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chemgoddess 03.09.2007 19:20

Word of the day
 
There have been some real great words mentioned recently on the forum which, IMHO, don't get enough use these days.

ex. dullard, poppycock

My word of the day is kakistocracy.

Points will be given to whoever uses it the best in a sentence.

Thalwiler 03.09.2007 19:32

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Kakistocracy abbreviated to Bush...

Flashman4 03.09.2007 21:52

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The Kakistrophic machinations of the country's government landed them repeatedly in the sh*t.
I love this word. I'm all for keeping obscure words alive. :)

chemgoddess 04.09.2007 08:42

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Curmudgeon: a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.

Oooohhh, Cantankerous is also good.

04.09.2007 09:13

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Flippertigibbet.

Two popular deinitions:

1. One who is unreservedly reticent, hence resilient. whose facade would suggest nothing but pure boredom,
whose mind and thoughts wander aimlessly in the midst of everyday life affairs.
2. Foolish young woman

I opt for 2.

Flashman4 04.09.2007 09:18

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Quote:

Originally Posted by chemgoddess (Post 100250)
Curmudgeon: a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.

Oooohhh, Cantankerous is also good.

This is a great thread Chemgoddess as I love our language. See this (earlier) thread:
Quote:

Originally Posted by Flashman4 (Post 36283)
It certainly exists. It's all part of my private campaign to make use of little known / used words to prevent them dying out. :msnnerd:

Found in the post "Whatever happened to literacy?" Started by Mark.

What about smatchet? "n. - a small, nasty person or a nasty child"

Found at:http://www.kokogiak.com/logolepsy/

chemgoddess 04.09.2007 09:24

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Thanks Flashman, I really do love it to. My appreciation for the preciseness/creativity of the English language has markedly increased since moving over here.

Smatchet? I've never even heard that one before, but I love it.

I've found since moving here my vocabulary is atrocious, I need to build it back up again.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flashman4 (Post 100273)
This is a great thread Chemgoddess as I love our language. See this (earlier) thread:

Found in the post "Whatever happened to literacy?" Started by Mark.

What about smatchet? "n. - a small, nasty person or a nasty child"

Found at:http://www.kokogiak.com/logolepsy/


Shorrick Mk2 04.09.2007 09:32

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Flabbergasted. Parlay.

04.09.2007 09:43

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Quote:

Originally Posted by chemgoddess (Post 100275)
My appreciation for the preciseness/creativity of the English language has markedly increased since moving over here.

Smatchet? I've never even heard that one before, but I love it.

I've found since moving here my vocabulary is atrocious, I need to build it back up again.

You'd probably like the BBC TV programme Call My Bluff, from which I gather the show has been revived.

It was an extremely funny programme, too.

cyrus 04.09.2007 09:54

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I've always liked "Nefarious", often used by some of my more northern friends.

chemgoddess 04.09.2007 10:07

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Yes! I know I would have. One of my favorite board games in Balderdash which is basically the same premise.


Quote:

Originally Posted by JVC (Post 100284)
You'd probably like the BBC TV programme Call My Bluff, from which I gather the show has been revived.

It was an extremely funny programme, too.


quintessential; myriad; plenipotentiary; quixotic; magnanimous. Some of my faves.

Oldhand 04.09.2007 10:08

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I just love the word titivate. My mum used to shout up the stairs when i hogged the bathroom for too long " If you titivate in front of that mirror any longer, you'll see the devil"! :eek:

04.09.2007 10:11

Re: Word of the day
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cyrus (Post 100290)
I've always liked "Nefarious", often used by some of my more northern friends.

Another Northern one: "spurious", when used by a garage mechanic. "A spurious part" means a replacement part sourced from a third party, not the vehicle's manufacturer. Main dealers won't give you these. Spurious parts usually save you a fortune.

möpp 04.09.2007 10:16

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rambunctious = boisterous, loud, raucous, turbulent. Fantastic word!

PlantHead 04.09.2007 10:20

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Chuckle..
a much underused word, why laugh when you can have a chuckle.

cyrus 04.09.2007 10:27

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And jesting instead of joking

Polorise 04.09.2007 10:59

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Caprice rather than capricious, which is also a good word ...

Glenda Jackson 04.09.2007 12:00

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It's unfortuntely true that one's vocabulary doesn't get enriched when speaking to people whose mother-tongue isn't English and one tends to use words that will be readily understood rather than confounding them with more abstruse or colloquial expressions! I like to hear words like the ones already mentioned in this thread, and one or two of my own favourites would be "pernickety; perspicacious; disenchanted; marooned; whimsical; coerced, codswallop" Let's hear some more!

ElJeFe 04.09.2007 12:24

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My favs include: Discombobulate, Obfuscate and Scallywag

chemgoddess 04.09.2007 12:25

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gregarious; abscond; verbiage; tumultuous; insouciant; lackadaisical


This isn't technically a real word but stems from a great actual word that a friend of mine made it up and I love it. Drunken shutterbuggery.


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