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    imprecate: verb- to curse.
    " You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." -Inigo Montoya
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    Quote Originally Posted by richjam1986 View Post
    Canada uses that spelling? I thought only Britan used that spelling...Interesting...
    They also use that spelling when writing French, which makes for hilarious communications!

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    For all you junior linguists out there, you might be interested in reading, They Have a Word for It: A lighthearted lexicon of untranslatable words & phrases, which was recommended to me by an anthropology professor a few years back. Like the title says, it is full of words which are untranslatable in English, yet so succinct in their denotation that one wonders why we must fumble over ways to describe such ideas instead of adopting them.


    Here's one I found by opening the book to a random page:

    bettschwere (German): A state of consciousness too ponderous for anything but sleep.

    and another:

    razbliuto (Russian): The feeling a person has for someone he or she once loved but now does not.


    http://www.amazon.com/They-Have-Word...+a+word+for+it

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    Exsibilation - the collective hisses of a disapproving audience.

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    Doric word of the day:

    Quine: girl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peatmoss View Post
    Anatidaephobia is the fear of being watched by a duck!

    I'd love to see a video of exposure therapy being done on someone who suffers from this.
    That one cracked me up! Here's my phobia... arachibutyrophobia- fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. Now that's scary!
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    I actually used to suffer from that.

    Gimmie my peanut butter spoon. Now.




    Albedo:
    - noun, pl. -dos.
    1. Astronomy. The ratio of the light reflected by a planet or satellite to that received by it.
    2. Meteorology. Such a ratio for any part of the earth's surface or atmosphere.
    3. The white, inner rind of a citrus fruit.


    (For this word I will admit to garnering a little assistance from my Dictionary.com app for more succinct definitions than I can provide.)
    If you shake a rain stick, you get rain. I need a hamata stick.
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    Bonus word. I've been thinking about these all day today, and I would like to invite those interested to ponder fenestrations:

    - noun
    1.
    the design and disposition of windows and other exterior openings of a building.
    2.
    Furniture. an ornamental motif having the form of a blind arcade or arch, as in medieval cabinetwork.
    3.
    Medical, Surg.
    1. a perforation in a structure.
    2. an operation to effect such an opening.
    3. Also called fenestration operation, Lempert operation. the creation of an artificial opening into the labyrinth of the ear to restore hearing loss from otosclerosis.
    Origin: 184050; < L fenestrāt(us) (see fenestrated) + -ion


    Sorry. That one was pretty long, but it is all 100% interesting.

    Definition 4, Katie style: openings or windows. Botany: Lightly colored or white translucent patches on a leaf or flower structure to allow light to pass.
    If you shake a rain stick, you get rain. I need a hamata stick.
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