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#31 Dazza

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 03:27 PM

Uvula is the thing hanging at the back of your throat, derived from the latin word grape.

It is used to to make various noise & is often responsible for snoring.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:28 AM

yaffle (verb) - to eat and drink, especially noisily and greedily. (noun) - the green woodpecker (which explains Professor Yaffle from Bagpuss)

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:55 AM

Melliflous - sweet sounding.

If I was 7 years old I'd write the word "bum" and think it was really funny.

Sadly I haven't been 7 for a number of years.
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:48 AM

flapdoodle (noun) - nonsense, foolish talk; a showy object of little value.

Not to be confused with (although I suspect etymologically related)

fopdoodle (noun) - a fool; a simpleton.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 09:44 AM

What do you think of this? Not that I have it in everyday usage but I didn't realise the p- word was that offensive.

http://news.bbc.co.u...ine/7446274.stm

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:23 AM

I was a little taken aback when I heard him say that. I'm not that easily offended but I don't really like to hear such casual asides tossed about in my daytime programming. Most hypocritical of me considering how much I swear but I still have boundaries and I've always felt that the the reflection of many of those boundaries in British broadcasting are to our credit - especially when I hear certain words bandied about so casually on the radio when my children can easily hear.

I think any word that has such deliberately negative connotations is going to offend but I've always felt that this word in particular is pretty offensive given that it is generally used to refer to a particular (traditionally ethnic) group within society in a spiteful and derogatory manner. I've met and seen many travellers who, for the most part are just people living an alternative lifestyle to the majority but I've also seen travellers who fit the stereotype and whom I find insufferable - to which the term in question is meant to apply, although there is generally no distinction between the two when it is used and it's to that which I object, I guess.

If you've seen Snatch, you'll know the criminally-minded, stereotypical group to which it is supposed to be attributed (with which sentiments I don't disagree) but like I say, I feel it's offensive as it feels too all-encompassing.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 01:33 PM

Falderal (noun) - 1. a meaningless refrain in a song. 2. a piece of nonsense or flippancy (can you see where this is going? ;) ). 3. a toy; a trifling object, a bauble.

It occurs to me that this is the lyric sung at the end of the chorus of "Nice weather for ducks" by Lemon Jelly. What better way to excuse the asinine lyrics, eh?

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 03:29 PM

what this summer wasn't:

refulgent \rih-FUL-juhnt\, adjective:
Shining brightly; radiant; brilliant; resplendent.

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 05:23 PM

Do you know about the Wordie site? http://wordie.org/
'Wordie is a social network for people who love words. List words, add comments and citations, and discuss.'

lots of goofy stuff on there - will keep you busy for hours.

#40 RachelF

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 09:12 AM

You might find this interesting, Jannism

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#41 jannism

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 09:55 AM

Good links indeed, thanks. The Times Online article was discussed on the radio last week with Andrew Motion eulogising "skirr" for all he was worth. I've definitely warmed to him since his declaration that the Laureate's job stifles creativity.

Today's word:
floccinaucinihilipilification (noun) - the act of describing something as worthless, or making something to be worthless by deprecation

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 08:05 AM

From Fopdoodle and Salmagundi - Words and meanings from Dr Johnson's Dictionary that time forgot:

Abecedarian (noun) - From a, b, c. He that teaches or learns the alphabet, or first rudiments of literature.
Dangler (noun) - A man who hangs about women only to waste time.
Liplabour (noun) - Action of the lips without concurrence of the mind*; words without sentiments.


*Beautifully put, no?

Edited by jannism, 10 October 2008 - 08:06 AM.


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Posted 10 October 2008 - 10:55 AM

Another list lazily stolen off the internet:

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 11:02 AM

Capitulate means to give in to an opponent or an unwelcome demand. Noun: capitulation noun
From Latin Capitulare (Capitolare in Italian) from Caput = head – derives from the head (caput) rolling on the floor after behind beheaded = when a king was beheaded he “capitulated” gave in = he was decapitated ... or something like that

Edited by LSPE, 10 October 2008 - 11:04 AM.

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 11:45 AM

Not a word but a phrase.

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