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Lovely and abandoned words

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Wabbit, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. scullyx101

    scullyx101 New Member

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    "stupendous" is a pretty wonderful word.

    and by the way, my friends and i use phantasmagoric all the time, although we dont use it in context, but instead use it as a replacement for fantastic and add a "fucking" right in the middle.
     
  2. raffaellabella

    raffaellabella New Member

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    I love the word "coquette" but don't hear it often. When was the last time anyone was called a coquette?
     
  3. tartan_skirt

    tartan_skirt New Member

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    That is a great word! I'm going to have to see if I can incorporate it into vocabulary. :rolleyes:

    I just remembered another word I rather like: Cacophony. :D

    I just signed up to the A Word A Day site and have started listing the words I come across that I like/don't know. I find that a lot of the time I'm stuck for words or can never seem to express myself with the right word, so I'm hoping this might help in some way...
     
  4. bren

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    I just posted this word in another thread: anon! I often use words that create questions. It's fun if you do it on purpose, but embarrassing if it slips out at the wrong moment.

    Anon
     
  5. Pinecones360

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    nifty. it's so much better than cool. I also like the word calumny. Viscious affronts to one's honor are always interesting.
     
  6. Thickney

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    Oh, I forgot about "vicissitudes", which is a great word if a bit of a tongue twister. Barque is pretty great too.
     
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    How about blatherskite? It means one who speaks nonsense. I love it.

    I also like integrity and vermillion. Just wonderfully clad (oooh, there's another one!) words I never hear.

    Rugged. It sounds just like it should, very tough.

    Inconspicuous.

    Etiolate.

    Ravine.

    Where can I sign up for the Word-A-Day thing?
     
  8. tartan_skirt

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    Excellent! :D

    Another word from me: mendacious. I might have to stop soon or I'll clog the board up. :p

    Here's the link: http://wordsmith.org/awad/index.html
     
  9. raffaellabella

    raffaellabella New Member

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    I use outdated words like "pocketbook", often pronounced "pockabook" instead of purse. I also say "tin foil" instead of "aluminum foil". Oh, and "cocoa" instead of "hot chocolate" and I'm only 35. You should see the looks I get when I use these words.
     
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    I read "incorrigible" in a book recently. It's a word that I have always wanted to work into a conversation. I think it must be commonly used in classics, where I came across it in my teens.
     
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    You should see the strange looks we get when we say al-you-min-e-um in front of Americans (we spell it aluminium):D
     
  12. direstraits

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    poppy, that's how we pronounce it here too. But then we follow the Queen's English here (history buffs will know why, of course).

    ds
     
  13. StillILearn

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    ds! Look at how cute you look! :D
     
  14. Ell

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    From Star Wars: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

    ds, ditto what Still said. :D
     
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    DS is a super bannanna!!!!!!
     
  16. Poppy1

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    I thought he was being Capt Underpants :D Is is winter over in KL, ds?
     
  17. JimMorrison

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    what is the correct way to use "alas."

    ...maybe a sample sentence?
     
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    For my own completion of Donna Rose's ellipsis: "Ah, great word, alas, it is no longer in common use.":)
     
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    Alas, I think that sentence lacks the word alack. ;)
     
  20. Donna Rose

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    oops, when I use alas in my post, I was really referencing the word: ah, great word, "alas" ...that sort of thing. My fault for not being clear...however, bren completed the sentence nicely. :) I use "alas" whenever something comes up in conversation, like a casual complaint about something, I cap it with: "Alas!" As I said, it started as a joke but now I use it without realizing it.

    As for "alack"...does anyone here know the musical Once Upon a Mattress? We did that my sophomore year of high school, and there's a lyric in it that goes: "Alas! A lass, is what, I lack! I lack, a lass, alas, alack!" hehehe good stuff...

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