Big Word Challenge
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Here is a topic to post all the big words you know from reading so many great series. Here's how it will work.
One person will type an uncommon word, and everyone else must try to guess the definition. Who ever gets it right gets to ask the next word.
I'll start with an easy one:
There! Changed it from antidisestablishmenttarianism to evanescent.
That'll do - evanescent means something fleeting that dissapears quick, but I think you got the gist of it. You're up, Sarah!
Sarah's gone for the week, so I think I'll ask a question in her stead.
Promulgate is a verb, while an idea or cause is a noun - to promulgate means to proclaim an idea, but your answer is close enough for me. :) Your turn, Fob!
That's when the eyes cannot produce tears, a medical condition. Fascinating stuff.
I think we'll all get smarter thanks to this thread!
Let this music give you inspiration into finding the answer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJwLGXfajuc
Discombobulate: to be confused or to have confusion.
I really love that theme music!! It should be my ringtone.
Don't get it as a ringtone - get a big, wireless boombox and pay little kids to carry it around behind you and to blast it loud whenever you need to impress somebody! Booyah!!!
By the way, you're correct in your definition! Your turn, mrmcfluff!
An arrangement of fingers in birds that occurs in birds such as woodpeckers or parrots
2 toes in front, 2 in behind.
Hey, my poor little deceased bird was a zygodactyl! I just learned something.
Define: candid (not that big, but my brain cannot think right now)
hey i have a question :) So are we allowed to look up the word in a dictionary? It kind of defeats the purpose of the game i guess.
I think after two days, if no one has solved the word, then everyone can run for their dictionaries. It's been two days, so run for your dictionary!
this game is more of a who can look it up faster. if that made sense. haha
Heh, makes sense~ It beats my word of the day calendar, anyway!
My word will be: avuncular
It's been two days - I'm going to my search engine!
Relating to the kindness and geniality of an uncle?????? Wow. I love the English language - there's a word for everything! I wonder if they have 'avauntular'...
Define antidisestablishmentarianism, baby. Yes it is a word. :)
Hehe, I'm tempted to state the obvious but I'll give someone else a try first :D
A political philosophy opposed to the separation of a religious group ("church") and a government ("state"), especially the belief held by those in 19th century England opposed to separating the Anglican church from the civil government. (It's been more than a day so I looked it up.)
:P :P Legitimate - for something to be real and valid (or something like that)
wait so we can or cannot post if we looked it up? it's been more than a day!
i found it, on record. i'm just not sure if i can post it or not......
Post it. It's been a day, so it's cool, and I would love to hear the next word!
i'm afraid i have to go for the night, but will be back tomorrow! (i Hope)
I know this one, but I'm gonna shut up, because I just had the reins. :)
Nah. I just looked it up online - it's not what I thought it was. Never mind. I'll wait a day or so for someone else to answer and then I will.
Isn't it like gathering in a group.. no wait.... that's ajourn... I have no clue.
haha! i think you can look it up now... i am proud, that was one of my school vocab words the other week :)
Sojourn: a brief visit or to stay for a time
I know I'm correct because I Binged it. I'm going to ask the next question, just because I have a very good word. I hope everyone doesn't mind. :(
That's the one. I love that movie soooooooooo much. I mean, juts listen to this music from the trailer - can we say EPIC!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOJqicM6x84 I wish I could play it while I'm dreaming - I would have some pretty awesome dreams.
yeah sorry i didn't get a chance to post... you know... life happened. eris is right.
Don't worry! Life is real, LibraryThing is secondary. Like right now, I should be doing homework *glares at History textbook* instead of goofing off on LibraryThing. And my big deadline is tomorrow. Sigh.
I'm gonna take a Guess at inception.
Is it like to infiltrate something??
Example: The inception of Inception was pretty confusing, as I had no idea what a guy with a spinning top and a gun was doing washed up on a beach.
Bingo! It means the beginning of something. Your turn, Tavaresden.
Yay, let's see...
In light of finals week, I'll go with this one: widdiful
Here's a hint: I think whoever thought finals week is a good idea is widdiful ;)
Fob35 is right! Though it's actually describing someone who deserves to hang but it's close enough xD
That's incredible! I love the English language - there's a word for everything!
lol I'm sure there are more depressing words out there.
I love the phobia words. There's a phobia for everything as well!
anyone up for some irony with phobias?? the term for the phobia of long words is over 20 letters long.
and there's one for peanut butter sticking to the roof of ur mouth!!
check it out- pretty awesome
Oh, sorry, but you have to answer the current word first before you may ask your own. : l
Some one has yet to define Estival, so i googled it. It's a pretty interesting definition
It means to belong or appear in the summertime.
Tell me if I'm wrong fob
That's right. Like a cornucopia, that big horn shaped thing you use as a centerpiece for thanksgiving.
Lol wow, didn't know that's where it came from. I only knew the word because my dad says that all the time xD
Alright, my turn: inaniloquent
Hint: As much as I like to hang out with my friends, my mind starts to wander whenever they act inaniloquent
Yep! It's also "talking a lot about nonsensical and superficial things" Your turn!
Isn't that another word for 'slang?'
Or does it mean rough or unlettered?
Thanks Sarah! Please define: wherefore
I know it's an easy one, but it's the best my candy addled brain can come up with.
Yep. I know, pretty easy, but too much chocolate makes my brain fuzzy.
Because "wherefore" is one of those quaint Elizabethan words that means precisely what you don't think it means. Here's where it's most famously used:
"Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name (yes I am quoting from memory - I'm awesome that way)
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I'll no longer be a Capulet."
You're allowed to look it up on the internet, as it has been nearly a day.
Craparonie and cheese! I am very sorry, mrmcfluff. You were right with the "for what reason" definition. The reason I was confused was because I had always known it to mean "why," as that is the context that Juliet used it when talking about Romeo. I am deeply apologetic. Your turn, and once again, I am deeply sorry.
It's okay Eris. I thought google gave me the wrong answer after you said I was wrong, I thought the world was about to explode. Google is all knowing, trust me, look it up.
Anyway next word:
Dammit! I've heard this one a few times, and I have not bothered to look up the definition. Bugger.
Both are good answers.
But Eris yours is the definition I was thinking of.
Your word Eris.
Okay here is one that has a couple of meanings I will accept.
Thank you, mrmcfluff!
Tell me the meaning of this phrase commonly used nowadays by people wishing to appear brilliant: ad astra per aspera.
You are right, mrmcfluff! It means "to the stars, through hardship." Over to you again!
go mrmcfluff!! (and i thought we weren't decided on whether mrmcfluff was a boy or a girl... did i miss something?)
Nope. I am just assuming that mrmcfluff is a woman, based on her selection of books.
ive decided that you are guy. haha
and i have noooo clue what that means. so my post was pretty pointless.
It is a pretty hard word so don't be disappointed Mariah.
Anyone else want to give it a try??
It's a noun. Kind of like potions but not really. Think more scientific container.
Nope! Although it is something that all people have to some extent.
Okay let me think... something Eris thinks should be taught in more schools...
*chuckles* Nope. I'll give you another clue - this subject helps you to harness a device that you use every day, without fail. Unless you have Alzheimers. :(
It does have to do with memory, yes. But it goes further than that.
Nope, but you're getting close. It has to do with memory, remember.
Tada! Mnemonics is the process of developing a better memory. As an example, a memory palace (also known as the Method of Loci) is a mnemonic device. Your turn!
It is an adjective and your thinking in the right area but not quite.
I think it's been long enough. Unless anyone has more guesses. Check out your favorite definition sight to find out the meaning of "selcouth"
"Unusual or strange!" That is a really cool word! "Selcouth." It rolls off the tongue nicely, too.
Nope and nope!
Think about the word - wunderkind. Wunder-kind. "Wunder" means what you think it does, and as for "kind," here's another clue, which I'll give in the form of a question.
After preschool, where did you go to school?
Okay, never mind about that. The word I was thinking of was "kindergarten," which is what I went to after preschool, but twas silly of me to think that everyone else has done the same. :P
So, what do you think the word "kindergarten" means?
Close... you're right about the garden part - "garten" is German for "garden." Kinder does not mean kind, though. It means something else. As a clue, you and I both were once "kinder" and The Boxcar Children are "kinder."
I think young gardener sounds correct.
Then again I have guessed incorrectly 4 times.
"Young" is close, but not the exact word I'm thinking of. "Children" was the word.
I finally looked it up
Something along the lines of
A child prodigy
Which makes sense if you think about it, wunderkind= wonder kid
Yes! That's it. Wunderkind = wonder child, see also "child prodigy."
Next one's yours, mrmcfluff.
Well, I know that "ephebiphobia" means a fear of teenagers. Does "ephebe" mean "youth," or something to that extent?
I'll accept that answer Eris.
The definition from the dictionary says, "a young man, usually from ancient Greece."
Wow! That is a cool word. Where do you find these words, mrmcfluff? They're awesome!
Next mystery word is: entropy
I just heard someone use the word entropy.
I'm pretty sure it means disorder of some kind.
Yep! It is the measure of disorder. Kudos to you for listening closely and remembering!
Thank you thank you.
My next word is pretty long so try and sound it out and pick it apart to get the definition.
Okay, phobia is a fear. Tri means three, so maybe it means "a fear of the number three?"
Ooo, ooo, wait! Is it a fear of the number thirteen? I haven't looked it up yet, but I will after I type this message.
Yes, it was that! Dude, I am such a terrible guesser. That's the most obvious pick, of course! I'm such a moron. :P
Eris it's your word whenever your ready.
I probably should have given you a more clear picture.
Yerks, I forgot! Ummmmm, okay, how about...
Sanguinary! I love this word.
Doesn't that mean like a bloody fight??
(I didn't mean 'bloody' like the British slang version, I mean like the red bodily fluid.)
Oh cool, I really had no idea. I was going to guess that it was a fear of hippos though. Good thinking swimfreak.
(This word pretty much sums up my whole attitude.)
Okay, pensive means to be thoughtful in a sad or serious way. Here's something funner to try and figure out:
Just to let you know, the definition I'm thinking of is not civilian related. This is purely military slang. What do you think a brown shoe is? :D
Okey dokey! Here are a few:
1. Brown shoes have a constant rivalry with black shoes.
2. A brown shoe is a person who has a specific job in the military, as do the black shoes.
3. It has to do with the uniform.
Hehe, nope! I'll give you a clue - this is Navy slang. A black shoe is a SWO, a Surface Warfare Officer (which means that they sail ships). Now if black shoes are constantly bickering with brown shoes, what do you think a brown shoe's job is?
Hint: what the brown shoe does was established in 1911.
Oh, no, the Air Force has their own seperate branch of the military, but I will say that you're getting close! This is pure Navy terminology that describes a person who does a certain job in the Navy. Oh, and you have to be an officer in order to do it.
Is it someone who is in charge of flying planes off the air plane carriers?
That is the only way i see a tie in with the navy and the air force.
You are very close, so I'll just give it to you. :) A brown shoe is a Naval aviator or someone who flies with the pilot in the aircraft. They are called brown shoes because back in World War II, Naval aviators were authorized to wear brown shoes with their uniform, while SWOs wore black shoes with their uniform.
Wow that is a really cool piece of naval trivia! How did you find out about the term Eris??
I've grown up with it. My dad is a Navy veteran, and I've been surrounded by the military my whole life. My dad loves ragging on SWOs, so there's no way I can get away from it. Not that I would want to! :D
I think you can give us the next word again Eris because no one really got the definition.
I've actually heard this word before. It has something to do with a bailiff, right??
Well then I'm thinking of a different word. But I feel like I kind of know the meaning. New rule, you have to tell if it is a person, place, or thing.
Okay, sounds good! It is a thing.
And I just did some research and you are correct about the work baliwick being related to a bailiff! Sorry about that. Apparently the word baliwick has a double meaning, or the meaning that I am thinking of derives from the definition involving the bailiff.
So your definition is the one I'm thinking of? It's the one with the bailiff, right?
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