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    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 30th Apr 18, 6:22 PM
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    Tatterdemalion
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    • 30th Apr 18, 6:22 PM
    Tatterdemalion 30th Apr 18 at 6:22 PM
    I learnt this magnificent English word today. Never heard or read it before, but I came across it while leafing through a book in a store (can't even remember the title, as I was so engrossed by the word, lol). I searched it quickly online on my phone. Shame it means something far from magnificent.

    What unusual word have you learnt lately?
    Bread is like the sun: it rises in the yeast and sets in the waist.
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    • lindens
    • By lindens 3rd May 18, 1:14 PM
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    Gossoon: oh yeah, from "garcon" (can't do the french squiggle under the "o").

    Another of my favourites is "scurryfunge" - To rush around cleaning when company is on their way over. It is so descriptive, lol.
    Originally posted by Quasar
    haha i do this a lot!
    good word too
    You're not your * could have not of * Debt not dept *
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 3rd May 18, 1:26 PM
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    I heard rag pudding, googled it, didn't realise AutoCorrect bit & was duly introduced to rag pie, flummadiddle, cabinet pudding (ahem - not the insult I thought!), red pudding (likewise, definitely not), & diplomat pudding (positively not the name I learned at m'mother's knee) before stopping (somewhat stuffed) at frumenty.

    Thank the kindly deities you can't get fat just looking at pictures of food. Or so I hope.

    I like flummadiddle for all sorts of uses, alongside the dish.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 3rd May 18, 1:27 PM
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    Oh poor Sleazy!

    Never mind, (she says, patting Sleazy kindly on the head).
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    And get's a splinter as a reward from Edward (pun intended)
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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 3rd May 18, 2:48 PM
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    Quasar, there was me thinking that you were known for your sartorial elegance!

    My word is Gossoon
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    I thought "Gossoon" was what you thought when you had relatives and their children visiting. . .
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 3rd May 18, 2:50 PM
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    Another common mistake is to say "Off his own back" instead of "Off his own bat".
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    You'll be telling me it's not "sumbarine" next.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 3rd May 18, 4:00 PM
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    I thought "Gossoon" was what you thought when you had relatives and their children visiting. . .
    Originally posted by Jackmydad
    Before you started to scurry monger ...

    You'll be telling me it's not "sumbarine" next.
    Originally posted by Jackmydad
    THAT is crinimal!

    Anyway, I've just had my afternoon nap, so had best look sharp and do a bit of scurry mongering before her Ladyship returns and thinks realises that I've done nothing all day!
    Last edited by Sleazy; 03-05-2018 at 4:11 PM.
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 10th May 18, 8:34 PM
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    Slumgullion

    Meaning : A Meat Stew
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    • Nile
    • By Nile 10th May 18, 8:51 PM
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    Not a word as such, but a pronounciation - I learnt this from watching Geoff Marshall & Vicky Pipe's "All The Stations" video series (it's on YouTube, just search "All The Stations"):

    Leominster - pronounced Lemster

    No wonder Mrs MbW finds English confusing sometimes
    Originally posted by MothballsWallet
    A few years ago I was visiting the area for the first time. In a bar, I asked for directions to Leo-Min-Ster.............as I pronounced it. The barmaid almost sneered at me and said "It's Lem-ster"

    How was I to know?

    I like the word bellicose. It's used by BBC News quite frequently.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th May 18, 9:13 AM
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    Otiose

    Meaning:
    Idle, without purpose, function less ...
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 13th May 18, 3:18 PM
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    Yes, like Wooster, oops! I mean Worcester!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    And Towcester being Toaster.

    Don't ask a Yorkshire person for directions to Slaithwaite...
    Originally posted by Ames
    I had to look that one up!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Or an example from my old stomping ground of NE Scotland:

    Tough pronounced as Took.
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?
    I live in the UK City of Culture 2021
    I had to put mothballs in my wallet - the moths had learned the PINs to my cards...
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 14th May 18, 1:20 AM
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    Insomniac

    Think you know what it means.
    Things that end with 'ac' are usually bad.
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    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 15th May 18, 11:40 AM
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    Insomniac

    Think you know what it means.
    Things that end with 'ac' are usually bad.
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 15th May 18, 11:54 AM
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    Insomniac

    Think you know what it means.
    Things that end with 'ac' are usually bad.
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Originally posted by LandyAndy
    Thank goodness I said 'usually' ....
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    • westernpromise
    • By westernpromise 16th May 18, 11:11 AM
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    Wittol

    A person aware of and who consents to being cuckolded; from "witting [knowing] cuckold".
    Buying a house, if you believe the market has a way to fall, or if you are paying sill asking prices ( like some sheeple ) or if you are buying in London, is now a massive financial gamble!!!!! - June 8, 2012 by TheCountOfNowhere
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 16th May 18, 11:17 AM
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    I have always liked sesquipedalian.

    Originally heard it in the Home Service (Radio4) comedy quiz 'Many a Slip' where one round involved a character called Mrs Sesquipedalian.
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