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Old 04.09.2007, 14:00
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Re: Word of the day

Hmmmmm. . . . . .I don't know if Shutterbugism has the same affect. How's about Drunken Shutterbuglam? I think I'm satisfied with that.

Ooohhh, reminds me. Satiated.

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Old 04.09.2007, 14:05
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Three books you might find useful:

Troublesome Words - Bill Bryson
Mother Tongue - Bill Bryson
Roger's Profanisaurus - Viz
Ahhh, the Profanisaurus... Home to such classics as the gland of Hope and Glory, chavalcade, council gritter, ...
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Old 04.09.2007, 16:35
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Re: Word of the day

Well I'm British, and a photographer and I love this new addition to my vocabulary.

I'm going to make it my mission to get some of my Swiss work colleagues to start using shutterbuggery too!
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Old 04.09.2007, 16:43
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Can anyone tell me the origins of the word: snog. It's such an ugly word, IMO.
There's a great quiz (billed as the toughest word game on the internet), where you have to guess the origins of certain words, here: http://www.etymologic.com/index.cgi

As for "snog", try this: http://www.allwords.com/word-snog.html

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Old 04.09.2007, 16:45
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Re: Word of the day

gargantuan .... I don't here that often enough ....
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Old 04.09.2007, 16:48
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Re: Word of the day

Did a little more searching into the origins of the word "snog" and found this interesting article: http://www.teaspirit.com/teabagladie...7_archive.html

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Re: Word of the day

Thanks, I know what snog means but was curious as to the origins. I became even more intimately aquainted with it when a random drunk Brit asked me if I wanted to snog and proceeded to try and shove his tongue down my throat. Which made me reel back in moderate revulsion but also laugh at the absurdity of the statement.

The American equivalent "make-out" is also equally silly. But as a friend of mine would sometimes drunkenly say "I'm going to the top of make-out mountain tonight and I don't care who I'm taking with me." (Technically, I guess in the '50's make-out mountain could have been a place but with her, I think it was a state of mind).


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Did a little more searching into the origins of the word "snog" and found this interesting article: http://www.teaspirit.com/teabagladie...7_archive.html
The idea of an onomatopoeic origin sounds correct to me. I first came across the word in the early 1960s, either from TV or the school playground.
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Re: Word of the day

I saw "buggery" in "shutterbuggery" straight away.

The first half is just window dressing...
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Old 04.09.2007, 18:30
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I saw "buggery" in "shutterbuggery" straight away.

The first half is just window dressing...
how long were you in the Falklands chap ??
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Old 05.09.2007, 21:30
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Re: Word of the day

Glaikit for when idiot just doesn't cover it.
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Old 05.09.2007, 21:48
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Re: Word of the day

'Twunt' is a great word that just doesn't sound offensive, yet combines two of the rudest words in the (vernacular) English language.
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Re: Word of the day

fubar - learned while working for the canadian government
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fubar - learned while working for the canadian government
also commonly used in the computing world
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Old 05.09.2007, 22:47
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Re: Word of the day

Preposterous, magnanimous, vacillations, jocular, vociferous, perpendicular, juxtaposition but 2 of my all time fave words which dance across my ear lobes are: sphincter and bludgeoned
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Hirsute! I just love it... for some reason it gives me a chuckle everytime
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Re: Word of the day

I don't think I saw "twunt" before I visited this forum, but immediately recognized what it was.

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Apparently a US Army phrase from WW II. "ed Up Beyond All Repair".

A computer style write up can be found at:

http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc3092.html

where it also speculates that the German word "furchtbar" (terrible) was a possible influence.

For onomatopoeia, splodge.
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Re: Word of the day

Fubar is closely related to snafu, both of which are US military parlance for when things go a wee bit wrong, fall of Saigon, that sort of thing.

fubar = f***ed-up beyond all recognition.
snafu = situation normal: all f***ed-up.
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...and the American military which is where I first heard it back in 1982
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Re: Word of the day

Perspicacious .... sadly little used. Had it once in a reference letter.
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