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Harken all ye logophiles: Cool new words you've recently learned!

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I'm doing a research project right now and these last two weeks have been rich in words.

Just today I encountered the word "logomachy" for the first time.
logomachy definition.

logomachy passage

Meanwhile, the password at my local, bookstore coffee shop is obtenebrate, meaning "to darken as if by shadowing." (The passwords are selected by a local sociology professor who is a total word nerd--said with all affection!)

Obtenebrate receipt

There were many other words but these are the two that have stuck with me.

Your turn!

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https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

abibliophobia: the fear of running out of reading material

i sometimes face myself having abibliophobia when i fear that the library is gonna run out of books. :P

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https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

I think that is now my new favorite word! I have that fear quite a bit!

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xD!!

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I certainly don't have it in phobic proportions, but reading comprises the majority activity of my day (in the form of reading posts in the forums, as well as fiction and non-fiction books.) I would say my happiness is firmly entrenched it. If I ran out, I would be be a sad pile of bunny blues.

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https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

yes, same. Reading makes up most of what i do in a day. if i don't have a book with me at all times, i get bored. i read everywhere and anytime. in the morning, at night, right now, during a movie, at the table while eating, etc.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

People after my own heart!

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And mine too! :-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

;) I'm glad people appreciate books as much as i do.

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THAT MOMENT ON A ROAD TRIP WHEN YOU REACH INTO YOUR BAG FOR THE NEXT BOOK AND THERE ISN'T ONEEEEE

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https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

yeah, I wouldn't know how to survive

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That is seriously my favorite word now. xD

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is there a word for "fear of finishing the duo tree"? :P

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Yes, it's called "Reverse tree" ;)

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LOL ;)

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So what's the word for "fear of finishing the reversed duo tree"? :-D

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"Laddering" lol.

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LOL very quick!

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Yup...that word is my life. Luckily the Kindle and its thousands of portable books have alleviated that a bit, but I still always lack at least two "real" books (just in case...)

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https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

:)

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Lucky you, doing a research project rich in words! I'm going to try my best to make these two words to fit into a sentence.

As my friend and I were conversing, we began to have a lively logomachy.

The house, in the moonlight, began to obtenebrate.


How about blatherskite? It means: a person who talks at great length without making much sense. I can be a blatherskite sometimes.

Hmmm, velleity? Meaning: a wish or inclination which is not strong enough to lead one to take action. I think all of us have some velleity.

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It's not for a class. But I'd dearly like to know more about violence, especially its connection with language. Someday, I'd like to go to graduate school. And I don't want to wait to delve into the topic. So, I picked up a book and now I've got three on the table with another two coming in the mail. :)

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That's good, taking it upon yourself to learn it.

I can tell from the paragraph that that's some hard reading you got there!

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I take notes while reading and try to do a little summary at the end of each chapter. It's generally tedious and some days a bit arduous. But it's satisfying it it's own way.

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Kind of cheating since I saw this on memrise (facebook page) earlier today but anyway, still a word I didn't know before

Tidsoptimist (svensk) Literally: Time Optimist. Means: Someone who usually comes too late because he thinks he has more time than he actually has.

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No, that totally counts. And what a good word! xD

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https://www.duolingo.com/etymology

That is an excellent word. Seems useful.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sapphireoceanELF

It's not one I learned recently, but it's been my favourite word for a long time because it's always made me laugh; "anatidaephobia" - the fear that somewhere in the world, a duck is watching you! :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/KOokey_Pokey

I am watching you.....quack,quack

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You could say the professor is a logophile (a lover of words). :)

Subscribe to A Word A Day (www.wordsmith.org) and you'll learn lots of interesting words for free. Highly recommend it.

My favorite, and longest word, in English is floccinaucinihilipilification (estimating something as being worthless).

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Oh they totally are! (Good word btw!) I think I'll use it in my heading :D (I hope you don't mind)

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Marcescence - retention of dead organic material (that is usually shed) by a plant.

A good example are oak trees. If you live in an area that experiences the type of winter where hardwood trees lose their leaves, you'll notice some trees hold onto their dead leaves quite a while, often all the way into spring. In my area, oaks (Quercus sp.), American beech (Fagus grandifolia) and to a lesser extent ironwood (Ostrya virginiana) are marcescent trees.

Here's an example of a marcescent oak:

Xeric is also a good word. Especially handy when playing Scrabble.
A dry habitat or environment.

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Scrabble! (Also, Quercus, sounds quirky. i like it!) Are you a dendrologist or botonist by chance?

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Forest technologist by education (which included dendrology and botany), forest insect and disease technician by (current) employment.

Hats off to you for knowing what dendrology is. I'd say the vast majority of people give me a confused look when I mention it.

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If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I'd either like to come back as a tree, or someone who studies trees and bugs =^_^=

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So you're an etymologist who wants to come back as an entomologist? ;-)

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lol. No I don't know that much about words!

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If you're into trees, and are looking for something to read, this is a pretty good little book. http://www.davidsuzuki.org/publications/books/tree-a-life-story/

Another great nature one is A Sand County Almanac. http://www.aldoleopold.org/AldoLeopold/almanac.shtml It was apparently printed in Japanese at one point. Maybe you could track that down for practice. ;-)

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I have just ordered Tree A Life Story. Thanks for the recommendation! :D

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Wow - those look great!

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Moving from plants to animals, the complete opposite of marcesence would be autotomy--the deliberate shedding of a living part, such as a lizard shedding its tail; a particularly bizarre example is the process whereby polychaete worms will split in two to produce epitokes.

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I'm assuming that epitokes are the start of two separate worms then?

I really like how you contrasted one term with another, reaching into slightly more familiar territory for those of us who know the word "autonomy". :)

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Annelids are actually quite complex animals; contrary to popular belief, cutting an earthworm in two will not result in two worms (this only works with much more primitive creatures like flatworms and flukes)--one end will still have the mouth and the ganglion, and that end, if any, will survive.
In epitoky, all the reproductive cells migrate to the other end of the worm; this end develops flaps for swimming, breaks off and swims up into the water column to exchange its gametes with other epitokes: thence the next generation of worms. Meanwhile, on the ocean floor, the head end of the worm (the 'atoke') continues as normal, albeit in complete sterility. Epitokes are essentially autonomous, free-swimming genitalia that can travel very much further than the polychaetes in their normal adult form are able to, in order to spread their genes, and generally keep any local population of worms from reaching a genetic bottleneck. As I said, it is rather bizarre.

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O.O That is so cool!

And for the record, I'd never cut an earthworm in half. I like them too much and the thought of hurting one assures that I always bring a flashlight when I'm walking about on rainy nights so I don't step on them.

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Invertebrates are amazing creatures, have a lingot for that fact! :D

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absquatulate : to leave quite suddenly , in an abrupt way.

ok, I had better absquatulate.

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I love how that word rattles around my mouth!

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<h1>Defenestrate</h1>

de·fen·es·trate

dēˈfenəˌstrāt/

verb

1.

rare

Throw (someone) out of a window. - - - Heard that one at a summer training course. The instructor got a bit off topic and switched from fluid dynamics to obscure vocabulary. :)

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I've come across that word a few times, but never realized it meant to toss someone out the window. I wonder if it has other meanings as well.

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Someone or something. I defenestrate things on a semi-regular basis. I quite enjoy this word.

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https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Already knowing the word defenestrate, It gave me particular pleasure when I learned the French word "fenêtre" (meaning "window", old spelling "fenestre") and made the connection :-)

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You'll probably be pleased, if not surprised, to hear that the German word for window is also Fenster.

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The concept of Defenestration comes from two incidences nearly a century apart in Prague were prominent nobles were thrown out of windows. I want to say the latter was sometime in the mid-1600s.

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Oh, interesting! Didn't know anything about the origin of the word...thanks for the info!

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If popculture is to be believed, this practice was carried over to the Americas as cowboys get tossed out of saloon windows all the time.

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This is so cool, I love weird words. <3 For those of you who intend to eat with loved ones around this time of the year, how many of you have a deipnosophist or two in the family?

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None of my family is that. Initial chatter at our dinner table usually trails off into contented silence after a couple of minutes.

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I sure wish that was me!

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Susurrus: a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper. :)

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I really love that word. By chance, is it an onomatopoeia?

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Yes, it is onomatopoeic (another great word). It is a Latin loan word originally meaning a humming, whispering.

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Such flumadiddle def "utter nonsense" What a fun word to say :)

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I really like the word 'cadence': a rising or falling of the voice in human speech. Oh! and 'pendulous' :) Here's a sentence for that: The pendulous branches of the weeping willow grazed the ground.

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Cadence has a very nice dark grey and a hard red color. The P and E in pendulous pretty much takes over the word, making green the most prominent color. That's a great sentence, by the way. The p and the b with very closely related sounds, the followed by the alliteration of the w's, and the two G's separated by only one word. It's a very satisfying sentence. :D

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:D

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I've gone ahead and added the passage logomachy came from so y'all can peek at the brain twists I'm reading these days. haha. Feel free to discuss any examples you might have of "presenting real divisions in terms that deny that division" I'd be tickled.

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Atlatl is a type of weapon used by the Aztecs, and it's just really fun to say. I also like autologicol words, which are words which could describe themselves. For instance the word "word" or I very often verb words like "verb" making "verb" in that context autological.

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I've handled an atlatl, but never used it. There are several atlatl users in my local SCA (Society for Creative Anacronism--medieval re-enactment) group. (I was always too busy with the archery to branch out. But that'll change once I can get back to the range.)

Woo autological. Nice!

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Fun new word I learnt just today - loganamnosis (it is the obsessive behavior we get into when trying to remember the precise word we wish to use)

It is distinct from lethologica (which is the inability to remember a word), although this may be the trigger that causes loganamnosis in some people.

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That is so cool! :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/._.Polyglot._.

Saturnine - (of a person or their manner) slow and gloomy. Example: Donald Trump is being very saturnine this day.

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Etymology: the study of words' origins. :P On a more serious note, spatular (of or pertaining to spatulas) and herengiform (shaped like a herring) are a couple of my favourites.

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In Italian: frantumàre: to break up into little pieces

In English: bricolage = assembling a construction together from assorted pieces of things (think "McGyvering!), or in the art world, collage technique.

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"bricolage = assembling a construction together from assorted pieces" until I read the following part of that sentence I was thinking that was a reference to Lego bricks. ;-)

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Hardware stores in France are called "bricolage" (m).
On doit aller au magasin de bricolage : We still have to go to the hardware store.
Some popular names of hardware stores are :
Brico Dépôt
Bricopro

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Sorry to go off topic, I just thought it might be an interesting side fact.

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Yes, in French I think it's more like "DIY," while in English it means more like the act of assembling and creating.

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It's not a word, but this is literally the most fun to say name in the world: Sawatzky

2 years ago

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It certainly has character!

2 years ago

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Poobah= a person with power

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KOokey_Pokey

lol

2 years ago

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Is that English or another language?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KOokey_Pokey

probably english

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KOokey_Pokey

hopefully

2 years ago

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We've had plenty of logomachies on here! Shall we start one about the correct plural for of logomachy? :-)

One of my favourite words is obstreperous, because it's so much fun to say. :-)

2 years ago

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"When I saw you stop the world from, you know, ending, I just assumed that was a big week for you. It turns out I suddenly find myself needing to know the plural of apocalypse. "

2 years ago

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ahhhh - now that sent me on an interesting search ! That is a quote from Riley Finn from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
here is a discussion about the plural for apocalypse.
And perhaps an insight into the definition of this word from the view of Buffy followers here
So I thought I would share my research :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dimidov

Bombinate - verb (used without object), bombinated, bombinating

Definition: to make a humming or buzzing noise.

I recently watched Jupiter Ascending and looked up some stuff on it, and they were going on about the bees and this word came up. It's hilarious to me for reasons and I will be adding it to my vocabulary.

2 years ago

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We should have found a way to use that in our translation of Vinni-Pukh...

2 years ago

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I've only ran into the word today, alas. :) I'm up for retconning the current text, but I don't know how much work that will be, hehe.

2 years ago

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I wonder if that is all related to how the Bumblebee got it's name. Although, it could also just be from the word bumble, which is more likely. Bumble means "move or act in an awkward or confused manner." (Google)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dimidov

Apparently, it is not entirely unrelated, so yep! :)

also bumble-bee, 1520s, replacing Middle English humbul-be (altered by association with Middle English bombeln "to boom, buzz," late 14c.); echoic, from PIE echoic root *kem "to hum."

2 years ago

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Thank you for that!

2 years ago