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Started by phanthefuckknowsreindeer on Jan 1, 2022 2:24:03 PM
Words that are often written but rarely spoken

Not necessarily florid language, but a lexicon of words, expressions or figures of speech frequently written and read but infrequently used in everyday conversation, without looking a bit of a twerp.

Come on, own up.

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phanthefuckknowsreindeer - 01 Jan 2022 14:25:20 (#1 of 78)

Allow me to expound.

Stellata - 01 Jan 2022 14:55:42 (#2 of 78)

LOL

indlovubill - 01 Jan 2022 14:56:25 (#3 of 78)

Brexit!

mingmong - 01 Jan 2022 14:59:11 (#4 of 78)

"quotidian", "stakhanovite", "diurnal"

Unused in normal conversation by anyone other than Will Self

HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2022 15:00:16 (#5 of 78)

quotidien, non?

HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2022 15:01:04 (#6 of 78)

Shibboleth.

At least I think so. I'd probably not recognise it if spoken, having no idea how it's pronounced.

HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2022 15:02:01 (#7 of 78)

Oh, it's pronounced how it's spelled.

CarlosFandango - 01 Jan 2022 15:04:45 (#8 of 78)

Diaspora.

Lovely word, deserves more verbal outings.

Elucidate; squarely in bit-of-a-twerp territory.

Verdigris - 01 Jan 2022 15:06:35 (#9 of 78)

squarely in bit-of-a-twerp territory.



Would you care to, er, elucidate?

mingmong - 01 Jan 2022 15:07:10 (#10 of 78)

Critique (as a verb)

Occasionally said by fighty academics having a brains-off, but otherwise confined to the written word

whitbreadtrophy - 01 Jan 2022 15:23:04 (#11 of 78)

"stakhanovite"

I once used that in a meeting at work then immediately regretted it when asked to explain.

ReverendBlueJeans - 01 Jan 2022 15:37:49 (#12 of 78)

Eschew.

bless you...

ReverendBlueJeans - 01 Jan 2022 15:38:53 (#13 of 78)

Sinuous

Cusp

Antedeluvian (sp?)

wickeltisch - 01 Jan 2022 15:52:05 (#14 of 78)

Antedeluvian

Not spoken but often to be heard when Donovan sang about Atlantis in the 60s.

The antediluvian kings colonised the world

browserbutton - 01 Jan 2022 15:52:43 (#15 of 78)

petitio principii

wickeltisch - 01 Jan 2022 15:53:16 (#16 of 78)

I guess colonise is more used in writing than in speaking today.

YuleNeverWalkAlone - 01 Jan 2022 15:55:41 (#17 of 78)

I like 'elucidate', but it's one for testing negotiations, not casual conversation. Less is more.

wickeltisch - 01 Jan 2022 15:57:34 (#18 of 78)

petitio principii

And all the other Latin stuff, eg.

quod erat demonstrandum, errare humanum est, in vino veritas, etcetera etcetera

upgoerfive - 01 Jan 2022 16:31:53 (#19 of 78)

There was a poster of this parish who was upbraided for using the word 'pedagogue' in a work situation.

(For 'upbraided' see also 'castigated'.)

phanthefuckknowsreindeer - 01 Jan 2022 16:52:55 (#20 of 78)

Thank you Rev , eschew was the exact word that set me musing to start this thread. Of course when I came to start it I forgot the word.

Elucidate came to mind as I was writing the header.

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