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    Talking 10 words I didn't know that I didn't know

    Found this article at "MSN Today" thought it was interesting:

    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/featur...SimplyMustKnow

    British novelist Evelyn Waugh once said, "One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilisation or it will die." Editors at MSN Learning & Research picked some of their favorite words to nourish your vocabulary. Some of them you may even use. (Tip: Click to see the full definition and hear the word pronounced.)

    1. Defenestrate: "throw somebody or something out of window: to throw something or somebody out of a window (formal or humorous)"

    It is quite entertaining to defenestrate paper airplanes.

    2. Garbology: "study of waste materials: the study of a cultural group by an examination of what it discards"

    Garbology might be a good career choice for dumpster divers. Recycling may make the job of future garbologists extremely difficult--they'll have less to study.

    3. Digerati: "computer experts: people who have or claim to have a sophisticated expertise in the area of computers, the Internet, and the World Wide Web"

    Not too long ago, computer expertise was considered nerdy. These days, many people strive to be among the digerati.

    4. Antipodes:
    1. "places at opposite sides of world: places at opposite sides of the world from each other, or the areas at the side of the world opposite from a given place"
    2. "opposites: two points, places, or things that are diametrically opposite each other"

    One could say that Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli and Warren "Potsie" Weber are antipodes.

    5. Hallux: "first digit on the foot: the big toe on the human foot, or the first digit on the hind foot of some mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians (technical)"

    The ballerina had her hallux insured for $10 million!

    6. Otiose:
    1. "not effective: with no useful result or practical purpose"
    2. "worthless: with little or no value"
    3. "lazy: unwilling or uninterested in working or being active (archaic)"

    Will e-mail render traditional letter writing otiose? Let's hope not.

    7. Cullet: "glass to be recycled: broken or waste glass returned for recycling"

    Don't forget to take the cullet out to the curbside, and be sure to put it next to the trash, not in it.

    8. Pellucid:
    1. "clear in meaning: easy to understand or clear in meaning (formal)"
    2. "transparent: allowing all or most light to pass through (literary)"

    The police officer's warning was pellucid: drivers must go the speed limit in the school zone.

    9. Borborygmus: "stomach rumble: the rumbling sounds made by the movement of gases in the stomach and intestine (technical)"

    If you lay your head on someone's stomach, you are likely to hear borborygmus.

    10. Embrangle: "perplex somebody: to confuse, perplex, or entangle somebody or something (archaic)"

    As Lord Needlebottom attempted to explain the rules of cricket, his American friends became more and more embrangled.

    For more words, explore Encarta World English Dictionary.

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    I knew # 2 but thanks to you I've expanded my vocabulary.
    I also like to get the word of the day from dictionary.com




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    I get the word of the day too from dictionary.com. I like learning new words.

    BTW today's word was :

    martinet \mar-t'n-ET\, noun:
    1. A strict disciplinarian.
    2. One who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods.

    He is an unmitigated tyrant, a martinet, the sort of man who disapproves of his son's eating the morning oatmeal with sugar -- instead of salt, which he himself prefers.
    --David Quammen, "Punishing Natty," New York Times, April 14, 1985

    His insistence on strict discipline began to earn him a reputation among his men as an unfeeling martinet.
    --Michiko Kakutani, "Still Pondering the Myth Of Custer's Last Stand," New York Times, May 28, 1996

    At first, the recruits hate and fear the sergeant, but gradually they come to realize that he's been turning them into soldiers. It is the example of this unlovable martinet, not the "Good Joe" who replaces him, that will help them survive in combat.
    --Anthony Quinn, "Revolutionary Dead Ends," New York Times, April 29, 2001

    Players coached by him have cursed the day they ever set sight on such a merciless martinet.
    --Gerry Thornley, "Chief architect oversees grand plan," Irish Times, February 19, 2000


    ....I am definitely not a martinet!!! LOL

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    Funny thing I was just looking up some new words to learn and then I saw this!

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    I get word a day too.... I have been opening the dictionary for years and finding a word I didn't know before and learning it.....

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    hmmm - now I'm all embrangled - I didn't know I didn't know these...

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    Well, then, here's today's word of te day:

    crabwise \KRAB-wyz\, adjective:
    1. Sideways.
    2. In a cautiously indirect manner.

    Grass tells this story in awkward fashion, coming at it
    crabwise indeed, with hesitations, shifts of direction, and
    out of sequence, allowing his narrator to display his own
    confusion, uncertainty, resentment of a history that has
    deformed his own life.
    --Allan Massie, review of Crabwalk, by Gunter Grass, [1]The
    Scotsman, April 5, 2003

    Atwood moves crabwise through such questions as the place
    of moral or ideological content in art, the conflict
    between artistic purity and commercial necessity, and the
    nature of the relationship between writer, text and reader.
    --Christopher Tayler, review of Negotiating with the Dead,
    by Margaret Atwood, [2]Sunday Telegraph March 10, 2002

    Without taking his eyes from the road his left hand moved
    seamlessly from the old-fashioned gear stick to Sally's lap
    where, after a brief professional rummage, it moved
    crabwise on to me in the back seat.
    --Sue Arnold, "The difference between a grope and a
    caress," [3]The Independent, October 4, 2003
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    References

    1. http://www.scotsman.com/
    2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
    3. http://www.independent.co.uk/

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    see....I didn't know that I didn't know that one either!!

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    "10. Embrangle: "perplex somebody: to confuse, perplex, or entangle somebody or something (archaic)"
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    Ummm I do that on a daily basis, never realized it had a name!

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    Originally posted by MJsLady
    "10. Embrangle: "perplex somebody: to confuse, perplex, or entangle somebody or something (archaic)"
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    Ummm I do that on a daily basis, never realized it had a name!


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    LOL

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