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Dunno. Is there an English equivalent?
Rough play. When you chase and bug somebody, throw stuff. It's still a play, though.
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Old 24.10.2011, 13:08
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Never heard of it... What does it mean?



Would be interesting to hear how you friend pronounced moist to make it sound like moisture? being moist??
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/discombobulate

It's difficult to describe, but she really drew the word out so that is sounded, well, moist!!
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Old 24.10.2011, 13:12
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http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/discombobulate

It's difficult to describe, but she really drew the word out so that is sounded, well, moist!!
I can hear it. Soft with all the fricatives hushed. Aaaaahhhhh, moist is going to chase me today
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Old 24.10.2011, 13:25
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Re: Word of Today

everyone stop saying moist!
ok i love this thread but all i can think of are chinese (canto) words i have been using recently.
not word of the day but phrase of the day is "what is a weekend?"
(maggie smith says this in downton abbey, which i am currently obsessing over)

i've taken to using this phrase whenever i come across something i think is beneath me
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Old 24.10.2011, 13:30
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everyone stop saying moist!
ok i love this thread but all i can think of are chinese (canto) words i have been using recently.
not word of the day but phrase of the day is "what is a weekend?"
(maggie smith says this in downton abbey, which i am currently obsessing over)

i've taken to using this phrase whenever i come across something i think is beneath me
I love it. I think I will adopt it, if you allow me. Though it will make me feel all nuts since "what is a weekend" when I don't often have one is rather...douche (ok, another ugly word that I say just coz it gives me creeps, so is rad, aaaah, help).

I think my fav phrase of this week comes from the playlist I follow, something I listen to every week, this week it comes with a nice title

October 17, 2011: The bliss is the paranoia is the bliss | See the playlist | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop‑up player!

Think it is totally t-shirt worthy.
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Old 24.10.2011, 13:32
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I love it. I think I will adopt it, if you allow me. Though it will make me feel all nuts since "what is a weekend" when I don't often have one is rather...douche
well you could take to saying "what is a day off?" instead


ooh, i just can't resist...
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Old 24.10.2011, 13:36
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well you could take to saying "what is a day off?" instead
Heh, I think I will modify it to weekend is for the weak ...


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ooh, i just can't resist...
You got it.

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Old 24.10.2011, 13:45
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Re: Word of Today

My Swiss German word of the day is "Gewalthaufen" - a Swiss military tactic that made their mercenaries so effective and valueable some centuries ago. It roughly translates into "violent heap". I had Thai for lunch.
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Old 24.10.2011, 13:48
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Rough play. When you chase and bug somebody, throw stuff. It's still a play, though.
Yes, I was able to find it in an American dictionary, thanks anyway.

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Old 24.10.2011, 14:03
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My Swiss German word of the day is "Gewalthaufen" - a Swiss military tactic that made their mercenaries so effective and valueable some centuries ago. It roughly translates into "violent heap". I had Thai for lunch.
Does it mean attacking? In herds?
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Old 24.10.2011, 14:18
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Does it mean attacking? In herds?

It actually means "pike square" a military tactic used very successfully by the Swiss in ye olden times. ("Pike square" sounds like some special "moves" in a card game to me.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_square

Another word I quite like, but would probably not use for fear of ridicule is "squalidness", the antithesis of onomatopoiesis...
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Old 24.10.2011, 14:40
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Oligodendroglia (cells insulating part of the nerve cells in the central nervous system).
The very first crazy word I learnt when studying years ago. I love this silly word and it's always stuck with me
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Old 24.10.2011, 16:14
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Roughhousing

Is there a French equivalent, by the way?
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Dunno. Is there an English equivalent?
Probably not the same but it reminded me of "Rough-arsed" as in rough as a robber's dog.
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Old 25.10.2011, 10:50
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Hmmm....today's special is paronomania. I wonder if people do know some serious paronomaniacs. I do have a friend who basically only talks in word puns, quotes and references, it's a good mental exercise but a tad impractical at times. At least it is in one language, only.

No. 2 would be wilderbeast.
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Old 25.10.2011, 10:58
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Whatever happened to "pinnacle'?

In the eighties, "pinnacle" was the "awesome" of the day, the ultimate achievement, the nirvana of being itself.

"Paradigm" seems to have gone that way too. Much abused and over used during the last Presidential Elections in the US of A, "paradigm" has become a victim of its own efficiency, ultimately suffering its own nemesis in the media.

At least I think so.
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Old 25.10.2011, 11:08
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Awesome has also been overused.

"How was your day?"
"Oh, just did the washing and watched daytime TV."
"Awesome!"
"You need a punch in the face".
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"Awesome!"
"You need a punch in the face".
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Old 25.10.2011, 11:21
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Epic is the new awesome, pinnacle, amazing.
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Old 25.10.2011, 11:35
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Epic is the new awesome, pinnacle, amazing.
I think it's old already...words are flaky creatures
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Re: Word of Today

Would have to make an exception for "doudou" in French (it's what French children call their favourite cuddly toy or comforting blanket/scarf that goes with them everywhere).

My suggestion for overused English word of the moment (UK only) is "fantastic". When I left the UK it wasn't that commonly used, and still had a minor "out of this world", "something to do with fantasy". I notivced on a trip back to the UK 5-6 years ago that everyone was using it. Now when anyone is interviewed in the UK (especially for sport) everything is "fantastic". "Bollox" I say, get a thesaurus and start using other superlatives!

My candidate for word of the day is, with a nod to Blackadder ("Goes Forth" series), "Gobbledygook"

p.s. my quotes are a mess - can anyone point me to a decent online guide about using quotes, and also regarding punctuation and parentheses please...

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