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Old 06-19-2017, 04:18 AM
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I've always enjoyed the word 'absconded' to describe someone that has fled somewhere - as in that Targaryen prince has absconded with an honest Northern woman.
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I've always enjoyed the word 'absconded' to describe someone that has fled somewhere - as in that Targaryen prince has absconded with an honest Northern woman.
One of my favorites, and phonetically extremely interesting. It's both harsh and exotic in comparison to the average word used. It's the soft b followed by the quick transition to hard c (through the s), and then back to a soft note with the d. Almost lilting in form, and makes theft sound almost preferential.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:43 AM
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Is verisimilitude such an unusual word? This is the third time this year I've used it in conversation only to be met with
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:07 AM
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Is verisimilitude such an unusual word? This is the third time this year I've used it in conversation only to be met with
Yes, yes it is. One of my old co-workers told me to use "less edumacated words" (hyperbole, but only just) around her when I used terms like famished and dubious. Verisimilitude is like punching them in the ears with your brain.

George Carlin's ole quote was always apt for this.

Not to say stupidity is a factor, but most people are so reticent to pick up these things that they never get close. Small data points for small things, combinations of small data points for bigger ones, and etymology to be mocked as "elite words."
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Cancer (n.)
Old English cancer "spreading sore, cancer" (also canceradl), from Latin cancer "a crab," later, "malignant tumor," from Greek karkinos, which, like the Modern English word, has three meanings: crab, tumor, and the zodiac constellation (late Old English), from PIE root *qarq- "to be hard" (like the shell of a crab); source also of Sanskrit karkatah "crab," karkarah "hard;" and perhaps cognate with PIE root *qar-tu- "hard, strong," source of English hard.

Greek physicians Hippocrates and Galen, among others, noted similarity of crabs to some tumors with swollen veins. Meaning "person born under the zodiac sign of Cancer" is from 1894. The sun being in Cancer at the summer solstice, the constellation had association in Latin writers with the south and with summer heat. Cancer stick "cigarette" is from 1959.
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Is there a word for something that is regarded as a common or overplayed trope / stereotype but doesn't actually have that many examples when you think about it?

A friend of mine and I were discussing how some tropes become considered 'overdone' like that are done frequently but not done -well- and not done as series on their own but turn up often in like, oneshot episodes or references in other media but don't get full standalone bits.

There's gotta be a word for it right?
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:55 PM
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rapt - completely fascinated or absorbed by what one is seeing or hearing
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:02 PM
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Totality.
A great word, even outside of ecliptic context.
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:45 AM
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Haberdasher - someone that sells materials for sewing clothes
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Speaking a phrase or a sentence in which a letter ends with a vowel-sound, and the following word starts with a vowel-sound, in between the two words why do some British dialects feel the need to add a semi-silent "R"?

I don't mind it, it sounds dope. But why? Where does it originate?
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Old 10-28-2017, 07:29 PM
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Such an elegant word for such an inelegant problem.
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Vindictive. Why had I forgotten this word?
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Old 11-18-2017, 04:21 PM
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In a similar vein? Pugnacious.

Oof, now that's a word.
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:37 PM
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Thalassophobia - fear of the sea
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Seriously, check this out.

A fucking slang fad from the 1830s. That's where we got Okay. And it's the only survivor.

How wild is that?
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A fucking slang fad from the 1830s. That's where we got Okay. And it's the only survivor.

How wild is that?
Huh. I always knew OK stemmed from All Correct (or some variation thereof), but I had no idea it stemmed from some broader (if weirder) linguistic fad.

That said, here's a perfect word for this thread:

Glossolalia: the phenomenon of (apparently) speaking in an unknown language
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Huh and what I've heard is that OK originated with WW2 US soldiers who used to mark the number of killed in a mission as XK (with X being the number of dead). And then one day serendipitously it happened that no one died and it was 0K, and from there the term OK was quickly spread as an affirmative and to mean and a good luck thing and eventually it took over the language.

Heard this origin story more than once, it makes for a good story I suppose. Maybe OK had a second wind or explosion after its use in WW2 so there may be some truth to the story anyway.
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:56 AM
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A looooong word here: antidisestablishmentarianism! It means an opposition to the seperation between church and state.
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Is there a word for something that is regarded as a common or overplayed trope / stereotype but doesn't actually have that many examples when you think about it?

A friend of mine and I were discussing how some tropes become considered 'overdone' like that are done frequently but not done -well- and not done as series on their own but turn up often in like, oneshot episodes or references in other media but don't get full standalone bits.

There's gotta be a word for it right?
Cliché.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:45 AM
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Newbie here. Glad I came across this thread. Been reading a few of the words which are completely new to me. Heck, I can spend a whole weekend just reading through it all.

By the way, newbie here. I'm glad to have found this great WarCraft community. I know I'll have fun and learn a lot from here. Whenever I'm taking a break from this particular interest, I'm usually found at home, treating my Pomeranian to his nylabone and watching TV with my wife. Such a simple, yet, happy life. Cheers, fellas!

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