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Cora Courcelle
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« on: October 09, 2015, 08:03:37 pm »

Every so often one comes across a word which is so wonderful one just wants to tell the world about it, so I thought I'd see if anyone else also has favourite, unusual or obscure words (and their definitions) that they would like to share

Here is my word:

'Velleity' ~ a wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action 'the notion intrigued me but remained a velleity'
(Oxford Dictionary of English)
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2015, 12:52:12 pm »

Penultimate - the next to last of anything...Wink
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2015, 01:40:06 pm »

Lunting - the act of walking whilst smoking a pipe.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2015, 02:09:27 pm »

Indubitably - That cannot be doubted; patently evident or certain; unquestionable....

And a musical word on the tongue.
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2015, 02:23:01 pm »

cataclysmically .....A violent upheaval that causes great destruction or brings about a fundamental change.

Maelstrom .....A violent or turbulent situation

Yep. I'm kinda in that mood at the mo'  Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2015, 02:57:38 pm »

ever since I started to learn English i have a certain fascination with the word 'roundabout'.
i don't know why!
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2015, 03:11:51 pm »

ever since I started to learn English i have a certain fascination with the word 'roundabout'.
i don't know why!
That is a magic word.....here in the UK  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2015, 03:42:16 pm »

please explain 0_0
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2015, 07:17:00 pm »

please explain 0_0

It's the characters of an old kids tv show the magic roundabout (apparently it was originally a french series and the translator hired to dub it into English decided to throw away the script and made up stories to fit what was happening on the screen).
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2015, 07:31:22 pm »

please explain 0_0
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_Roundabout

written and performed by Eric Thompson, father of....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Thompson

The French just don't get the idea of a traffic roundabout, irony?
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2015, 11:17:43 pm »

...and I thought it was a song by Yes...Wink
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2015, 04:42:18 pm »

...and I thought it was a song by Yes...Wink


They might be connected, in a roundabout way...
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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2015, 03:45:26 am »

Sesquipedalian: characterized by long words; long-winded.   Grin

and dappled which sounds and looks like what it means.
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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2015, 05:36:41 am »

Callipygian.

A word that rolls off the tongue, in a number of ways.
I've always thought it would lend itself to a persona name: Miss Callie Pygian...   Grin
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« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2015, 07:29:54 am »

another word I've liked since the first time I saw it in my engish textbook:

Nevertheless

sorry for the lack of fancy words here but somehow roundabout and nevertheless are words that stuck to me in a way.
perhaps because their dutch translations are lame?
i have no idea.
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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2015, 06:03:23 pm »

Words don't have to be fancy to be luscious, (which is itself a perfectly wonderful word meaning ~ delectable or delightful)
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« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2015, 06:32:35 pm »

...and I thought it was a song by Yes...Wink



Earworm: a piece of music which gets into your head and won't leave.

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« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2015, 01:45:16 am »

I can think of much worse things to have in your head.

Britney Spears springs to mind.

Crepuscular

You want a earworm.
I'll give you an ear worm....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rOMGIbY-9s
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« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2015, 02:05:38 am »

Ecdysiast - the fanciest way to refer to a...erm, well...clothes-challenged dancer...Wink
Thanks for the spoiler, love me some Roger Dean...Wink
Earworm - It's a Small Small World, comes to...oh no, not again! Swear that was written in North Korea...Wink
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« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2015, 07:19:09 pm »

I can think of much worse things to have in your head.
I never said it was a bad thing.
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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2015, 05:41:32 am »



psychedelia
phantasmagoria
funkadelic
morphia
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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2015, 02:06:44 am »

Ratiocination

Lubriciousness

(not necessarily at the same time)
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« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2015, 01:12:13 am »

obsequious

It forces the emotion of distain through pronunciation. It slithers and writhes as a word as it escapes the lips.
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« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2015, 09:54:19 am »

Triskaidekaphobia. Fear of the number thirteen  

BTW I have been told that Sesquipedalian literally means "sixty legged word".
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« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2015, 10:08:45 am »

Floccinaucinihilipilification. The estimation that something is worthless. Just don't ask me how to pronounce it.
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