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#1    Eldorado

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 05:32 PM

What's the most "splendid" word or words you've ever used or heard used?

My own is highlighted below, which I heard on the BBC some years ago.. and never forgot.


"Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations -- naturally. They have been out and about, on people's lips, in their houses, in the streets, in the fields, for so many centuries. And that is one of the chief difficulties in writing them today -- they are so stored with meanings, with memories, that they have contracted so many famous marriages.
The splendid word 'incarnadine', for example -- who can use it without remembering also 'multitudinous seas'?
Words belong to each other, although, of course, only a great writer knows that the word 'incarnadine' belongs to 'multitudinous seas'."
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I did indeed LOL.


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 06:41 PM

In my capacity as 18th century enthusiast, I have too many to list. I shall have a think about my favourites, as well as what is suitable for a family friendly forum such as UM!

Brilliant idea for a thread...


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:17 PM

Wow, there's a lot of splendid words... Hmm, a plethora of them :yes:

Accoutrements and haberdashery. I use those a lot.

Your ad hominem connotes your sciolism. Now that is some funny commentary.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:45 PM

Here are a few:

Rantipole - A young person who behaves wildly (also a verb, so one can rantipole around town)
Dimber damber - The leader of a gang of rogues
Nicknackatory - Toyshop
Gimcrack - A cheap and tacky bauble

I like rantipole a lot, it's a nice word to say.


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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:18 PM

From a work memo.

"Enough of the garrulousness, please."

(I had to google)


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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:29 PM

digs through the dictionaries

hab habe something .. ahh to hell with it
let's face it this topic is just not for me :D

Edited by Knight Of Shadows, 24 June 2012 - 02:30 PM.

"why should we not rely on Allah when he guided us our path . we shall certainly bear with patience all the hurt you may cause us. for those who want to put their trust in someone should put their trust in Allah.


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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:33 PM

I like metamorphosis. Great word to indicate change.

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to sharpen."  Eden Phillpotts

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:44 PM

metamorphosis !!

"why should we not rely on Allah when he guided us our path . we shall certainly bear with patience all the hurt you may cause us. for those who want to put their trust in someone should put their trust in Allah.


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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:46 PM

I don't have any to add right now (I live in Oklahoma - I barely speak English according to some)..

But Al Stewart had a very short little song that fits in...

What the Who's "My Generation" would have sounded like if it were done in 'Proper' English...




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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:19 AM

View PostEldorado, on 24 June 2012 - 02:18 PM, said:

From a work memo.

"Enough of the garrulousness, please."

(I had to google)

Have you been too garrulous, El?

You'll be being too frivolous next...


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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:48 AM

View Postschizoidwoman, on 25 June 2012 - 10:19 AM, said:

Have you been too garrulous, El?

You'll be being too frivolous next...

I hope not... frothiness in business correspondence can be venturesome, Schizoid.


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Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:02 PM

I have a day-by-day calendar for this year called Forgotten English. It's got some very interesting entries of words we don't use anymore. The one for today is...

aporrhipsis - An insane dislike to clothes. (from John Coxe's Philadelphia Medical Dictionary, 1817)

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:23 PM

Well, Mr. El, if you don't mind, I'll continue adding the words from my calendar. Today's is...

cully - One that maintains a mistress, and parts with money generously to her. (from B. E.'s Dictionary of the Canting Crew, 1699)

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 03:40 PM

In the course of my work, I have encountered many slang words and phrases and I've been rummaging among my files for good examples. The best come from 16/17th.Cent Legal papers. Here's a few I've selected....

Frummagemmed = hanged or strangled
High Pad = highwayman
Lullypriggers = thieves who steal from washing lines
Drawer-latches = burglars
Pennyweighter = forger
Underdubber = prison guard

...and so on!

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I can teach you with a quip, if I've a mind; I can trick you into learning with a laugh; Oh, winnow all my folly and you'll find, A grain or two of truth among the chaff!
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 03:54 PM

Amalgamate. I like a good amalgamation of accoutrements.
Forthwith. "Let us proceed forthwith to..." is a pretty common phrase amongst my friends.
Jacknape- for that gentleman who is a mules behind.
Spaulders- It's probably my favorite piece of armor.
Toilette- there is just something refined about attending toilette rather than the morning s***, shave, shower or I threw some clothes on.

Your ad hominem connotes your sciolism. Now that is some funny commentary.




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