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glisp42
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Antidisestablishmentarianism

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Zekaille
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All those words are so lovely!

How about:

elocution (I'd just like to hear BETTER elocution)
ramshackle
flabbergasted (a friend told me a story of using this word and having his boss write him up for profanity!)
infanta (okay, I just like to say that one)
pulchritude (ditto)

and I second a comeback of "please" and "thank you"

Indeed, with all the commotion about whether or not store employees wish me a Happy Holiday or a Merry Christmas, I would like to say I really don't care what holiday I am wished. I would just like to hear an enthusiastic "Hello, Ma'am! How are you this evening? Did you find everything you were looking for?" followed by an equally enthusiastic "Thank you for shopping at Big Impersonal Store! Hope you come back soon."

Ze "Kerfuffled and Discombobulated" Kaille

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balderdash, harumph, groovy, and neato

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Pshaw

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Contrary
directly
yonder
lollygag


Sparklygirl

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TallGeekyGirl
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More in the spirit of the tread...

Dastardly
Tarnation (as in "What in tarnation?!")

and "niggardly," without it being mistaken as a racist epithet.

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Signora Del Drago
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I had never heard the word snollygoster before. What a great word! I can hardly wait to work it into a conversation. It shouldn't take long.

Among the words listed here that I still use are copacetic, discombobulated, dilapidated, indubitably, persnickety, tarnation, lollygag and balderdash. I'm sure there are more, but I'm too indolent to go back through the thread to find them.

Someone mentioned snickerdoodle. Is there another use for that word besides the cookie? I love the way it sounds.

My contribution to the list:
jocularity
serendipitous
fantabulous

24/7
can disappear, along with utilize.

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quote:
Originally posted by glisp42:
Antidisestablishmentarianism

I chosen an essay topic last year specifically to use the word antidisestablishmentarianism somewhere in the essay, and then I forgot to include it.

But I can now tell you all about the Anabaptist movment

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crotchety
curmudgeon
plebian
despondent
despicable
dastardly
fulminate

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HenryChicane
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To add to my last post, I was once grounded in my pre-teens for calling my brother a malodorous codpiece. Both of those words could be used more often.

I am even more proud of it now that I just googled the phrase, "malodorous codpiece," and it returned no hits.
[Razz]

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I think this may be my favorite thread ever.
"Reverberate" is fun to say, I also accept the noun version, "reverberation".

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Birgie
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quote:
Originally posted by HenryChicane:


Crepuscular could stand more use as well.


That is a great word. I actually started calling my cat "Crepusky" or "Creepy Crepusculate". He has a lot of nicknames.

I also put my vote in for:

Bees knees
Fisticuffs
Please &
Thank you

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Lunasa
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kerfuffle

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jessboo
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Sou'wester
Right-oh
Perchance

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Jay Tea
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quote:
Originally posted by jessboo:
Sou'wester
Right-oh
Perchance

I used two of those this morning. And is that rain I see outside? [Wink]

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TallGeekyGirl
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Cromulent!

Embiggen!

Never mind... I'll do it myself... [fish]

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jw
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quote:
Originally posted by evilrabbit:
I think this may be my favorite thread ever.
"Reverberate" is fun to say.

I use that word rather a lot. Maybe it's a musical thing.

I offer up "scurrilous".

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chillas
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quote:
Originally posted by TwoGuyswithaHat:
The non-ironic use of nifty is sorely lacking in today's age.

I very frequently use nifty in a non-ironic sense.

I'd like to see more use of the word capital in the superlative sense.

"This thread is simply capital!"
"How are you today?" "Why, I'm capital!"

There are many that have been posted in this thread, though, that I honestly do see and hear on a regular basis - impeccable, opaque, flummox, dilapidated, elocution, ramshackle, flabbergasted, contrary, directly (seriously?), despondent, despicable, reverberate ... and I don't just mean in my weird circle of friends either. At work, friends, family, out and about, on television - I hear these words frequently.

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Monza305
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Once my wife told me that she saw a zeppelin in the sky.

This topic made me think of that, 'cause I teased her for months for using such an old fashioned word.

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Lainie
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quote:
Originally posted by Monza305:
Once my wife told me that she saw a zeppelin in the sky.

[nitpick]I bet she didn't. [Wink] A zeppelin is a dirigible. She almost certainly saw a blimp.[/nitpick]

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The Sultana of Beetroot
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Discombobulate, my favourite word, has already been said so I give you:

  • Spavined
  • Spiflicate

Also we should use the phrase 'cock a snook' more frequently!

[Big Grin]

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Jay Tea
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quote:
Originally posted by Monza305:
Once my wife told me that she saw a zeppelin in the sky.

This topic made me think of that, 'cause I teased her for months for using such an old fashioned word.

I think the good people at Zeppelin might take umbrage at your use of the term 'old-fashioned' - is it not entirely possible that not only is your wife aware that Zeppelin still make airships, but that she was also more than capable of identifying them in the air? [Wink]

http://www.zeppelin-nt.com/

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Besmirch
Friable

I just used "besmirch" in an IM conversation and it was declared word of the day.

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quote:
Originally posted by Monza305:

This topic made me think of that, 'cause I teased her for months for using such an old fashioned word.

I used the word "wristwatch" this summer and one of my coworkers is still teasing me about it.

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lollygagging
buffoon
folderol
twitterpated

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Defenestration.

And not just the word, the act. [Smile]

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Nick Theodorakis
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How about the phrase "cock up your beaver" (the link is safe for work, believe it or not).

Nick

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A coworker of mine used canoodling at our staff Christmas party. He accused a fellow teacher and her husband of 'power canoodling' on the couch.

My words:

pickin' beggar
fewmets
barbarians
heathens
ill-mannered
courting (instead of hookin' up)
betrothed
conspicuous
niblish (I don't know that this is actually a word, but in my family it means 'the feeling of wanting to snack on small foods)

I'll think of more later.

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Lainie
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I didn't know that some of these words had gone away. Especially "conspicuous," "heathen," and "ill-mannered."

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Just heard a great one on TV last night:

folderol


ETA: I always heard that antidisestablishmentarianism was a made-up word (?). Also, I use "heathen" on a fairly regular basis... but only because it is fun to describe myself thusly.

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Nick Theodorakis
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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
I didn't know that some of these words had gone away. Especially "conspicuous," "heathen," and "ill-mannered."

There seem to be a lot words mentioned in this thread that either I have used or have heard others use in casual conversation without any indication that they were rare or obsolete.

Nick

ETA quote to clarify to whom I'm replying

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Hobbledehoy & Slobberchops.

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quote:
Originally posted by Purple Iguana:
Just heard a great one on TV last night:

folderol

As in "he's still lifting platinum folderol"? That's a line from the song "Guys and Dolls" of the musical with same name.

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Monza305
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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
[nitpick]I bet she didn't. [Wink] A zeppelin is a dirigible. She almost certainly saw a blimp.[/nitpick]

Well, of course she did. I just thought it was funny for her to pull that word out of nowhere. For the next couple of weeks, I tried to come up with every old-fashioned, Mr. Burns type word I could come up with, when talking to her. Finally, when I told her I was taking her horseless carrage to the general store she'd had enough.

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quote:
Originally posted by TallGeekyGirl:
How about "please" and "thank you"? [Smile]

Never heard of these before. Had to look them up. Can't see much use for them.

I'm partial to "acquiesce," "thrice," "quietus," and of course "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis."

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