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Wednesday Word Day

  • yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
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    Post a word (and it’s definition) that you don’t hear much but either you yourself like to use or that you’d like the hear used more often. Thinking this would be a neat way for us all to increase our vocabulary!

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  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    This one is pretty random, but:

    avuncular (uncle-like). It’s a fun one to find ways to drop into conversation. ;)

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    That is a fun word! Never heard it before.


    embra
    Participant

    Fun idea!

    Defenestration means to throw someone through a window. I don’t particularly want this to be used more in everyday life, since, hey, I’m a peaceful person. It just tickles me that a single word exists for something so specific. Kind of random.

    Another funny word that I’m sure you all know – pumpernickel (as in the bread)- has the most bizarre derivation I’ve ever heard, which maybe people who are so into names would like. It comes from two German words – pumpern, which means to break wind and Nickel, which means goblin. Literally, the bread is named after a goblin fart. Not kidding. Look it up if you don’t believe me :-) I happened upon it accidentally in the dictionary one day while I was looking for something else.

    gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    @embra, when i studied latin our teacher told us there were very few words that described most sounds i.e. “the bell sounded” “the horn sounded” but that they had lots of very specfic words for methods to kill people. i dont know how true that is (i sucked at latin) but i always found it funny. i thought of it b/c the word “defenestration” is latin in origin.

    any way personally i like the word Facetious. the connotation these days is not just joking, it’s more smart ass.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/facetious

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    So funny Embra!!!

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