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the_word_is_what commented on the word quadrature
This would be an excellent word to use in slang/vernacular. Being the process of making "square." In the slang sense you could tell your friends they excel at quadrature (meaning they are square in the slang sense). Very excellent.
March 6, 2010
the_word_is_what commented on the word prognostication
This one has a lovely etymology I'm sure. I can recognize most of it from my two years of Latin. (Pro=before, nosti=nostere, to know)
July 9, 2008
the_word_is_what commented on the word klaxon
In the band world there is a march written by Henry Fillmore called "The Klaxon." It was written for an auto show.
June 12, 2008
the_word_is_what commented on the word détente
Can't forget about Nixon's foreign policy when mentioning this word.
the_word_is_what commented on the word polisíndeton
Commonly "polysynedton" I assume. This is a literary device which involves the use of many conjunctions rhetorically. For example, instead of listing items "a jug of milk, a jar of honey, and a container of sugar," one would say "a jug of milk and a jar of honey and a container of sugar."
the_word_is_what commented on the word introuvable
"Introuvable" showed up in this years Scripps' National Spelling Bee.
the_word_is_what commented on the word junta
Myanmar's junta has been restricting aid efforts in his cyclone stricken country.
June 11, 2008
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