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1Macumbeira
Nov 11, 2019, 3:39pm

This quote made me think again about Rick's marvelous Vegas book

'One must draw everything one can from words, because it’s the one real treasure a true writer has. Big general ideas are in yesterday’s newspaper. If I like to take a word and turn it over to see its underside, shiny or dull or adorned with motley hues absent on its upperside, it’s not at all out of idle curiosity, one finds all sorts of curious things by studying the underside of a word – unexpected shadows of other words, harmonies between them, hidden beauties that suddenly reveal something beyond the word. Serious wordplay, as I have in mind, is neither a game of chance nor a mere embellishment of style. It’s a new verbal species that the marvelling author offers to the poor reader, who doesn’t want to look; to the good reader, who suddenly sees a completely new facet of an iridescent sentence'. ( Nabokov )

2Crypto-Willobie
Nov 11, 2019, 3:42pm


'Words to me are but a plaything.'
-- Tommy Smothers

3RickHarsch
Nov 11, 2019, 6:41pm

This has been running through my head for hours tonight:

Hear about the dead adjective?
Verbatim.

4RickHarsch
Nov 11, 2019, 6:42pm

Word threads can go on forever. I will start with one of my favorite words:

fungus

5baswood
Nov 11, 2019, 6:53pm

6RickHarsch
Nov 12, 2019, 6:02am

Today's word, first fun one to come to mind:

trollop

7RickHarsch
Nov 13, 2019, 2:24pm

angus

8George_Salis
Nov 13, 2019, 4:15pm

A word I never saw before until last night: tramontane

A rare gem.

9RickHarsch
Edited: Nov 13, 2019, 4:21pm

One of our winds here in the northern Adriatic region is the tramontana...Violent, occasionally spawns tornadoes, lasts around 20 minutes, summer storm wind from the north.

presumably called thus because the wind is from the mountains, sucked down by the rising heat...

10RickHarsch
Nov 13, 2019, 6:27pm

phocine

commentary: many of these, like soricine, though nice to know and fun to use, could as far as the sound goes mean anything at all

Of course, it is words such as this, too, that Garcia Marquez would have chastized teachers for expecting children to learn how to spell them. I am with him entirely in regard to spelling being an unnecessary torture. No one should be forced to learn to spell against their will. But English spelling with all its quirks leads to much delight in both writing and reading. A guy who recently reviewed Eddie Vegas remarked on my expansive vocabulary--if only he knew how many words I use that I only know for a brief spell. If he asked me the meaning of all the words in that novel that he didn't know, I might not know half of them. I remember fremescent, though.

11RickHarsch
Nov 13, 2019, 6:27pm

fremescent

12baswood
Nov 13, 2019, 6:53pm

succour

To come to succour us, that succour want?

from The faerie Queene

13RickHarsch
Nov 13, 2019, 6:59pm

Ah, that lost world. Today it's You come to suck or what? The present is brutal.

On a more serious note, isn't that question mark odd there?

14baswood
Nov 13, 2019, 7:19pm

Its all part of Edmund Spenser cunning plan to involve the reader

the rest of the stanza is

How oft do they with golden pineons, cleave
The flitting skyes, like flying Pursuivant,
Against foul feends to aide us militant?

15RickHarsch
Nov 13, 2019, 8:17pm

I never trusted that geezer

16RickHarsch
Nov 13, 2019, 8:17pm

geezer

17RickHarsch
Nov 14, 2019, 3:32pm

fartissimo

18George_Salis
Nov 14, 2019, 4:18pm

agapemone

19Crypto-Willobie
Nov 14, 2019, 5:01pm


homoscedasticity

20RickHarsch
Nov 15, 2019, 7:06am

agape

21George_Salis
Nov 15, 2019, 12:45pm

Greek words are the best. Taken from the notes to my third novel: Omphaloskepsis

22RickHarsch
Nov 15, 2019, 12:59pm

innate

23RickHarsch
Nov 15, 2019, 12:59pm

in nates

24RickHarsch
Nov 15, 2019, 12:59pm

in Nejc (Slovene name)

25RickHarsch
Nov 15, 2019, 3:45pm

Bolide

(bolibidinous)

26Macumbeira
Nov 15, 2019, 4:03pm

Merriam webster define katabasis and anabasis as follows,

katabasis : a going or marching down or back : RETREAT
especially : a military retreat

anabasis : from the retreat of Greek mercenaries in Asia Minor described in the Anabasis of Xenophon : a difficult and dangerous military retreat

But they are the opposite, not ?

27RickHarsch
Nov 15, 2019, 4:38pm

Along with Black Spring I found the Collosus of Maroussi in which Henry Miller explores the philosophical meanings and implications of katabasis, which means to descend (in order to gain something like liberation) (much like the essence of Tantric Hinduism)...The bora/burja is a katabatic wind, air sucked down form cold mountain heights when hot air over water (usually) rises...

Who was Merriam Webster anyway? Was she of the Lexington Websters?

28RickHarsch
Nov 15, 2019, 5:51pm

disciplitude

And with this post, the brand new Anal-retentives group moves into the top ten most active on Library Thing!

29Crypto-Willobie
Nov 15, 2019, 9:20pm

innate, innit?

30RickHarsch
Nov 16, 2019, 8:55am

scorch

31George_Salis
Nov 16, 2019, 1:33pm

Another one from Miss Mac: fuliginous

32RickHarsch
Nov 16, 2019, 5:43pm

galoot

33RickHarsch
Nov 17, 2019, 7:28am

ferment

fremescent

(2 for 1 on Sundays)

34AndreasJ
Nov 17, 2019, 3:47pm

>26 Macumbeira:

Xenophon's book is named for the march "up country" that preceded the retreat.

I don't think I've ever seen it used to mean "retreat"; on the few times I've seen it used at all, it's been of military expeditions into the Asian hinterlands, specifically those of Cyrus the Younger (whom Xenophon accompanied), Alexander the Great, or Antiochos III.

35baswood
Nov 17, 2019, 4:43pm

quinsy

36RickHarsch
Nov 17, 2019, 5:12pm

frottage

37RickHarsch
Nov 18, 2019, 11:45am

tippler

38baswood
Nov 18, 2019, 6:29pm

concomitant.

39baswood
Nov 18, 2019, 7:08pm

solipsist

40RickHarsch
Nov 18, 2019, 7:24pm

sorelipissed

41RickHarsch
Nov 18, 2019, 7:25pm

formicant

42George_Salis
Nov 19, 2019, 3:38am

Hypogeum

43George_Salis
Nov 19, 2019, 3:39am

Organon

44George_Salis
Nov 19, 2019, 3:40am

Hamartia

45baswood
Nov 19, 2019, 5:37am

skeptophilia

46RickHarsch
Nov 19, 2019, 10:20am

>45 baswood: hilarious

47baswood
Nov 19, 2019, 12:05pm

thought we might change the name of this group to Skeptophiliacs?

48Macumbeira
Nov 19, 2019, 1:41pm

>47 baswood: I am pro !

49RickHarsch
Nov 19, 2019, 6:46pm

hypogeal skeptophiliacs!

50RickHarsch
Nov 19, 2019, 6:46pm

phocine

51George_Salis
Nov 20, 2019, 12:58am

susurration

52RickHarsch
Nov 20, 2019, 10:55am

flatulence

53blackdogbooks
Nov 20, 2019, 11:51am

Saw an interesting flick on the composition of the Oxford dictionary - The Professor and the Madman.

54RickHarsch
Nov 20, 2019, 1:05pm

And you can't contribute a word?

55baswood
Nov 21, 2019, 10:52am

casuistry

56George_Salis
Nov 21, 2019, 2:47pm

Nemes

57RickHarsch
Nov 21, 2019, 6:40pm

nemes? in English?

58RickHarsch
Nov 21, 2019, 6:41pm

sophistry

Sofaphile

59RickHarsch
Nov 21, 2019, 6:43pm

grecophobe

60alco261
Nov 21, 2019, 8:42pm

>19 Crypto-Willobie: ....and heteroskedasticity too....

metacarpophalangeal cavitation

61librorumamans
Nov 21, 2019, 10:53pm

I'm very fond of squoyle which the OED defines by quotation thus:

"Squoyle in the New Forest..properly signifies a short stick loaded at one end with lead,..and is distinguished from a ‘snog’, which is only weighted with wood."
— J. R. Wise New Forest (1863)

62librorumamans
Nov 21, 2019, 10:54pm

pusillanimous

63RickHarsch
Edited: Nov 22, 2019, 6:10am

>61 librorumamans: Where I come from we scoff at the squoylees as we call them. We is snoggers!

64RickHarsch
Nov 22, 2019, 6:11am

pustulant, pusillanimous, psoreyeass squoylees

65RickHarsch
Nov 23, 2019, 6:47am

sludge

66Crypto-Willobie
Nov 23, 2019, 10:01am

>60 alco261:

When I was three years old my statistician dad and his statistician friends thought it amusing to teach me to say 'homoscedasticity'. Not sure how well I did but thereafter it was a 'family word'...

67baswood
Nov 23, 2019, 11:45am

>66 Crypto-Willobie: I had to look that up of course and then came to the conclusion that there are many words I will never understand

68baswood
Nov 23, 2019, 12:13pm

voluptuary

69RickHarsch
Nov 23, 2019, 12:26pm

Voluptuary

70RickHarsch
Nov 23, 2019, 12:27pm

>66 Crypto-Willobie: In my house words that started with homo were not allowed. To this day when I make a gay or lesbian friend I ask if I can call them homosexual.

71Crypto-Willobie
Nov 23, 2019, 2:01pm

Homo don't play dat...

72RickHarsch
Nov 23, 2019, 2:46pm

zap

73librorumamans
Nov 23, 2019, 6:34pm

scrump (v.)

74RickHarsch
Nov 23, 2019, 7:40pm

Scrumpral (adj)

75Macumbeira
Nov 24, 2019, 12:13am

bloviator

76RickHarsch
Nov 24, 2019, 8:03am

gasbag

77librorumamans
Nov 24, 2019, 12:13pm

scrump (v.)

Passing the Hendersons' orchard in that hot, heavy evening air, the boys hopped the fence to scrump among the trees, unable to resist the sweet scent of winesaps, empires, and spartans. They emerged a quarter hour later with bulging pockets and sticky chins. Jeremy, having stripped off and knotted the bottom of his t-shirt, nestled his haul in his arm, savouring its smell, as in later years he would each of his children, asleep having nursed their fill.

78RickHarsch
Nov 24, 2019, 1:34pm

Despite his scrumpral past, Jeremy was vitamin deficient, a condition he attributed to having a man's name and a woman's milk sacs, though causals baffled him in their infinite jestrickery.

79baswood
Nov 25, 2019, 5:32pm

concupiscence

80RickHarsch
Nov 25, 2019, 5:42pm

satyriasis

81RickHarsch
Nov 27, 2019, 9:46pm

sapid

82Macumbeira
Nov 27, 2019, 11:32pm

taradiddle

83RickHarsch
Nov 28, 2019, 11:59am

paradiddle

84RickHarsch
Nov 28, 2019, 6:05pm

gibbon

85George_Salis
Nov 28, 2019, 11:08pm

fragglestickcar

86RickHarsch
Nov 29, 2019, 6:03am

rumpus

87RickHarsch
Nov 29, 2019, 6:14pm

fribble

88George_Salis
Nov 30, 2019, 5:23am

stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky

89RickHarsch
Nov 30, 2019, 9:58am

I dreamed hit afternoon (slept til 3pm) that I was head of a small state and met with Stalin.

pizda

90RickHarsch
Nov 30, 2019, 9:59am

kurac

91librorumamans
Nov 30, 2019, 11:56am

kulak

92Crypto-Willobie
Nov 30, 2019, 2:27pm

cletter

93Macumbeira
Nov 30, 2019, 3:59pm

bombazine is a twilled fabric

94Macumbeira
Nov 30, 2019, 4:08pm

scoria

95baswood
Nov 30, 2019, 4:44pm

Psoriasis - very similar perhaps.

96Macumbeira
Dec 1, 2019, 1:38am

: )

I found scoria in Moby Dick, where it is used as geological "refuse" or "slag"

97RickHarsch
Dec 1, 2019, 10:22am

pus

98Crypto-Willobie
Dec 1, 2019, 11:43am

clyster-pipe

99librorumamans
Dec 1, 2019, 11:53am

suppuration

100RickHarsch
Dec 1, 2019, 11:11pm

sanguinopurulence

101RickHarsch
Dec 1, 2019, 11:12pm

clyster

102George_Salis
Dec 3, 2019, 7:01am

tergiversation

103RickHarsch
Dec 3, 2019, 9:33am

treble

104baswood
Dec 3, 2019, 10:57am

paynim

105RickHarsch
Dec 3, 2019, 11:24am

flap

106baswood
Dec 3, 2019, 12:05pm

flapula

107librorumamans
Dec 3, 2019, 1:10pm

frenulum

108RickHarsch
Dec 3, 2019, 3:14pm

infundibuliform

109baswood
Dec 8, 2019, 5:20am

wight

110RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 11:18am

gerbil

111Macumbeira
Dec 8, 2019, 1:29pm

whirliwig

112RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 4:34pm

whirligig

113RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 4:34pm

staunch

stanch

stench

114RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 8:59pm

fingent

115RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 8:59pm

finch

116RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 9:00pm

flinch

117RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 9:00pm

louche

118RickHarsch
Edited: Dec 8, 2019, 9:01pm

coleoptera

119RickHarsch
Edited: Dec 8, 2019, 9:02pm

coleoptile

120RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 9:02pm

coleoptile, alternate meaning, neologism, a beetle shaped lizard

121RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 9:03pm

coleoptophile

122RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 9:06pm

bug: "an insect of a large order distinguished by having mouthparts that are modified for piercing and sucking."

123RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 9:07pm

hoard

124RickHarsch
Dec 8, 2019, 9:08pm

ermission

125librorumamans
Dec 9, 2019, 12:20am

retromingent

126RickHarsch
Dec 9, 2019, 3:39am

Define backwards.

127librorumamans
Dec 9, 2019, 9:26am

sdrawkcab, obviously!

128RickHarsch
Dec 9, 2019, 12:14pm

wrong! It's enifed

129RickHarsch
Dec 9, 2019, 12:14pm

Or is this just me in the grip of retromingency?

130librorumamans
Dec 9, 2019, 12:28pm

If that's the case, I suggest seeking immediate medical attention.

131RickHarsch
Dec 9, 2019, 12:37pm

No need: I figured it out: just turned around...

132librorumamans
Dec 9, 2019, 12:56pm

Good thinking, as long as you're not overly callipygian!

A word for which I am grateful, as I recall, to Aldous Huxley.

133RickHarsch
Dec 9, 2019, 1:13pm

mesopygian...one of my favorites because if you type it into google I'm in the first entry, from my first vocable entry in LT back in 2011. Previously my use of it in a novel had been noted as one of two literary examples of it by some obscure oddword site that I can no longer find. Probably it split in half and, well, you know...

134librorumamans
Dec 9, 2019, 1:46pm

as distinct from, say, hemipygian?

135RickHarsch
Dec 9, 2019, 3:36pm

or homing pigeon

136RickHarsch
Dec 10, 2019, 1:12pm

tippler

137RickHarsch
Dec 10, 2019, 1:12pm

sot

138RickHarsch
Dec 10, 2019, 1:13pm

guzzler

139Macumbeira
Dec 10, 2019, 1:32pm

slut

140librorumamans
Dec 10, 2019, 5:15pm

crapulent

141RickHarsch
Dec 10, 2019, 5:23pm

periodically

142librorumamans
Dec 10, 2019, 6:05pm

but not since the last time

143RickHarsch
Dec 11, 2019, 1:54am

sporadicity

144baswood
Dec 11, 2019, 12:55pm

impetrate

145RickHarsch
Dec 12, 2019, 8:42am

flocculent

146RickHarsch
Dec 12, 2019, 11:46am

integument

147baswood
Dec 12, 2019, 6:52pm

Brexit

148librorumamans
Dec 12, 2019, 10:54pm

autodismemberment

149RickHarsch
Dec 13, 2019, 3:16am

lqarl

150RickHarsch
Dec 13, 2019, 3:16am

autodidactyl

151Macumbeira
Dec 13, 2019, 2:29pm

autopterodactyl

152RickHarsch
Dec 13, 2019, 2:53pm

pterodactylant

153Macumbeira
Dec 14, 2019, 12:11am

pterodactylo

154RickHarsch
Dec 14, 2019, 6:46am

dactylosis

155Macumbeira
Edited: Dec 14, 2019, 2:05pm

halitosis

156RickHarsch
Dec 14, 2019, 2:09pm

I predicted that one.

Mephitis

157librorumamans
Dec 14, 2019, 8:02pm

decussate ≠ bowdlerize

158Macumbeira
Dec 15, 2019, 5:06am

scoria

159RickHarsch
Dec 15, 2019, 6:29am

Ricardo Scoria, I taught him in Trieste.

160baswood
Dec 15, 2019, 6:50am

161RickHarsch
Dec 15, 2019, 12:28pm

Of course. Turning circle, a necessary collocation for budding navigators.

162Macumbeira
Dec 15, 2019, 2:39pm

>161 RickHarsch:
I am reading the new Abulafia. Very good !
Not so good as your circumcision of Navigation, but close

163RickHarsch
Dec 15, 2019, 3:34pm

These university tied folk never seem to get the genitalia that inflames the conflicting processes.

164RickHarsch
Dec 15, 2019, 4:11pm

impertinent

165librorumamans
Dec 15, 2019, 5:02pm

rebarbative

166RickHarsch
Dec 15, 2019, 5:38pm

I say if the barbative is off the first time, leave it be

167baswood
Dec 16, 2019, 4:30pm

rast

168baswood
Dec 17, 2019, 6:04am

mickle

169RickHarsch
Dec 17, 2019, 8:17am

goanna

170baswood
Dec 17, 2019, 9:12am

uniparous

171RickHarsch
Dec 17, 2019, 9:40am

primiparous

172RickHarsch
Dec 17, 2019, 9:41am

parous, france

173RickHarsch
Dec 17, 2019, 9:41am

porous pants

174baswood
Dec 17, 2019, 11:47am

emunction

175librorumamans
Dec 17, 2019, 12:44pm

a mickle needs a muckle

176George_Salis
Dec 18, 2019, 3:13pm

deipnosophist

177baswood
Dec 19, 2019, 10:17am

unbraste

178librorumamans
Dec 19, 2019, 11:24am

lubricious

I love how, Mae-West-like, you can draw out the syllables of this word so that becomes in effect onomatopoeic.

179Macumbeira
Dec 19, 2019, 2:25pm

harsch

180baswood
Dec 22, 2019, 4:01pm

pensum

181baswood
Dec 22, 2019, 4:02pm

skulking

182baswood
Dec 22, 2019, 6:10pm

ataraxy

183Macumbeira
Dec 23, 2019, 2:42pm

Ochlocracy

184RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:36pm

prison

185RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:36pm

Escape

186RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:38pm

PERSIFLAGE

187RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:38pm

giddy

188RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:39pm

freshair

189RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:39pm

it's the little things one misses in the stir

190RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:39pm

ah, to read on the potty

191RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:39pm

my own tooth brush...

192RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:40pm

I miss my cell mate, that saucy gorilla

193RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 5:43pm

toxygen

194baswood
Dec 23, 2019, 6:12pm

sucking stones

195RickHarsch
Dec 23, 2019, 6:19pm

The Beckett Cure (make of a free prison the whole of the near environment)

196Macumbeira
Dec 23, 2019, 10:57pm

hurrah

197baswood
Dec 24, 2019, 3:35am

supererogation

198baswood
Dec 24, 2019, 4:05am

lepping

199RickHarsch
Dec 24, 2019, 10:13am

flabellifer

200baswood
Dec 25, 2019, 4:06am

throes

201RickHarsch
Dec 25, 2019, 12:16pm

grippe

202RickHarsch
Dec 25, 2019, 12:18pm

epiphyte

203Macumbeira
Dec 25, 2019, 11:17pm

ulotrichous

204baswood
Dec 26, 2019, 4:23am

a fortiori

205baswood
Dec 26, 2019, 4:46am

drugget

206RickHarsch
Dec 26, 2019, 6:57am

flocculent (see 203)

207RickHarsch
Dec 26, 2019, 6:59am

mediocrerogation

208Macumbeira
Dec 26, 2019, 11:38am

to prate

209RickHarsch
Dec 26, 2019, 12:41pm

or not to

210baswood
Dec 26, 2019, 6:00pm

manstuprating manustuprating

211librorumamans
Dec 26, 2019, 11:56pm

Defenestrate

212Macumbeira
Dec 27, 2019, 1:03am

Sesquipedalian

213baswood
Dec 27, 2019, 3:46am

gravid

214baswood
Dec 27, 2019, 3:48am

bugaboos

215RickHarsch
Dec 27, 2019, 6:31am

glom

216Macumbeira
Edited: Dec 27, 2019, 6:39am

xertz

217Macumbeira
Dec 27, 2019, 6:53am

conundrums

218RickHarsch
Dec 27, 2019, 12:13pm

Addumbdumb

219RickHarsch
Dec 27, 2019, 12:13pm

wart

220RickHarsch
Dec 27, 2019, 12:13pm

goiter

221RickHarsch
Dec 27, 2019, 12:14pm

carbuncle

222Macumbeira
Dec 28, 2019, 1:34am

sociolect

223Macumbeira
Dec 28, 2019, 1:43am

Jugaad

224RickHarsch
Dec 28, 2019, 4:56am

jughead

225Macumbeira
Dec 28, 2019, 6:36am

jarhead

226RickHarsch
Dec 28, 2019, 10:39am

filth

227RickHarsch
Dec 28, 2019, 10:39am

blather

228RickHarsch
Dec 28, 2019, 10:39am

nincompoop

229baswood
Dec 28, 2019, 11:53am

Pali

230baswood
Dec 28, 2019, 2:24pm

lingo

231baswood
Dec 28, 2019, 2:32pm

endoskeletal

232Macumbeira
Dec 28, 2019, 4:09pm

mulct

233Macumbeira
Dec 28, 2019, 4:10pm

mephitic

234Macumbeira
Dec 28, 2019, 4:10pm

Callipygian

235RickHarsch
Dec 29, 2019, 7:52am

flak

236Macumbeira
Dec 29, 2019, 8:59am

klaf

237RickHarsch
Dec 29, 2019, 3:38pm

kinnikinnik

238Macumbeira
Dec 29, 2019, 10:46pm

we are sliding down a less intellectual slope

239Macumbeira
Dec 29, 2019, 10:47pm

ha'porth

240RickHarsch
Dec 30, 2019, 8:05am

bole

241baswood
Jan 1, 2020, 5:01am

stichomythia

242baswood
Jan 1, 2020, 5:17am

gallimaufry

243baswood
Jan 1, 2020, 6:14am

guerdon

244baswood
Jan 1, 2020, 6:51am

contiguity

245Macumbeira
Jan 1, 2020, 8:03am

periplous

246RickHarsch
Jan 1, 2020, 8:20am

baffing

247baswood
Jan 1, 2020, 9:03am

theophany

248baswood
Jan 2, 2020, 10:18am

nemesis

249baswood
Jan 2, 2020, 11:42am

extempore

250baswood
Jan 2, 2020, 12:28pm

proverbial

251baswood
Jan 2, 2020, 5:05pm

sparagmos

252baswood
Jan 2, 2020, 5:11pm

sumptuous

253librorumamans
Edited: Jan 2, 2020, 11:54pm

repetitive and loquacious and run-on and polysyndeton

254baswood
Jan 3, 2020, 5:57am

cornucopia

255Macumbeira
Jan 3, 2020, 1:56pm

loitering time

256Macumbeira
Jan 3, 2020, 3:41pm

impercipient

257Macumbeira
Jan 4, 2020, 2:00am

hienal

258baswood
Jan 4, 2020, 10:38am

semiosis

259Macumbeira
Jan 4, 2020, 2:19pm

braggadocio

260baswood
Jan 4, 2020, 4:37pm

>259 Macumbeira: Character from the Faerie Queene, and so a word invented by Edmund Spenser?

261RickHarsch
Jan 4, 2020, 4:42pm

festoon

262Macumbeira
Jan 4, 2020, 11:30pm

>260 baswood: indeed. Word is quite popular in American politics

263baswood
Jan 5, 2020, 6:29pm

laterite

264RickHarsch
Jan 5, 2020, 10:13pm

imponderable (a word I often think about)

265Macumbeira
Jan 5, 2020, 11:14pm

kibitzer

266baswood
Jan 7, 2020, 5:11pm

off-ox

267baswood
Jan 7, 2020, 5:11pm

ornery

268baswood
Jan 7, 2020, 5:14pm

sumac

269RickHarsch
Jan 7, 2020, 5:15pm

crass

270baswood
Jan 8, 2020, 1:24pm

carnivalesque

271RickHarsch
Jan 8, 2020, 1:44pm

desquamate or have we already?

272baswood
Jan 8, 2020, 3:26pm

epideictic

273baswood
Jan 9, 2020, 4:51am

alderliefest

274RickHarsch
Jan 9, 2020, 7:09am

balderdash

275baswood
Jan 12, 2020, 11:10am

philoprogenitive

276baswood
Jan 12, 2020, 11:17am

eupeptic

277baswood
Jan 12, 2020, 1:39pm

pullulate

278Macumbeira
Jan 12, 2020, 2:19pm

Speaking of words, I recommend the movie The Professor and the Madman
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5932728/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_2
It is a bit light but interesting nevertheless

279baswood
Jan 12, 2020, 7:23pm

>278 Macumbeira: Interesting

280librorumamans
Jan 12, 2020, 9:06pm

>278 Macumbeira:

Better than the movie, the book on which it's based.

Better than either: Caught in the web of words : James A.H. Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary.

281librorumamans
Jan 12, 2020, 9:11pm

". . . I guess I am simply accustomed to dealing with more edulcorated versions of xenophobia."

Valeria Luiselli. Lost children archive, p. 124.

282RickHarsch
Jan 13, 2020, 1:01am

Droop

283Macumbeira
Jan 13, 2020, 11:08pm

shellacking

284RickHarsch
Jan 14, 2020, 1:53pm

frappe

285RickHarsch
Jan 15, 2020, 4:46pm

tramp

286RickHarsch
Jan 15, 2020, 4:46pm

scamp

287baswood
Jan 16, 2020, 3:54am

crapulous

288baswood
Jan 16, 2020, 4:00am

dahaga

289baswood
Jan 16, 2020, 4:30am

antimacassar

290RickHarsch
Jan 16, 2020, 6:53am

bilious

291baswood
Jan 16, 2020, 4:45pm

adiposity

292RickHarsch
Jan 16, 2020, 7:29pm

trapeze

293baswood
Jan 17, 2020, 9:17am

pyrexia

294baswood
Jan 17, 2020, 1:24pm

agape

295RickHarsch
Jan 17, 2020, 1:47pm

epoxy

296RickHarsch
Jan 17, 2020, 1:48pm

lip

297baswood
Jan 17, 2020, 4:46pm

resin

298RickHarsch
Jan 18, 2020, 10:32am

detonate

299Macumbeira
Jan 18, 2020, 3:26pm

gambit

300Macumbeira
Jan 18, 2020, 3:26pm

gambite

301Macumbeira
Jan 18, 2020, 3:27pm

gamebite

302RickHarsch
Jan 18, 2020, 6:46pm

daddypose

303RickHarsch
Jan 18, 2020, 6:47pm

and of course gambol.

304RickHarsch
Jan 18, 2020, 6:47pm

Dare we get thematic? I was thinking of words that are utterly innocent but sound obscene....like daddypose.

305RickHarsch
Jan 18, 2020, 6:48pm

ply

306RickHarsch
Jan 18, 2020, 6:48pm

labellum

307RickHarsch
Jan 18, 2020, 6:49pm

ligula

308baswood
Jan 18, 2020, 6:56pm

goose

309baswood
Jan 19, 2020, 4:45am

quiddity

310RickHarsch
Jan 20, 2020, 10:07am

glace

311baswood
Jan 21, 2020, 5:16pm

pronity

312RickHarsch
Jan 21, 2020, 6:40pm

traipse

313RickHarsch
Jan 21, 2020, 6:40pm

esprit!

314RickHarsch
Jan 21, 2020, 6:41pm

pronated (feet)

315RickHarsch
Jan 21, 2020, 6:41pm

I vote pronity for the worst word so far.

316RickHarsch
Jan 21, 2020, 6:42pm

patsy

317baswood
Jan 21, 2020, 6:54pm

A pronity to post the worst word? It does sound horrible, But I am going to use it three times tomorrow (when speaking English) to see if it produces raised eyebrows. Then I can say using pronity has a pronity to raise eyebrows.

318librorumamans
Jan 23, 2020, 11:47pm

ptyas

319baswood
Jan 24, 2020, 4:08am

intrinsic

320RickHarsch
Jan 24, 2020, 5:07am

runt

321RickHarsch
Jan 24, 2020, 5:39pm

turn

322RickHarsch
Jan 24, 2020, 5:39pm

nutria

323baswood
Jan 24, 2020, 6:17pm

Antria

324baswood
Jan 24, 2020, 6:48pm

daedalian

325librorumamans
Jan 24, 2020, 11:32pm

I'm reading an analysis of a queer space by a cultural geographer. For this out-of-date old fart, it's a mine of bizarre jargon. I'll start with

catachresis

because a number of those words seem to be (mis)appropriated from other disciplines or from common use.

326baswood
Jan 25, 2020, 3:58am

>325 librorumamans: I'm going to have to look these ones up. catachresis is a good start.

327RickHarsch
Jan 25, 2020, 5:38am

I'll tell you one thing, other than a three week attack of spinal ephesus a few years ago, an attack of catachresis was one of the most painful non-surgical events in my life.

328RickHarsch
Jan 25, 2020, 5:38am

dandle

329RickHarsch
Jan 25, 2020, 5:38am

sic

330RickHarsch
Jan 25, 2020, 5:38am

nit

331RickHarsch
Edited: Jan 27, 2020, 2:48pm

One page of Anatomy of Melancholy to bolster the ol vocab:

Elixation

the action of boiling or seething...makes sense...elixir

332RickHarsch
Edited: Jan 27, 2020, 2:49pm

assation

the act of baking or roasting

333RickHarsch
Edited: Jan 27, 2020, 2:49pm

chylification

the formation of chyle

334RickHarsch
Edited: Jan 27, 2020, 2:52pm

siccity

The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary. Click on a spelling suggestion below or try again using the search bar above.

ah: Noun
(uncountable)

Dryness.
Origin
From Latin siccitas, from siccus (“dry”).

335RickHarsch
Jan 27, 2020, 2:50pm

chyle

that which is chylified

(or, lymph that is milky from emulsified fats, characteristically present in the lacteals, and most apparent during intestinal absorption of fats)

336baswood
Jan 29, 2020, 6:33am

sublimation, calcination, rubification, encorporation, circination, sementation, albification, fermentation - it's all alchemy

337RickHarsch
Jan 29, 2020, 12:07pm

It's allchemie?

338RickHarsch
Jan 29, 2020, 12:08pm

speaking of Periplus: I found the beginning of a novel in an old notebook with two potential titles in it:
The Quietus of Spur Tank Road
The Periplus of Spur Tank Road

Spur Tank Road is an old and very interesting road in Chennai...

339baswood
Jan 30, 2020, 4:24am

cupreous

340baswood
Jan 30, 2020, 11:57am

apocrypha

341baswood
Edited: Jan 30, 2020, 5:05pm

philoprogenitive

342RickHarsch
Jan 31, 2020, 12:45am

misanthrantigenitive

343baswood
Feb 2, 2020, 5:33pm

valetudinarian

344baswood
Feb 2, 2020, 5:41pm

flagitious

345RickHarsch
Feb 2, 2020, 6:37pm

fandango

346RickHarsch
Feb 2, 2020, 10:47pm

alfalfa

347RickHarsch
Feb 3, 2020, 7:44am

flasher

348RickHarsch
Feb 3, 2020, 7:45am

freshet

349baswood
Feb 3, 2020, 11:14am

desuetude

350RickHarsch
Edited: Feb 3, 2020, 1:00pm

memeism

I found it in Celine. Looked it up. It's a made up word from the new favorite 'meme'. So Celine must have meant me me ism. (Which makes sense in context.)

351baswood
Feb 3, 2020, 5:58pm

irrefragable

352RickHarsch
Feb 3, 2020, 6:27pm

isba (russian)

353baswood
Feb 3, 2020, 7:06pm

Faddists

354baswood
Feb 6, 2020, 6:05am

word-mechanic is a journalist according to Robert Heinlein

355librorumamans
Feb 8, 2020, 10:13pm

excoriation

356RickHarsch
Feb 9, 2020, 6:12pm

execration