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The Vocabulary Thread
« on: February 19, 2012, 08:03:05 pm »
Okay, so I love words.  While I don't think sentences need to use flowery vocabulary, I find it fun to use a wide and unique vocabulary.  With that in mind, I decided I would create a thread where people could post their favorite words and the definitions.

I particularly like the word flummoxed.  I blame My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic for this.  For those of you who do not follow the show, let me explain. 

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flum·mox  (flŭ'məks)
tr.v. flum·moxed, flum·mox·ing, flum·mox·es Informal
To confuse; perplex.

Also, because the dictionary I grabbed this from uses images for the short u and schwa, I went and found them in Open Office's special character set. XD

So yeah.  I really want to see what some of your favorite words are!  C'mon.  Post something awesome to make me smile!
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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 08:08:44 am »
Quotidian (/kwəˈtɪdɪən/): Adj. from the Latin quōtīdiānus  via French.
Daily, occurring daily (particularly of medical symptoms)
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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 11:54:09 am »
Concatenate. I never heard many people use it until I came to this school, and now it's like the word.

con·cat·e·nate - Verb.
To link together; unite in a series or chain.
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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 12:30:50 pm »
Concatenate. I never heard many people use it until I came to this school, and now it's like the word.

con·cat·e·nate - Verb.
To link together; unite in a series or chain.

Ah.  concatenate is something we programmers often use.  We're usually talking about concatenating strings.

I have another word that I think is pretty neat.  I mostly like it because it's a compound word.

group·think   [groop-thingk]
noun
1.
the practice of approaching problems or issues as matters that are best dealt with by consensus of a group rather than by individuals acting independently; conformity.
2.
the lack of individual creativity, or of a sense of personal responsibility, that is sometimes characteristic of group intereaction.
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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 06:33:20 pm »
Sesquipedalian is my favorite adjective. :3  It's a needlessly long word for "needlessly long."  I long for the day when I can actually use it in conversaton.
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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2012, 01:00:15 am »
I like the word "either," because you can pronounce it either way.

And "neither," because neither pronunciation is wrong.

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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 01:06:25 am »
I like scabbard, nifty, and shot.

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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012, 01:10:18 am »
I appreciate the inherent irony in the fact that very few people understand what "esoteric" means.

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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 02:11:23 am »
I appreciate the inherent irony in the fact that very few people understand what "esoteric" means.

Mmm... I agree. Shallow and pedantic.

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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2012, 02:57:14 am »
Calumny.

It sounds like it should be an Irish forename ("I saw Calumny O'Donnell in the pub last night.").

Calumny is a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something.
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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2012, 08:31:59 am »
palaver

1
a : a long parley usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication b : conference, discussion
2
a : idle talk b : misleading or beguiling speech


foofaraw

1
: frills and flashy finery
2
: a disturbance or to-do over a trifle : fuss


sanguine

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: bloodred
2
a : consisting of or relating to blood b : bloodthirsty, sanguinary c of the complexion : ruddy
3
: having blood as the predominating bodily humor; also : having the bodily conformation and temperament held characteristic of such predominance and marked by sturdiness, high color, and cheerfulness
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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2012, 09:01:50 am »
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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2012, 09:24:00 am »
I appreciate the inherent irony in the fact that very few people understand what "esoteric" means.

Mmm... I agree. Shallow and pedantic.

Huh? I'm confused. I can't tell what you're referring to here.

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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2012, 10:16:10 am »
I appreciate the inherent irony in the fact that very few people understand what "esoteric" means.

Mmm... I agree. Shallow and pedantic.

Huh? I'm confused. I can't tell what you're referring to here.

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It was playing on the fact few people know the true definition behind esoteric just like Peter didn't know what shallow and pedantic really meant.
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Re: The Vocabulary Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2012, 11:49:32 pm »
in·voke/inˈvōk/
Verb:   
Cite or appeal to (somepony or something) as an authority for an action or in support of an argument.
Call on (a deity or spirit) in prayer, as a witness, or for inspiration.

I like this word because in Java, we "invoke methods."  Using such terminology makes me think of sorcerers/wizards/spellcasters.
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