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Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 16, 2005 08:14PM

Don't be a snerd, or a lumpkin find out which are the 10 best non-dictionary words according to Mirriam-Webster. Some of you may even find it sinspiring.

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Les


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: May 16, 2005 09:49PM

Where's my fav? Chagrimace !



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Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 16, 2005 10:16PM

Johnny, stop your snadriveling and sunch it up like a man.


Les


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: joseph r. torelli (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: May 17, 2005 07:28AM

Farkle: He was so inept, he farkled the whole thing up.


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: May 17, 2005 09:30AM

You're lessing with my head, man


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: May 17, 2005 11:43AM

Cute - thanks.

As a word fiend, I have an instinctive dislike of "neologisms" when people use them to avoid taking the time to improve their vocabulary with existing words.

At the same time, I do enjoy the ones that people blurt out, unawares.

STAGMIRE - I heard a news item once where someone said that a political process was "in a stagmire."

INSIDUOUS - Someone I know said (and was quoted on radio) that something rather shifty and untruthful was "insiduous."

And (confession time) I have contributed to the genre of neologism myself. I coined the term SLUBTLETY (adj. SLUBTLE), which refers to the quality of covert communication with somebody else's date at a gathering.


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: May 17, 2005 03:11PM

GOTTA PUT IT SOMEWHERE


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Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: May 17, 2005 03:17PM

What, ginormous isn't a real word?

pam


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 17, 2005 03:50PM

Chillax is my favorite from that group. Although it might be confused for a cold, cutting tool.


Les


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: Linda (---.l4.c2.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: May 17, 2005 05:08PM

Ginormous is in Chambers 9th edition 2003.
Snirt is in as a smothered laugh. (Scottish)


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 17, 2005 07:13PM

What about smirkle, a cross between a smirk, and a chuckle? Never seen one. Ask G dub, he coined the expression.

Les


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: May 17, 2005 07:16PM

I upchuckle at that one


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: gorow9 (---.prov.east.verizon.net)
Date: May 18, 2005 11:25AM

ubber pronounced oober meaning super

Frequently used sarcastically is uuberific.

How bout super-cala-fragilastic-exbe-alidocious?

~Sarah~


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 18, 2005 12:32PM

Sarah, you're not the only one who brought Mary Poppins into the discussion.
Read the last two paragraphs here:

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Les


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: May 18, 2005 01:34PM

The bike riders got pissed off at me when I called them Pedalphiles, so I guess THAT one ain't goin' in !


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 18, 2005 02:02PM

Oh, I thought that meant flower follower.


Les


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: May 18, 2005 02:53PM

It's not UBBER pronounced OOBER.

It's the German word Über, meaning over, as in Überwältigen, meaning overwhelm, and Überführung, meaning overpass, and Übertreiben, meaning exaggerate.

It's a perfectly ordinary word and prefix in perfectly ordinary German, but beware when you use this neo-prefix (in English) that it carries with it (for English-speakers) echoes of "Deutschland Über Alles," the Nazi anthem, and of Nietzsche's "Superman" (Übermensch).

When I first heard it used in English (20-plus years ago), it was used with awareness of the overtones. It meant "monstrous and/or presumptuous" and was used mockingly of someone demanding ultimate authority or prestige without deserving it.

Since then, I hear it used as a mere superlative, but it's a shame to lose the connotations.


(FYI, the overtone in German is Unterton.)


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: May 18, 2005 03:07PM

over is under?

Sounds Uberwellian to me !


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 18, 2005 08:31PM

grumplain---v.i.

Stop your grumplaining and get on with your life.



Les


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: May 19, 2005 09:21AM

Sounds Orsonwellian to me


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 19, 2005 12:16PM

Sounds Oh Wellian! to me.


Les


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: drpeternsz (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: May 19, 2005 12:31PM

I had a dog named farkle once, but he ran away and joined a cartoon.


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 19, 2005 01:37PM

That's a real slinger.

slinger---n

A zinger that misses the mark.


Re: Webster's favorite non-dictionary words
Posted by: lg (---.dhcp.trlk.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 21, 2005 12:29PM

Viagraine--n.

A headache caused by the husband's new e.d. medication.


Les




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