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BS: Today's word is:-

Amos 24 Apr 05 - 09:19 PM
The Fooles Troupe 24 Apr 05 - 08:45 PM
The Fooles Troupe 24 Apr 05 - 08:37 PM
Amos 24 Apr 05 - 08:25 PM
mandoleer 24 Apr 05 - 07:19 PM
GUEST,skipy 24 Apr 05 - 07:06 PM
rock chick 24 Apr 05 - 10:58 AM
Mark Cohen 24 Apr 05 - 07:10 AM
The Fooles Troupe 23 Apr 05 - 07:30 PM
Peace 23 Apr 05 - 05:04 PM
Georgiansilver 23 Apr 05 - 05:03 PM
Emma B 23 Apr 05 - 05:01 PM
robomatic 23 Apr 05 - 11:50 AM
*Laura* 23 Apr 05 - 11:44 AM
Peace 23 Apr 05 - 11:15 AM
GUEST,Bill the Collie 23 Apr 05 - 11:02 AM
GUEST 23 Apr 05 - 10:54 AM
The Fooles Troupe 23 Apr 05 - 09:16 AM
robomatic 23 Apr 05 - 09:08 AM
Amos 23 Apr 05 - 08:49 AM
Amos 23 Apr 05 - 06:21 AM
Peace 23 Apr 05 - 12:33 AM
Bill D 22 Apr 05 - 11:43 PM
Bill D 22 Apr 05 - 11:10 PM
Peace 22 Apr 05 - 07:07 PM
Amos 22 Apr 05 - 07:06 PM
Amos 22 Apr 05 - 07:05 PM
mandoleer 22 Apr 05 - 06:32 PM
Kaleea 21 Apr 05 - 08:09 PM
Gray D 21 Apr 05 - 08:01 PM
Emma B 21 Apr 05 - 07:50 PM
GUEST 21 Apr 05 - 06:42 AM
GUEST,Amos 20 Apr 05 - 09:52 PM
GUEST,Amos 20 Apr 05 - 09:48 PM
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Emma B 20 Apr 05 - 07:07 PM
mandoleer 20 Apr 05 - 05:52 PM
GUEST,Skipy 20 Apr 05 - 05:46 PM
John MacKenzie 20 Apr 05 - 12:51 PM
GUEST,Scaramouche 20 Apr 05 - 12:14 PM
Emma B 20 Apr 05 - 11:22 AM
Amos 20 Apr 05 - 09:37 AM
Amos 20 Apr 05 - 09:24 AM
Georgiansilver 20 Apr 05 - 06:05 AM
Davetnova 20 Apr 05 - 03:33 AM
GUEST,Bill the Collie 20 Apr 05 - 12:56 AM
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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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From: Georgiansilver
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 05:03 PM

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


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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: 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: *Laura*
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 11:44 AM

Antidisestablishmentarianism.

haha.


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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: 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: GUEST
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 10:54 AM

What?


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

borborygm.
Skipy


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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,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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: GUEST
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 07:44 PM

It's actually ODINSday as in the Norse God


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