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Started by bossab2 on May 17, 2018 6:41:05 PM
Thread to list New Words you've never come across before.

English Ones - with a bit of history.

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widenation - 23 May 2018 13:50:11 (#1 of 214)

Obdurate

browserbutton - 23 May 2018 13:52:57 (#2 of 214)

covary

I was asked to check through a student's CV and saw this word (being used wrongly, it transpired) and immediately thought of 'carvery'.

That made me hungry.

HerrWalrus - 23 May 2018 14:40:52 (#3 of 214)

Osier - a small willow tree. (Name came up when reading a biography of da Vinci).

whitbreadtrophy - 23 May 2018 18:32:58 (#4 of 214)

Tmesis

A rhetorical device which involves splitting a word and inserting another one for added effect. I was abso-fucking-lutely amazed to discover that there was a word for this.

hailesaladdie - 23 May 2018 18:40:10 (#5 of 214)

That is a fan-bloody-tastic word!

SinnerBoy - 23 May 2018 18:41:57 (#6 of 214)

Covary is a new one, it seems as though it should be hyphenated.

hailesaladdie - 23 May 2018 23:01:33 (#7 of 214)

Septentrional

To "North" as Oriental is to "East".

(Or indeed Meridional to South.)

bossab2 - 23 May 2018 23:21:31 (#8 of 214)

Paviour = someone who lays paving.

bossab2 - 23 May 2018 23:25:32 (#9 of 214)

Retrograde = going backwards ( in terms of physical movement, rather than time )

Eg a Retrograde Orbit

Antimatter - 24 May 2018 00:53:02 (#10 of 214)

- Icthyornis - A Fish Bird - https://www.seeker.com/earth/fish-bird-had-avian-beak-and-sharp-curved-dinosaur-teeth

flowbagging - 24 May 2018 01:45:53 (#11 of 214)

ultracrepidarian Expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one's knowledge or expertise.

philodox A person who loves or vehemently propounds his or her own opinions; a dogmatic or argumentative person.

A perfect combination for some.

Poster X is an ultracrepidarian philodox.

Thanks to Susie Dent.

browserbutton - 24 May 2018 07:06:26 (#12 of 214)

All those Mastercheffy words: quenelle, ganache, chiffonade, gremolata...

uranrising - 24 May 2018 10:12:34 (#13 of 214)

You all might be interested in The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich (Harper Collins, U.S., 1994)

As the author says in his preface

- never say indigenous when you can say autochthonous.

You might prefer to be perspicuous than clear.

browserbutton - 24 May 2018 10:15:01 (#14 of 214)

He was a New World wordsmith though.

mememe - 24 May 2018 10:15:11 (#15 of 214)

All those Mastercheffy words: quenelle, ganache, chiffonade, gremolata.

Mostly French.

browserbutton - 24 May 2018 10:17:28 (#16 of 214)

Yes, but they don't sound French when Gregg Wallace plops them out.

mememe - 24 May 2018 10:18:43 (#17 of 214)

True. But then most things that clown says don't make much sense in English.

TenGorillas - 24 May 2018 10:48:06 (#18 of 214)

A yantra. A visual prompt for Buddhist meditation, for instance a mandala.

SinnerBoy - 24 May 2018 14:24:47 (#19 of 214)

flowbagging -

ultracrepidarian Expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one's knowledge or expertise.

Synonyms: SinnerBoy.

TenGorillas - 25 May 2018 09:53:35 (#20 of 214)

Synonyms: indlovubill, surely?

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