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    Nementia

    nementia: n. the post-distraction effort to recall the reason why you're feeling particularly anxious or angry or excited, in which you retrace your sequence of thoughts like a kid wandering across the neighborhood gathering the string of a downed kite, which was likely lost in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 6, 2013

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    My New Words - A, B & C

    I am always coming across new words. Sometimes they are in crossword puzzles. Sometimes I hear them. Other times I just look through the dictionary (yes ladies, I'm single). Here are my first three new words for this group - in alphabetical order.Alphamegamia - The marriage...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 4 Responses Jul 22, 2011

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    Play On Words

    HUMOR FOR LEXOPHILES  (LOVERS OF WORDS):   I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.   Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.   Did you hear about the guy whose...
    elle2 elle2 36-40, F 7 Responses Jun 25, 2007

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    List Of English Words Of Indian Origin

    1.Adda, from Bengali, a group of people .2 List of English words of Hindi or Urdu origin Bandanna from Bandhna,(बांधना) to tie a scarf around the head. Bangle from Bāngṛī बांगड़ी, a type of bracelet. Blighty "Britain" (as...
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    Luxuriate

    So I was reading a story from a friend in my circle and he was talking about appreciating the present. He used Luxuriate. I had never heard of this word before. I like it.lux·u·ri·ate [luhg-zhoor-ee-eyt, luhk-shoor-] –verb (used without object), -at·ed, -at·ing. 1.to enjoy...
    4vrUnique 4vrUnique 46-50 4 Responses Jun 5, 2011

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    Mondegreen... Definition: The mishearing

    or misinterpretation of a phrase in a way that gives it a new meaning; most commonly applied to lines in a poem or lyrics in a song. The word is attributed to Sylvia Wright; appearing in her 1954 essay "The Death of Lady Mondegreen". In the essay, she described how, as a young...
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    Crepuscular (adj) Of,

    pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct
    michellekay michellekay 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    Try To Learn Dear friends I beg you to pay

    attention to read these lovely wise words went to me from a good friend. Real I;m so grateful to him and all of you. Greetings. The don|ts to remember: Don’t wait for time make it. Don’t wait for love, feel it. Don’t wait for money, earn it. Don’t wait for path, find...
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    especially when it comes to Latin/Greek suffixes

    or prefixes. just makes English more understandable in a certain degree.
    cindylouwho10 cindylouwho10 22-25, F Jan 12

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    Whangdoodle

    This word arrived to my inbox the other day and I'm not sure if it should fall under the compliment or insult category but I happen to think it's quite lovely. I'd be most pleased to be referred to as a whangdoodle!
    WittyDittyInc WittyDittyInc 26-30 2 Responses May 10, 2013

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    Lethologica

    I have some to share. Perhaps they're not new to you... but faerie has this uncanny ability to invent words when I have no idea what to call it. Aside from whatchamathing or thingamajig... I usually have a phrase for something, a description to let myself be understood. Then you...
    Sylphy Sylphy 41-45, F 6 Responses May 20, 2012

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    'Hearting'.

    Is a new word that I've very much not liked learning. Not only is it a nauseatingly over-the-top expression for what is usually no more than a gesture of mild support, it's also a mangling of our beautiful language. 'Heart' is a noun, not a sodding verb! Annoying, ugly and...
    40beeens 40beeens 41-45, M 3 Responses Oct 31, 2013

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    Nyctophilia (n) love of darkness

    or night. Finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness
    TesstheMess TesstheMess 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    Gigil

    Gigil (Tagalog): The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute.Exhibit A:
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 24, 2013

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    Scrupulous; (adjective) dilligent,

    thorough, and extremely attentive to details.
    harliemo harliemo 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2013

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    Sonder:
n. The realization

    that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate...
    eqlover eqlover 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    I Might Be Feeling Concupiscent

    concupiscence kon-kyoo-pi-suh-nsNoun: A strong, eager desire, especially sexual desire; ardent, usually sensual, longing; lust.Origin: 1300-50 Middle English, from Church Latin concupiscentia, and from Latin concupiscere to covet ardently, to wish, desire strongly and...
    Hongruilin Hongruilin 31-35, F 8 Responses Sep 4, 2013

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    It'S Not Rude. Well Maybe Just A Little Bit.

    I happened to notice some time ago that the Danish for 'shaving foam' is 'barberskum'. I hope that amuses you all as much as it does me. If not then I shall be left feeling remarkably puerile.
    40beeens 40beeens 41-45, M 2 Responses May 17, 2013

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    Paraprosdokian

    To be honest I just like saying the word, the meaning is just a bonus! A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or re-interpret the first part. It...
    WittyDittyInc WittyDittyInc 26-30 2 Responses Apr 16, 2013

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    Can'T Think Of That Word ....?

    The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
    Myztikal Myztikal 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2013

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    Love Seeing People's Recations

    I love learning new words the best part though is seeing people's reaction though when they don't know the meaning of the word you've used :)
    ForeverAutumn80 ForeverAutumn80 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 8, 2013

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    Music To My Ears.

    Stridulation - the act of producing sound by rubbing together certain body parts. It's a term usually applied to insects but with a bit of imagination could also be a human activity. For example, I'm sure the arts world would benefit from an Armpit-Fart Orchestra.
    40beeens 40beeens 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 8, 2013

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    Retromingent - descriptive of an animal

    that urinates backwards. Watch out for reindeer flying overhead! Merry Christmas to all.
    40beeens 40beeens 41-45, M Dec 24, 2013

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    Callipygian

    I thought this would dovetail nicely with my most recent entry in this group. For the benefit of those who were out that day, the word was "bathykolpian". The definition is "deep-bosomed". Today's word is a Latin version of the Greek "kallipygos - referring to the statue of...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 4 Responses Apr 2, 2013

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    Sonder

    Sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own - populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness - an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 9, 2013

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    THOT O.o- so everyone at my school keeps saying

    the word thot.... Apparently it means 'that ho over there' ... I now realize my fellow classmates are. very...challenged(yeah lets use that word ) when it comes to saying a proper sentence considering calling someone a thot makes no absolute sense lol
    JennyJen4lyfe JennyJen4lyfe 16-17, F Jan 15

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    Aiding expression

    Language is so limiting in expressing certain things. When I learn new words, especially those in which are relative to personally ineffable emotions, I some how feel less alone, because I know that there are others who have needed to describe certain things. I am not the best...
    4gotwhereIwas 4gotwhereIwas 26-30 Nov 6, 2013

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    Defenestration

    "The board of directors needs to defenestrate the CEO." It means to get rid of, or literally, "throw out the window,"  Which if you're a CEO is a little harsher than just being asked to clean out your desk.  (Anyone got a box?)      
    Mary1283 Mary1283 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 21, 2012

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    Jennyboii Jennyboii 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    Not even gonna lie throughout high school I

    used to read the dictionary. I should probably do so sgain.
    jenneruz jenneruz 26-30, F Jan 7

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    Have a dictionary app on my phone with words of

    the day an thousands of others to look through. It also has, I think, weekly articles that tell origins of words from time to time. I'd like to write a few stories one day and I just like to have a big vocabulary. Feel it helps when trying to describe scenes, emotions, etc.
    Naxxaras Naxxaras 16-17, F Apr 3

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    Troglodyte

    trog·lo·dyte  [trog-luh-dahyt]   noun 1. a prehistoric cave dweller. 2. a person of degraded, primitive, or brutal character. 3. a person living in seclusion. 4. a person unacquainted...
    Spankmesweetly Spankmesweetly 22-25, F Jun 16, 2013

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    Furbelow

    Even though it shouldn't be necessary, I would be remiss if I didn't make the following disclaimer: This word has absolutely nothing to do with female grooming habits (or the lack thereof).Its origin is uncertain, but may be an alteration of the French "falbala" or the Italian...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 5 Responses May 17, 2013

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    My New Words - G, H & I

    Gynotikolobomassophile - Someone who likes to nibble on women's earlobes. Not very useful in every day conversation, but it would be fantastic in a personal ad. "Single, white gynotikolobomassophile seeks large lobed woman."Hyperhedonia - Condition in which abnormally heightened...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 3 Responses Jan 28, 2012

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    Xeno

    Xeno: n. the smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers - a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod, a shared laugh about some odd coincidence - moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 11, 2013

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    Bathykolpian

    Despite first impressions, this really has nothing to do with baths or bathing. Of course, once its meaning is known, bathing is what you may wish to do.The word is Greek in origin. The first part, "bathus", means "deep". The second part, "kolpos" is often translated as "cleft...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 27, 2013

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    Can You Pronounce All These Words Correctly?

    Dearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation. I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. I will keep you, Suzy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy. Tear in eye, your dress will tear. So shall I! Oh hear my prayer. Just compare...
    MSeigler MSeigler 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 6

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    I Adore Hypocorisms

    hy·poc·o·rism [hahy-pok-uh-riz-uhm] noun: 1. a pet name, term of endearment. 2. the practice of using a pet name. From what I understand it is similar in nature to a nickname, with the biggest difference being that it is not generally humorous in nature or pointed in any way...
    Hongruilin Hongruilin 31-35, F 5 Responses Mar 1, 2013

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    Bibulous and Tipple

    Bibulous is an adjective that means to be fond of alcoholic beverages, and tipple is verb for the activity of being a habitual drinker.  Both will lead to crapulence.  
    Mary1283 Mary1283 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 30, 2012

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    I Think I May Be Afflicted

    Basorexia (noun): 1. an overwhelming urge to neck or kiss 2. a strong craving or hunger for kissing Example: I'm overwhelmed with basorexia everytime I'm around you!
    Hongruilin Hongruilin 31-35, F 9 Responses Jan 19, 2013

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    Learning Is Essential In Life....

    learning is essential in life.  learning new words allows you to expand your mind.  When you expand your mind you expand your reach
    candiestore1 candiestore1 31-35, F 2 Responses May 25, 2007

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    Psithurism (n.) - the sound of wind through

    trees; the sound of rustling leaves
    MariaRina MariaRina 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 15

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    Steatopygia ~ Etymology: From the Greek

    "steato" (fat) and "pyge" (rump). Definition: An abnormal accumulation of fat on the buttocks. Use in a sentence: "No one told her that a sedentary lifestyle would encourage the growth of an uncommonly large posterior and, by the time Madge thought of exercising, steatopygia...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 5 Responses Jan 15

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    Apodyopsis

    apodyopsis: (n.) the act of mentally undressing someone Used in a sentence: She practiced her apodyposis on the rather alluring man standing across the room. I don't know about you, but I never do this. *she says grinning impishly while her horns peek out from beneath her dark...
    livelaughlovedream3 livelaughlovedream3 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 28, 2013

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    HONORIFICABILITUDINITATIBUS

    I love the word HONORIFICABILITUDINITATIBUS which actually means to be honorable.
    Henna Henna 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 2, 2007

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    Selcouth | sel-'kooth(adj.

    ) unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelousHis selcouth manner took her completely off guard, and she loved every minute she spent with him.
    livelaughlovedream3 livelaughlovedream3 41-45, F 6 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    philologist...? whats that?

    I read it off someone's story on ep? Maybe they meant philosopher, but they didnt know the spelling, and they put the 'philo' part before 'lo'(i dont know why they put that there) and the end is like 'gist' from Biologist...? Omg,, tell me philologist means something else...
    ShybutSweetGirl ShybutSweetGirl 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 21

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    A Case Of Mistaken Identity.

    I recently discovered that the proper name for this symbol - # - is an octothorpe. I feel it's far more distinguished than 'hashtag'. So let's liberate this lovely little eight-limbed fellow from the Twits and repair his damaged self-esteem by using his proper name from now on.
    40beeens 40beeens 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 10, 2013

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    Formication

    I'll bet some of you are thinking you already know this word. Some of you may, but I'm sure some of you are confusing it with another word.This word, although only one letter off from "fornication", is not the same at all. This is a medical term used to describe the sensation of...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 7 Responses Dec 29, 2012

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    New Sportsbook Site Launch

    New Sportsbook site launch know more on http://my.opera.com/masterbetting/blog/2013/10/15/masterbsports-inc-announces-to-launch-its-new-website-http-masterbettingsports
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    Crapulent

    At first glance, this may seem to be some type of scatological reference. In reality, it is an adjective that means to be sick from gross excess in drinking. "After the annual pub crawl, Madge was left feeling more crapulent than ever."
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 3 Responses Dec 14, 2012

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     GustatoryWhile not really a new word to

    me, I thought it fitting for the holiday season. The definition is - relating to, or associated with eating or the sense of taste.This comes from the Latin "gustare" which means "to taste"."While a winter storm raged outside, I was snug sitting by the fire and enjoying the...
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    Related Experiences

    I like learning how to do new things. I especially like challenging myself to do things that I'm not very good at and hands on things. I've been learning sign language lately.
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    I was reading in a book recently that a psychologist analyzed 558 emotion -pretty much every word he could find in the English language. He found that 62% were negative versus 38...
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