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Expand your vocabulary
    #2791287 - 06/14/04 12:53 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Elucidation
Main Entry: elu?ci?date
Pronunciation: i-'l?-s&-"dAt
Function: verb
transitive senses : to make lucid especially by explanation or analysis
intransitive senses : to give a clarifying explanation
synonym see EXPLAIN

Loquacious
Main Entry: lo?qua?cious
Pronunciation: lO-'kwA-sh&s
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin loquac-, loquax, from loqui to speak
1 : full of excessive talk : WORDY
2 : given to fluent or excessive talk : GARRULOUS
synonym see TALKATIVE

Napiform
Main Entry: na?pi?form
Pronunciation: 'nA-p&-"form
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin napus turnip (perhaps from Greek napy, sinapy mustard) + International Scientific Vocabulary -iform
: globular at the top and tapering off abruptly -- used especially of roots

Obsequious
Main Entry: ob?se?qui?ous
Pronunciation: &b-'sE-kwE-&s, ?b-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, compliant, from Latin obsequiosus, from obsequium compliance, from obsequi to comply, from ob- toward + sequi to follow -- more at OB-, SUE
: marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
synonym see SUBSERVIENT

Obfuscate
Main Entry: ob?fus?cate
Pronunciation: '?b-f&-"skAt; ?b-'f&s-"kAt, &b-
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -cat?ed; -cat?ing
Etymology: Late Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare, from Latin ob- in the way + fuscus dark brown -- more at OB-, DUSK
1 a : DARKEN b : to make obscure
2 : CONFUSE

Ubiquitous
Main Entry: ubiq?ui?tous
Pronunciation: y?-'bi-kw&-t&s
Function: adjective
: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : WIDESPREAD
- ubiq?ui?tous?ly adverb
- ubiq?ui?tous?ness noun

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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: Shroomism]
    #2791527 - 06/14/04 03:43 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: Shroomism]
    #2791559 - 06/14/04 04:14 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Pulchritude
n.
-Great physical beauty and appeal.
-That quality of appearance which pleases the eye; beauty; comeliness; grace; loveliness.


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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: Shroomism]
    #2791609 - 06/14/04 05:16 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

man i shoulda red this before my last post. Was feelin Loquacious, and could have used your big ass words to help elucidate the situation
thats alright, now i know :lipsrsealed:


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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: Shroomism]
    #2791641 - 06/14/04 06:16 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

cal?li?pyg?i?an  (kl-pj-n) also cal?li?py?gous (-pgs)
adj.
Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

[From Greek kallipugos : kalli-, beautiful (from kallos, beauty) + pug, buttocks.]
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pro?le?gom?e?non    (prl-gm-nn, -nn)
n. pl. pro?le?gom?e?na (-n)
A preliminary discussion, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity.
prolegomena (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Prefatory remarks or observations.

[Greek, from neuter present passive participle of prolegein, to say beforehand  : pro-, before; see pro-2 + legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European Roots.]
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tac?i?turn  (ts-t?rn)
adj.
Habitually untalkative. See Synonyms at silent.

[French taciturne, from Old French, from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus, silent. See tacit.]
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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: Shroomism]
    #2791668 - 06/14/04 07:10 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

We Asians don't need to expand our vocabulary bank.

My SAT score speaks for itself!


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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: daba]
    #2791731 - 06/14/04 08:42 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

oh boy, SAT-score battles (again)...
should we post raw scores, or are percentiles enough?
(last time, i was accused of lying, hehheh...)
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that word "ubiquitous" - man, it's like i'm seeing it everywhere i look...
hehheh...
is there a relationship between "iniquity" & "ubiquity" ?
hehheh...


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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: Shroomism]
    #2791734 - 06/14/04 08:46 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

elucidation --- hmmm, root-word L. "lux" = light...
thus, elucidation is the process of leading one from the darkness of ignorance into the light of knowledge...


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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: Shroomism]
    #2791826 - 06/14/04 10:50 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Great thread! I love words and language. I can't copy and paste the "special letters for pronounciation so y'all are just gonna have to look these up on dictionary.com if you want to know how to pronounce them.

he?don?ism

n.
Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
Philosophy. The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good.
Psychology. The doctrine holding that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.

mo?tile adj.

Biology. Moving or having the power to move spontaneously: motile spores.
Psychology. Of or relating to mental imagery that arises primarily from sensations of bodily movement and position rather than from visual or auditory sensations.

(I just opened the dictionary to the above and thought it would be appropriate for you guys!)

Prig (used in G.Britain)
N.

n.
A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
Chiefly British. A petty thief or pickpocket.
Archaic. A conceited dandy; a fop.


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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: gnrm23]
    #2791885 - 06/14/04 11:29 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

My obfuscation was ubiquitous until elucidation


Peripatetic
Main Entry: 1peri?pa?tet?ic
Pronunciation: "per-&-p&-'te-tik
Function: noun
1. Walking about or from place to place; traveling on foot.
2. Peripatetic Of or relating to the philosophy or teaching methods of Aristotle, who conducted discussions while walking about in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.
plural : movement or journeys hither and thither

Malapropism
Main Entry: mal?a?prop?ism
Pronunciation: 'ma-l&-"pr?-"pi-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: Mrs. Malaprop, character noted for her misuse of words in R. B. Sheridan's comedy The Rivals (1775)
1 : the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially : the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context
2 : MALAPROP

Paronomasia
Main Entry: par?o?no?ma?sia
Pronunciation: "par-&-nO-'mA-zh(E-)&, "par-"?-n&-'mA-
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin, from Greek, from paronomazein to call with a slight change of name, from para- + onoma name -- more at NAME
: a play on words : PUN

Obiter Dictum
Main Entry: obi?ter dic?tum
Pronunciation: "O-b&-t&r-'dik-t&m, "?-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural obiter dic?ta /-t&/
Etymology: Late Latin, literally, something said in passing
1 : an incidental and collateral opinion that is uttered by a judge but is not binding
2 : an incidental remark or observation, a passing comment

onychophagia
(on-i-ko-FAY-juh, -jee-uh)
1 : the practice of biting one's nails

Sentient
Main Entry: sen?tient
Pronunciation: 'sen(t)-sh(E-)&nt, 'sen-tE-&nt
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin sentient-, sentiens, present participle of sentire to perceive, feel
1 : responsive to or conscious of sense impressions
2 : AWARE
3 : finely sensitive in perception or feeling
- sen?tient?ly adverb

Amorphous
Main Entry: amor?phous
Pronunciation: &-'mor-f&s
Function: adjective
Etymology: Greek amorphos, from a- + morphE form
1 a : having no definite form : SHAPELESS b : being without definite character or nature : UNCLASSIFIABLE c : lacking organization or unity
2 : having no real or apparent crystalline form : UNCRYSTALLIZED
- amor?phous?ly adverb
- amor?phous?ness noun

Epuration
epuration (ep-yuh-RAY-shun) noun

Purification, especially removal of officials or politicians believed to
be disloyal; purge.

[From French epuration, epurer, to purify + ation.]

Quintessential
Main Entry: quin?tes?sence
Pronunciation: kwin-'te-s&n(t)s
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French quinte essence, from Medieval Latin quinta essentia, literally, fifth essence
1 : the fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies
2 : the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
3 : the most typical example or representative

Trepidation
Main Entry: trep?i?da?tion
Pronunciation: "tre-p&-'dA-sh&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin trepidation-, trepidatio, from trepidare to tremble, from trepidus agitated; probably akin to Old English thrafian to urge, push, Greek trapein to press grapes
1 archaic : a tremulous motion : TREMOR
2 : timorous uncertain agitation : APPREHENSION
synonym see FEAR

Inamorata
Main Entry: in?amo?ra?ta
Pronunciation: i-"na-m&-'r?-t&
Function: noun
Etymology: Italian innamorata, from feminine of innamorato, past participle of innamorare to inspire with love, from in- (from L) + amore love, from Latin amor -- more at AMOROUS
: a woman with whom one is in love or has intimate relations

Fecundity
Main Entry: fe?cund
Pronunciation: 'fe-k&nd, 'fE-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French fecond, from Latin fecundus -- more at FEMININE
1 : fruitful in offspring or vegetation : PROLIFIC
2 : intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree
synonym see FERTILE

Luminescence
Main Entry: lu?mi?nes?cence
Pronunciation: -'ne-s&n(t)s
Function: noun
: the low-temperature emission of light (as by a chemical or physiological process); also : light produced by luminescence
- lu?mi?nes?cent /-s&nt/ adjective

Aestheticism
Main Entry: aes?thet?i?cism
Pronunciation: es-'the-t&-"si-z&m, is-
Function: noun
1 : a doctrine that the principles of beauty are basic to other and especially moral principles
2 : devotion to or emphasis on beauty or the cultivation of the arts

Hypnagogic
Main Entry: hyp?na?go?gic
Variant(s): also hyp?no?go?gic /"hip-n&-'g?-jik, -'gO-/
Function: adjective
Etymology: French hypnagogique, from Greek hypn- + -agOgos leading, inducing, from agein to lead -- more at AGENT
: of, relating to, or associated with the drowsiness preceding sleep
2. that state between being awake and falling sleep, sometimes associates with visual and auditory hallucination

Hypnopompic
Main Entry: hyp?no?pom?pic
Pronunciation: "hip-n&-'p?m-pik
Function: adjective
Etymology: hypn- + Greek pompE act of sending -- more at POMP
: associated with the semiconsciousness preceding waking


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    #2791930 - 06/14/04 11:54 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Main Entry: phenol
Pronunciation: 'fE-"nOl, -"nol, fi-'
Function: noun
Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary phen- + 3-ol
1 : a corrosive poisonous crystalline acidic compound C6H5OH present in coal tar and wood tar that in dilute solution is used as a disinfectant
2 : any of various acidic compounds analogous to phenol and regarded as hydroxyl derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons

Used in a sentence:

I was standing at a railway station, waiting for a friend, and a Union Pacific freight train passed through. It was a long freight train, and like many that run through these parts was comprised mostly of flat cars piled high with giant fresh cut logs.

I'm standing about twenty feet away, watching these giant logs pass by, attempting to braille the meaning of all this sheer mass with my feet, as the ground trembles and shakes beneath all this sheer industrial weight rolling by to the unsyncopated clammer of a noise comprised of a deafening rumble, interspersed with the occasional screech and whine of grinding metal under stress, and I notice the truly unique and important sight in all this -- the vision; the important symbol; the thing that will stick with me like the old gum on the bottom of a leather-soled shoe on a hot day...

Towards the end of the train, two black tank cars passed by. They were each shaped like what I image the outside of the belly of the whale would have looked like, if one could have crawled outside of the belly, but still remained somewhere inside the whale, and taken a quick look back. However, what was odd about these cars, and would affix them to my singular consciousness, was the particular shade of black that they were: an extremely matte black. In fact, so matte black, as to absorb all light. As if covered in the soot of the ages; the very essence of fashionable anthracite gray; like a pair of stealth vampire apparitions gliding down the rails of history -- on who's side was stenciled in an impossibly bright white paint: "Molten Phenol!"


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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: Papaver]
    #2791932 - 06/14/04 11:57 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

heheheh... I was waiting for you to show up

I know you have an arsenal of uncommon words at your disposal....

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    #2791957 - 06/14/04 12:07 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

:handth: :popcorn: :pimpin: Very nice indeed.


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    #2791970 - 06/14/04 12:10 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Folderol
Definition:

1. [n] ornamental objects of no great value
2. [n] nonsensical talk or writing


Synonyms: applesauce, codswallop, falderal, frills, gimcrackery, gimcracks, nonsense, rubbish, trash, tripe, trumpery, trumpery, wish-wash

See Also: drivel, stuff, sundries, sundry, whatchamacallit, whatsis


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    #2792068 - 06/14/04 12:44 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Main Entry: phenolic
Pronunciation: fi-'nO-lik, -'n?-
Function: adjective
1 a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a phenol b : containing or derived from a phenol
2 : of, relating to, or being a phenolic

Main Entry: Foucauldean
Pronunciation: f?-'kO-dE-&n
Function: adjective
Etymology: Spontaneously sprang from the late 20th Century linguistic ether
1 : of or relating to Michel Foucault or his philosophy

Main Entry: Derridean
Pronunciation: der-id-E-&n
Function: adjective
Etymology: Millions of tiny Japanese samurai deconstruction nano-bots
1 : of or relating to Jacques Derrida or his philosophy

Main Entry: Cartesian
Pronunciation: k?r-'tE-zh&n
Function: adjective
Etymology: New Latin cartesianus, from Cartesius Descartes
1 : of or relating to Ren? Descartes or his philosophy

Main Entry: Artesian
Pronunciation: k?r-'tE-zh&n
Function: adjective
Etymology: French art?sien, literally, of Artois, from Old French, from Arteis Artois, France; Late 20th Century American advertising.
1 : Of or pertaining to Artois (anciently called Artesium), in France.
2 : A type of well.
3 : A mythical creature spawned from a Henry Weinhard's beer advertising campaign. As in, "I Brake For Artesians" bumper-stickers.


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    #2792300 - 06/14/04 01:52 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Ok, here's the real goods! I had to sort of stitch this definition together on my own, so it may not be up to Merriam Webster's standards, but the gist of it is here. It's one of my favorite words, as it represents a concept in art which has been very near and dear to me over the years, and a concept which I think finds some really good traction when used elsewhere.

Word: Pentimenti

Etymolgy: From Italian pentimento (repentance), from pentire (to repent), from Latin paenitere (to regret).

Meaning: A ghost image. Something painted out of a picture by an artist which later becomes visible again. Often ascribed to a later accidental revealing of hidden structure or of change in direction/design on the artist's part. However, in much Modern Art, with its emphasis on process, there is often inconsequential, or intentional, pentimenti, such as in the works of Willem de Kooning, or Richard Diebenkorn. Although, primarily an art term, it can also be applied in other fields with often most excellent results. Examples might include: ideological-pentimenti, semiotic-pentimenti, cultural-pentimenti, et cetera.

Here it is used in a sentence, in a non-art sense, and used to emphasize a perceived change in direction, and a dichotomy between present and past. Although, the narrator of this little piece may not be on the most stable of ground to make such judgments... :wink:

After weeks in the library, tirelessly scanning the microfilm and old videos of his past speeches and deeds, his ideological pentimenti began to overtake my internalized construction of him, and was much at odds to the well-crafted public personae being packaged and sold to us on the television. This dichotomy began to fuel a schism in mind mind, as if a deep semiotic wedge was being hammered between the two hemispheres of my cerebral lobes -- each lobe containing a different construction of him, and each lobe in violent opposition with the other -- a wide gap was forming, and the headaches were getting worse.

The latest pills from Doctor Jordon were not working, and I wasn't sure he could be trusted anymore, anyway. Especially, since that one night, when I emptied all the pills out of all the bottles, and spread them out across the living room floor; end to end; top to bottom; arranged in a huge matrix; by order of the numbers on each pill, and by their colors, in concert with the messages coming from the television. I can't even recount what I saw, when I was done, in that giant rasterization of pharmacological-dystopia -- having necessarily blotted it out of my mind, as a trauma survival tactic -- but it wasn't good. The voices were piling up, and most of them said that he was one of them. Not only he, but the other he as well. In fact, they both were part of them. Something needed to be done. Action must be taken...


PS: My mind's in a weird writing place this morning. It must have been the peyote the other night...


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    #2794517 - 06/15/04 11:38 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Today's Theme: Consensus reality, and it's relation to both, the deeds of man, and the non-atomic spirit world of ideas?

Main Entry: pla?ton?ic
Pronunciation: pl&-'t?-nik, plA-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin platonicus, from Greek platOnikos, from PlatOn Plato
1 capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of Plato or Platonism
2 a : relating to or based on platonic love; also : experiencing or professing platonic love b : of, relating to, or being a relationship marked by the absence of romance or sex
3 : NOMINAL, THEORETICAL
- pla?ton?i?cal?ly /-ni-k(&-)lE/ adverb

Main Entry: veri?si?mil?i?tude
Pronunciation: -s&-'mi-l&-"t?d, -"ty?d
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin verisimilitudo, from verisimilis verisimilar, from veri similis like the truth
1 : the quality or state of being verisimilar
2 : something verisimilar
- veri?si?mil?i?tu?di?nous /-"mi-l&-'t?d-n&s, -'ty?d-; -'t?-d&n-&s, -'ty?-/ adjective

Main Entry: veri?sim?i?lar
Pronunciation: "ver-&-'si-m&-l&r, -'sim-l&r
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin verisimilis
1 : having the appearance of truth : PROBABLE
2 : depicting realism (as in art or literature)
- veri?sim?i?lar?ly adverb

Main Entry: vir?tu?al
Pronunciation: 'v&r-ch&-w&l, -ch&l; 'v&rch-w&l
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, possessed of certain physical virtues, from Medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus strength, virtue
1 : being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted
2 : of, relating to, or using virtual memory
3 : of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence -- compare REAL 3

Main Entry: sim?u?la?crum
Pronunciation: "sim-y&-'la-kr&m, -'lA-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural sim?u?la?cra /-kr&/; also -crums
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, from simulare
1 : IMAGE, REPRESENTATION

2 : an insubstantial form or semblance of something : TRACE

Main Entry: sig?ni?fi?er
Pronunciation: 'sig-n&-"fI(-&)r
Function: noun
1 : one that signifies
2 : a symbol, sound, or image (as a word) that represents an underlying concept or meaning -- compare SIGNIFIED

Main Entry: trompe l'oeil
Pronunciation: (")tromp-'l&i, trOnp-l[OE]i
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: French trompe-l'[oe]il, literally, deceive the eye
1 : a style of painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail; also : the use of similar technique in interior decorating
2 : a trompe l'oeil painting or effect

Main Entry: chiar?oscu?ro
Pronunciation: -'skyur-(")O, -'skur-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ros
Etymology: Italian, from chiaro clear, light + oscuro obscure, dark
1 : pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color
2 a : the arrangement or treatment of light and dark parts in a pictorial work of art b : the interplay or contrast of dissimilar qualities (as of mood or character)
3 : a 16th century woodcut technique involving the use of several blocks to print different tones of the same color; also : a print made by this technique
4 : the interplay of light and shadow on or as if on a surface
5 : the quality of being veiled or partly in shadow

Main Entry: ve?ri?tas
Pronunciation: 'wA-ri-"t?s
Usage: foreign term
Etymology: Latin
1 : truth


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Re: Expand your vocabulary [Re: Shroomism]
    #2794578 - 06/15/04 11:58 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Yamete, oshiri ga itai! (Stop, my butt hurts!) :smirk:


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