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11:21pm 01/09/2008
  If anyone actually sees this, yeah sorry about that. Didn't mean to disturb the slumber of a long-dead community, but this is about justice. Or something: Stephen Bahl  
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They need to stop creating words like this one. 
05:57am 12/01/2006
  "Frowzy" (FROU-zee) also frowsy, frouzy

1. Unkempt, slovenly.
2. Having a musty odor.

[Origin unknown.]

"[CBC] has been grooming two series for a couple of years - Rideau Hall, about a frowzy former disco queen as governor general, and An American in Canada, about a vain U.S. news anchor who finds himself playing second banana on a third-rate Calgary morning show." --Tony Atherton; An Unfunny Thing Happened On the Way to CBC; The Ottawa Citizen (Canada); Feb 27, 2003
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04:38pm 11/01/2006

1. Slim and long-limbed.
2. Inclined to roaming.

[From Middle English range (row), from Old French rangier (to arrange).
Ultimately from Indo-European root sker- (to turn or bend), the source of
ranch, rank, shrink, circle, crisp, search, ring, curb, ridge, and curve.]

"[Philip] Pullman is a rangy, spirited man in his fifties with a bristling fringe of gray hair; at times, he resembles an intelligent and amused stork." --Laura Miller; Far From Narnia; The New Yorker; Dec 26, 2005
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Like "trident" with a missing "t." 
10:03pm 10/01/2006

Laughing; cheerful.

[From Latin ridere (to laugh) which is also the source of ridiculous,
deride, and risible.]

"Mamma was gracious and happy. Hetty was radiant and rident." --William Makepeace Thackeray; The Virginians; 1859
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All my troubles seemed so far away... 
12:28pm 02/01/2006
  "Hesternal" (he-STER-nuhl)

Of yesterday.

[From Latin hesternus (of yesterday).]

"I passed up a side-street, one of those deserted ways...dim places, fusty with hesternal excitements and the thrills of yesteryear." --Rupert Brooke; Letters From America; Sidgwick & Jackson; 1971
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Another interesting one from AWAD... 
01:11am 20/12/2005
  "Sprachgefuhl" (SHPRAKH-guh-fyool)

A feeling for language or a sensitivity for what is correct language.

[From German Sprachgefuhl, from Sprache (language) and Gefühl (feeling).]

'If you have Sprachgefuhl, you have an ear for idiomatically appropriate
language. The best illustration of Sprachgefuhl, or the lack of it, was an
1855 Portuguese-English phrase book intended to help Portuguese speakers
master the English language.

Titled "English As She Is Spoke", it was authored by one Pedro Carolino.
The only problem was that Pedro didn't know any English. On the plus side,
he did have a Portuguese-French phrase book. Pedro simply picked up a
French-English dictionary and tried the circuitous route:
Portuguese to French to English. The result was such gems as:

Names for body parts:
"Of the Man: The inferior lip; The superior lip; The fat of the leg."

"Eatings: Some black pudding; A little mine; Hog fat; Some wigs;
Vegetables boiled to a pap."

Swimming instructions:
"For to swim: I row upon the belly on the back and between two waters."

"Idiotism: Cat scalded fear the cold water."

This book was even used as a textbook in the Portuguese colony of Macao.
I regret to say they eventually stopped using it. Imagine, in just a few
years, we could have witnessed a lovely new strain of the English language
take root.

Pedro was simply ahead of his time. Today anyone can achieve the same
results with computer translation: http://google.com/language_tools'
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11:18pm 18/12/2005

That has thrown off the restraints of morality and virtue; lax in morals, loose-living; licentious, profligate, debauched.

[ad. L. dissol{umac}tus loose, disconnected, pa. pple. of dissolv{ebreve}re to loosen, disunite, DISSOLVE; cf. F. dissolu. The appearance of the senses in Eng. does not correspond with their original development in Latin.]

"Wee will yet haue more trickes with Falstaffe: his dissolute disease will scarse obey this medicine." --1598 SHAKES. Merry W. III. iii. 204


1. Of long duration, lengthy, protracted.
2. Of a person: Given to or characterized by tedious lengthiness in discourse or writing; long-winded.
3. Long in measurement or extent. Now rare.

[a. F. prolixe (14th c. in Littré) or ad. L. pr{omac}lix-us extended, long, prolix, etc., app. etymologically, ‘that has flowed forth’, f. pr{omac}-, PRO-1 + *lix-us, pa. pple. of liqu{emac}re to flow, to be liquid.]

"Think of that, Clara. Take your chance, Clemmy. Forgive my prolixity. I've done." --Buoyant Billions

"Mogigraphia" (moj-i-GRAF-ee-uh)

Writer's cramp.

[From Greek mogis (with difficulty) + graph (writing).]

"Some could barely put down their name. Eventually, they improved. Mogigraphia can be stubborn. Its cause is not always easily ascertained." --Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, Ohio); Feb 22, 1971
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Two words... 
07:06am 14/12/2005
  "Frisson" (free-SON)

A sudden, brief moment of excitement or fear; thrill, shudder.

[From French frisson (shiver), from Old French friçon, from Late Latin
friction-, from Latin frictio (friction), from Latin frigere (to be cold).]

"I get to find small but interesting differences related to communication in Japan and the United States that still give me a pleasurable frisson of surprise." --Kate Elwood; Surprising Differences; The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo, Japan); Jan 24, 2005


A thin light iron-tipped wooden spear used in southern Africa.

[17c: from Arabic az-zagayah the spear.]

"I should have to learn to make bows and arrows and assegais; to track game; to catch and break-in wild horses; and to tackle natives armed with poison arrows." --Buoyant Billions
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Whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks... 
02:58pm 09/12/2005
  "Poindexter" (POIN-dek-stuhr)

An extremely intelligent but socially inept person.

[After Poindexter, a character in the animated series Felix the Cat.]

"As more companies try to recruit business-literate CIOs, the title looks increasingly attractive to Young Turks who might earlier have dismissed it as a job for Poindexters." --Mindy Blodgett; Across the Great Divide; CIO (Framingham, Massachusetts); Dec 15, 1999
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06:51am 08/12/2005
  "schmendrik" (SHMEN-drik) "also shmendrik, schmendrick, shmendrick"

A foolish, clueless, and naive person.

[After the name of the title character in an operetta by Abraham Goldfaden

"With his nasal whine and ill-fitting, slush-sprayed suit, [comedian Eugene Levy] played the sort of obnoxious schmendrik that would prove his trademark." --Guy Leshinski; The Importance of Being Eugene; Toronto Life (Canada); Nov 2002
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