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El JT de Spang
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I'm always remembering or being reminded of great words, only to forget them again. It's just a function of not having a lot of occasions to use them.

So I figured I'd post a few that I've recently been reminded of, and you all could do the same.

Fastidious:
a : having high and often capricious standards : difficult to please
b : showing or demanding excessive delicacy or care
c : reflecting a meticulous, sensitive, or demanding attitude

Recidivist: one who relapses; specifically : a habitual criminal

Now you go.

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sop·o·rif·ic (sŏp'ə-rĭf'ĭk, sō'pə-)
adj.

1. Inducing or tending to induce sleep.
2. Drowsy.

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ex·trap·o·late
v. tr.

1. To infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information.
2. Mathematics. To estimate (a value of a variable outside a known range) from values within a known range by assuming that the estimated value follows logically from the known values.

cau·sal·i·ty
n.

1. The principle of or relationship between cause and effect.
2. A causal agency, force, or quality.

I have no idea why I like those two words so much, but I do. They're just amusing to say. [Smile]

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egregious (i-'grE-j&s)
adj.

1 archaic : DISTINGUISHED
2 : CONSPICUOUS; especially : conspicuously bad : FLAGRANT <egregious errors> <egregious padding of the evidence -- Christopher Hitchens>
- egre·gious·ly adverb
- egre·gious·ness noun

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obfuscate \OB-fuh-skayt\, transitive verb:
1. To darken or render indistinct or dim.
2. To make obscure or difficult to understand or make sense of.
3. To confuse or bewilder.

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de·fen·es·trate
throw somebody or something out of window

an·te·di·lu·vi·an
1. extremely old-fashioned or outdated
2. in or from the time before the biblical Flood

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exculpate \EK-skuhl-payt; ek-SKUHL-payt\, transitive verb:
To clear from alleged fault or guilt; to prove to be guiltless; to relieve of blame; to acquit.

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El JT de Spang
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Obfuscate and defenestrate are two of my favorites.

Conflate: to combine (as two readings of a text) into a composite whole.

Amalgamate: a mixture of different elements.

Conflagration: a large disastrous fire.

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Not quite the same thing, but any time I say "phenomenon" or (even better) "phenomena," I can't help but launch into "Mana Mana," from the Muppet Show, and then I have it stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

do DOO dee doodoo . . .

[Big Grin]

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curses. CURSES upon you!

do do do doo.

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Icarus
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[Laugh]
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Icky, you know how annoyed I was with Pop for bumping That Thread?

Well, I'm not quite that annoyed with you. But it's a close thing. *shakes fist*

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u·biq·ui·tous - Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent

fel·la·ti·o - Oral stimulation of the penis. (Sorry, but it really is one my favorite words... [Blushing] )

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Lisa
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Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Black lung, a miner's disease.
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Dichotomy - a division into two parts.
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Sterling
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lascivious: lewd, lustful.
quietus: final settlement, something that quiets
screed: lengthy discourse, informal piece of writing

do DO de do do, de do do, de do do, de do do do do DO do DO DO DO.

(my daughter was doing call-and-response on manamanah before she reached the age of two.)

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Samprimary
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Imbroglio. Emolument. Badinage.

Parvenu. Sedulous.

Cynosure, lachrymose, lugubrious /
Obviate, vicissitude, mellifluous /
Diaphanous, mendacious atrabilious /
Adumbrate, contumacious, /
Perfunctory, somniforous, /
Calumny, persiflage, adventitious.

Canarous, tenebrous, gewgaw, exigulty, chthonic, objurgate, sobriquet, propitious, mordant, captious, vexillology, guorum, aestival, sublunary, ebullient, ameliorate, prolix, numismatics, antediluvian, insouciant, salubrious, desideratum, riparian, apposite, polyglot, sedulous, dilatory, impecunious, chagrin, puerile, metier, facile, perforce, evanescent, quotidian, muneficent, opprobrious, specious, munificent, autodidact, indolent, paucity, taciturn, recondite, paroxysm, maudlin, prescience, obdurate, voluable, hauteur, lackadaisical, reticent, contumely, philomath, inchoate, circumlocution (which is oddly self-referential), crepuscular, proclivity, chimerical, sybarite, gourmand, animadversion, desuetude, pusillanimous, cupidity, supererogatory, encomium, edacious, perspicacity, ennui, invidious, jocund, panoply, fugacious, somnolent, daedal, clinguant, detritus, bonhomie, choler, palimpsest, farrago, protean, ratiocination, frisson, supercilious, rebarbate, gimcrack, truculent, gastronome, supernumerary, exculpate, parsimony, recalcitrant, abstemious, fulminate, sycophant, surcease, quiescent, peccadillo, logorrhea, chicanery, baitue, pellucid, temerity, habitue, inveigle, portentious, mawkish, bravura, cognoscente, laconic, deleterious, meretricious, inamorata, physiognomy, sempiternal, rubicund, apothegm, malodorous, scapegrace, monomania, febrile, extirpate, anodyne, uxorious, concomitant, peregrination, tocsin, palliate, improvident, inimical, coeval, perfervid, recrudescent, factotum, jejune, tergiversation, prevaricate, obsequious, ululate, asperity, puissant, lucubration (my present activity), perdurable, euphonious, consanguineous, tendentious, dilettante, nugatory, veriegated, convival, obeisance, felicitous, disconsolate, concupiscence, scintilla, interregnum, cicumambient, exigency, ukase, neologism, guerulous, panacea, oneiric, patina, conurbation, equipose, coruscate, cormorant, wassail, guidnunc, manse.

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Burgleflickle

Ok, so its not really a word, but I love to say it. If you have a really good memory you'll remember its from a Budweiser commercial some years ago.

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Icarus
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quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
Imbroglio. Emolument. Badinage.

Parvenu. Sedulous.

Cynosure, lachrymose, lugubrious /
Obviate, vicissitude, mellifluous /
Diaphanous, mendacious atrabilious /
Adumbrate, contumacious, /
Perfunctory, somniforous, /
Calumny, persiflage, adventitious.

Canarous, tenebrous, gewgaw, exigulty, chthonic, objurgate, sobriquet, propitious, mordant, captious, vexillology, guorum, aestival, sublunary, ebullient, ameliorate, prolix, numismatics, antediluvian, insouciant, salubrious, desideratum, riparian, apposite, polyglot, sedulous, dilatory, impecunious, chagrin, puerile, metier, facile, perforce, evanescent, quotidian, muneficent, opprobrious, specious, munificent, autodidact, indolent, paucity, taciturn, recondite, paroxysm, maudlin, prescience, obdurate, voluable, hauteur, lackadaisical, reticent, contumely, philomath, inchoate, circumlocution (which is oddly self-referential), crepuscular, proclivity, chimerical, sybarite, gourmand, animadversion, desuetude, pusillanimous, cupidity, supererogatory, encomium, edacious, perspicacity, ennui, invidious, jocund, panoply, fugacious, somnolent, daedal, clinguant, detritus, bonhomie, choler, palimpsest, farrago, protean, ratiocination, frisson, supercilious, rebarbate, gimcrack, truculent, gastronome, supernumerary, exculpate, parsimony, recalcitrant, abstemious, fulminate, sycophant, surcease, quiescent, peccadillo, logorrhea, chicanery, baitue, pellucid, temerity, habitue, inveigle, portentious, mawkish, bravura, cognoscente, laconic, deleterious, meretricious, inamorata, physiognomy, sempiternal, rubicund, apothegm, malodorous, scapegrace, monomania, febrile, extirpate, anodyne, uxorious, concomitant, peregrination, tocsin, palliate, improvident, inimical, coeval, perfervid, recrudescent, factotum, jejune, tergiversation, prevaricate, obsequious, ululate, asperity, puissant, lucubration (my present activity), perdurable, euphonious, consanguineous, tendentious, dilettante, nugatory, veriegated, convival, obeisance, felicitous, disconsolate, concupiscence, scintilla, interregnum, cicumambient, exigency, ukase, neologism, guerulous, panacea, oneiric, patina, conurbation, equipose, coruscate, cormorant, wassail, guidnunc, manse.

Okay, now you're just showing off. [Razz]
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wreak
1.To inflict (vengeance or punishment) upon a person.
2.To express or gratify (anger, malevolence, or resentment); vent.
3.To bring about; cause.
4. Archaic. To take vengeance for; avenge.

Poor word is always used negatively - "to wreak havoc" but if you use definition 3 it can bring about anything, not just terrible things. I would like to start a movement dedicated to wreaking joy. [Smile]

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col·lo·qui·al (k-lkw-l) adj.
1. Characteristic of or appropriate to the spoken language or to writing that seeks the effect of speech; informal.
2. Relating to conversation; conversational.

Marl·bo·ro (märlbûr, -br-, -br)
1. A city of east-central Massachusetts east-northeast of Worcester. Settled in 1657, it was nearly destroyed in 1676 during King Philip's War. Population: 31,813.

I love these words just because they are lots of fun to say. And when you say them with a southern accent it sounds like you have an amphibian stuck in your mouth. These are the words that live in the back of your throat.

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ser·en·dip·i·ty P Pronunciation Key (srn-dp-t) n. pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties

The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
An instance of making such a discovery

Sound as well as concept makes this one my favorite.

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I also like "wreak," Belle.


a·muck
1. In a frenzy to do violence or kill.
2. In or into a jumbled or confused state.
3. In or into a uncontrolled state or a state of extreme activity.

although I prefer the spelling "amok."

she·nan·i·gan
1. a. A deceitful trick; an underhanded act.
b. Remarks intended to deceive; deceit. Often used in the plural.
2. a. A playful or mischievous act; a prank.
b. Mischief; prankishness. Often used in the plural.

I also like the word "doom." DOOOOOOM. Hehe.

hmmm...a theme?

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Qwerty

Of, relating to, or designating the traditional configuration of typewriter or computer keyboard keys.

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quote:
]Okay, now you're just showing off. [Razz]
Every time I see a vocab thread, I add five more to the list!

On the subject of showing off:

gasconade

rodomontade

prate (best used in the form 'prating,' as in "It's hard to work with the guy -- his standpoints are free-form, substance-free prating, for the most part.")

Also

[Hail]

Genuflection!

[ROFL]

Circumvolutionary tropism!

[Angst]
Psychomotor agitation! (also a side effect of 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine)

[Eek!]

Kinesodic luxation!

[Wall Bash]

.. tough one.

Um, contumacious cranial curb-contrituration?

[ July 31, 2006, 09:49 PM: Message edited by: Samprimary ]

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doo doo doo...

I love simple words, like frolic. And delightful. And dirge. And key (the adjective).

But mostly my favorite words are ones I make up on the spot, using verbs as nouns and nouns as verbs, then adding as many innappropriate suffixes as humanly possible to the end.

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Eviscerate

1. To remove the entrails of; disembowel.
2. To take away a vital or essential part of: a compromise that eviscerated the proposed bill.
3. Medicine.
1. To remove the contents of (an organ).
2. To remove an organ, such as an eye, from (a patient).

"Eviscerate Chucky? I will do no such thing."

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Eviscerate

1. To remove the entrails of; disembowel.
2. To take away a vital or essential part of: a compromise that eviscerated the proposed bill.
3. Medicine.
1. To remove the contents of (an organ).
2. To remove an organ, such as an eye, from (a patient).

"Eviscerate Chucky? I will do no such thing."
- name the phrase, win a smiley.

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El JT de Spang
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I like serendipity too, Kristen. It's mellifluous: having a smooth rich flow.

[Wink]

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Lisa
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Fecund
Laconic
Lacuna
Vestibular
Jibe <grin>

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Indubitably

Cannot be doubted.

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Steecher
I can't seem to remember if this means:
-One who catches eels
or
-To catch an eel
(It's a Balderdash word)

Bojank verb.
1. To steal or take something in an extreme manner
ex. Dang! That Master Chief just bojanked my warthog!
2. An all purpose verb that can be inserted in the place of any other verb.
ex. I was bojanking around the store when a robber bojanked out of the ally and bojanked all my stuff.

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Kaling noun
Old European game: you're blindfolded and have to go get a cabbage from the garden.

(Yep, really.)

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El JT de Spang
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This is one I've been looking for for years:

Ineffable: Incapable of being expressed in words.

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Indefatigable: Tireless
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photophosphorylation
Phosphorylation induced by radiant energy in photosynthesis.

A really big, very cool word, which is fun to say and easy to spell! It is basically the underlying process of photosynthesis, the way the plant actually transforms ADP to ATP for energy production.

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EISTEDDFODAU:

eis·tedd·fod (-stthvd, -stth-) Pronunciation Key Audio pronunciation of "EISTEDDFODAU" [P]
n. pl. eis·tedd·fods or eis·tedd·fod·au (stth-vd, stth-)

An annual competitive festival of Welsh poets and musicians.

(You just KNEW it had to be Welsh, didn't you?)

Good news for Scrabble fans -- it is in the Scrabble long list, so you can play it!

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I like words that describe the combining of ideas.

Juxtapose
jux‧ta‧pose  /ˈdʒʌkstəˌpoʊz, ˌdʒʌkstəˈpoʊz/ Pronunciation[juhk-stuh-pohz, juhk-stuh-pohz]
–verb (used with object), -posed, -pos‧ing.
to place close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast.

Conglomerate
con‧glom‧er‧ate  /n., adj. kənˈglɒmərɪt, kəŋ-; v. kənˈglɒməˌreɪt, kəŋ-/
[n., adj. kuhn-glom-er-it, kuhng-; v. kuhn-glom-uh-reyt, kuhng-]adjective, verb, -at‧ed, -at‧ing.
–noun
1. anything composed of heterogeneous materials or elements.
2. a corporation consisting of a number of subsidiary companies or divisions in a variety of unrelated industries, usually as a result of merger or acquisition.
3. Geology. a rock consisting of pebbles or the like embedded in a finer cementing material; consolidated gravel.
–adjective
4. gathered into a rounded mass; consisting of parts so gathered; clustered.
5. consisting of heterogeneous parts or elements.
6. of or pertaining to a corporate conglomerate.
7. Geology. of the nature of a conglomerate.
–verb (used with object)
8. to bring together into a cohering mass.
9. to gather into a ball or rounded mass.
–verb (used without object)
10. to collect or cluster together.
11. (of a company) to become part of or merge with a conglomerate.

Cohesion
co‧he‧sion  /koʊˈhiʒən/
–noun
1. the act or state of cohering, uniting, or sticking together.
2. Physics. the molecular force between particles within a body or substance that acts to unite them. Compare adhesion (def. 4).
3. Botany. the congenital union of one part with another.
4. Linguistics. the property of unity in a written text or a segment of spoken discourse that stems from links among its surface elements, as when words in one sentence are repeated in another, and esp. from the fact that some words or phrases depend for their interpretation upon material in preceding or following text, as in the sequence Be assured of this. Most people do not want to fight. However, they will do so when provoked, where this refers to the two sentences that follow, they refers back to most people, do so substitutes for the preceding verb fight, and however relates the clause that follows to the preceding sentence. Compare coherence (def. 5).

Say the following words in your head, its just fun!
accompany, add, adhere, affix, agglutinate, annex, append, assemble, associate, attach, blend, bracket, cement, clamp, clasp, clip, coadunate, coalesce, combine, compound, concrete, conjoin, conjugate, connect, copulate, couple, entwine, fasten, fuse, grapple, hitch on, incorporate, interlace, intermix, juxtapose, knit, leash, link, lock, lump together, marry, mate, melt, mix, pair, put together, slap on, span, splice, stick together, tack on, tag on, tie, tie up, touch, weave, wed, weld, yoke

English may not be easy to learn, but I LOVE just how many flavors it presents for describing such a seemingly simple function.

edit: I've been known to use the word Synergy in sentences but I REALLY don't like it.

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Smock
–noun 1. a loose, lightweight overgarment worn to protect the clothing while working.
–verb (used with object) 2. to clothe in a smock.
3. to draw (a fabric) by needlework into a honeycomb pattern with diamond-shaped recesses.

Ostracize
–verb (used with object), -cized, -ciz‧ing. 1. to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.: His friends ostracized him after his father's arrest.
2. to banish (a person) from his or her native country; expatriate.
3. (in ancient Greece) to banish (a citizen) temporarily by popular vote.

vicissitude
–noun 1. a change or variation occurring in the course of something.
2. interchange or alternation, as of states or things.
3. vicissitudes, successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs: They remained friends through the vicissitudes of 40 years.
4. regular change or succession of one state or thing to another.
5. change; mutation; mutability.

and, perhaps my favorite word:

lettuce
–noun 1. a cultivated plant, Lactuca sativa, occurring in many varieties and having succulent leaves used for salads.
2. any species of Lactuca.
3. Slang. U.S. dollar bills; greenbacks.

Just gotta say that one over and over... lettuce, lettuce, lettuce.... [Big Grin]

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I really like the word "transmogrify"

It's just an awesome word- not to mention- it's a nice concept.

And Adonai- one of the names of God, I just think it sounds cool. Plus- it's God.

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I really like the word "transmogrify"

It's just an awesome word- not to mention- it's a nice concept.

And Adonai- one of the names of God, I just think it sounds cool. Plus- it's God.

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Poop.
What? Not high brow enought for you?
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I think I just giggled a little too long at that >_>
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tautological [tawt-l-oj-i-kuhl]: adjective: repetition of same sense in different words (Example: "The phrase `a beginner who has just started' is tautological")

It's just a cool word, and a cool meaning. I have liked it ever since I discovered it.

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ge-lat-i-nous [juh-lat-n-uhs]

–adjective 1. having the nature of or resembling jelly, esp. in consistency; jellylike.
2. pertaining to, containing, or consisting of gelatin.

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Brewery is a fantastic word, merely for the phonetics involved.

The longer one stays in a brewery, the harder it becomes to say 'brewery'.

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"Furthermore, Darling, make a note of the word gobbledygook, I like it and I want use it more often in conversation."
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absquatulate - to depart in a hurry, usually taking something or someone with you.

boob - It's just a fun word to say.

arcana - secrets.

squander - spend extravagantly or wastefully. (I just like the way this one sounds, too.)

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6. bangarang - Word meaning awesome or cool used by wannabe kids whose child hood dreams were to be like Rufio in the movie "Hook" but were not cool enough to have red streaks and wear tights.

From Urban Dictionary.

Ru-Fi-OOOoohhhh!

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