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smithrn1983



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:21 pm    Post subject: Favorite words Reply with quote

I'm in grad school, and rediscovering some of my favorite words. I thought I'd start posting them here and invite others to do the same.

behoove
loath
ubiquitous
acerbic
eponymous
penultimate
indolent
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I see a clear connection between each of your words and grad school, smithrn Laughing .
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"FART"
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Malaria"; such a pretty word.

"Brouhaha"; great in print, aggravating when spoken.

"Victuals"

"Debacle"

I also like "penultimate".
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smithrn1983



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first time I heard the word brouhaha, I thought the person had just made it up on the spot
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are we limited to words in English (I assume so, as otherwise most readers will be excluded)....??
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artemisia



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

elation
ferocity
verdant
festooned
quintessence
preposterous


The vocabulary of language classes can be pared back to what’s simple and necessary or it can feel strictly utilitarian depending on the purpose of the class. I felt I rediscovered a much richer vocabulary from either reading or being back in English speaking countries and spending time around those who read.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My contribution:

ragamuffin

serendipitous

curmudgeon

flibbertigibbet

cahoots

Felicitations,
John
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scot47



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now John, We want a short sensible story using the words you quote..
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BadBeagleBad



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a fan of flabbergasted. I also like penultimate. But even more important, I know what all the listed words mean, haha
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Isla Guapa



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always been fond of "plethora" though I'm exactly sure why Confused .

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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dialectics.
Dictatorship.
Proletariat.
Politburo.
Commissar.
Kalashnikov.
Soviet.
Collective.
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Slumgullion". Comes in handy in China.

"Paramour".
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Are we limited to words in English (I assume so, as otherwise most readers will be excluded)....??


I think it should depend on whether or not said foreign words have been "commandeered" by English speakers. Otherwise, it means we can't use stuff like "latte", "grande", etc.; all the fast-food, yuppie coffee-shop crowd can't play.

Speaking of which, can we used acronyms and portmanteaus? There's another one I like, "portmanteau".

This could get interesting.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crepitant.
Velutinous.
Flocculent.
Eructations.
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