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pratchettfan
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25 Jul 2011, 6:17 pm

From the BBC website:

Accismus - the pretence of turning down something desperately wanted.

I've done that. In terrible poverty, I turned down help because I was too embarrassed to admit just how bad things were.

Another one I like is:

Lalochezia - Swearing like a trooper in order to relieve stress or in reaction to pain.



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25 Jul 2011, 6:24 pm

Anamnesis, the loss of amnesia.



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25 Jul 2011, 6:25 pm

Psithurism - the sound the wind makes as it rustles through trees



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25 Jul 2011, 11:16 pm

dunsel - A part or tool on a ship that once served a purpose, but no longer dose.


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25 Jul 2011, 11:35 pm

poltroon - a coward.(my favorite insult)



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26 Jul 2011, 7:28 am

clithridiate - the shape of a keyhole



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26 Jul 2011, 7:38 am

Intrafoliaceous: Situated on the inner side of a leaf.
Lissotrichous: smooth-haired.
Sapientipotent: Mighty in wisdom.



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26 Jul 2011, 9:50 am

oneiric - of, or relating to, or suggestive of dreams.


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26 Jul 2011, 11:43 am

semi-supine - lying on your back with your knees raised
betwattled - old slang word for confused
cant - an argot (secret language) used to mislead people



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26 Jul 2011, 12:03 pm

Indy wrote:
betwattled - old slang word for confused


That's made my day...... :lol:



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27 Jul 2011, 5:39 pm

pratchettfan wrote:
Indy wrote:
betwattled - old slang word for confused


That's made my day...... :lol:

I like the word because even though it sounds really rude, it's actually completely innocent. It comes from the word twattle which is a variant of twaddle. I've never used it in front of my grandparents though...



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27 Jul 2011, 6:48 pm

I don't about obscure but grand guignol is a very nice word to know.



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27 Jul 2011, 7:06 pm

Indy wrote:
I like the word because even though it sounds really rude, it's actually completely innocent.


18th century Dorset slang, apparently. Lovely word.

scarpology - science of deducing character traits by studying someone's shoes



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27 Jul 2011, 7:06 pm

dupe post - sorry - my PC's playing up



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09 Jan 2016, 7:59 pm

Palimpsest - piece of paper erased and rewritten so many times that its original meaning has become confused (got that from Orwell)
Amanuensis - scribe
Ukase - originally an edict by the Czar. Now an irrational or ridiculous order.


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