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  • the Greek cousin of circumlocution

    December 13, 2006

  • This word is French -- it means immovable or unshakeable.

    December 10, 2006

  • The singular of agenda -- and better because it means that there's less that you have to do!

    December 9, 2006

  • What about adding words in other languages? Although I suppose there's nothing stopping me from listing words from whatever language(s) I fancy, I'm curious to know what you and others think about this. It could create a problem for trying to look up the word for example in the English Wikipedia though.

    December 8, 2006

  • Scintillate, scintillate, globule lucific.
    Fain would I fathom thy nature specific.

    (a more, ahem, wordy version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

    December 7, 2006

  • This site is brilliant! One feature I'd like to see though is an optional spellchecker before I add my words to my list -- it's a nuisance to have to open up another browser window just because I can't quite remember how many p's are in hippopotomonstrosesquippedalian or something.

    December 2, 2006

  • There's a story that in 1843, after annexing the Indian province of Sind, British General Sir Charles Napier sent home a telegram with the one word, "Peccavi" implying "I have Sind."

    Then later, when another general annexed another Indian province, some wit wrote:

    "Peccavi" - I've Sind - wrote Napier so proud;
    More briefly Dalhousie wrote "Vovi" - I've Oudh.

    (Peccavi in Latin is "I have sinned;" vovi is "I vowed")

    Source: http://wordsmith.org/awad/awadmail167.html

    December 2, 2006

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