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MusicChick 23.10.2011 19:11

Word of Today
 
Ok, calling all the word geeks - state a word, that stayed in your mind lately, that you haven't used for a while, or rediscovered..

I'll start :D

Roughhousing

Is there a French equivalent, by the way?

FMX 23.10.2011 21:44

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The translation in the dictionary is chahuter, bousculer.

The french equivalent could be chahut, bousculade, bagarre, émeute (with violence).

As for an equivalent in any of the patois romands I don't know.

Sandgrounder 23.10.2011 21:50

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Word of the day in our house has been "vomit" :(

cannut 23.10.2011 21:53

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Originally Posted by Sandgrounder (Post 1385455)
Word of the day in our house has been "vomit" :(

Its time to call the grand parents :rolleyes:

MusicChick 23.10.2011 22:06

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Originally Posted by FMX (Post 1385445)
The translation in the dictionary is chahuter, bousculer.

The french equivalent could be chahut, bousculade, bagarre, émeute (with violence).

As for an equivalent in any of the patois romands I don't know.

That's great. I have heard of chahut, mostly it's "arretez les conneries" or something similarly sounding..if you want to stop the roughhousing.

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Originally Posted by Sandgrounder (Post 1385455)
Word of the day in our house has been "vomit" :(

Ew, poor you. Too much fondue? That's projectile..

ecb 23.10.2011 22:20

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Roughhousing is not a word I had ever heard until an American friend used it, so I rather assumed it was American English ... but of course it could just be my own ignorance. I would instead use boisterous or rowdy play, or rough and tumble.

I do (British) English localisation work with an environmental consultancy and I recently had reason to include "salubrious" in a document. My (Swiss) colleagues all thought this was a fabulous word, mostly because of the way "it rolls around the mouth" as one of them said. We were only discussing last week how it now keeps popping up in our heads and we are finding it difficult not to use it.

MusicChick 23.10.2011 22:26

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Salubrious sounds pleasant. Not that I have ever actually used it. :o:D

I think serendipity is a nice word that does not get used often enough..

ecb 23.10.2011 22:31

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Probably more usually heard in the form of "insalubrious" meaning not just healthy but not healthy in a, well, very wholesome sort of way! I must admit I find insalubrious quite useful.

My first job (aged 16) was gift wrapping in a gift shop called "Serendipity" which I always thought was a rather good name for those sort of twee trinket type shops where you just fall upon something rather nice to buy rather than actively go in seeking something specific.

NSchulzi 23.10.2011 22:32

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Discombobulated. Lovely word, and kind of sums up the way I feel at the moment.

ecb 23.10.2011 22:34

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Originally Posted by Nicolaschulz (Post 1385509)
Discombobulated. Lovely word, and kind of sums up the way I feel at the moment.

Mmmmmhhhh .. another roll around your mouth word. :msngrin:

NSchulzi 23.10.2011 22:40

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Originally Posted by ecb (Post 1385511)
Mmmmmhhhh .. another roll around your mouth word. :msngrin:

Indeed! And I also love serendipity - 'a lucky, chance happening' :)

23.10.2011 22:48

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The first Swissgerman word I learned 25 years ago --- giggerig ;)

CLV 23.10.2011 22:49

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I have always been a fan of posterior..

NSchulzi 23.10.2011 23:00

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I have always loved the word moist. An old friend of mine always pronounced it in such a way that it became an onomatopoeia.

ecb 23.10.2011 23:09

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Originally Posted by Nicolaschulz (Post 1385532)
I have always loved the word moist. An old friend of mine always pronounced it in such a way that it became an onomatopoeia.

No NO NOOOOoooooo!

I had an index on my card file when I worked with "banned words" listed .. and you guessed it .. moist was one of them. Ugh! Along with gusset (referring to a folder with pockets and concertina sides) and a lovely spread (when referring to a buffet of course). :D

NSchulzi 23.10.2011 23:12

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Originally Posted by ecb (Post 1385541)
No NO NOOOOoooooo!

I had an index on my card file when I worked with "banned words" listed .. and you guessed it .. moist was one of them. Ugh! Along with gusset (referring to a folder with pockets and concertina sides) and a lovely spread (when referring to a buffet of course). :D

I am with you on gusset. A very ugly word, although it does make me snigger. :msnblush:

Ace1 24.10.2011 09:26

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Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 1385340)
Roughhousing

Is there a French equivalent, by the way?

Dunno. Is there an English equivalent?

PaddyG 24.10.2011 09:57

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Wasn't "gonorrhoea" once voted the most beautiful word in the English language?

The_Love_Doctor 24.10.2011 10:02

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Originally Posted by Nicolaschulz (Post 1385509)
Discombobulated. Lovely word, and kind of sums up the way I feel at the moment.

Never heard of it... What does it mean?

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Originally Posted by Nicolaschulz (Post 1385532)
I have always loved the word moist. An old friend of mine always pronounced it in such a way that it became an onomatopoeia.

Would be interesting to hear how you friend pronounced moist to make it sound like moisture? being moist?? :eek:

MusicChick 24.10.2011 12:03

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Moist is definitely on the list of words that give me heebeejeebees. Together with delicious, batch, groin and loin. :msncrazy: I can't make myself say it. We did write a couple of songs with my guitarist purposely putting these in lyrics to give me more edge when playing during gigs, hahaha...

French would be chou-chou. Anything that repeats in French is a tad odd for me.

Today's special word for me is mungo. I think I have seen it once.


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