far! Nice to see. I'm learning from "youse guys" already. Laughing

Here's today's word from me:

hydrocephalus

-- an abnormal increase in the amount of cerebrospinal fluid within the cranial cavity that is accompanied by expansion of the cerebral ventricles, enlargement of the skull and especially the forehead, and atrophy of the brain
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thehamster
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 11:23 pm
Andrew, I'm just making a general point regarding North Americans and their use of the German language.
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Joeblow
 
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Reply Tue 16 Aug, 2005 07:21 am
ebrown_p wrote:
In an ideal world, it would be spelled Veltshmertz.


(laughed out loud at that)



oenophile

A lover or connosisseur of wine
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Valpower
 
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Reply Tue 16 Aug, 2005 10:44 am
thehamster wrote:
Andrew, I'm just making a general point regarding North Americans and their use of the German language.


I, for one, am relieved you got it out with such great flair.

cal·li·pyg·i·an Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 16 Aug, 2005 01:27 pm
logorrhea [log-uh-RI-uh, (n)] an excessive flow of words, prolixity [Gr logos word + roia flow, stream]

'Prolixity', part of this definition, is a pretty good word in itself.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Tue 16 Aug, 2005 07:39 pm
contumely

-- harsh language or treatment arising from haughtiness and contempt
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