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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:58 pm 
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I've never heard of a gorse or a furze, but I have heard of a vole.

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Ansu frú ônal savel zaš gmlĥ a vek Adúljôžal vé jaga čaþ kex.
Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:55 pm 
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Funny. It's such a common plant here. I mean we've all heard of cactuses and acacias...


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:03 pm 
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I'd never heard the term "gorse" before either, though they're apparently an invasive species here in California. Then again, my vocabulary of plant terms isn't particularly large; I've probably just been calling them "bushes." :P

Speaking of which, has "forb" been mentioned yet? According to Wiktionary its a term used primarily in Ecology to refer to "any non-woody flowing plant that is not a grass." I knew I'd encountered the word before, probably when I was doing some reading about native plants a little while back, but I had to look up what it meant. Somehow the word sounds to me like it should refer to some kind of bean... not sure why.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:45 pm 
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Salmoneus wrote:
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cos less rare I guess

Gorse vs vole? The former's certainly more common around here.

Way to cherrypick. Not that, but mouse xD


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:57 am 
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Astraios wrote:
Funny. It's such a common plant here.

It's not common around here at all but I knew about it when I was 12 because literature.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:55 pm 
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Yeah, that's why I was surprised. If you've read any book set in British countryside it probably mentions gorse.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:08 am 
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Hmm... I bet I encountered the word in Return of the Native in high school, but I've done my best to suppress my memories of that book...


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:03 am 
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Astraios wrote:
Yeah, that's why I was surprised. If you've read any book set in British countryside it probably mentions gorse.

xDDD very true. I'm Spanish and I've read the equivalent in (translated) British books as a child, yeah, now that I think about it. Had no idea it was gorse.

aulaga is the word here.

say it over and over and it becomes weird

[aw.ˈla.ɣa]

gwaw.ˈlwaw.ɣwaw


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:28 pm 
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Looks like 'gorse' was more common in books through the first part of the 20th, but 'vole' beats it in more recent material.

ngrams link


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:51 pm 
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Alas, both easily beat "forb." :P

Oh, here's another word that might apply:

Morgue [mɔɹɡ]: a facility for the storage of human corpses awaiting identification or removal for autopsy or disposal.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:54 pm 
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How is that a rare meaning?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:46 am 
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It's not; I figured it qualified as "technical," however. It's not a word most people need to describe the events of their day-to-day lives.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:23 pm 
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Qat or Khat:
A plant used a recreational psychoactive drug in Yemen, the Horn of Africa and Israel.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:38 am 
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Sorry if these have been posted before. This thread is kinda getting long and hard to keep track of all the words.

eft - the terrestrial intermediate life stage of a salamander (cognate with "newt")
sling - a juvenile spider (abbreviated from "spiderling")
milt - fish sperm
roe - fish eggs
frass - the solid waste of arthropods

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In video games, usually MMORPGs, 'adds' are mobs spawned in the middle of a boss fight.


"Mob" itself may fit the topic, in the sense of (to quote Wiktionary) "A non-player character [in a video game] that exists to be fought or killed to further the progression of the story or game."

Speaking of "mob", is it a shortening/corruption of "monster"? Or maybe it's from the usual word "mob", but got corrupted to mean "a member of a mob", instead of the mob itself?

If we're using MMORPG slang, I might add "deeps", "dot", "hot", "rez", "farm", "pot", "wipe", "tank", "pull", "pat", "threat", "nerf", and "buff". There's also the FPS slang terms "gib", "camp", and "frag". And forget not "zerg"!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:19 pm 
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Xephyr wrote:
If we're using MMORPG slang, I might add "deeps", "dot", "hot", "rez", "farm", "pot", "wipe", "tank", "pull", "pat", "threat", "nerf", and "buff". There's also the FPS slang terms "gib", "camp", and "frag". And forget not "zerg"!


Many of these are used in MOBAs too, and we might also add gank, feed, mid, sup, creep, drag, lane (as a verb). Bot has two meanings (bottom or robot).


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:26 pm 
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I must've mentioned the French word if? It's one of my favourites. It means a yew tree. I suppose we could include yew too.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:23 pm 
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To be fair, English has quite a few monosyllabic names for trees: ash, beech, elm, oak, peach, pear, pine, plum... I'm sure there are more that have slipped my mind.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:31 pm 
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When I saw the subject of this thread, the first thing I thought of was surd, "voiceless consonant".


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:46 pm 
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CatDoom wrote:
To be fair, English has quite a few monosyllabic names for trees: ash, beech, elm, oak, peach, pear, pine, plum... I'm sure there are more that have slipped my mind.

Lime, plane, fir, birch, yew...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:14 pm 
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A few more mathematical functions: cosh, sinh and tanh, variously pronounced. I think coth and sech are too rare to be properly quoted. Do we allow if [Ifː]?

Do we allow loanwords like ix, or is that too contrived ('some who cannot explain what a hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse 7')?

We have of course one quite well with new units of measure - amp, volt, dyne, erg, mill (the angle - 6,400 mills to the circle), click (= km).

Foreign animals have some snappy names - yak and its offspring the z(h)o. Squab for baby pigeon always struck me as amazingly specific.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:25 pm 
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Richard W wrote:
We have of course one quite well with new units of measure - amp, volt, dyne, erg, mill (the angle - 6,400 mills to the circle), click (= km).


Also kay, meg, gig. Though I don't know about ter; I usually hear people say tera.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:14 am 
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Richard W wrote:
Do we allow if [Ifː]?

Iff you mean the "if and only if" logical operator.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:48 am 
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KathTheDragon wrote:
Richard W wrote:
Do we allow if [Ifː]?

Iff you mean the "if and only if" logical operator.


In which case presumably we need orr as well...

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:24 am 
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Salmoneus wrote:
KathTheDragon wrote:
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Do we allow if [Ifː]?

Iff you mean the "if and only if" logical operator.


In which case presumably we need orr as well...

What's that?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:41 am 
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/klɪk/ when referring to kilometers is usually spelled "klick".

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