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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 8:41 am 
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Yesterday I used the word 'milt' (as in "fish ejaculate").


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 11:09 am 
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How on earth did that come up in conversation?


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 7:59 am 
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:52 am 
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And let's not forget id.


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 11:06 am 
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Shm Jay wrote:
How on earth did that come up in conversation?

I was describing someone's activities at a bear run.

A pox on the OP, by the way; thanks to this thread, I spent the better part of my waking hours yesterday trying to recall the word "shim".


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 1:01 pm 
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Radius Solis wrote:
There is also, of course, the bleb.


in the same category there is also the word "wen" for a sebaceous cyst

Radius Solis wrote:
Edit: oh, and screed. But we all know what a screed is, right? right?


there's also the verb "screed" in construction, meaning "to level concrete or sand"

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 3:40 pm 
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Kereb wrote:
Radius Solis wrote:
There is also, of course, the bleb.

in the same category there is also the word "wen" for a sebaceous cyst

Cool. Also, "cyst" itself may be a good entry for the list, even if you couldn't call it rare.

Another in that class may be Yule.

One that crossed my mind this morning: lich. It feels like long-lost words dragged out of the grave by Dungeons and Dragons (pun intended) should somehow fail to qualify - but on the other hand it seems to have caught on, in fantasy genre jargon, for a specific type of undead creature. And I don't see how that doesn't meet the spirit of this thread (again, pun intended).


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 4:39 pm 
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Radius Solis wrote:
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Radius Solis wrote:
There is also, of course, the bleb.

in the same category there is also the word "wen" for a sebaceous cyst

Cool. Also, "cyst" itself may be a good entry for the list, even if you couldn't call it rare.

Another in that class may be Yule.

One that crossed my mind this morning: lich. It feels like long-lost words dragged out of the grave by Dungeons and Dragons (pun intended) should somehow fail to qualify - but on the other hand it seems to have caught on, in fantasy genre jargon, for a specific type of undead creature. And I don't see how that doesn't meet the spirit of this thread (again, pun intended).


Indeed, even without D&D I'd say it was a genuine English word, albeit an archaic one that you'd only encounter in certain circumstances or from certain people. Plus, allowing it as a word decranberryises 'lichgate'.

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 10:18 pm 
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I nominate car, as used in Lisp. FMI, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAR_and_CDR.

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 12:25 am 
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clawgrip wrote:
And let's not forget id.

That isn't a technical term.

How about "erf" (error function)?


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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 1:45 am 
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 8:44 am 
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Ambrisio wrote:
clawgrip wrote:
And let's not forget id.

That isn't a technical term.

How is it not? It is a highly specific concept that is a core element of one person's model of the psyche. The word was borrowed into English from a simple Latin pronoun specifically and exclusively to represent this concept. I'm not sure what kind of conversations you generally have, but I can say that in-depth discussions on Freudian theory are pretty rare in my day-to-day life, and I would guess that not so many of us are well-versed enough in it to discuss it intelligently.


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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 9:08 am 
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I have no idea where those came from, but my friend reblogged it on Tumblr.


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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 7:44 pm 
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Ambrisio wrote:
clawgrip wrote:
And let's not forget id.

That isn't a technical term.

How about "erf" (error function)?

The irony in this post is overwhelming.

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 7:53 pm 
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"Irony"'s a bit too complimentary, don't you think?

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 8:04 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 8:51 pm 
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Mmm, karst.

Also: lien.


You came up with "creche" yesterday, did you forget to post?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:01 am 
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bla (ok, this one doesn't exist in dictionaries. It's a type of breadroll commonly found in Munster, which is similar to a homemade, square bap - very floury, soft, with hardly any crust. Never seen it spelled, so it's possible it should be 'blath', assuming it's borrowed from the gaelic word for a flower (cf our 'bloomer'), but it's used commonly in English, so long as you're in the context of buying bread from local bakeries in the Waterford region)
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:36 pm 
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Notabene: id != ID. (Which is not one syllable in the first place.=

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:24 pm 
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Sal, you missed "copse".


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:27 pm 
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Hallow XIII wrote:
Notabene: id != ID. (Which is not one syllable in the first place.=


...wow, thank you oh non-native-speaker for educating us poor native speakers about how two different words we say in this language that we speak which nobody has ever shown any sign of confusing are in fact different words from one another. This is entirely new information to me, and extremely useful to be told. I have indeed notaed it exceptionally bene, and will endeavour not to confuse these two words myself in the future!

Are there any breathtakingly obvious statements of the uncontested you'd like me to make about your language in return? Assuming you're a German-speaker, were you aware (and if not then do take note, this is very important!) that that funny B-shape Germans write sometimes isn't actually a 'B', it actually makes more of an S-sound? Iirc in your country you write 'ss' instead, which makes more sense. Anyway, it's an important think to bear in mind! Hope I've helped!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:43 pm 
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Radius Solis wrote:
Sal, you missed "copse".


Wasn't an exhaustive list. Besides, 'copse' wouldn't occur to me as a rare word - we use it frequently round these parts (we have a lot of copses. It's very copsey).
[Nor 'creche, for that matter. That's a plain ordinary-day word]

'Scrag', on the other hand, in all its (ok, I looked this one up to make sure I wasn't inventing it) eight meanings, is not a common word round these parts. Nor is 'scrog', for that matter (which I wouldn't have known if I hadn't just looked up 'scrag'). 'Tog', 'wog', 'nog', 'pog' (ok, that's probably a name and doesn't count), 'lag' (in the insulationg sense), and 'blag'?

Ell and pell and quell,
Pall, squall, and caul.
Skulk and scull.

Etc.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:10 pm 
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Salmoneus wrote:
that funny B-shape Germans write sometimes isn't actually a 'B', it actually makes more of an S-sound

It's called an Ess-zett, or something to that effect. a transparent compound of the names for the letters 's' and 'z', owing to its origin.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:18 pm 
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KathAveara wrote:
Salmoneus wrote:
that funny B-shape Germans write sometimes isn't actually a 'B', it actually makes more of an S-sound

It's called an Ess-zett, or something to that effect. a transparent compound of the names for the letters 's' and 'z', owing to its origin.


...wow. This thread just gets more and more useful!

Now if only someone could tell me: is England in the NORTHERN hemisphere or the SOUTHERN? Wait, is that right at all? Are we sure the earth is really round? Has anyone done a study on that, does anyone know!? Quick, quick, without somebody to tell me things that we all already know, I'm totally lost!!!


...ok, that was harsh, I'll admit. But it was that or pull my own hair out, sorry.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:01 pm 
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Salmoneus wrote:
Are we sure the earth is really round?

Good question. Who is 'we'? I've certainly never seen first-hand evidence that the Earth is round.


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