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    my favorite thing is to learn about words

    that mean 2 different things. like in England pissed is drunk but in America it's angry.
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 9

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    “sprezzatura” (noun) An untranslatable

    Italian word, sprezzatura is defined as “a defensive irony.” It is a studied art of concealment, it is a way to mask your true desires, thoughts, and feelings, while secretly wishing and acting upon them inside your soul. Along with the connotations of projecting an outward...
    Steven0419 Steven0419 18-21, M Mar 23

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    Pusillanimous - showing a lack of courage

    or determination; timid. Synonyms: cowardly, faint-hearted, craven, fearful, spineless. When I first saw this word on Dictionary.com I didn't know what it was, but I knew it had something to do with soul/spirit because Animus is Latin for soul/spirit and it closely resembles...
    OneWithTheSkies OneWithTheSkies 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 6

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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 56-60, M 3 Responses Dec 14, 2012

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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...
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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 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 27, 2013

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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...
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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 56-60, M 5 Responses Dec 29, 2012

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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...
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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, 2014

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    Percussive Maintenance: Hitting broken

    technology until it still starts working again.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 18-21 Apr 18

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    I read once that the ancient Egyptians had

    fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F Jan 16

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    Novaturient - (adj.) Desiring

    or seeking powerful change in one's life, behavior, or situation.
    NewBeginnings77 NewBeginnings77 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 17

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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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    NewBeginnings77 NewBeginnings77 31-35, F 6 Responses Feb 24

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    I have taken up the challenge of learning the

    Latin/Scientific names for as many plants, birds, fish, reptiles and mammals as I can recently because I find it very interesting and helpful with both English vocabulary and scientific stuff. :D I'm only up to about 35 Latin names but I'm constantly trying to learn more. I find...
    ViperaStellaris ViperaStellaris 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    Eccedentesiast - Someone

    who hides behind a smile, when really all they want to do is hide.
    NewBeginnings77 NewBeginnings77 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 4

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    SPATIAL !! Can someone please explain to me

    what this word means ? Like in my textbook is says " the second is the spatial extent of something." I looked up the deff on google, but it still doesn't make sense to me :/
    alicep67904 alicep67904 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 21, 2014

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    Recopied from my love-The love of my life,

    Sayed.He will always be my dearest, truest most adored man of my life. He is the most romantic and loving man I know and can express himself in words most women could only hope to find, and is such a hopeless romantic.I Like Learning New WordsTry To LearnDear friendsI beg you to...
    Spicedpecan0617 Spicedpecan0617 61-65, F Sep 2, 2014

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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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    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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    Seriously. Why does auto-correct give you the

    wrong words??? ESP when you've hit "send"...lol...😁
    MFeisty MFeisty 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 20, 2014

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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 1 Response Apr 16, 2013

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    Mamihlapinatapei “The wordless,

    yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start"
    herethereandeverywhere herethereandeverywhere 22-25, F Mar 22

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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...
    sayedhadhood sayedhadhood 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 17, 2012

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    Ersatz - (of a product) made

    or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else. Although sometimes it's even better to learn the REAL meaning of a word whose meaning you weren't quite sure of. I suppose the word "ersatz" is an ersatz substitute for 'fake', although it will earn you lot...
    Faust76 Faust76 36-40, M Sep 18, 2014

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    Horripilation: a bristling of the hair on the

    skin from cold, fear, or etc. When the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up or you get goose bumps that's an horripilation.
    SapphicMinion SapphicMinion 26-30, F 11 Responses Nov 13, 2014

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    Some words disappear,

    and others endure. One thing is sure: The persistence of slang doesn’t mean that English is Fubar. In fact, it’s swag, bae. New York Times editorial http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/04/opinion/slang-for-the-ages.html
    breathingeasy breathingeasy 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 4, 2014

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    RMgunning RMgunning 13-15, M Feb 8

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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 2 Responses Feb 11, 2014

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    OneWithTheSkies OneWithTheSkies 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 9, 2014

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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...
    sayedhadhood20 sayedhadhood20 51-55, M Mar 3, 2014

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    I just learned this word today.

    I think its cool because its something we do every day and its the only word in the English language that begins with the letters TM. Tmesis is the insertion of one or more words between the words that make up a compound phrase or a whole word. Examples: Fan-freaking-fastic...
    SapphicMinion SapphicMinion 26-30, F Nov 1, 2014

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    Dysania is the feeling of not wanting to get

    out of bed or waking up tired or lazy. (Dis-on-E-ah) #gmm
    Aishashishi Aishashishi 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2014

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    Ineptocracy Definition- a system of government

    where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers. But I...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M Sep 13, 2014

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    NewBeginnings77 NewBeginnings77 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 10

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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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    A new word can open up a whole new belief,

    it can clarify a feeling you can't pin down, it can unite people. The most recent word I've discovered is "defensive listening"
    Wbyogimaso Wbyogimaso 26-30, M Oct 20, 2014

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    I always thought a good vocabulary can make you

    sound much smarter and makes you feel good too. Someone just taught me this word- serendipity it apparently means a pleasant surprise it sounds so fun and care free :) If you have any words you think are interesting please post them here in the comments Thanks
    DizzyGreenEyes DizzyGreenEyes 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 27, 2014

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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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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 15, 2014

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    A synonym for "beautiful"?

    Pulchritudinous
    merryofsoul merryofsoul 22-25, F Nov 22, 2014