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Words That are Somewhat Obscure, But Still Quite Usable

 
 
Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 08:48 am
I'll go first:

impassive - adj - not showing or not feeling emotion; not subject to suffering.

Example: Despite the flood of bad news he was hearing, Bertram remained impassive, showing no hint of the emotions he must be feeling.
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Letty
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 10:18 am
choleric: adj.

domineering; quick to anger

He became choleric when confronted with opposition.
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blacksmithn
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 10:46 am
inchoate \in-KOH-it\, adjective:
1. In an initial or early stage; just begun.
2. Imperfectly formed or formulated.
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stuh505
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 04:37 pm
I'm not sure what you mean by usable...I wouldn't consider the latter two very usable because most people would just skip over them, not knowing what they meant, and get a more confused version of whatever idea you were trying to convey!
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 08:31 pm
stuh505 wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean by usable...I wouldn't consider the latter two very usable because most people would just skip over them, not knowing what they meant, and get a more confused version of whatever idea you were trying to convey!

By usable, I mean they are not words that only get used once or twice a century. They are words that an educated person might reasonably use.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 08:35 pm
Brandon9000 wrote:
stuh505 wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean by usable...I wouldn't consider the latter two very usable because most people would just skip over them, not knowing what they meant, and get a more confused version of whatever idea you were trying to convey!

By usable, I mean they are not words that only get used once or twice a century. They are words that an educated person might reasonably use.


...in which case Letty's and Blacksmithn's contributions certainly qualify.

sanguine (in the secondary sense of 'cheerfully confident')
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littlek
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 08:38 pm
And, I don't think that the word impassable s out of date at all.....

I always post the word Absquatulate on threads like these.... to abscond with (abscond is another good one).
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 08:44 pm
littlek wrote:
And, I don't think that the word impassable s out of date at all.....quote]

Except, of course, that Brandon's word was impassive, not impassable. Smile But I agree with you, k, on both of those words.
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stuh505
 
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Reply Thu 7 Sep, 2006 08:59 pm
My vocabulary is embarrassingly lacking Embarrassed
Maybe that's because I only read textbooks.
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2006 09:56 am
putative - adj - supposed or apparent. The emphasis is on the fact that it is apparent, not proven.

Examples:
(1) The newspaper, despite its well earned reputation as scandal sheet, was forced, as a putative seeker of truth, to give the appearance of impartiality.
(2) Although several people witnessed the robbery, none was able to identify the putative culprit.
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Francis
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2006 10:03 am
stuh505 wrote:
My vocabulary is embarrassingly lacking Embarrassed
Maybe that's because I only read textbooks.


Keep reading these threads, Stuh, in no time you'll become largiloquent and sesquipedalian...
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2006 10:17 am
Main Entry: incoherent
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: unintelligible
Synonyms: breathless, confused, disconnected, discontinuous, discordant, disjointed, disordered, dumb, faltering, inarticulate, incohesive, incomprehensible, incongruous, inconsistent, indistinct, indistinguishable, irrational, jumbled, loose, maundering, muddled, muffled, mumbling, mute, muttered, puzzling, rambling, stammering, stuttering, tongue-tied*, uncommunicative, unconnected, uncoordinated, uneven, unvocal, wandering, wild
Antonyms: coherent, intelligible, lucid
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2006 10:20 am
Maundering's a nice word; I haven't used that one in a while, though I sometimes practice it in action.

From allwords.com -
maunder
verb, intr maundered, maundering
1. To talk in a rambling way; to drivel.
Form: maunder on (also)
2. To wander about, or behave, in an aimless way.
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2006 10:25 am
Antediluvian: adjective.

No woman will ever, ever be hyperbolic and claim to be older than water. Razz
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2006 10:46 am
Main Entry: hysteria
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: upset
Synonyms: agitation, delirium, excitement, feverishness, frenzy, hysterics, madness, mirth, nervousness, panic, unreason
Antonyms: calmness, self-possession
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 9 Sep, 2006 09:22 pm
dichotomy,n --division into 2 usually contradictory parts or opinions. adj.dichotomous
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 9 Sep, 2006 09:27 pm
Brandon9000 wrote:
By usable, I mean they are not words that only get used once or twice a century. They are words that an educated person might reasonably use.


Niffty
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Letty
 
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Reply Sun 10 Sep, 2006 11:58 am
cacophony: noun
The country girl wasn't used to all the cacophony of the big city traffic.
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 10 Sep, 2006 12:07 pm
Prolixity is the key. Do you mean the number of words used is delative?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 10 Sep, 2006 12:23 pm
'Delutive', I suppose.
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