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Poster:sunlike
Date:2006-11-29 00:43
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proceleusmatic (pros-uh-loos-MAT-ik)

1. adjective

Inciting, exhorting, or inspiring.

2. noun

A metrical foot of four short syllables.

[From Late Latin proceleusmaticus, from Greek prokeleusmatikos (calling for incitement), from keleuein (to rouse to action).]

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Poster:spottylogic
Date:2006-11-09 13:23
Subject:Looking for that elusive word--
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Will trade words. The word I'm looking for should describe the condition of sunshine on a cloudy day, or alternatively, rain on a sunshiny day. I know this word exists, I've read it, but I don't know in what of my 30 dictionaries I read it. I know it's not "ironic." That's something else, and technically an abuse of an innocent word even in that lyrical context.

In exchange, I offer

Moil (N): Hard work; toil; confusion; turmoil.

and

Panivorous (adj): living on bread

which is related to Paneity (N), the state of being bread, a word much bandied-about in arguments on transubstantiation.

Thanks in advance!

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Poster:dendraphile
Date:2005-06-19 21:53
Subject:The Word of the Week of June 19th is:
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Mood: blah

finesse: finn-ess
noun
A stratagem in which one appears to decline an advantage

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Poster:respndines
Date:2005-04-05 12:14
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lucubration \loo-kyoo-BRAY-shun; loo-kuh-\, noun:
1. The act of studying by candlelight; nocturnal study;
meditation.
2. That which is composed by night; that which is produced by
meditation in retirement; hence (loosely) any literary
composition.

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Poster:respndines
Date:2005-03-08 22:03
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crump (krump) v. crumped, crumping, crumps. [Imit.] - vt.
1. To crunch or crush with the teeth. 2. To strike heavily with a crunching sound. -vi.
To make a crunching sound. -n. 1. A heavy crunching sound (the crump of heavy artillery) 2. A heavy blow.

I found this word because I woke up with the dictionary next to my head, and thought I would open it and see what was what, because apparently we spent an illicit night of defining together, of which I have no recall. So I have named him Ned, and we'll see where things go. I want to keep it casual right now, because, you know, I want to protect my delicate feelings from needless crumping.

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Poster:anarchodandyist
Date:2005-02-28 20:17
Subject:Words for your pleasure.
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Obsolete words to work into your day-to-day vocabulary:

farandinical, adj. Obs. rare  Of the nature of farandine; hence, second-rate, worthless. Cf. the use of bombast, fustian, linsey-woolsey.
1675 T. DUFFET Mock Tempest I. i. 4 You louzy farandinical Sots, Reputation!

fardellage, n. Obs. A package.
1489 CAXTON Faytes of A. I. xiii. 34 Baggage and fardellages must be taken.

fardredeal, n. Obs Advantage.
1521 PACE in St. Papers Hen. VIII, I. 36 The Frenche Kynge..is at a greate fardredeal.

potulent, a. (n.) Obs. 1. Fit to be drunk; potable, drinkable.
1656 BLOUNT Glossogr., Potulent, any thing that may be drunk. 1657 TOMLINSON Renou's Disp. 161 Potulent decoctions..are neither safe nor gratefull. 1684 tr. Bonet's Merc. Compit. VI. 179 Although they be troubled with thirst..yet they can bear no sort of potulent matter. 1775 ASH, Potulent..fit to drink.

efflagitate, v. Obs. rare.   trans. To demand eagerly; to desire eagerly. Hence efflagitated ppl. a.
1641 PRYNNE Antip. Ded. 5 Which long efflagitated difficult worke..the publishing of this Antipathy will much facilitate. 1676 SHADWELL Virtuoso II. i, The noble enterprize..devoutly to be efflagitated by all ingenious persons.

effroyable, a. Obs. rare.  Frightful.
 1689 G. HARVEY Curing Dis. by Expect. iv. 23 The first..upon the sight of such an effroyable symptom..might mistake it for an Apoplexy.

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Poster:bananarasberry
Date:2005-02-21 02:34
Subject:The Word of the Week of February 20th is:
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Mood:awake

virtu:
n;
1) enjoyment of the arts
2) being rare or beautiful: interesting to a collector
3) art curios or antiques

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Poster:deeni0z
Date:2005-02-13 15:32
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osculate, verb
to kiss

happy valentine's day!

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Poster:bananarasberry
Date:2005-02-13 08:07
Subject:The word of the week of February 13th is...
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Dakhma:
noun
a 30 foot high stone pillar upon which the Parisees of India leave their dead for the vultures, also known as "tower of silence"

I particularly like this method of disposing of corpses, as it's the only one that I know of that uses burial by air. Earth and fire are common means for re-combining the remains of one's beloved departed with oxygen, and water is used for practical reasons when people are at sea. Air remains the one element that is oft neglected when considering how a body should be put back into the universe, and I find this method particularly lovely, in a stribctly poetic sense.

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Poster:bananarasberry
Date:2005-02-06 20:02
Subject:The word of the week of February 6th is:
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Mood: content

Eudemonics
noun
the art of being happy

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Poster:bananarasberry
Date:2005-01-23 21:04
Subject:The Word of the Week of January 23rd is...
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Mood: sore

telesis:
n;
deliberate, purposeful utilization of the processes of nature and society to obtain particular goals


origin: 1898 L.F. Ward, Sociology

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Poster:bananarasberry
Date:2005-01-17 14:04
Subject:tongue in cheek:
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Mood: cheerful

The word of the Week of January 16th is...
Sophomania SOF-o-MAIN-ee-a
noun
delusion of exceptional intelligence

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Poster:bananarasberry
Date:2005-01-09 07:27
Subject:First Post
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Mood: chipper

Hi, I'm new here.
I do a word of the week on my lj. This week's word is...
Castrophrenia (KASS-tro-FREN-ee-a)
noun: The belief that one's thoughts are being stolen by enemies

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Poster:ballatetta
Date:2004-09-23 10:04
Subject:*knock knock*
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Mood: lit'rary

Anybody home?
Puttering about the OED online this morning before class, turning up a few words for everyone's lexicographical enjoyment.

hortatory, a.: Of, pertaining to, or characterized by, exhortation or encouragement; hortative, exhortatory.

fribblish, a.: Characteristic of or suited to a fribble; frivolous, trifling.

quank, n.: A representation of sounds made by animals and birds. Hence as v. intr., to utter such a sound. Also quanking vbl. n.
And the examples for it are excellent:
1921 Chambers's Jrnl. Mar. 178/1: He could even hear the nasal laugh of the zebra, the resonant ‘Quank’ of the gnus, the rattle of horn against horn as the bucks made play.
1965 E. RICHARDSON Living Island 215: Oftener we hear quanking among the tidal pools..as males beat their way to the enticing sounds for it is the female [duck] which quanks.

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Poster:sheherezada
Date:2004-05-03 05:46
Subject:Am I a ...?
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Mood: grateful

 A simple word:
bubbloner
n. (bubble plus loner)
one who makes bubbles by himself, a lonely bubblemaker, in other words
  Bubbloner

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Poster:holeinthedonut
Date:2004-05-10 20:51
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min'i-kin, a. Small; diminutive; delicate; dainty (Obs.)

non-pa-reil: n. A person or thing of unequaled excellence.

oomiak: a large open boat made from skins, in use among the eskimos.

opacular: opaque

operosely: laboriously (Obs.)

papilionaceous: resembling the butterfly

oxydactyl: having slender toes

disingenuous: meanly artful

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Poster:eard_stapa
Date:2004-04-29 21:42
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macaronic, adj.
Pronunciation: mac-a-'rä-nik
Etymology: New Latin macaronicus, from Italian dialect maccarone macaroni
1 : characterized by a mixture of vernacular words with Latin words or with non-Latin words having Latin endings
2 : characterized by a mixture of two languages

macaronic, n.
1 : A kind of burlesque composition, in which the vernacular words of one or more modern languages are intermixed with genuine Latin words, and with hybrid formed by adding Latin terminations to other roots.
2 : A heap of thing confusedly mixed together; a jumble.

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Poster:eard_stapa
Date:2004-04-23 11:45
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Poster:eard_stapa
Date:2004-04-23 01:35
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adumbrate

Pronunciation: 'a-d&m-"brAt, a-'d&m-
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -brat·ed; -brat·ing
Etymology: Latin adumbratus, past participle of adumbrare, from ad- + umbra shadow -- more at UMBRAGE

1 : to foreshadow vaguely : INTIMATE
2 a : to give a sketchy representation or outline of b : to suggest or disclose partially
3 : OVERSHADOW, OBSCURE

- ad·um·bra·tion /"a-(")d&m-'brA-sh&n/ noun
- ad·um·bra·tive /a-'d&m-br&-tiv/ adjective
- ad·um·bra·tive·ly adverb

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Poster:cptrandom
Date:2003-12-12 19:38
Subject:when it rains, it pours...
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Mood: quixotic

Gimcrackery

n.
ornamental objects of no great value.

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