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Orincoro
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Rules:

1. The word must be a word you do not use and have not used in the past, to the best of your knowledge.

2. The word must be well established in English, and not a recent borrowing or a recent coin or portmanteau. The word "portmanteau" is an example of an acceptable borrowing because it has been in use in English for a long time. Slightly archaic words are fine, but they must still be usable in modern English.

3. The word must not be overly technical or field specific; ie: no jargon.


My weird word of the day is: perspicacious, adj, having a ready insight into and understanding of things. "This movie offers quite a lot to think about for the perspicacious viewer."

What is your weird word of the day?

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I'll play!

My word is: autoschediastic, adj. meaning done on the spur of the moment or improvised. "My weekend trip to the Bahamas was purely autoschediastic."

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Wendybird how long is a long time ago?
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Jolt.

The etymology is weird. Or at least uncertain.

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Perhaps related to earlier jolt head "a big, stupid head" (1533).
Big, stupid head? Huh? How does that make any sense, in any context?
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What, you've never heard 5 year olds taunting each other?

"You smell like dog poop!"

"You're a big stupid head!"

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Tante Shvester
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I have heard that. How do you leap from "you're a big stupid head" to "The economic stimulus package is intended to give the economy a jolt by encouraging consumer spending"?
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I think you answered your own question.
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Someone who's been rattled or "jolted" hard enough is a bit stupid? Hence, a jolt head? You know, nowadays they'd prosecute the parents; back then, they just called the kid a jolt head.
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I'm afraid it still violates the first rule, although you are using an archaic meaning, the common meaning applies, and it is a word you have probably used.

Weird Word rejected.

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My Weird Word of the Day: Leman: Noun, A lover or sweetheart, esp. an illicit lover or mistress. (Archaic).
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quote:
Originally posted by Orincoro:
I'm afraid it still violates the first rule, although you are using an archaic meaning, the common meaning applies, and it is a word you have probably used.

Weird Word rejected.

But, I really don't use the word "jolt". Not that I recall. I've heard other people using it, but I don't think I do.

In fact, I'm sure I don't. I challenge you to find one instance (outside of this thread) of me using that word.

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Orincoro
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Common, you've never jolted out of bed, or jolted for the door, or been afraid of getting an electric jolt? Highly doubtful.
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quote:
Originally posted by T:man:
Wendybird how long is a long time ago?

Hmm lets see. I was one of the originals back when the forum was at Big Mouth Lion (or something like that). I honestly don't know what my original join date was but sometime in 1997 or so? When they transferred everything over to this forum I guess they didn't have a date for me so they put A Long Time Ago and since I don't remember either I just left it!
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Okay, my word for the day:

Drazel: meaning a slut or a vagabond wench. Dude, she's such a drazel.

I think this word should come back into fashion. I work at a high school. Maybe if I use it enough people will catch on? LOL

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quote:
Originally posted by Orincoro:
Common, you've never jolted out of bed, or jolted for the door, or been afraid of getting an electric jolt? Highly doubtful.

So we not only can't have used the word, but now we can't have done what the word is??

It is your thread, but you, my friend, are a word nazi...

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Tante Shvester
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I've synonymed!
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In PUBLIC?!?
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truc·u·lence (trŭk'yə-ləns)
n.
1) A disposition or apparent disposition to fight, especially fiercely.
2) Ferociously cruel actions or behavior.

A couple of months ago, two of my WoW guildies were in an argument and one of them used this word. I had to look it up. I've been looking for an opportunity to use it since then, but haven't found one yet. Which I'm glad of, because I've just now realized that I would have pronounced it incorrectly.

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Tatiana
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I object to the rule that specifies you can't have used it. If it's a cool word, of course I'm gonna use it!

Horripilated: adj. With hair standing on end from fright.

And, yes, I've used it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tante Shvester:
I've synonymed!

[ROFL]
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I've wanted to use this word, but I haven't found the opportunity.

Defenestrate - v. To throw out of a window.

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I love that word.
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Orincoro
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I heard that recently on, I think, NPR. It's a great word.

These are the kinds of words I was looking for- words with general meanings that you never hear.

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quote:
Originally posted by Vadon:
I've wanted to use this word, but I haven't found the opportunity.

Defenestrate - v. To throw out of a window.

Fenster is German for window... *goes to look up the origin of defenestrate*
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Pulchritude - it means beauty.

To me, the word sounds like it should be describing something that's rotting. I'm glad it's not used but rarely.

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Bourgeoisie. I never used it because I didn't know how it was pronounced, and when I finally realized how it was pronounced, I refused to ever say it because I'm not secure enough in my sexuality to ever chance having someone hear that word come from my mouth. I'll make out with a dude first.
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It also has a strongly pro-Marxist connotation, so there is rarely call for using the word in anything but a discussion about Marxism- which for me doesn't come up often.
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quote:
Originally posted by Vadon:
I've wanted to use this word, but I haven't found the opportunity.

Defenestrate - v. To throw out of a window.

I've used it in my nursing notes. I get to sneak all kinds of good words into my nursing notes, and when my boss asks what they mean, I can tell her to look them up.

"Copious copralalia" was a good one, too.

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I was over the moon when I discovered to word "merdivore" 15 years ago.
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Tart: a skank....
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quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
I was over the moon when I discovered to word "merdivore" 15 years ago.

Hm, that looks yucky.
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quote:
Originally posted by T:man:
Tart: a skank....

(To Doh, a Dear)

Tart, a skank,
a female skank

Ho, a girl who
***** for drugs

Pimp, a man,
who sells these girls

John,
a guy who can't get laiiiidd

Cops,
the guys who watch it allll

Tricks,
just want to have some fuuunnnn

and that should bring, us, back, to
Tart!

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What is the sexual connotation of Bourgeoisie out of curiosity? The urban dictionary and the normal dictionaries don't come up with anything for me.
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How about Gibbous. No that is not the Governor of Nevada.
I saw a beautiful one this morning at 4:30, a Waxing Gibbous. I'm a little surprised that we don't use this one. It's a phase of the moon that is bigger than a quarter but not yet full. (waining gibbous would be smaller than full but not yet to the quarter)

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quote:
Originally posted by Sean Monahan:
quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
I was over the moon when I discovered to word "merdivore" 15 years ago.

Hm, that looks yucky.
It sure does. [Angst]
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quote:
Originally posted by Mucus:
What is the sexual connotation of Bourgeoisie out of curiosity? The urban dictionary and the normal dictionaries don't come up with anything for me.

I believe it has a more political connotation, but the sexual connotation would follow from the word's invocation of conventionality and materialism. So Bourgeois ideas about sex would be boring and conventional.

If you were asking about gender, then bourgeoisie is masculine, and bourgeoise is feminine, which is in the Oxford English Dictionary, but hardly ever used.

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Here's a fun word.... use this one at work and see what happens.

Calamistrate - from the Latin word meaning curling iron - to curl one's hair.

This morning I calamistrated.

[Big Grin]

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Thats possible, but it doesn't seem to fit Resh's use of it. (i.e. Resh doesn't feel secure enough with boring and conventional sex, that he would rather "make out with a dude first"?)
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Orincoro, I love your tart poem. But I really think you missed "ti". I keep counting them and getting frustrated. I'll pay you to add one more. [Big Grin]
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PSI T, I had the same thing happen. It's very frustrating to my musical brain. [Smile]

Once, my dad played on piano the lead-in part (the fifths) to Thus Spake Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, which of course we all know as the 2001 movie theme. He built it up to a huge crescendo, then just walked away and left it hanging without resolving it with those final two chords. He was always doing weird musical stuff like that, to be funny. They should have inducted Dad into the hall of fame of the department of musical pathology.

Oh, and when he practiced trombone he often played Bach things, which sound great with just a single melodic line, and which are very challenging on the trombone, making them good pieces to use for practice. He had a fixed habit, though, of playing some horribly wrong note for the very last note. It was apparently something he just had to do. I guess it would have killed him to play the right note for the last note of a piece. I heard them that way so often that the right note would have sounded wrong, I think.

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Technically, it sounds to me like "fa" is the one that's missing.
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quote:
Originally posted by PSI Teleport:
Orincoro, I love your tart poem. But I really think you missed "ti". I keep counting them and getting frustrated. I'll pay you to add one more. [Big Grin]

I did know that, but I just got to ti, and couldn't think of anything, and then realized I wasn't confined to a major scale, so I gave up.
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quote:
Originally posted by Tatiana:
He had a fixed habit, though, of playing some horribly wrong note for the very last note. It was apparently something he just had to do. I guess it would have killed him to play the right note for the last note of a piece. I heard them that way so often that the right note would have sounded wrong, I think.

It's actually very common for classical and especially Baroque players to introduce one false note into a performance, or their "interpretation" of a piece to make it unique, and also because there is a long held superstition that no performance of Bach can be perfect. The reasoning there is, I suppose, don't try. I add a note when I play one of the cello suites on guitar- just one note, just a habit.
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one ping, one ping only...
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Can you me give a ping Vacilly? One Ping only please...
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Tumescent.
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quote:
Originally posted by Orincoro:
quote:
Originally posted by PSI Teleport:
Orincoro, I love your tart poem. But I really think you missed "ti". I keep counting them and getting frustrated. I'll pay you to add one more. [Big Grin]

I did know that, but I just got to ti, and couldn't think of anything, and then realized I wasn't confined to a major scale, so I gave up.
Or you could remove one and make it pentatonic. [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by Mucus:
Thats possible, but it doesn't seem to fit Resh's use of it. (i.e. Resh doesn't feel secure enough with boring and conventional sex, that he would rather "make out with a dude first"?)

I don't think you got the joke.
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quote:
Originally posted by Sean Monahan:
quote:
Originally posted by Orincoro:
quote:
Originally posted by PSI Teleport:
Orincoro, I love your tart poem. But I really think you missed "ti". I keep counting them and getting frustrated. I'll pay you to add one more. [Big Grin]

I did know that, but I just got to ti, and couldn't think of anything, and then realized I wasn't confined to a major scale, so I gave up.
Or you could remove one and make it pentatonic. [Big Grin]
Rapscallion!
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Uxorious: [uhk-sawr-ee-uhs, -sohr-, uhg-zawr-, -zohr-]
–adjective
doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one's wife.

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