OOoopppsss... just read a bunch of others...I guess I was supposed to provide the definitions! Grimoire--a book of spells Elocution--(lessons) in careful speech, pronunciation, form, tone, delivery, etc. Prestidigitation--magic/illusory tricks done with the hands
There's a couple of good German terms that are accepted in English, but I rarely hear them: Schadenfreude - pleasure from seeing someone else's misfortune Weltanschauung - life philosophy / world view
Although many people don't speak Welsh where I live in the Rhondda, some Welsh words are used by everyone here in daily speech: cwtch - hug/cuddle chwarae teg - fair play duw duw - always pronounced as joo-joo, it is literally "God, God", but is used to mean "well, well", "well I never", "fancy that", etc.
cerulean - azure, the colour of a deep blue sky stentorian - loud of voice contiguous - sharing a common border or following each other in sequence Competent Authority - this is Eurospeak for a government agency/other organisation or person legally authorised to perform a certain function. I laughed like crazy when I first heard it and it continues to amuse me, because competence is so often lacking in such cases...
Habee....Hope you are feeling better! Here's my modest contribution........ Amass====Collect, hoard Somnambulate=====Sleep walk Jocular=====Humorous Tether======Tie/fasten Hark!======Listen Up! Balderdash=====Nonsense laudation======praise.
Don't think they are real words but they should be cause they make sense and when I used to do clowning I used them as real words ... )
Furnidents - the dents in carpet furniture leaves behind. Troublems - when your troubles become problems or your problems become troubles. Donut seeds - little round oat circles you plant to get a good crop of donuts -- aka Cheerios Quadrasection - when 4 different streets cross each other at one intersection.
PaisleeGal, These sound a lot like the "Sniglets" books that claim to have originated out of a recurring Saturday Night Live segment about "words that don't exist, but should." I have never watched that show, but I did have a couple of the books, and my mom and I had fun making up many such words.
Barkuumer--dog or cat who eagerly scarfs up dropped food, saving you the trouble of getting out the vacuum cleaner
Plust--The collection of dust that pours out when you dump a jigsaw puzzle onto the table--the word means "puzzle dust"-- (caps show word blend) PuzzLe dUST
Argutory--an obligatory chore for a child about which parents can expect an argument from their offspring
Squelp--the surprised cross between a squeal and a yelp when a dog (or cat) accidentally catches and bites its own tail.
Tragus - the little flap on the ear. Obsequious - adoring/fawning. Raspberry - that blowing sound babies make (why is it called a raspberry?). Feed - the most important part of a pen. It controls the exchange of ink and air within a pen. Welt - the strip of material that joins a shoe's upper half to the sole. Xylem (and Phloem) - the vascular network of plants. Xylem carries nutrients up from the roots to the leaves, and Phloem carries sugars from the leaves to other areas of the plant.
Good post habee... I made a note of these words (and pages and pages more) when I was reading Lawrence Durrell's 'Balthazar'. Still don't know what some of them mean, will have to look them up, but interesting words:
truckle bed - a low bed on casters, a trundle bed sordid purlieus - lower class neighborhood bull's pizzle - (uh oh) Bull's penis (hope I'm allowed to say that) gonfalons - flag or insignia
One word I really like is "innocuous," and I'm not even sure I spelled it right. I don't hear it used much, but sometimes it just seems more reasonable to say than "harmless." Why is that? I don't know. But I generally choose another word when I'm speaking and think of it, as I'm afraid people will think I'm trying to talk big or afraid they won't know what it means. Sorry, that's all I can offer. So many have offered so much more! That word just came to mind.
LOL, habee...that's too funny. I'm reminded of one of my mom's stories from her high school days. She decided to have some fun with the teacher; the assignment was define the spelling words and use them in sentences. Just for a lark, she managed to put them all into a single, sensible sentence!
Here's a funny story. I was rushing to write a graveyard scene and didn't know the name for the thing that lowers the caskets into the ground. I did not want to guess or use a stupid sounding term like "casket lowering device", so I wrote around the problem.
One of my friends read my story and wrote to me. He said, " I could tell you didn't know the name of the device... You won't believe this, but it is called a 'casket lowering device'"
Fun! My best buddy and I in 9th grade looked up that word and memorized it--the pronunciation, not the definition. We were trying to learn new words every day or so, and that was one we found since it was so long!
Cool. It is a fun word, so long. I want to state again that my original definition above is inaccurate: The meaning of the word is that of being opposed to the separation of religion and the state. Which is a funny way of saying it means a person is in favor of there being a state religion, it seems.
Pedagogical - a pedagogue is a teacher. A lecturer at university was trying to teach us something. One of the bright students asked an extension question which the lecturer refused to answer "for pedagogical reasons" . In other words we were so thick that more information would just confuse us.
One lovely ambiguous or equivocal statement "I'm always pleased to see your back again" or "I'm always pleased to see you're back again".
I told one class that a number of them were bright hard working swots, some of them were like the cartoon character Garfield -they just wanted their tummmies rubbed, and a number of them were just bobbing along like dead guppy fish at the top of the tank.
Nasolabial folds. How many of you know what that is? I sell makeup for Avon, so I know what it is, and thought everyone knew. But they don't. Not even some Avon Ladies. And talk to a prospective customer about her nasolabial folds and all you'll get is a blank look. Most of us here are writers and love words. Words are our life, but nasolabial fold means nothing to the average person. The nasolabial folds are the lines that run from the nose to the mouth. Everyone sees them when they look in the mirror. Every woman over 25 worries about them, but hardly anyone knows what they're called!
Some of us learned the meanings of words and how to spell them only through reading. My daughter and I were talking about this the other day, when she used the word burgeoning (bursting forth, flourishing, growing quickly) but pronounced it burguning (with a hard "g"). She used the word correctly to get her thoughts across, but it did sound odd. As it happened, she learned the word while reading one of my mother's "historical romance" books (substitute "romance novel") when she was about eleven or twelve, but never had the occasion to speak the word until now. Here are some of the others:
Chagrin - "chargin" with a hard "ch" and a hard "g", accent on the first syllable Debutante - "debootat" Naive - "nave"
I read somewhere a long time ago that the average number of different words a native American English speaker uses in day-to-day conversation is about 500. That doesn't mean more words aren't known or written, just that more words may not be spoken.
Your daughter is well-read. I used to read all the time as a kid (no TV--a long story), but I remember hearing adults speak of a certain card game, pronounced as "pee-nuckle". I had never seen the word in print, but one day in a store, when I was 10 or 12, I saw for sale a deck of cards for the game. My word-attack skills from all that reading were good enough that I recognized that the "Pinochle Deck" was the spelling for that card game. (I don't and have never played the game--I don't know anyone who does, so it's odd I'd heard it in conversation.) But, it rather makes me irritable that people have trouble spelling (typos aside), words that they recognize and know when reading. If you see "weight," e.g., and know what word you've read, how can you have trouble spelling it? I go through this with my husband on a daily basis... and his IQ is near genius level.... :: sigh ::
Oh, I don't know, Dzy. Some people just have a hard time when they're spelling words. Their brains don't catch that they're spelling something wrong; that the letter goes there instead of where their pencil put it. Or maybe they're just not paying attention; their mind is somewhere besides there on the paper where they're working. Possibly they're reading their as there, and never knowing the difference.
Given them time - wait - and they might learn to spell even that word.
LOL, wilderness--that particular trio you've used is probably THE most common mix-up we see! I do have to admit, English is one of the hardest languages, bastard that it is, borrowing from so many others...
But, there are also those who won't even try; who don't think spelling is important; who don't realize or care that a homophone is still not the right word with the meaning they intended. They operate strictly by phonetics, and let the reader sort out what they meant... Sadly, my husband fits this category. He's constantly asking me, "how do you spell.. (whatever word of the moment)...???" to the point where I have provided him a list of his most frequently requested word spellings; still, he'd rather just ask than look at the list!
He's good a math, though--and I'm inclined to think it follows. He's good a math; sucks at spelling, while I'm good with words and suck at math... :: shrug ::
We should get our spouses together; my wife can't spell a lick. She's just opposite, though - she can recognize a word in print, and speak it, but can't for the life of her produce even an attempt to sound it out to anything like the correct spelling.
Don't think I can go with you on the math/spelling, though. I do well at both, probably I like math and love to read. The world's worst at grammar, though - I can't even follow the conversation when it comes to grammar and usually don't know the meaning of the words!
hubby can read, and recognize words, hence the second part of my comment.. LOL He claims, however, to be 'burned out' on reading, he had to do so much of it in pursuit of his Master's Degree -- "later in life" as they say...
Pinochle is one of our family's favorite games. As for my daughter, she learned to say it before she learned to read it. It's so interesting how people learn...we're all different. For some, maybe as for your husband, the "proper" spelling just isn't important for what he has to get across...complex subject.
Pontypridd? That's near Cardiff isn't it? One of my boys went on a trip with the school near there. Mind you, that was a long time ago. I must still have the post card he sent me somewhere. I love to treasure all those little things. Let's face it, those times don't come around again, do they?
Ponty is about 8 miles north-westish of Cardiff. I live in Treorci, which is another 11 miles NW up the valley of the Rhondda Fawr. We only have a very small Co-op, which is OK for basics but a bit limited. Thus, I end up going some of the time to ASDA 3 miles away in Llwynypia, Sainsburys in Ponty or Tesco in Talbot Green 12 miles away.
I moved here from Arnold, Notts, where I had a big Sainsburys and big ASDA just a few minutes walk away. However, what I've lost in shopping convenience, I've more than gained in many other things.
I live in Manchester. I despise supermarkets at the best of times, let alone the this time of year. I take my mum shopping (she's in her eighties) I noticed loads of stuff at half price, put just a few things in my trolly and it came it came to ninety odd quid; I hadn't even bought any basics like bread or toilet rolls!
I finished my shopping elsewhere, although why I've bought such a ridiculous amount of food is beyond me. I feel like a daft, conformist, must have enough to feed an army type at Christmas, and I'm not usually like that.
I know what you mean. When the boys lived at home we did all our shopping at Tescos once a month. But, you know, you always run out of something or other, so i still found myself at the local Sainsbury's once a week. But what do they say, a woman's work is never done. At least we've got cars these days. Don't fancy lugging everything home in shopping bags like my mum had too in the old days.