New words - lets have some fun

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by HeavenlyRN, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    How about this? We've done favorite foods, favorite movies, favorite books, etc.

    How about if we post interesting new words? Ones that we probably wouldn't use in every day conversation but after we learn them here we can start using them and sound smart!! (?)

    Let's see, I think I'll open up my medical dictionary and get us started.....

    Lipoxeny: "desertion of host by parasitic organism after completion of its development"

    OK, now I'll use it in a sentence......"When my first husband left me, it felt like lipoxeny."

    OK kids.....let's have some fun!!
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  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    too funny, Jan, love your word & sentence!

    I once concocted a whole message using little-used or known words...
    but I will be back tomorrow or next day, too late tonight!
  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Was that sentence autobiographical?

    I looked up lipoxeny. Allegedly it's pronounced: luh-pox-an-nee.

    As in:

    When I used the word "lipoxeny",
    He bristled and threw rocks at me.

    Here's a word I learned last year: gibbous.

    "Behold the moon; it is gibbous."

    His friend said, "Absurd!
    There is no such word.
    Not that I've ever heard.

    I think you are telling a fibbous.

  4. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member're not going to make us rhyme everything are you? I have enough trouble just looking up words in the dictionary!

    And was autobiographical!! :)

    But I'm not bitter!
  5. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    ACROSTIC: arrangement of words in which certain letters spell something.

    Huh? I found that one in the dictionary but I still don't get it!!

    Anyone have any ideas?
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Here's an acrostic using your name.

    J olly
    A stute
    N ice

    NATO is an acrostic. Stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Some people
    say NEWS is an acrostic based on the four directions. Conveys the idea that news
    comes from everywhere.

    When my granddaughter was born I sent the new parents a poem. The first letter
    of each line spelled out her name. Even though I told them it was an acrostic, they
    still didn't get it.

    So when I later explained, they were delighted. Told me they were going to frame
    the poem. A few years later my daughter in law was telling me they were going
    through old papers before moving. Came across the poem in question.

    Here's a famous military acrostic. Snafu; situation normal, all fouled up.
    Acrostics can be more complicated. I saw a verse where both the first letter of each
    line and the last letter of each line spelled the same word. Pretty tricky, huh?

    R eady to go.
    O nly stayed a bit.
    C ouldn't make up my mind.
    K new I didn't fit.
  7. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    that you would be the one to explain it! My tired brain thanks you, and I thank you! Now I am going to go to sleep and try to think of another word for tomorrow!!!

    Well, actually, I better walk the dog first, or my word for tomorrow will be "mess" !!!
  8. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    Time for another word from my medical dictionary.....

    oh, here's one a lot of us can probably relate to: RECTALGIA - "pain in the rectum."

    I've known a few in my life time. Need I say more?!! :)
  9. victoria

    victoria New Member

    This word could describe that old song 'McArthur's Park", LOL...

    am'fi-ge-ree, n (French amphigouri, of unknown origin)
    A nonsense verse.
    Specifically, a poem designed to look and sound good,
    but which has no meaning upon closer reading.

    It was suggested that much of modern poetry could be called this....


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  10. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    I love your word! I think I'll try that one out one of these days!

    Here's a new one: persiflage - "playful or frivolous talk"

    I think we have lots of persiflage on this forum! Don't you?!!
  11. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    We should rename this forum as the Persiflage/ChitChat board or P/CC. board.

    There was a booklet written many years ago where words were made up as well as the definitions of the words.

    I don't remember any of the words, however I do remember one definition was the length of time it takes you to start eating the french fries from the bag after leaving the drive up window at McDonalds.

    I will have to look up some words tomorrow. Too late tonight!!

    This is fun!!


    Edited because of brain fog.

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  12. victoria

    victoria New Member

    not really a word but an acronym, tho it can be pronounced as a word. Well, sort of.


    "The End Of The World As We Know It"

  13. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    I always liked "invidious". Some dictionaries have slightly different definitions of words. Invidious usually refers to behavior likely to cause anger or resentment among the populace or natives. Like raising taxes. cheers, bill

    I remember when my 6th grade school teacher had never heard of the word "enzyme". Once upon a time, enzyme was an unknown word, similar also is the word "ecology".
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  14. victoria

    victoria New Member

    that word could describe most of the doctors' behaviors I've encountered. mrbill!

    OK this is NOT an 'official word', but I'm suggesting "typrose"

    N., a combination of the word 'typo' and 'prose', to indicate the mistakes caused by brain fog causing:
    a) a similar sounding word to be used in place of the correct word, or
    b) the wrong ending is accidentally used.

  15. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Definition: (noun) An occupation for which you are especially well suited.

    Usage: By making up meters (in poetry), Rock found his true metier.

  16. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Here's our old friend, the word thread. Typrose is pretty much what I've been
    using for the past couple years. "Metier" looks French. I'd look it up, but then
    I'd probably lose my post.

    RE: acrostics, Jan, here's one by John Wilkes Booth.

    In the following initials you will

    Find a soul made up of truth
    And yet in mortal form.
    Not clouded by the vanities of youth
    Nor shaded by pride's fitful storm.
    Yes, she's the one to serve, as, instar omnium

    Written in 1861 when Booth was touring and visited Detroit.
    "Fanny, the subject of this acrostic, is unidentified."

    How ya like that? Fanny is famous, but unknown.

    What does the Latin mean? Beats me. Probably just some good advice
    like close cover before striking.


  17. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    Seems like after seeing a certain word used several times in things that I read I finally decide to swallow my pride and ask someone what it means ('cause I always forget to look it up later).
    I'm thinking I'm the only one on the planet that doesn't know. Turns out that no one else seems to know either. Maybe I'm not so dumb after all. LOL
    .... Sorry my Reply isn't pithy.

    ( PITHY ... a brief, to the point remark).
  18. quanked

    quanked Member

    okay... here we go.

    quanked--it was the obsolete word of the day from--

    It took me awhile to find the definition to copy and paste here--it is not listed in the everyday dictionary.

    I have not cleaned the house in weeks because I am so very quanked!


    To be completely overpowered by fatigue.

    I discovered this word in the ninties. When I read it and its meaning my mind immediately went to my memories of the complete and utter exhaustion I felt as I moved through the university halls to get professors to sign off on my incompletes for the quarter. I felt like I was going to melt into the floors, streets, anything underneath me. This went on for nearly three months.

    I learned, nearly 10 years ago, that I must have had mono--it came up in a blood test. Oddly enough, I was not diagnosed at the time--I was in and out of student health services so many times during that winter quarter of 1989.

    When I joined prohealth message boards for cfids I could think of no better word to describe me.
  19. quanked

    quanked Member

    these words work so well for cfids : )!

    Thursday, May 31, 2007


    This is a drowsy and stupid state of the mind or body.

    I'm feeling a bit a'zwodder today. Probably because it's 95 degrees out there today. Oy.
  20. quanked

    quanked Member

    Wednesday, May 30, 2007

    piss prophet

    A physician who judges of the diseases of his patients solely by the inspection of their urine.

    - Francis Grose's The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

    Also known as a water scriger.----------------

    So then--could we call some md's who diagnose us with mental health issues rather than a physical disease psych prophets?