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This has nothing to do with food! LOL

If you happen across an unusual word, or a word that isn't used often or spelled strangely.....post it here!

I think we could all benefit from extra vocabulary and their meanings. Just post them as you find them - along with the meaning.

Here are 2 to start with!

Neoteric - recent in origin; modern

Loblolly - a lout; a stupid, rude or awkward person (this one apparently is of British origin - lol

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Modicum- a small portion; a limited quantity

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Haptic

-relating to or based on the sense of touch


-characterized by a predilection for the sense of touch

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I'm fascinated by loblolly, a word I'd never seen before. It seems to have meant a thick gruel or porridge, and also thick mud or morass. I can see how that would come about. But couldn't find any suggestions for its meaning as a lout. There's also a meaning of medicine, but that could have referred to the consistency of medicinal brews long ago. The loblolly pine? Who knows?


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Mona - you are correct on all counts of Loblolly.

This definition was from the Merriam Webster Dictionary from their Words At Play lists....amusing...here's the link for that page and it's explanation of how that word possibly came about.

Loblolly

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Quandam

meaning: former, sometime

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Quandam? Would that maybe be quondam?


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lol...maybe...just maybe...lol That was on one cup of coffee and no glasses. smile

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Allyson, If you got that close to the word, you're doing better than I would. I don't drink coffee, but with no glasses everything says blur blur blur blur blur. Or maybe that's blah blah blah blah. Can't even tell for how long I'm supposed to boil the pasta without reading glasses!


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Mona, that's funny!

The Word for Today - this is me! lol

Circumlocution


Meaning: the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea.


Sometimes I just need to get to the point! lol

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Oh dear! I am guilty of circumlocution!


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lol...too funny....do you know how many people tell me to "get to the point!" lol

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OMG these are hilarious!!

You know, I remember when "humongous" was added to the dictionary! The early 1980s smile

I have a word to contribute: Fraculated - scrambled beyond repair.

And sometimes I feel that way wink

I first heard it in the movie "Mystery Men," and there was a machine that could scramble atoms and molecules. It was called "The Fraculator." One of the characters was worried about being scrambled beyond repair, or "Fraculated."

This word has made its way into the Urban dictionary LOL!!


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I love that word.

I think I'll go and fraculate some eggs! lol

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These words are certainly fun...isn't language a wonderful thing?

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In North Wales there's a phrase that describes someone who goes on and on before getting to the point. It translates as "been all the way around Anglesey". Anglesey is a large island & county off the coast of Caernarfonshire.


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Yes Mona!. I love Wales, visited a couple of times. It's a beautiful part of the world.

A saying in Yorkshire where I was born and raised was similar..."going all around the houses!" lol

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I love this word.

Bombastic

Meaning: "marked by or given to pretentious inflated speech or writing"

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Fraculated! Love it. Despite the wonderful diversity of the English language, there are still situations and feelings and descriptions that somehow - amazingly! - there isn't a word for it. Fraculated fills a gap. I suppose fubar is similar, but not quite as evocative.


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How about jejune? It always looks to me like such a fun word, but means dull or insipid. (Apparently other means are childish, or uninformed.)


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That's a fun spelling! I have seen that before as I recall.

I lost my fun words on my lp - I'll get back to you tomorrow. How's Norway?

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I love jejune! That's a fun word to say. And the first thing that came to my mind is the June bugs we get every spring. Jejune bugs hang around our porch lights and sometime smack me in the head. (Yes, I know that's the wrong definition, but it was fun to say out loud.) jejune jejune jejune!


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What?? Jejune means dull or insipid?

Hmmm... now that I think about it, I've only ever heard it spoken by someone with a French accent, and they usually were referring to someone they didn't think very well of.

It is a fun sounding word though wink


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Rigmarole. Love it. Does anyone know the derivation?


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Mona, I found this after a Google Search - It said it was mid 18th century English and that it was a term from the two words ragman roll which meant that it was paper or a document that had a list of offenses. I will tell you the truth, I have said this word, but had no idea how to spell it. And, I believe I have used it wrong. I think I have used it when I was trying to explain or say there was a crazy situation. I will stop rambling now.


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Yea, I just found the same info....lol

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Shenanigans

A delightful word, though it means mischief, of just a childish sort or purposeful deception.


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Love it!
SHENANIGANS!
I want to have a day of shenanigans and Potato Chips and French Onion Dip!


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I know I used to get into a lot of shenanigans and I do fear it hasn't stopped yet, just taken different form than when I was younger. smile

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Jana - what a great way to view shenanigans. Our younger shenanigans, and now, our adult shenanigans! Does crawling around on the floor with my dogs count as shenanigans. Is that too tame?


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Romping on the floor with dogs sounds like something people should do if they have dogs. Shenanigans are misdeeds of some kind, things you're not really supposed to be doing. But maybe it's context too . . . perhaps if you were avoiding getting yourself showered and dressed up for some event you didn't want to go to by romping with the doggies.

BTW potato chips and onion dip sounds yummy. With or without shenanigans.


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Mona! Thank you. Giggle.
Now I have to come up with a list of real shenanigans!
Let's see . . . .


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