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    Smile lamosity

    Hello. Would you please tell me what lamosity means in this context below?
    I looked up the word, lamosity online, and it said, "The perfect way, in which one embraces the state of being lame."
    But I still quite follow its meaning. Please help!

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    (Dallas is a bully in the class. The other students make a plan wittily and stand together against him. )
    "You know what that was? This morning? Sitting there smiling with that gross taste in my mouth?
    Watching Dallas's lamosity get totally frustrated?"
    Lamosity is not technically a word. But who am I to say that Bob shouldn't use it?

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    Re: lamosity

    As your text says, "Lamosity is not technically a word. But who am I to say that Bob shouldn't use it?" The writer invented the word. Not knowing the book, I could only guess at its meaning.

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    Re: lamosity

    I see.
    In the book, Bob believes in "spelling reform."
    So he often spell words like them sound.
    Then can you guess what lamosity is?

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    #4

    Re: lamosity

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    I see.
    In the book, Bob believes in "spelling reform."
    So he often spell​s words like them they sound.
    Then Can you guess what lamosity is?
    No, I can't imagine what he meant with that invented word. It doesn't sound like another English word either. Bob can believe in "spelling reform" all he likes, but if his meanings aren't clear then he's wasting his time.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: lamosity

    I think it's possible that it's a not-very-literate back-formation from the new meaning of lame - 'not very good'. But as 5jj says, it's anyone's guess.

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    Re: lamosity

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    I see.
    In the book, Bob believes in "spelling reform."
    So he often spell words like them sound.
    Then can you guess what lamosity is?
    Lamosity probably means lameness. But it's badly formed. The 'osity' suffix is mainly used to make nouns from adjectives ending in 'ous':
    viscous/viscosity; luminous/luminosity; religious/religiosity
    However, it's not a strong rule: pious/piety, gracious/graciousness (a lot end in 'ness')
    On the other hand, I can't think of any legitimate nouns ending in "osity" that aren't formed from adjectives in "ous". Maybe someone else can.

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    Re: lamosity

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    On the other hand, I can't think of any legitimate nouns ending in "osity" that aren't formed from adjectives in "ous". Maybe someone else can.
    Verbosity.

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    #8

    Re: lamosity

    Rather off-topic, but I remember my grandmother referring to someone a little strange as a 'funny os(s)ity'. I discovered here today that she was not alone in using this expression.

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    Re: lamosity

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Verbosity.
    Ok, fine. ;)
    verbose/verbosity; adipose/adiposity
    'ous' or 'ose'

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    Re: lamosity

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'ous' or 'ose'


    Never dare a fool!

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