A Conversation for The h2g2 Word of the Day (Discontinued)
Word of the day
The Tea Totaller Posted Apr 6, 2000
Bletting - the slow decay of overripe fruit.
Ideas for Word of the Day?
Mathias Uncertain Posted Apr 13, 2000
Could we have notes on etymology please?
As a built environment professional, I note your entry on "Nimby" does not specify that the term arises from "Not In My Back Yard." A more extremist Nimby is known as a "Banana" (I kid you not) from "Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody."
Tum-te-tum. Sorry, I'm just a little bored.
Ideas for Word of the Day?
The Cheese Posted Apr 13, 2000
Campologist - One who studies the ringing of bells.
Zulu One Posted Apr 25, 2000
Actually, you will find that the word is campanologist -- and I manage to annoy one of my friends intensely by calling him it, because he is one!
I have lots of ideas for words of the day -- you could use pleonexia (insane greed) or the adjective micturient (having a need to urinate) or slightly more risquely, epigynum (a female spider's private area).
If you want more, ask me nicely (or even rudely, I don't care) and submit to the BML on my home page (click on my name above for details).
Miss Desinagro (Saint of....) Posted Apr 27, 2000
mar'khor = large spiral-horned! goat of Northern India. mar = serpent
khor = eating.
Q = does it eat snakes or get eaten by them??
ill be back with more random words L8R
Zulu One Posted Apr 28, 2000
OK, nobody asked me nicely, but I'll supply some words anyway.
hemothymia (n) - an irresistible desire to murder someone
caprylic (adj) - smelling like a rank and foetid goat
byental (n) - as one dictionary has it, "the yard of a horse".
I hope this is evocative enough. At least on your next tour of Cornwall, you won't order the fried byental or the Caprylic Cola, at least, not without being well informed...
TechnicolorYawn (Patron Saint of the Morally Moribund) Posted Apr 28, 2000
The act of concealing the truth.
Mike A (snowblind) Posted Apr 28, 2000
Anyone found my words in a dictionary yet?
a hard transparent material.
Being in a habit of saying long words.
Zulu One Posted Apr 29, 2000
I'm not one to split hairs (), but did you know that the root sesquipedalianism actually means being concerned with things a foot and a half long? I refer the reader to my last submission of byental.
btw, another word meaning smelling of goat is "hircine" (adj). More words to follow from Zulu One, your favourite talking thesaururs, a new development of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. I even have a rudimentary personality !
Miss Desinagro (Saint of....) Posted Apr 30, 2000
goat in french is chevre and it is hardy lively frisky horned and bearded ruminant of genus, related animal
its a MAN!!!
Zulu One Posted Apr 30, 2000
OK, how about some more words...
ephemeromorph (n) - the lowest form of life imaginable, so low that it cannot be classified by any other term. Easily recognisable by its use if the bus lane and its intense dislike for the Hitch Hikers' Guide to the Galaxy .
caseate (vi) - to turn into cheese or become cheesy, a phenomenon experienced by most Hollywood films after the first 90mins.
fecaloid (adj) - resembling dung, a more tasteful synonym for the modern 'shitty'.
I hope you can keep up... more words soon!
TechnicolorYawn (Patron Saint of the Morally Moribund) Posted Apr 30, 2000
Along those lines, the word caseous, meaning cheesy. As in 'The majority of current pop music is decidedly caseous.'
Zulu One Posted May 2, 2000
flatus (n) - Latin for a fart (lit. 'a blowing')
macromastia (n) - the condition of having extremely large brests, also:
micromastia (n) - the condition of having extremely small breasts. In the same vein:
bathycolpian (adj) - having a deep and pleasing cleavage
callipygian (adj) - having nicely rounded buttocks, also
pygebombe (n) - someone with nicely rounded buttocks, from the Greek 'pyge' buttocks, and 'bombe' rounded.
Now when you meet an attractive man / woman / Eccentrica Gallumbits / small furry creature from Alpha Centauri, you will be able to pay him/her/it/them a compliment without resorting to such banal language as is the norm with human courtship rituals. As an afterthought, I add a word which you are strongly advised NOT to use as a compliment, at least not without a good pair of running shoes:
cacocallia (n) - the condition of being ugly but sexy.
Peregrin Posted May 2, 2000
This may not be in the dictionary because it's a wossname. You know what I mean. Thingy. I've seen it used though. It is:
Phobophobia - abnormal terror/hatred of everything.
Gigolo - man who is paid by a woman to be her lover.
(strange. We have a rather different name for them around here.)
Zulu One Posted May 3, 2000
Actually, not to nitpick (!), phobophobia is a fear of fear, and it is a real word.
TechnicolorYawn (Patron Saint of the Morally Moribund) Posted May 3, 2000
Aaaah! Some fear! Help! Aiiiiiee!!
Miss Desinagro (Saint of....) Posted May 4, 2000
gotta go find a random word
*looks up* theres one *catches it*
realtor - real-estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors (as opposed to Fakers)
*word flies by* *jumps* missed *jumps higher, catches it*
tanager - American bird of family Thraupidae, the males have brilliant plumage. (so what do the females get - brown??)
Zulu One Posted May 4, 2000
That was singularly uninspiring
Anyway, new words:
janiform (adj) - two-faced, from the Roman two-faced god, Janus, who gives his name to the month January
graveolent (adj) - smelly
fustigate (vt) - to beat to death with a club or stick, from the Latin noun 'fustis' meaning club and the verb 'fustigare' meaning to club
effluvium (n) - a noxious and unseen vapour, from the Latin noun of the same name
The last word forms part of the motto of the Wind Breakers' Club: "E Pluribus, Effluvium" (Out of many, smelly gas). That should keep you busy. Also, I would welcome some feedback regarding what sort of word to include because I have some really disgusting illnesses I would like to share with you, but don't read them while you're eating. Tell me if you would like to see more insults instead.
jasegroom Posted May 5, 2000
I kind of liked the strange compliments, bodily descriptions and insults. I have a rather long list of fantastic words describing sexual perversions, but like you I'm not sure they're suitable for a family website such as this. Try looking up coprophilia and you'll see what I mean.
TechnicolorYawn (Patron Saint of the Morally Moribund) Posted May 5, 2000
Have you seen some of the other threads? Family website? Well, maybe it was intended to be initially, but not many people have stuck to the rules. As long as you don't go into grisly and horrific detail with pictures and labelled sketches etc... Most people can cope with the ~odd~ knob-gag here or there.
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Word of the day
- 101: The Tea Totaller (Apr 6, 2000)
- 102: Mathias Uncertain (Apr 13, 2000)
- 103: The Cheese (Apr 13, 2000)
- 104: Zulu One (Apr 25, 2000)
- 105: Miss Desinagro (Saint of....) (Apr 27, 2000)
- 106: Zulu One (Apr 28, 2000)
- 107: TechnicolorYawn (Patron Saint of the Morally Moribund) (Apr 28, 2000)
- 108: Mike A (snowblind) (Apr 28, 2000)
- 109: Zulu One (Apr 29, 2000)
- 110: Miss Desinagro (Saint of....) (Apr 30, 2000)
- 111: Zulu One (Apr 30, 2000)
- 112: TechnicolorYawn (Patron Saint of the Morally Moribund) (Apr 30, 2000)
- 113: Zulu One (May 2, 2000)
- 114: Peregrin (May 2, 2000)
- 115: Zulu One (May 3, 2000)
- 116: TechnicolorYawn (Patron Saint of the Morally Moribund) (May 3, 2000)
- 117: Miss Desinagro (Saint of....) (May 4, 2000)
- 118: Zulu One (May 4, 2000)
- 119: jasegroom (May 5, 2000)
- 120: TechnicolorYawn (Patron Saint of the Morally Moribund) (May 5, 2000)