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  • CB,

    Can't; I have a bad back.

    April 22, 2008

  • BH, can you see Uranus?

    April 22, 2008

  • Apropos cunt, I think it works well as a term of venery (i.e., collective noun), as, for example:

    a cunt of malcuntents

    April 22, 2008

  • Also, skip, I think you'd need a fair amount of space, perhaps like an indoor basketball court. I don't want to suggest some friends to help you place the optical tools (telescope, mirrors) in just the right place, but that may also prove necessary.

    April 22, 2008

  • I think you'd need a couple of mirrors to do that skipvia.

    April 22, 2008

  • Ms. Greer is indeed awesome, but her attempt to reappropriate the word, along with Eve Ensler's, doesn't seem to have worked. It's still generally used in a way that means to hurt or offend, as it is in this case.

    April 22, 2008

  • The problem is that if you pronounce it with a similar rhythm to malcontent, the cunt morpheme almost disappears. And if you pronounce it to accentuate cunt, which appears to the be the intent of the neologism, it sounds way awkward. It's interesting that Germaine Greer uses cunt freely in her writings without any qualms, perhaps in an attempt to re-appropriate the word. I think she felt it was a word that should belong to women to do with as they please.

    April 22, 2008

  • I keep seeing this word on the comments list and thinking it's something like mulctintet, aka The Five Frauds. (Or maybe that's mulctinet, a rigidly disciplined fraud.)

    Then this time I thought it said malquintet. It's like one of those optical illusions: My brain just can't quite see it right.

    April 22, 2008

  • Wouldn't I need a mirror for that, bilby?

    April 22, 2008

  • Wouldn't that be uncomfortable, bilby?

    April 22, 2008

  • Skipvia, have you ever used a telescope to look at Uranus?

    April 22, 2008

  • @chained_bear said:Hi BH, ...

    Thanx for your response. I am in general agreement with your remarks.

    @sionnach said:TBH: ... intelligent ..., you know, interesting.

    Your, you know, repeated derision belies your claimed disinterest. You could, you know, go elsewhere.

    April 22, 2008

  • TBH: Maybe if you gave us more intelligent test words you might learn something that's actually, you know, interesting.

    April 21, 2008

  • Hi BH,

    Listen, everyone's welcome on this site. That much should be obvious. This word is provocative--I think you can agree, or you probably wouldn't have added it--and a few people didn't like it and said so. This happens. It shouldn't surprise anyone that people who hang out on a word site are very sensitive to shades of meaning and to emotions conveyed by certain words. You are certainly correct that words can raise people's hackles. Of course there's emotions behind words; that's partly what language was invented to communicate. But most Wordies (IMH experience) are careful to say "I don't like this word" rather than "I don't like you." If you post provocative words and provocative comments, you have to expect people to respond. Nobody is saying they dislike YOU. In fact it looked to me like a lot of people were reserving judgement (evidenced, to me, by their not saying anything), possibly for fear of scaring a new user away.

    I don't like this word at all, but I didn't say anything because you're a new user and I was kind of waiting to see if it would be typical of the types of words you would introduce us to, or to the type of comments you would post, or if it was a sort of one-time fling. Either way, it's fine with me. I come here for fun, and when it stops being fun, I leave or ignore the people who make it less fun.

    I disagree with you that there's any correlation between the number of words or lists a person has and their "status." I think there *is* a correlation between the numbers of words (or comments) a person adds and how much time they spend on the site. As a corollary, those who spend a lot of time here are typically a little more invested in making sure it's a fun environment for everyone.

    So, welcome to Wordie, and have a good time!

    April 21, 2008

  • I am trying to get a sense of what this community is about. From your comments, so far, I have the following impressions:

    * The community appears to invest emotional connections to words, possibly to disguise their reactions to those who coin those words.

    * Some words elicit strong reactions because they are descriptive of scenarios deemed offensive, though other such words do not.

    * There is an implied correlation between speed of adding words and status in the community.

    These initial impressions are somewhat surprising. I would have thought there would be less emphasis placed on word definition as opposed to coining words. And I don't get the strong interest in quantifying the mere addition of words to lists.

    April 21, 2008

  • I was coming to agree with you rt, and even to say something intelligent, but my attention was caught by the tags and now all I can think is "Win!"

    April 21, 2008

  • Gee, BH, maybe if you added more than 4 words, there wouldn't be so much kvetching about this one. ;-)

    April 21, 2008

  • Kvetching is my metier.

    April 21, 2008

  • Kvetch, kvetch, kvetch ...

    April 21, 2008

  • I don't like this 'word' either.

    April 21, 2008

  • This is offensive to me, unabashed meh or no.

    April 21, 2008

  • Ha! Well said BigH!

    April 21, 2008

  • Your marsupium would be an ideal place for it, but feel free to channel it wherever it fits.

    April 20, 2008

  • I'm not sure about this word. If I could channel uselessness I would tag it unabashed meh.

    April 20, 2008

  • @ bilby said: Hmmm.

    ???

    April 20, 2008

  • I like your comment, plethora.

    April 20, 2008

  • I don't like this word.

    April 19, 2008

  • Hmmm.

    April 19, 2008