Saturday, June 14, 2008

Speaking of Dictionary.com

I was walking into the library this afternoon, when I overheard a little old lady laughing to her little old husband,

"I am so punctilious."

Punctilious! A big word that I'd never heard. I made a mental note to look it up when I got home, and was ever so proud that I even remembered to do so.

Just so you know, "Punctilious" is an adjective, meaning

"extremely attentive to punctillos."


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Leave a big word for me in the comments. I'll let you know which ones I know.

12 comments:

  1. some favorites:

    scrofulous
    miasma
    pertinacious
    syzygy
    agog
    mercurial

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  2. Specificity
    Anti-constitutionalistically
    Passive-aggressive disorder
    Transubstantiate

    Apparently it's impossible to pronounce these drunk!

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  3. My favorite:

    defenestrate

    Other odd ones I've had to look up lately:

    corpulent
    endogenous
    exculpatory
    internecine
    pugilist

    and the one possible reason why we learn all these odd ball uncommon words:

    sciolistic

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  4. Things I've heard in my earphones while transcribing:

    recidivism
    palletize
    barrow and/or tumulus

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  5. ecumenical
    polarity
    malaise
    catechumenate
    Lectionary
    pedagogical

    Welcome to my world.

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  6. How about scatological?

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  7. According to the brilliant and ever wise PT Shank in "Test Words You Should Know", punctilious means "very aware of the rules of conduct or ettiquette; knowledgable of every small detail."

    nugatory, preternatural and vituperative (and vituperation)are other favorites of hers, I happen to know.

    much better source of information than dictionary.com, don't you think? >:)

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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  8. Yay! Word fun! Antidisestablishmentarianism, floccinoccinihilipilification and monoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis are aall words that don't get said enough in my opinion.

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  9. and obviously 'aall' which is like 'all', but classier.

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  10. marinemom9:53 PM

    Here's a word for you:

    supernumerary

    I love word games. Scrabble, crossword puzzles and lately I'm hooked on the word game at www.freerice.com

    Try it. I'm addicted. Once I played it for over an hour. Or maybe it was two!

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  11. Yeah, I think most of us who blog enjoy words. It's gross, but I've been fascinated by the word "coprophagic" ever since I discovered a nest of baby bunnies on the preschool playground and did some research to learn what to do with them....

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