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    New Word Thread (Vocab)

    Simply post a word(s) you have come across during the day that have had to look up and find interesting and potentially useful.

    Im not arrogant enough to deny googling words on a pretty frequent basis.

    Sure some may already know the words posted but it could be interesting and potentially educational for many of us.

    From an article I read today on Israel by Avraham Burg.
    Pogrom
    Pogrom is originally a Russian word meaning “to wreak havoc, to demolish violently.”
    A pogrom is a form of riot directed against a particular group, whether ethnic, religious, or other, and characterized by the killing and destruction of their homes, businesses, and religious centers.

    TBH, Im surprised I didnt know the word but I do now

    Please add other words you have to look up in your day to day endeavors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Simply post a word(s) you have come across during the day that have had to look up and find interesting and potentially useful.

    Im not arrogant enough to deny googling words on a pretty frequent basis.

    Sure some may already know the words posted but it could be interesting and potentially educational for many of us.

    From an article I read today on Israel by Avraham Burg.
    Pogrom
    Pogrom is originally a Russian word meaning “to wreak havoc, to demolish violently.”
    A pogrom is a form of riot directed against a particular group, whether ethnic, religious, or other, and characterized by the killing and destruction of their homes, businesses, and religious centers.

    TBH, Im surprised I didnt know the word but I do now

    Please add other words you have to look up in your day to day endeavors.
    Actually thought it was a fairly common word until recently.
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    Probably a word you'd come across more in some communities than others, itbt.
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    There was a brilliant article about unusual words on the BBC website recently. I'm a language geek and found it fascinating on a linguistic level. I'll try and dig it up.


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    I liked the article about the Top 100 of words most difficult to translate. IIRC, the #1 word turned out not to be a word at all.

    Dutch word "gezellig" was in the Top 10, as it should be. Used every 30 seconds over here and a bastard to explain to foreigners.

    Anyway, I'll admit to looking up epiphany today. One day late, as it turned out. In Dutch, the day is actually called Three Kings.
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    I often find I find out the meaning of a particular word on seeing it the first time, then come across it very shortly after in a completely different context.

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    Haven't touched a dictionary, online or otherwise in years now.

    I'm the sort that works out the meaning of new words by coming across them in different contexts over the course of time. Surely that's the way most people expand their vocabulary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    I often find I find out the meaning of a particular word on seeing it the first time, then come across it very shortly after in a completely different context.
    Happens to me all the time as well.

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    On the topic of vocabulary, I've gome across a great site that allows you to donate food to charities while answering vocab questions.

    http://freerice.com/

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    Dickinson:
    -noun
    1) a small and persistent lump of canine excrement that attaches itself too the bottom of one's shoe. e.g. "Imagine my embarrassment on my visit to the vicarage when I realised I'd inadvertently trodden a dickinson into the reverend’s shag pile"
    2) (fig) anything dire or blatantly fallacious. e.g. "God, England have been dickinson of late. That's their fifth defeat on the run."; "I dispute your assertion, sir. The idea that Nasser Hussain was a better test batsman than Matthew Hayden is a steaming pile of dickinson."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steulen View Post
    Dutch word "gezellig" was in the Top 10, as it should be. Used every 30 seconds over here and a bastard to explain to foreigners.
    Haha, we have a very similar word (at least according to a google search) and every Englishman who learns the tongue complains they don't have it.
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    Was listening to some program on the ABC Monday before the cricket, and they had some professor on who is supposedly one of the judges for the "word of the year" for 2008. Anyway, they got onto the topic of new words that are springing up in different cultures across Australia, some of which sounded quite perculiar tstl, but sadly I can't remember. However, the 1 I do remember, was "Bromance" which is supposedly a word used to describe a strong non sexual relationship between 2 males. Would be interested to know if anyone has actually heard of "Bromance" before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Dickinson:
    -noun
    1) a small and persistent lump of canine excrement that attaches itself too the bottom of one's shoe. e.g. "Imagine my embarrassment on my visit to the vicarage when I realised I'd inadvertently trodden a dickinson into the reverend’s shag pile"
    2) (fig) anything dire or blatantly fallacious. e.g. "God, England have been dickinson of late. That's their fifth defeat on the run."; "I dispute your assertion, sir. The idea that Nasser Hussain was a better test batsman than Matthew Hayden is a steaming pile of dickinson."

    Quote Originally Posted by Clapo View Post
    Was listening to some program on the ABC Monday before the cricket, and they had some professor on who is supposedly one of the judges for the "word of the year" for 2008. Anyway, they got onto the topic of new words that are springing up in different cultures across Australia, some of which sounded quite perculiar tstl, but sadly I can't remember. However, the 1 I do remember, was "Bromance" which is supposedly a word used to describe a strong non sexual relationship between 2 males. Would be interested to know if anyone has actually heard of "Bromance" before?
    It's just used by homosexual teenaged Americans who live near a beach in California whilst they are surfing. "Radicallllll"
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