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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..

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Roughhousing

Is there a French equivalent, by the way?
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Old 23.10.2011, 21:44
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Re: Word of Today

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.
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Old 23.10.2011, 21:50
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Re: Word of Today

Word of the day in our house has been "vomit"
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Old 23.10.2011, 21:53
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Word of the day in our house has been "vomit"
Its time to call the grand parents
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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.
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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Word of the day in our house has been "vomit"
Ew, poor you. Too much fondue? That's projectile..
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Re: Word of Today

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.
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Old 23.10.2011, 22:26
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Salubrious sounds pleasant. Not that I have ever actually used it.

I think serendipity is a nice word that does not get used often enough..
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Old 23.10.2011, 22:31
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Re: Word of Today

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.
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Discombobulated. Lovely word, and kind of sums up the way I feel at the moment.
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Discombobulated. Lovely word, and kind of sums up the way I feel at the moment.
Mmmmmhhhh .. another roll around your mouth word.
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Mmmmmhhhh .. another roll around your mouth word.
Indeed! And I also love serendipity - 'a lucky, chance happening'
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The first Swissgerman word I learned 25 years ago --- giggerig
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Re: Word of Today

I have always been a fan of posterior..
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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.
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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.
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).
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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).
I am with you on gusset. A very ugly word, although it does make me snigger.
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Roughhousing

Is there a French equivalent, by the way?
Dunno. Is there an English equivalent?
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Wasn't "gonorrhoea" once voted the most beautiful word in the English language?
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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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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??
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Re: Word of Today

Moist is definitely on the list of words that give me heebeejeebees. Together with delicious, batch, groin and loin. 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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