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    This will be a little like the word association thread - where each posting will be one odd/interesting word - with a brief definition to go with it

    PERTINACIOUS - per-ti-na-cious - holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action - persistence to the point of being annoying or unreasonable

    (closely related to "stubborn")

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    I like stubborn better,LOL

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    Foible (foi rhyming with "soy" and bull) - extreme character trait. Fun work to say.

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    borborygmus - bor-bo-ryg-mus

    a rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas through the intestines

    I like the sound of this word, too. Hard to drop it into ordinary conversation, though.

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    Ascesis: Prounounced "eh- see-ses" The practice of self discipline :wink:
    something that I sorely lack when it comes to fabric LOL

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    Perspicacious per⋅spi⋅ca⋅cious 
    Keen discernment or understanding; discerning.

    It has nothing to do with needing to wear deoderant, as I thought the first time I ran across this word.

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    Ugsomeness Ug-some-ness
    Loathsome, the ugliness or quality of being ugsome or horrible.

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    Kinesthesia (kin is the zha) the sensation of movement or strain in muscles , tendons, and joints.
    After pulling an all nighter to get a quilt done for the next dayz event..

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    Reminds me of playing Balderdash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTreated
    Reminds me of playing Balderdash!
    I love playing Balderdash. I like Beyond Balderdash even more! Great fun if you have the right crowd.



    Gewgaw: A showy trinket or bauble, as in, "Merchants are trying to lure holiday shoppers into stores full of useless gewgaws."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    borborygmus - bor-bo-ryg-mus

    a rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas through the intestines

    I like the sound of this word, too. Hard to drop it into ordinary conversation, though.
    I had to laugh at this one....no problem working it in a conversation in our house!!!! LOL

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    Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

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    Newfoundland has its own dictionary.... a huge tome called "Dictionary of Newfoundland English". There are SO many unique NEwfoundland words and expressions that when I first went to the "mainland" to meet my prospective in laws my husband to be had to translate for us!!

    My favorite is mollycaudle. Loves it. It means to baby a person who is capable of doing things on their own. I am sure that there are lots of us who mollycaudle our grown children!!! I use it frequently when my husband is dealing with his 23 year old baby boy!!!

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    the USA version/spelling is

    mollycoddle -

    - to treat someone very indulgently or protectively (verb)
    - an effeminate or ineffectual man or boy, a milksop (noun)

    When I heard it used, it wasn't a compliment.

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    merkin - an artificial covering of hair for the pubic area

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    Virago vi-rah-goh

    A noisy, domineering woman. a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew.

    A polite term to use instead of the "B" word. :)

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    onomatopoeia - the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitationof the sound associated with it, (ie buzz, hiss)

    No, I didn't learn it in English class - my mother taught it to me as part of a cheer they used at her high school in the thirties!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    Virago vi-rah-goh

    A noisy, domineering woman. a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew.

    A polite term to use instead of the "B" word. :)
    The only thing "bad" about the "B" word is that it's an insult to our canine friends when it's used to refer to a two-legged creature.

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    canicular

    adjective, pertaining to a dog in particular
    of or pertaining to the Dog Star, Sirius
    or or pertaining to the dog days

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    I thought that this one was interesting as to how we use it today and it's true meaning
    Hagiology (Hag-e-ol-o-gy)

    Literature dealing with the lives of saints. A collection of sacred writings.

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    Discombobulated - Things get all screwed up, messed up, just totally discombobulated! :roll:

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    snafu -

    A confused or chaotic state, a mess, generally caused by incompetence

    A U.S. military acronym formed from the initial letters of "Situation Normal All Fouled Up"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    snafu -

    A confused or chaotic state, a mess, generally caused by incompetence

    A U.S. military acronym formed from the initial letters of "Situation Normal All Fouled Up"

    That's quite a sanitization of the acronym. Not sure my former Marine husband would recognize it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    snafu -

    A confused or chaotic state, a mess, generally caused by incompetence

    A U.S. military acronym formed from the initial letters of "Situation Normal All Fouled Up"

    That's quite a sanitization of the acronym. Not sure my former Marine husband would recognize it.
    Well, that's what my Encarta dictionary said - I sort of assumed that "fouled" might not have been the usually used word

    :) :) :) :) :)

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