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    words you love

    to me, discovering new words is like coming across a killer handbag, a catchy song or a new color of paint. i love the feeling of breaking them in. sometimes they are fancy, sometimes simple. my favorites change week by week, day by day. my ear listens for them in the nooks and crannies of everyday life, the same way i dig for loose treasures in the
    clearance bin at the bead store. there's always a few that make you gasp in delight! then i use these new letter nuggets a few times in work, play and conversation - and then i put them out to pasture, once when the freshness wears off.

    know what i mean? if so, what are some of your recent favorite words?

    i just came across this one today. it made me think of bleu cheese!

    gorgonize \GOR-guh-nyze\ verb: to have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on : stupefy, petrify.

    it also always happens that once i find a word that is new to *me*, i see it pop up everywhere! in magazines, on the news, in books. turns out, it wasn't so new at all!

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    smock!

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    My husband and I try to work ipso facto and in toto into conversation wherever possible. We learnt them at Uni from one of our lecturers who was a true Renaissance Man and (we thought) a bit of an idol. :-)

    A good friend of ours likes to regularly use obstreperous to describe his two year old.

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    i like to say "Q.E.D." at inappropriate times.

    "The cat food bag is empty. We have no cat food. Q.E.D."

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    My favorite words are based on phonetics. Otherwise, I'd look weird.

    fave words:

    necrosis
    soda
    credenza
    laurel

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    Quote Originally Posted by stella
    i like to say "Q.E.D." at inappropriate times.

    "The cat food bag is empty. We have no cat food. Q.E.D."
    What does Q.E.D. mean ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftytricks
    Quote Originally Posted by stella
    i like to say "Q.E.D." at inappropriate times.

    "The cat food bag is empty. We have no cat food. Q.E.D."
    What does Q.E.D. mean ?
    I found these explanations using Google:

    Q.E.D. means quod erat demonstrandum. It is a Latin expression that means "Which was to be proven."

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    The most common sense is probably its use in mathematical proofs. Here Q.E.D. (it's usually written with periods for this purpose) means, broadly, "there, I've proved it." Q.E.D. is written at the end of a proof to show that the proof is complete and correct. Literally, it means 'which was to be demonstrated', and it's an abbreviation of the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum.

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    detritus

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    Mr. sandwich is a forest ecologist and all-around plant nut. He likes to recite the latin names of plants. Here are a couple of my favorites:

    nemophila menziesii (baby blue eyes)
    vaccinium ovatum (evergreen huckleberry)

    I also like the words umpire and squamous.

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    for some reason, my favorite words mostly start with "e," like ephemeral and effervescent. I also like gauzy sounding words like diaphanous (which I unfortunately attempted to use to describe a protagonist's clothing in a short story in h.s. -- luckily I looked it up before I turned in the story, otherwise, depending on your interpretation of the word, the character could have gone in an entirely different direction).

    I use love, really, very, interesting, cute, and a few others way too often, but that's more of a verbal (or writing) tic than anything else.


 
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