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    Quote Originally Posted by Vidor View Post
    I don't think deliberately using words that the person you are talking to isn't going to understand is a very constructive habit. It will make them think you are trying to make them feel stupid.

    Language aims at understanding, not misunderstanding each other.

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    Default Re: "there's a word for that?!"

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Do you have any unusual words that you just love and try to somehow use in conversations, which usually makes your interlocutor do a double take? Anyway, that's one of my "hobbies".

    I've recently fallen in love with befezzed.

    Any other suggestions of words that make you go "there's a word for that?!"?

    EDIT: This is now the official fez thread of usingenglish forums.
    This reminds me of Dave Barry´s Questions for Mister Language Person.

    "Dear Mister Language Person, I would like to use the word ''befezzed'' more often. What does it mean?"


    (Only difference: The latter is meant to be a joke.)




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    Default Re: "there's a word for that?!"

    Well, I guess this thread is now over.

    It was good while it lasted.

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    Default Re: "there's a word for that?!"

    I think you might like this.

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    Default Re: "there's a word for that?!"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I think you might like this.

    Excellent! I knew some of these before from playing too much trivia... but ferrule sounds like such a great word.

    And this sounds positively obscene:


    If you don't wish to look people in the eyes, you can make a similar impression by focusing on their glabellae.

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    Default Re: "there's a word for that?!"

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Excellent! I knew some of these before from playing too much trivia... but ferrule sounds like such a great word.
    I only knew one: "lemniscate".

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    Default Re: "there's a word for that?!"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I only knew one: "lemniscate".
    lemniscate = infinite lemmings?


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    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    lemniscate = infinite lemmings?
    Those lemmings will never get to the cliff!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Those lemmings will never get to the cliff!!
    The cliff is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.

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    Default Re: "there's a word for that?!"

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Excellent! I knew some of these before from playing too much trivia... but ferrule sounds like such a great word.
    A few ferrules "up your sleeve" would be handy, but I wouldn't recommend a few "ferals" up your ferrule/sleeve!

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