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GUEST,Skipy 17 Apr 05 - 06:49 PM
Sorcha 17 Apr 05 - 06:50 PM
Peace 17 Apr 05 - 06:51 PM
frogprince 17 Apr 05 - 07:16 PM
Bobert 17 Apr 05 - 07:20 PM
Peace 17 Apr 05 - 07:25 PM
The Fooles Troupe 18 Apr 05 - 05:49 AM
GUEST,Mr Red 18 Apr 05 - 06:35 AM
GUEST,Bunnhabhain 18 Apr 05 - 06:42 AM
Davetnova 18 Apr 05 - 07:08 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 18 Apr 05 - 09:37 AM
GUEST,MMario 18 Apr 05 - 09:39 AM
Emma B 18 Apr 05 - 09:41 AM
Dave (the ancient mariner) 18 Apr 05 - 10:09 AM
John MacKenzie 18 Apr 05 - 12:06 PM
katlaughing 18 Apr 05 - 12:17 PM
open mike 18 Apr 05 - 12:35 PM
GUEST,Skipy 18 Apr 05 - 02:25 PM
Liz the Squeak 18 Apr 05 - 02:29 PM
mack/misophist 19 Apr 05 - 02:37 AM
Emma B 19 Apr 05 - 05:17 AM
GUEST 19 Apr 05 - 05:21 AM
Splott Man 19 Apr 05 - 10:29 AM
John MacKenzie 19 Apr 05 - 10:56 AM
gnu 19 Apr 05 - 10:59 AM
gnu 19 Apr 05 - 11:11 AM
Bill D 19 Apr 05 - 11:41 AM
Amos 19 Apr 05 - 03:05 PM
Bill D 19 Apr 05 - 04:57 PM
Georgiansilver 19 Apr 05 - 05:02 PM
gnu 19 Apr 05 - 05:21 PM
GUEST,Skipy 19 Apr 05 - 05:55 PM
GUEST,Skipy 19 Apr 05 - 05:59 PM
Georgiansilver 19 Apr 05 - 06:20 PM
Emma B 19 Apr 05 - 06:59 PM
GUEST,Skipy 19 Apr 05 - 07:10 PM
Peace 19 Apr 05 - 07:16 PM
GUEST 19 Apr 05 - 07:44 PM
GUEST,Norseman 19 Apr 05 - 07:46 PM
HuwG 19 Apr 05 - 08:06 PM
Gray D 19 Apr 05 - 08:07 PM
GUEST,Bill the Collie 20 Apr 05 - 12:56 AM
Davetnova 20 Apr 05 - 03:33 AM
Georgiansilver 20 Apr 05 - 06:05 AM
Amos 20 Apr 05 - 09:24 AM
Amos 20 Apr 05 - 09:37 AM
Emma B 20 Apr 05 - 11:22 AM
GUEST,Scaramouche 20 Apr 05 - 12:14 PM
John MacKenzie 20 Apr 05 - 12:51 PM
GUEST,Skipy 20 Apr 05 - 05:46 PM
mandoleer 20 Apr 05 - 05:52 PM
Emma B 20 Apr 05 - 07:07 PM
GUEST 20 Apr 05 - 09:46 PM
GUEST,Amos 20 Apr 05 - 09:48 PM
GUEST,Amos 20 Apr 05 - 09:52 PM
GUEST 21 Apr 05 - 06:42 AM
Emma B 21 Apr 05 - 07:50 PM
Gray D 21 Apr 05 - 08:01 PM
Kaleea 21 Apr 05 - 08:09 PM
mandoleer 22 Apr 05 - 06:32 PM
Amos 22 Apr 05 - 07:05 PM
Amos 22 Apr 05 - 07:06 PM
Peace 22 Apr 05 - 07:07 PM
Bill D 22 Apr 05 - 11:10 PM
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Amos 23 Apr 05 - 06:21 AM
Amos 23 Apr 05 - 08:49 AM
robomatic 23 Apr 05 - 09:08 AM
The Fooles Troupe 23 Apr 05 - 09:16 AM
GUEST 23 Apr 05 - 10:54 AM
GUEST,Bill the Collie 23 Apr 05 - 11:02 AM
Peace 23 Apr 05 - 11:15 AM
*Laura* 23 Apr 05 - 11:44 AM
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Peace 23 Apr 05 - 05:04 PM
The Fooles Troupe 23 Apr 05 - 07:30 PM
Mark Cohen 24 Apr 05 - 07:10 AM
rock chick 24 Apr 05 - 10:58 AM
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mandoleer 24 Apr 05 - 07:19 PM
Amos 24 Apr 05 - 08:25 PM
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Subject: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Skipy
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 06:49 PM

Quite often I will say to some of my work mates "today's word is"
I will then give them a new word (to them) & challenge them to get it into conversation.

Today's word is "serendipity"

All catters reading this thread MUST use the word it it's correct context within 24 hours of reading this!
Skipy
Report back!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 06:50 PM

This is weird....just today I was thinking of words I like the sound of. This one is high on the list. Is that serendipity or what?


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From: Peace
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 06:51 PM

I will report back; however, serendipity may prevent that occurrence.


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From: frogprince
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 07:16 PM

Went to a small concert last night expecting to see one local favorite; as serendipity would have it though, he brought along two other of our favorites.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Bobert
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 07:20 PM

I did not dip with that woman, Serin...


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From: Peace
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 07:25 PM

The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Singers


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From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 05:49 AM

Obfuscation!


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From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 06:35 AM

Eschew obfuscation!


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From: GUEST,Bunnhabhain
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 06:42 AM

Reciproexclusional!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Davetnova
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 07:08 AM

Bunny yer Haverin' (I always wanted tos ay that and now I've got the chance, serendipity or what?).


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 09:37 AM

Sanguine.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 09:39 AM

What it truly serindipitous is that it is *yesterday's* word - since I don't want to use it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Emma B
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 09:41 AM

New day - new word......
Radio programme celebrating Boswell's dictionary produced this one..

Anatiferous   -    and, yes it is still in my modern Oxford Dictionary


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 10:09 AM

Thats a ducky little word


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 12:06 PM

Floccinoccinihilipilification, it describes GWB exactly.
G..


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 12:17 PM

Someone used "electrickery" on a talk show the other night in regards to problems with a new house being built. I LIKE it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: open mike
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 12:35 PM

one of my favorite numbers is eleventyseven...
i guess i should be on teh numerology or lucky charms thread...


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Skipy
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 02:25 PM

Swampdonkey


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 02:29 PM

The word today is LEGS....

Go, spread the word!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: mack/misophist
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 02:37 AM

Serendipity is just another word. As such, it's almost fungible. At least for funambulists, it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Emma B
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 05:17 AM

Tuesday's word.....from the Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Words

Turpiloquence -
Do you turpilocute?


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 05:21 AM

Yes unfortunately. But the prescribed meds seem to lessen the turping.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Splott Man
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 10:29 AM

May I offer my contrafibularities?


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 10:56 AM

Contrafibularities Blackadder?   ......   Dr Samuel Johnson.
G..


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: gnu
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 10:59 AM

I might, if I knew what it meant. What does it mean?


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From: gnu
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 11:11 AM

C'mon Emma, you made it up. Tell what it means.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 11:41 AM

eudaemonic...we need more stuff that is eudaemonic (producing happiness and well-being.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Amos
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 03:05 PM

Someone should have told Hans Christian Andersen that goose eggs are not Anatiferous.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 04:57 PM

goose? That were swans he were confoozed about.


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From: Georgiansilver
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 05:02 PM

Todays word is LOVE...lets all love each other....lets all be in love with each other...no hate! just love!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: gnu
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 05:21 PM

I Googled the word for the day after unsuccessfully searching for it in three dictionaries. Now I know what it means.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Skipy
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 05:55 PM

PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS (45 letters; a lung disease caused by breathing in certain particles) is the longest word in any English-language dictionary. (It is also spelled -koniosis.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Skipy
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 05:59 PM

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia- Fear of long words. (36 letters)

We actually used this as a quiz question @ Stanford in the Vale last Saturday in a quiz we hosted to raise cash for the hall!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 06:20 PM

Disperceptioconamericosionicalioritosis. The lack of total understanding of basic words. Difficult if you suffer from Dyslexia eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Emma B
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 06:59 PM

OK Wenesdays Words - for the animal lovers.......it's a load of

Waggying and Werderobe

I don't make these up honest!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Skipy
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 07:10 PM

you made "Wenesdays" up!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Peace
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 07:16 PM

No she din't.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 07:44 PM

It's actually ODINSday as in the Norse God


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Norseman
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 07:46 PM

Odin, Thor and Freya are the origins on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Saturnsday...Sunsday, Moonsday, but what is Tuesday?


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: HuwG
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 08:06 PM

Tiv's day. Tiv, or Tiu (Tiv is probably the Romanised spelling) is another norse goddesss.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Gray D
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 08:07 PM

"Tuesday
This day was named after the Norse god Tyr. The Romans named this day after their war-god Mars: dies Martis. "

Source is here

I would like today's word to be deliquesce or mellifluous, because . . . erm . . . well, just because.

Gray D


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 12:56 AM

The word:


spurned


sounds great if you roll your r's


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Davetnova
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 03:33 AM

I rolled mine and fell of the chair.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 06:05 AM

Am I right in thinking that the longest word in the English Dictionary is Floccinaucinihilipilification?
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Amos
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 09:24 AM

I would say that no-one can be wholly right thinking such thoughts, Mike.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Amos
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 09:37 AM

"And in the Middle Ages, how concerned people who lived close to the world of nature were
with the feces of animals. And what a variety of names they had for
them: the Crotels of a Hare, the Friants of a Boar, the Spraints of
an Otter, the Werderobe of a Badger, the Waggying of a Fox, the Fumets
of a Deer. Surely there might be some words for the material so near
to the heart of Ozy Froats [an academic studying feces] than shit?
What about the Problems of a President, the Backward Passes of a
Footballer, the Deferrals of a Dean, the Odd Volumes of a Librarian,
the Footnotes of a Ph.D., the Low Grades of a Freshman, the Anxieties
of an Untenured Professor? "
-- Robertson Davies, "The Rebel Angels"

You choose shitty words, dear EmmaB!! :) This could be a whole thread in itself -- names for scat by profession. Broken strings of a folkie, the Leavings of Liverpuddlians, the backup of lorry drivers, and the mudkits of Mudcatters.




A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Emma B
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 11:22 AM

Great quote Amos- I was limited by alliteration

The professions that come to mind first.....
The dead wood of lumberjacks
The remnants of tailors
The surplus of clergymen
The stools of milkmaids

and nearer to home....
The cast-offs of ceilidh dancers!

and tomorrows word is........?


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Scaramouche
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 12:14 PM

If I suggest Whigmaleerie would it be spurned?


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 12:51 PM

Only if yir whigmaleerie wis tapsalteerie, and ye huv fernitickles oan yer cheeks.
G


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Skipy
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 05:46 PM

borborygm.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: mandoleer
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 05:52 PM

A word that I knew the meaning of when it came up on a Call My Bluff - moslings. Calculated to get people confused and to stop any conversation when you introduce it... (No, it's NOT the young of the moose...)


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Emma B
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 07:07 PM

My word for Thursday is "Tetrorchid" - who's got the balls to use that one?


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 09:46 PM

Certain species of West African birds have been seen feeding at a Tetorchid -- specifically, Tetrorchidium didymostemon.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Amos
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 09:48 PM

The jeweler's studio floor was littered with scraps and moslings, the residue of much polishing by hand.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,Amos
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 09:52 PM

As the herd grew nearer the susurrus of borborygmi filled the jungle air.

A.

The extremely rare word you seek is borborygm, or sometimes borborygmus, plural borborygms or borborygmi. This means 'a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines', and it is also used in figurative senses.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 06:42 AM

... is concupiscence.

Ah, I remember the concupiscence of youth... been there, fucked that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Emma B
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 07:50 PM

A Thursday Word for any collectors out there........

Tyrosemiophile


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Gray D
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 08:01 PM

Well, there's always antirrhinum. Although I don't mind them so I spose that would make me rather more prorrhinum.

Gray D


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Kaleea
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 08:09 PM

I'm a thinkin' that this hyar werd o' th' day stuff is too oderiferous fer me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: mandoleer
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 06:32 PM

I would think the jeweller had been moonlighting if there were moslings on his floor, or perhaps he had been burgled and the moslings were but tiny traces left by his unwelcome visitor....


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Amos
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 07:05 PM

Being distracted this morning, the dictionary I grab
is the OED, and there is "moslings" --
kind of an adorable word (like a kitten).
In the 1875 quote "...used in wiping off metals while

grinding and polishing." But it's not in the Century.
Too old? Not even an "archaic." But Morsel v!
We have to look into that. Oh, my God,
there's not even a "morsel v."


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Amos
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 07:06 PM

The jeweler defintion is probably archaic. Here's another:

Moslings
(Mos"lings) n. pl. Thin shreds of leather shaved off in dressing skins. Simmonds.


But it makes sense such scraps would be useful in buffing silver.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Peace
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 07:07 PM

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Moslings \Mos"lings\, n. pl.
   Thin shreds of leather shaved off in dressing skins.
   --Simmonds.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 11:10 PM

carviofraliepsis....The palliative, reciprocal obfuscations of transitional Mudcat presumptive etiology.

(Me and the Red Queen agreed on that one in the wee hours last night when the Nyquil was kicking in.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 11:43 PM

oh, BTW, the word I always use to test a new dictionary or word list is haruspex,.....if they have it, they are likely to have a good assortment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Peace
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 12:33 AM

Takes a lot of guts to do that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Amos
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 06:21 AM

haruspex :A religious official in ancient Rome who interpreted omens by inspecting the entrails of sacrificial animals. The haruspices were part of a group of seers or auguries whose official function was not so much to foretell the future as to work out whether the gods approved of some proposed course of political or military action


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Amos
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 08:49 AM

Some of my favorites from the vigorous 19th centruy when the language expanded in the US almost as fat as the US did:

sockdologer (a real lollapalooza)
skedaddle (to scat, vamoose, blow, run away, or git)
hornswoggle (to astonish or amaze)
blustrification (the action of celebrating boisterously),
goshbustified (excessively pleased and gratified),
dumfungled (used up).

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: robomatic
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 09:08 AM

I've never actually found this in a dictionary but years ago I purchased an illustrated book called "An Osborn Festival Of Phobias" featuring illustrations meant to convey the random emotions of the mind. The word that managed to lodge in the inner crags of my medulla is:

tachistothanataphobia


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From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 09:16 AM

A fear of things that flash past the eye so fast that fnord many people miss conciously seeing them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 10:54 AM

What?


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From: GUEST,Bill the Collie
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 11:02 AM

GUEST:

fnord


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Peace
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 11:15 AM

Robomatic,

I am sorry to learn that you have crabs in your medulla and that they have caused tachistothanataphobia. I had crabs once, but they were in my crotch. It gave me crotchistocrawlusophobia. I am getting over it. I hope you are too.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: *Laura*
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 11:44 AM

Antidisestablishmentarianism.

haha.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: robomatic
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 11:50 AM

"Fear Of Head-On Collisions"


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Emma B
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 05:01 PM

......and Dracula suffered from scorodophobia.......


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 05:03 PM

Perverdegegredation........definition please.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Peace
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 05:04 PM

What is the scorodo. Sounds like a dragon or sumthin. The scorodo dragon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 07:30 PM

Ah well. It looks like the secret currently fnord continues to be safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 07:10 AM

Amos, thank you for mentioning Robertson Davies. I read some of his novels many years ago, wanted to read them again, but had completely forgotten both his name and the titles of the books!

Aloha,
Mark

PS, the title of one of his books would fit in this thread:
The Manticore


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: rock chick
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 10:58 AM

"Serendipity" Mudcat Ahhhh

Now Xenophobia is a word /problem that we Catters would not have.........I hope ;o)) Happy friends everywhere.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: GUEST,skipy
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 07:06 PM

found this out there:-

What is the longest word in Spanish?

The answer depends on what you mean by the longest word, but regardless of your definition the longest word isn't superextraordinarísimo,

Well as far as I can see the longest word in Spanish is :- "Span"
quite good really as a span is a measure of length e.g. the hand or of course a bridge!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: mandoleer
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 07:19 PM

Nice work, Brucie and Amos. (Sounds like a 50s cartoon strip, that...) Now can anyone come up with a definition of erglewinder?


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Amos
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 08:25 PM

Scorodo appears to be a plant type -- a woodland sage of some sort.


From Wikipedia:

A fnord is disinformation or irrelevant information intending to misdirect, with the implication of a conspiracy.
The word was coined as a nonsense word in the Principia Discordia by Kerry Thornley and Greg Hill, but was popularized by the Illuminatus trilogy of books by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. In these novels, it is claimed that the interjection "fnord" possesses hypnotic power over readers. A conspiracy of the world's controlling powers conditions everyone from a young age to be unable to consciously see the word "fnord"; instead, every appearance of the word will unconsciously generate a general feeling of uneasiness and confusion.
In the Shea/Wilson construct, fnords are scattered liberally in the text of newspapers and magazines, causing fear and anxiety in those following current events. However, there are no fnords in the advertisements, encouraging a consumerist society. It is implied in the books that fnord is not the actual word used for this task, but merely a substitute, since most readers would be unable to see the actual word. In the movie They Live, the main character discovers a similar conspiracy, when commercials are revealed to have hidden conformity messages visible only with specially prepared glasses.
To see the fnords means to be unaffected by the supposed hypnotic power of the word or, more loosely, of other fighting words. The phrase "I have seen the fnords" was famously graffitoed on a railway bridge (known locally as Anarchy Bridge) between Earlsdon and Coventry city centre throughout the 1980s and 1990s, until the bridge was upgraded. The bridge and the phrase were mentioned in the novel A Touch of Love by Jonathan Coe (ISBN 0140294910).
"Fnord" has become a popular word with followers of Discordianism. It is often used in Usenet and other computer circles to indicate a random or surreal sentence; anything out of context (intentionally or not) may be labelled "fnord".


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 08:37 PM

So now you have given the secret away,
but they still can't see the real ones.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 08:45 PM

And yes, they ARE in the message above.... but only the educated can figure out how to tell, especially for MSIE V 6 users.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today's word is:-
From: Amos
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 09:19 PM

An Erglewinder is someone who specializes in irritating the Mayor of Ocala.

Very little used.

A


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