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dgstone commented on the word flamaecious
This word is not in the dictionary even though I think it really should be.This comes from the words "to flame." This is an adjective used to describe passionate personalities whose behaviors are uninhibited and loud.
March 21, 2008
dgstone commented on the word tryst
I use this word on a regular basis. It is used in literature, music and TV, so I am a little stunned that people don't know how its pronounced.
dgstone commented on the word nitrogenous
I can't believe that this is the first time this word has been wordied.
March 19, 2008
dgstone commented on the word posse comitatus
"The body of persons that a peace officer of a county is empowered to call upon for assistance in preserving the peace, making arrests, and serving writs."
March 16, 2008
dgstone commented on the word paradigm
Official Definition #3: An example serving as a model; pattern. Its meaning probably extends from its alternate definitions: "a display in fixed arrangement of such a set, as boy, boy's, boys, boys'" and "a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, esp. the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme."
dgstone commented on the word quasimodo
French meaning "newborn babes" or "just born children," but the name also came to carry the connotation of misshapen after the Hunchback of Notre Dame was published, and then "half formed" after Disney's version of the book came out.
dgstone commented on the word babushka
An elderly Russian woman, especially one that is a grandmother.
dgstone commented on the word ollivander
Encountered it through Harry Potter. Pronounced "ohl·lee·van·der," I think.
dgstone commented on the word anastasia
I pronounce this as "ahna·stahz·she·a."
dgstone commented on the word pentadecafluorooctanoic acid
See perfluorooctanic acid (C8HF15O2). It is called PFOA or C8 for short. An ingredient in Teflon and some carpet stain repellents; it is being phased out because it accumulates in the environment and mammalian fat cells and does not biodegrade in a timely fashion, when it biodegrades at all that is. Relatively safe; just don't work in or live near a Teflon factory until it has been completely phased out.
March 15, 2008
dgstone commented on the word perfluorooctanoic acid
Its full name is pentadecafluorooctanoic acid.
dgstone commented on the word squamous
Apparently this is pronounced "squay·mis" rather than "squam·is."
dgstone commented on the word ennui
Pronounced "ahn·new·ee." Gorey's Gashleycrumb Tinies was a stroke of genius.
dgstone commented on the word indubitably
"We certainly are entertaining, Mac." "Indubitably, Tosh!"
dgstone commented on the word anti-grav device
Commonly used by Science Fiction fans. In my house, we also use it in place of "bra."
dgstone commented on the word anthropomorphize
Sadly, IQ testers are rarely as smart as the person reading the test results. A sane smart person rarely decides to do repetitious tasks like that if they can help it. BTW, I exaggerated a bit. She wasn't completely speechless. She had the presence of mind to ask me how to spell it after a 30 second delay. *sigh*
dgstone commented on the word havre de grace
Pronounced "havre deh gras." The name of the town I was born in. A beautiful place with a beautiful name.
dgstone commented on the user reesetee
Yes, yes. I am definitely one of those. Many words sound beautiful to me, just like a song, so it makes sense that they would get stuck in my head.
Define "us" (in your comments to me). If you mean a Wordie, I definitely, definitely am. I am thrilled to have StumbledUpon this site.
March 14, 2008
dgstone commented on the word different kettle of fish
Use this to finish the phrase, "Marching to the beat of a..."
dgstone commented on the word windego
Algonquin for "the hunger." The name of a cannibalistic spirit with an insatiable hunger for human flesh.
dgstone commented on the word heroes
Pronounced as "ear·row·ehz" in Spanish.
I dropped this bomb on my IQ tester. She was speechless.
dgstone commented on the word verdant
I only wish to expand on the connotation that this word carries for me. I use it to refer to a vegetative landscape in a light spring or summer shower. The plants look gorgeous and lush because the the central vacuole is swollen with water.
dgstone commented on the word algonquin
Algonquin is a gorgeous language, period.
dgstone commented on the word polymimetic
Used in the Terminator movies and Science Fiction books to describe beings that can take on the shape of objects in their environment.
dgstone commented on the word satiation
Looks clunky, yet flows so well when spoken aloud.
dgstone commented on the word indicative
This word really gets me somehow. I love the way it sounds, and enunciating those two hard syllables in the middle always feels a little exciting and dangerous for me, like it is in danger of falling apart at the junction of those two syllables.
dgstone commented on the word the vox populi
Latin for the "voice of the people."
dgstone commented on the word visage
I like how severe this word sounds when said out loud.
dgstone commented on the word voilà!
Directions: Use with faux-Italian accent.
dgstone commented on the word colloquial
This word is pleasing to the eyes but its rhythm is a little strange for my ears.
dgstone commented on the word a different kettle of fish
A play on "marches to the beat of a different drum", but its such a good phrase that I feel its usage should be expanded.
dgstone commented on the word marches to a different kettle of fish
Using this is proof that you do not in fact march to a different kettle of anything. ;)
dgstone commented on the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
I love the way "expialidocious" sounds when said aloud, but the rest of the word isn't impressive enough to end up on my list.
dgstone commented on the word quid pro quo
Latin for "something for something." Why does the word quo instantly make anything its part of sound like something used by turned-noses?
dgstone commented on the word wendigo
Prounounced "wen-dee-go", which is Algonquin for "the hunger." A malevolent cannibalistic spirit whose appetite for human flesh can never be satiated.
dgstone commented on the word that's so grey's anatomy
Based off the TV drama "Grey's Anatomy", used to describe events involving people with unnecessarily melodramatic sex lives.
March 13, 2008
dgstone commented on the word post hoc ergo propter hoc
This means, "After it, therefore because of it." President Josiah Bartlet: "Do you know when we lost Texas, CJ? CJ Cregg: "When you learned to speak Latin?"President Josiah Bartlet:"Go figure."- West Wing
dgstone commented on the word often
Brings to mind a section in the Pirates of Penzance.
dgstone commented on the word kaliningrad
Kaliningrad is a city in western Russia that sits on the Baltic Sea, near the Polish border. The city itself is nothing special, but its name said aloud is like music to my ears.
dgstone commented on the word mugwump
I get words stuck in my head like songs get stuck in others' heads. Mugwump is one of these words because its just so gosh darn fun to say. I picked it up from the Harry Potter books, but I had no idea it was an actual word until recently.
dgstone commented on the word out of left blue
My friend Alan uses this phrase regularly. It started as an accidental bastardization of the two phrases "out of the blue" and "out of left field," but no one caught the mistake for years, not even his wife. Because the four words flow so well together, we now shamelessly use this phrase to replace "out of the blue."
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ruzuzu commented on the user dgstone
I like your comment on perfluorooctanoic acid.
August 13, 2015
reesetee commented on the user dgstone
"Us" meaning onomatomaniacs, a subgroup of Wordies. And welcome to the club! :-D
Uh oh. Another one of us. ;-)
mollusque commented on the user dgstone
Welcome, dgstone! Your comment on mugwump marks you as afflicted with (reveling in?) onomatomania.
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