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quaxanta commented on the word periphrasis
the Greek cousin of circumlocution
December 13, 2006
quaxanta commented on the word inébranlable
This word is French -- it means immovable or unshakeable.
December 10, 2006
quaxanta commented on the word agendum
The singular of agenda -- and better because it means that there's less that you have to do!
December 9, 2006
quaxanta commented on the user john
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
quaxanta commented on the word scintillate
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
quaxanta commented on the word peccavi
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")
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