Little known words

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Thoreau, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Thoreau Valued Senior Member

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    This is a thread, mainly for me to expand my vocabulary, where I would like for you more linguistically intelligent folk to provide little known words that we don't typically hear on a daily basis as well as their definitions.

    So, have fun....

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  3. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    pandiculation: yawning and stretching

    My son just learned this one. "oh look, Dad is pandiculating" Wha????
     
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  5. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    panniculus, that bulging pillow of fat you see on really fat people, usually under the stomach but can be anywhere, most grossly on the back of their neck.
     
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  7. Anti-Flag Pun intended Registered Senior Member

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    Panglossian - Blindly or naively optimistic.
    Tmesis - The phenomenon of inserting a word in the middle of another.
     
  8. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    tittle

    The dot over the letter i.
     
  9. John99 Banned Banned

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    mandamus

    usufruct

    i simply adore the word - obfuscate

    these terrms are, of course, googleable.

    Finally - Sear Fealty
     
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  10. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Bodacious
     
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    Most excellent Cosmic.
     
  12. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    Truncated.
     
  13. Pandaemoni Valued Senior Member

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    Here are two that sound dirty, but aren't:

    "Formicate" to swarm like ants.
    Example The eighth graders are formicating in the playground!

    "Macerate" to soften by soaking in water (or another liquid).
    Example Mom! Billy has been in the bathroom for nearly an hour. I think he must be macerating in there.

    There are also:

    "Cunctation" delay; procratination.
    "Vagile" able to move about or disperse in a given environment.
    "Titivate" to decorate or improve the appearance of.
    "Orogeny" the process of mountain formation.
    "Invaginate" to sheathe something or enclose in something like a sheath.
    "Vaginate" enclosed in a sheath. (An adjective.)
     
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    Stigmata: sign of pain of Jesus Christ on one own body
     
  15. Enmos Staff Member

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    Botch.. at least I didn't know it.
     
  16. Enmos Staff Member

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    That's a well-known word..
     
  17. draqon Banned Banned

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    That's a well known word...
     
  18. Enmos Staff Member

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    I figured that

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  19. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    serendipity
     
  20. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    don't forget masticate
    I grabbed a popscicle and started to masticate.
     
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  22. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    cornucopia
     
  23. PsychoticEpisode It is very dry in here today Valued Senior Member

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    One of my favorites...

    perspicacious: having keen mental perception and understanding
     

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