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Increase Your Vocabulary and Teach Us a New Word

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posted on Mar, 28 2007 @ 06:13 AM
APROPOS • \ap-ruh-POH\ • adjective

: being both relevant and opportune

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posted on Mar, 28 2007 @ 10:00 AM

• \in-VAY\ • verb
: to protest or complain bitterly or vehemently : rail
Example Sentence:
The senator inveighed against the new FDA regulations, claiming they allow loopholes for manufacturers.

Did you know?
You might complain or grumble about some wrong you see, or, for a stronger effect, you can "inveigh" against it. "Inveigh" comes from the Latin verb "invehere," which joins the prefix "in-" with the verb "vehere," meaning "to carry." "Invehere" literally means "to carry in," and when "inveigh" first appeared in English, it was also used to mean "to carry in" or "to introduce." Extended meanings of "invehere," however, are "to force one's way into," "attack," and "to assail with words," and that's where the current sense of "inveigh" comes from. A closely related word is "invective," which means "insulting or abusive language." This word, too, ultimately comes from "invehere."
Webster's word of the day

posted on Mar, 28 2007 @ 10:38 AM
The action or habit of judging something to be worthless

posted on Mar, 29 2007 @ 08:01 AM

A projection, or a stubby appendage.

posted on Mar, 29 2007 @ 09:44 AM

Originally posted by yeahright
The action or habit of judging something to be worthless

This is one situation where the definition suits the word! If you can't pronounce it, it's worthless
yeahright, that is a whopper of a word


bucolic • \byoo-KAH-lik\ • adjective
1 : of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : pastoral
*2 : relating to or typical of rural life
Example Sentence:
While sitting in rush hour traffic, Cecilia often daydreamed about living in a little house in a quiet, bucolic setting.
Did you know?
We get "bucolic" from the Latin word "bucolicus," which is ultimately from the Greek word "boukolos," meaning "cowherd." When "bucolic" was first used in English in the early 17th century, it meant "pastoral" in a narrow sense -- that is, it referred to things related to shepherds or herdsmen and in particular to pastoral poetry. Later in the 19th century, it was applied more broadly to things rural or rustic. "Bucolic" has also been occasionally used as a noun meaning "a pastoral poem" or "a bucolic person."

MW word of the day

posted on Apr, 2 2007 @ 09:07 AM
cellubore: a person whose use of his/her cell phone is out of control to the annoyance and inconvenience of others


posted on Apr, 2 2007 @ 09:33 AM
Codswallop. Yep, it's a real word. It basically means

codswallop definition
Chiefly British Slang
Nonsense; rubbish.


posted on Apr, 2 2007 @ 09:42 AM

rih-BAR-buh-tiv\ *adjective

meaning : repellent, irritating

Example Sentence:
Adrianna frequently wrote to her local newspaper to complain about the redundant headlines, rebarbative editorial commentary, and grammatical errors.
Did you know?
You may be surprised to learn that today's word traces back to the Latin word for "beard" -- "barba" -- making it a very distant relative of the English word "beard." But there is some sense to the connection. After all, beards may not be repellent, but they can be prickly and scratchy! Another descendant of Latin "barba" is the English word "barb," which can refer to a sharp projection (as found on barbed wire) or a biting critical remark, both of which can discourage others from getting too close. MW Word of the day

posted on Apr, 2 2007 @ 01:54 PM
lacking in courage and resolution; contemptibly fearful; cowardly

posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 11:25 AM
pathologically excessive (and often incoherent) talking

posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 11:41 AM
Houghmagandy: Fornication

*now if anybody could tell me how to pronounce it that'd be great... I'm thinking: Ho-ma-gandy

posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 11:58 AM
I think it's pronounced like- "hock (or "hoch") magandy". Scottish, as in Robert Burns's Gie The Lass Her Fairing-

"The mair ye bang the mair she squeals
And hey for houghmagandie. "

Personally, I'm partial to the term "rogering".

[Edit to add] That's "hoch" with the rolling sound like you're trying to hork up a hairball, not the "ch" as in "cheese".

[edit on 4/5/2007 by yeahright]

posted on Apr, 18 2007 @ 11:28 AM
a traditional notion that is obstinately held although it is unreasonable; a person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice; an erroneous practice, use of language, or belief that is obstinately adhered to.

So, someone's obstinate adherence to a belief that is obviously wrong.

Not that it would ever come up in conversation at ATS.

posted on Apr, 19 2007 @ 01:09 PM
Marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness; Stubbornly resistant to control.

posted on Apr, 19 2007 @ 01:21 PM
Usucaption is a concept found in civil law systems and has its origin in the Roman law of property.

Put simply, usucaption is a method by which ownership of property can be gained by lapse of time. While usucaption has been compared with adverse possession (i.e. squatting), the true effect of Usucaption is to remedy defects in title.

The necessity for Usucaption arose in Roman law with the divide between res mancipi and res nec mancipi. Res mancipi required elaborate and inconvenient methods to transfer title. Res nec manicipi could be transferred by traditio (delivery).

If res mancipi were transferred by traditio, full ownership would not pass and the recipient would become a Bonitary Owner. However, if the bonitary owner kept the res in his possession for a certain amount of time (2 years for land, 1 year for chattels) his title would become full title and he could assert himself as dominus.

posted on Apr, 19 2007 @ 01:40 PM
Good one. I think my new custom title will be "Dominus Bonitary". Or does that sound too Masonic?

posted on Apr, 19 2007 @ 01:45 PM

Pronunciation: "dis-"kal-'kyü-lE-&
Function: noun
: impairment of mathematical ability due to an organic condition of the brain.

posted on Apr, 19 2007 @ 02:15 PM
peckerwood ~ a woodpecker with an attitude problem

posted on Apr, 19 2007 @ 08:06 PM
Perspicacious: insightful
pulchritude: pertaining to primping/personal grooming

posted on Apr, 19 2007 @ 08:09 PM
This is more fun than the board game "Balderdash".

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