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I found this one today - it's a Scottish remake and is used for somebody who "talks foolishly at length!"

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Mug - a little word with so many and varied meanings.

I know it as (1) something I can drink my tea out of, (2) a fool, (3) someone's face, (4) to make silly faces, (5) to rob someone in a public place.

But the Oxford English Dictionary informs me of this meaning:
[‘ A mist, a fog; light rain or drizzle; a dull, damp, or gloomy atmosphere.’] I'd never heard that, but it's obviously related to muggy describing a hot really humid day.

How many of these did other people know?

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What was the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2015?


. . . . I think perhaps the end is truly nigh when even the OED abandons words for an emoji.

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I rather like the word quillet, but I think it's probably not a word in current use, even though quibble still is.

Wikipedia English explains it:
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Trivial objections (also referred to as hair-splitting, nothing but objections, barrage of objections and banal objections) is an informal logical fallacy where irrelevant and sometimes frivolous objections are made to divert the attention away from the topic that is being discussed. This type of argument is called a "quibble" or "quillet". Trivial objections are a special case of red herring.

Plenty of that around.

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A useful sort of word, but not one I've seen before: mattoid (n. & adj.)

It's a person "displaying erratic, eccentric, or somewhat paranoid behaviour".

Apparently, it's rare as an adjective meaning "displaying erratic behaviour".

I was going to say it applied to a lot of what you see on the Internet, but some of it is full-blow paranoid behaviour.

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Oxford sent me the word for today: rannygazoo. It means, they say, "Nonsense, deception; foolishness, fuss, exaggeration; (also) an instance of this; a prank, a trick." I guess it shounds like that kind of word. It lists it as British and US usage, and gives an example from a Canadian newspaper.

But my question is: Has anyone ever heard or seen this word used?

I certainly haven't. But I rather like it - it's sounds like what it is.

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ridibund, adj.
[‘ Inclined to laughter; happy, lively.’]

I think the word ridibund may make me ridibund.

Maybe it's because it seems to me a combination of ridiculous and moribund, which doesn't much make sense. Though, seriously, I think ridiculous might include the same root. Anybody know?

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I love this word!

I agree with your sentence, Mona!


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philodox, noun

The Oxford dictionary says it's "a person who loves or vehemently propounds his or her own opinions; a dogmatic or argumentative person."

We come across these folk a lot - especially in an election year.

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I've really taken to this word, can't wait to use it.

nullibiquitous, adj.

It means 'existing nowhere'.


It would describe nicely some children's homework.

Anymore suggestions for things that are nullibiquitous?

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