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Saturday, February 4th, 2006
5:56 pm - Heh...

feartheducks
Just because you're a hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobe does not make your flauccinauccinihilipilifications of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis fair simply because its a sesquipedilarian. Don't be such a truncated icosododecahedron-head.


Oh, and I used pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis in normal conversation today :)

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
11:01 pm - A new community for Linguaphiles

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
8:00 pm - my favorite word

eldereft
Today, I shall promote epicaricacy: pleasure engendered by the pain or misfortune of others. Or, when I for some reason am feeling less pedantic, English for schadenfreude.

Depraved and Insulting English is an excellent way to while away a summer's afternoon.

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
11:31 pm - word of the day

silaren
zygomaticoauricularis: (anatomy) a muscle involved in wiggling the ears.

Also: supposedly the "last word" in the language: zyzzyva (follow the link).

current mood: consummated

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
3:24 pm - word of the day

silaren
(Aside: I missed the last two days due to illness.)

yttrocolumbite: a (radioactive) mineral composed of yttrium, tantalum, uranium, niobium, iron, and oxygen. Also known as yttrotantalite, but this appears to be a slightly different crystalline form.

current mood: wordy

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Saturday, April 30th, 2005
3:44 pm - word of the day

silaren
xylographically: printed via xylography, i.e., with wood blocks (or woodcuts) instead of moveable type. (I suspect this adverb should only be used after the verb ‘to print’, since one can otherwise just say ‘xylography’ instead.)

current mood: verbose

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Friday, April 29th, 2005
6:34 pm - word of the day

silaren
I could not find any really good ‘w’ words, so I resort to one that is already familiar to anyone who reads Terry Pratchett...

widdershins: counterclockwise

current mood: wordy

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005
1:26 pm - word of the day

silaren
vibratiunculation: a tiny vibration.

(I am not entirely sure this word is for real; I found only three real references to it anywhere, on the web.)

current mood: wordy

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
11:54 pm - word of the day

silaren
ulotrichous: curly-haired

current mood: wordy

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
11:57 pm - word of the day

silaren
Kind of an easy one for today (running late)...

transubstantiationalist: one who performs transubstantiation (a word that should be familiar to anyone who has read up on Christianity at least).

current mood: wordy

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Monday, April 25th, 2005
11:14 pm - word of the day

silaren
One of the best sesquipedalian words starting with S is of course ‘sesquipedalian’, but that would be cheating.

‘Superamalgamated’ is also tempting, but I cannot find it in various dictionaries. So I will go with this one down at the end of the word list:

syncategorematically: meaningful only in combination with other words (adverb form, the standard form of the word is ‘syncategorematic’). A good example is the word ‘or’: a phrase like ‘this or that’ is not very meaningful without the two pronouns.

See also this philosophy-related definition.

current mood: wordy

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Sunday, April 24th, 2005
12:07 pm - word of the day

silaren
redifferentiation: (biology) reversal of dedifferentiation, the latter being a trick some cells pull before either regenerating limbs (in lizards for instance) or going cancerous.

current mood: wordy

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Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
12:13 pm - word of the day

silaren
There seem to be far fewer good "q" words than "p" words. I resort to...

quinquagenarian: someone in his fifties.

Also, because it is such a great movie, I will add:

quintessence: the fifth element. :-)   (In origin anyway – after the silly rules about ‘earth, air, fire, water’ as the four elements, they decided there had to be a fifth element available only to the gods, or some such.)

current mood: wordy

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Friday, April 22nd, 2005
11:42 pm - word of the day

silaren
One of my favorite, kind of a fake word but still:

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis: black lung disease.

Given that the OED apparently disparages the word as factitious (I suppose they think it is one of those darned agglutinative, polysyllabic neologisms), I think I should include another word or two...

phantasmatography, pleonasm (follow the links).

current mood: wordy

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Thursday, April 21st, 2005
12:43 pm - word of the day

silaren
With pronunciation hints this time! :-)

otorhinolaryngologist: an ear-nose-and-throat doctor. It is a lot easier if you break it down: oto (ear), rhino (nose – a ‘rhinoceros’ is a ‘nose-horn’, from Greek rhino nose + keras horn, and a nose job at the plastic surgeon is a ‘rhinoplasty’), and laryn[x] (part of the throat).

While looking up the etymology of ‘rhinoceros’ I also came across this page, which suggests that the plural of ‘rhinoceros’ is ‘rhinocerotes’.

current mood: multiloquent

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
11:01 pm - word of the day

silaren
nympholepsy: a frenzy of emotion (especially, erotic).

I found conflicting definitions for this; Luciferous Logolepsy defines it as "a trance induced by erotic daydreams", which sounds like someone conflated it with narcolepsy (without considering epilepsy; the "-lepsy" part is from Greek for seize).

current mood: wordy

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
5:31 pm - word of the day

silaren
monophthongization: the process of turning a diphthong into a monophthong.

current mood: wordy

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Monday, April 18th, 2005
11:59 pm - word of the day

silaren
lugubriousness: noun form of lugubrious: excessively mournful, dismal, or gloomy.

current mood: wordy

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Sunday, April 17th, 2005
2:11 pm - word of the day

silaren
knickknackatory: just what it sounds like. Not exactly a difficult word, but fun.

(If you don't like that one, consider kinematograph, an alternate spelling for cinematograph, or klaprothite, which is not a Klingon word, although it turned out not to be a new mineral either. It seems to have klaprotholite as an alternative spelling.)

current mood: prolix

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Saturday, April 16th, 2005
12:01 pm - word of the day

silaren
jolterheadedness: stupidity. I admit to guessing a bit; the link is to "jolterhead" (dunce, blockhead). This word is from a wordlist (sans definitions) from Webster's 2nd Unabridged.

current mood: wordy

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