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#1 jannism

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 08:50 AM

Don't know if this'll catch on but having recently acquired a veritable goldmine on the subject I'll give it a go, nonetheless:

Descriptions are optional (there's always google...)

jaculiferous (adjective) - having spiky, arrow-like prickles

Edited by jannism, 24 April 2008 - 09:03 AM.


#2 RachelF

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:12 AM

I have alway been rather fond of Triskaidekaphobia - morbid fear of the number 13. Use it all the time (not).

Poplitial too - an adjective that describes the back one's knee. Very useful...!

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:21 AM

Excellent!

Popliteal (sorry! - had to google it) is another one of those words whose meaning has escaped nomenclature for me, for years

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:43 AM

Dazza, this is for you:

Koumpounophobia: Fear of buttons
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:50 AM

I wonder does the fear include chocolate buttons ?

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:55 AM

I have just started running and the word Fartlek appeared on a training schedule & it appeals to my childish sense of humour

Its Swedish for 'Speed Play' and is a modified form of continuous training involving regular changes of pace

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fartlek

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 10:46 AM

Popliteal


Whoops!
And I am editor by trade!
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 10:48 AM

My approach to this could prove to be pusillanimous and not to say a little grandiloquent.
Fighting Nighthawks in the sky
Brave and loyal are these guys
Brothers turning wrong to right
Never running from a fight, fight, fight
Fighting Nightingales

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:17 AM

I wonder does the fear include chocolate buttons ?

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doesn't look like you fear those he he he :-)
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 07:29 AM

Here's another one of those words that I've been missing all my life:

Lethologica (noun) - The inability to remember a word or call to mind the right word.

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 10:18 AM

Ah yes, very useful! Althugh I can see myself having an attack of lethologica when I want to use the word.

For some reason, tword grallock just popped into my head (I hope I've spelt it correctly). A bit gory - it means to disembowel a deer during a hunt. It's specificity appeals to me although, it goes without saying, not the sentiment, being a vegetarian and all...! I think I came across it in a Ted Hughes poem years ago.

Paraph - a flourish after one's signature.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:39 AM

quincunx (noun) - The four corners and centre of a rectangle. An arrangement of five things in such positions.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:43 AM

surely that should be censored Jannism! Sounds extremely offensive. You try calling someone a quincunx down the Coach and Horses and see what happens....

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 10:01 AM

:lol:

I live on the edge, me...

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 09:48 AM

chthonic - pertaining to the underworld. I suspect I may never get to use that one.
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