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Avi
05 Apr 2011, 11:37 AM
Most days or weeks I have a word that keeps popping into my head. Either it stands out as slightly different today, its meaning is interesting or unusual or perhaps it just rolls off the tongue nicely.

Sometimes I've known the word for years and not used it much, other times I've seen it on a poster at the tube station, read it in a book or I've heard it on the TV.

This thread is for you to post your favourite word of the day and with it an explanation of what it means or the specific interpretation you're thinking of. Forum rules apply of course - nothing wholly inappropriate.

It's a great way of improving your vocabulary and widening the scope of words you're less likely to come across so I hope that any user, especially the writers in this section, will share some of their favourite words with the community every few days :)

Carrothead
05 Apr 2011, 01:56 PM
Zodiac. Don't ask me why, I just think it's a pretty cool word to say.

Avi
05 Apr 2011, 02:00 PM
Pernickety (Adjective)
(comparative more pernickety, superlative most pernickety)

Meaning
Fussy; paying undue attention to minor details; fastidious (chiefly UK)

Pronunciation
(UK) IPA: /pɜː(ɹ)ˈnɪk.ɪ.ti/, /pɜː(ɹ)ˈnɪk.ə.ti/
Rhymes: -ɪkɪti or Rhymes: -ɪkəti

Etymology
Unknown

justcheckin
05 Apr 2011, 02:00 PM
Phalanges...love that word.

Second Heartbeat
05 Apr 2011, 04:42 PM
A word I use quite often I think*

Clutch

Definition - Doing well at something when the odds were stacked against you. You clutch the win from the jaws of defeat I guess?

"Oh man, you clutched that shot!"

Stoked

Definition - Being really happy about something or super excited to do something.

"I'm really stoked to get to see you soon :)"

*I know I did two words, but they were both in my head :oops:

Destine
05 Apr 2011, 04:49 PM
Can't think of anything right now, but I did put in a text that I was 'superstoked' (:oops:) about something earlier so I'll just share Mark's.

mighty cheese
05 Apr 2011, 04:51 PM
Squaids.
Itz srs bizness guys :O

Imperial Awesomeness
05 Apr 2011, 06:04 PM
No idea why but:
Copious.

Stevieus
05 Apr 2011, 06:10 PM
Finkleroy.

I haven't decided what it means yet, but it rolls off the tounge nicely.
I'm currently using it in place of all adjectives, verbs and nouns in any situation that requires me to speak.



Contrary to the misguided rumour that I have a ridiculously oversized vocabulary, backed up by a pocket dictionary on a chain......

I rarely use words of more than five letters when speaking through my mouth, as opposed to my fingers :confused:

itsnotquiteover
05 Apr 2011, 06:10 PM
Inconsequential

Definition of Inconsequential

1,

a: illogical
b: irrelevant

2,
of no significance : unimportant

commander
05 Apr 2011, 06:32 PM
Defenestration.

It is quite simply the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. Now that's pretty cool. :cat:

It originates from two incidents that happened in Prague many moons ago. 1419, seven town officials thrown from the town hall, sparking the Hussite War, and then 1618 two imperial governers were tossed from Prague Castle, sparking the Thirty Years War.

Also cool.

Carrothead
05 Apr 2011, 06:45 PM
Defenestration.

It is quite simply the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. Now that's pretty cool. :cat:

It originates from two incidents that happened in Prague many moons ago. 1419, seven town officials thrown from the town hall, sparking the Hussite War, and then 1618 two imperial governers were tossed from Prague Castle, sparking the Thirty Years War.

Also cool.

That's pretty epic.

Sleeping Dragon
06 Apr 2011, 12:16 AM
Pernickety (Adjective)
(comparative more pernickety, superlative most pernickety)

Meaning
Fussy; paying undue attention to minor details; fastidious (chiefly UK)

Pronunciation
(UK) IPA: /pɜː(ɹ)ˈnɪk.ɪ.ti/, /pɜː(ɹ)ˈnɪk.ə.ti/
Rhymes: -ɪkɪti or Rhymes: -ɪkəti

Etymology
Unknown

Avi

Sometimes wikipedia and also OED are very very lazy :(

Per - means complete or completely
Nick or nickety means precise - as in the placing of a nick to mark the precise measurement of something OR someone who studies or looks for a nick as a sign of damage or measurement

Literally it means/meant someone who pays complete attention to the smallest mark hence fastidious

Pernicky has the same root as pernickety but the origins are from carpentry and tailoring and also from tapestry making and go further back than the pernicky reference's in OED - at least one reference in the designs of the Coutres tapestries in 14th C mentions the patron as being "pernice" par example.

Hope that is helpful

:)

commander
07 Apr 2011, 12:40 PM
Zephyr.

A light breeze or similar.

Sounds cool. :cat:

Imperial Awesomeness
07 Apr 2011, 01:23 PM
Totally does.
The word I used today the most was
N00b!

Cryos
07 Apr 2011, 01:26 PM
o·ver·zeal·ous
Excessively enthusiastic:

justcheckin
07 Apr 2011, 01:31 PM
BLOB!

Onomatopoeia ftw!

Jarre
07 Apr 2011, 03:00 PM
The words I use most on site are unpublishable here. But the word that always makes me happy and sticks in my mind is "Paycheck" no need to describe what that means!!

Samantha78
07 Apr 2011, 06:32 PM
*confesses to owning an etymological dictionary*

I dont get that excited by English words though lol; French idioms are a different matter... One of my favourites is 'avoir des fourmis' which literally means 'to have ants' but it is also the French equivalent of 'to have pins and needles'

I'd fully recommend subscribing to http://wordsmith.org/words/today.html for word geeks too :oops:

Anonymous the third
07 Apr 2011, 06:57 PM
mumbles .

ElementalGoDz
08 Apr 2011, 03:48 PM
Bubbling .

Avi
09 Apr 2011, 07:49 AM
Procrastinate; to postpone doing what one should be doing, to delay needlessly

Forum > Life > University

Razorwind
09 Apr 2011, 11:26 AM
turtle :p (the animal not the cartoon)

Second Heartbeat
09 Apr 2011, 11:38 AM
Stephen

Definition - A word one Adam & Joe listener will shout in a public place in the hope of hearing the response "Just coming!", letting them know there is another fan in the area.

Second Heartbeat - "Stephen?!"

Someone really cool - "Just coming!"

:oops:

commander
28 Apr 2011, 11:46 AM
Ubiquitous.

That is all.

Jack
28 Apr 2011, 11:53 AM
Sketchy. .

Tombo457
28 Apr 2011, 12:04 PM
celery. .

Freak Show.
29 Apr 2011, 08:33 PM
Extravagant.

PinkFairyKing
29 Apr 2011, 09:01 PM
Antidisestablishmentarianism

Mouse-Keyboard
29 Apr 2011, 09:17 PM
Antidisestablishmentarianism
And do you know what that means (without getting a dictionary)?

Sleeping Dragon
30 Apr 2011, 02:16 PM
Yes and I use disestablishmentarianism in an earlier post too :p

Tilifika
01 May 2011, 10:59 AM
Fabled.

Adj. Fabled- 1. celebrated in fable or legend.

'Remember that fabled night we all got wasted and Steve and Mikey slipped off for some private time?'

Fabled 2. unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news".

Anything Nick Clegg ever said to anyone, ever.


See also 'Fable', once extremely promising gaming series which has gone drastically down hill.

justcheckin
10 May 2011, 10:03 PM
Nincompoop

Noun: A foolish or stupid person.

Love that word

Grizzly360
10 May 2011, 11:35 PM
Cornucopia

The horn of plenty ;)

Keiji_Maeda
14 May 2011, 02:54 PM
My favourite word of the day is Funkspiel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funkspiel)

WildTurkey
15 May 2011, 01:31 AM
Gobble
What turkey came up with that one

Cliffy
15 May 2011, 07:55 AM
brickable

'i'd do that girl, she is well brickable'

Nickyide
20 May 2011, 02:25 AM
Defenestrate (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/defenestrate)
I read it in a poem today in school, I felt that it was a pretty epic word :P

Mouse-Keyboard
20 May 2011, 06:54 PM
Defenestrate (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/defenestrate)
I read it in a poem today in school, I felt that it was a pretty epic word :P
Commie already posted that.

Sleeping Dragon
21 May 2011, 01:21 AM
scaphism or maybe sanguaquila

Mammy
22 May 2011, 01:50 PM
Blustery - cos that's what it is today!!

Avi
22 May 2011, 05:32 PM
Laborious :)
1. (esp. of a task, process, or journey) Requiring considerable effort and time.
2. (esp. of speech or writing style) Showing obvious signs of effort and lacking in fluency.

Sleeping Dragon
22 May 2011, 08:31 PM
hehehehehehe - the latter is ME :)

elmoga
23 May 2011, 10:27 PM
Flippant. My English teacher told me I'm flippant when I did my presentation. It's now my favourite word <3

horse
15 Jun 2011, 09:28 PM
Besom

Scottish:
obstreperous girl, hussy

“Thon yin’s a right mucky besom“


:horse:

Morgasshk
16 Jun 2011, 12:47 PM
Extragalactic - To do with things outside our own galaxy

horse
16 Jun 2011, 02:29 PM
what does extracheese mean then ?

horse
16 Jun 2011, 10:30 PM
internecion

massacre

Jarre
17 Jun 2011, 06:10 AM
Levitation.

(came out from one of my arguments with the "money man" boss who knows nothing about building, complaining about how much steel we have to hold up the floors to which I answered "They havn't invented levitating floors yet" )

mrpanky
23 Jun 2011, 10:27 PM
Loltree

WvV chat.

Means "lol yeeeeeeee" or something along those lines.

Fumanchu
03 Jul 2011, 05:45 PM
My favourite word of the day is flockynockynihilipilification which means nothing :) got to love it.

Morgasshk
04 Jul 2011, 01:24 AM
Thank you.... you have helped our vocabulary SOOOO much... NOT!

I've always been a fan of flabbergasted

Seems like a nonsense word, but merely means amazed or shocked or summat thereabouts.

justcheckin
04 Jul 2011, 05:02 PM
My favourite word of the day is flockynockynihilipilification which means nothing :) got to love it.

It mean making something worthless according to my google searches.

Tilifika
05 Jul 2011, 03:25 PM
Stromatolite. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromatolite)

Singalong
05 Jul 2011, 04:02 PM
Shlock...

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/shlock

Avi
07 Mar 2012, 10:21 AM
the word 'OK' which i didn't know until today is an abbreviation of oll korrect (mispelling of all correct), or from the native american tribe Choctaw who used the word okeh meaning 'it is so'.

hurt
09 Mar 2012, 01:27 AM
LIES AVI! LIES!

The phrase "OK" is actually an abbreviation of the greek phrase "ola kala" - it literally means "everything is good"

In other news, my favourite word is "autohagiography"
to commit autohagiography is to adore yourself :D

Avi
10 Mar 2012, 08:02 AM
LIES AVI! LIES!

The phrase "OK" is actually an abbreviation of the greek phrase "ola kala" - it literally means "everything is good"

Really :eek: that sounds like a good etymology too, but none of the websites I visited mentioned it.

Repugnant meaning very distasteful, revolting, repellent etc.

Master Blaster
10 Mar 2012, 01:03 PM
Douchebag....needs no explanation !

Disney
10 Mar 2012, 01:05 PM
Flabbergasted ;) but seems someone already said that so it has to be SEMPT

Master Blaster
10 Mar 2012, 01:08 PM
if i knew what that meant i could comment :(

Disney
10 Mar 2012, 01:42 PM
lol SEMPT means seemed to be - its just one of the many common derbyshire words i make up and use lol

Hawkery
20 Feb 2017, 11:31 AM
Cataclysmic
[kat-uh-kliz-mik]

adjective
1. of, relating to, or resulting from a cataclysm.
2. of the nature of, or having the effect of, a cataclysm:
cataclysmic changes.


And Cataclysm also deserves a mention since it's definition is much clearer:
[kat-uh-kliz-uh m]

noun
1. any violent upheaval, especially one of a social or political nature.
2. Physical Geography. a sudden and violent physical action producing changes in the earth's surface.
3. an extensive flood; deluge.

Mercedes
20 Feb 2017, 06:07 PM
Glum
(Gulummm)

Adjective:
1. Relating to the way you feel just after you got ripped off £15 worth of gold.
2. Relating to the way you feel just after you discovered that your army was in the oasis you just raided.
3. Relating to the way you feel when you have to get up and go to work after a week off.
4. Relating to the way you feel when you get home from work and discover the mess your teenage children created in the house whilst you were at work and that despite ringing them when you left work and asking them to put dinner in the oven, they didn't.

- - - Updated - - -

Indentation
(In-den-tay-shun)

Noun:
1. The hole left in your bank balance where £15 used to be
2. The reduction in your getter rankings after accidentally killing off half your own army.
3. The warm hollow in your bed that you had to leave at 5:45am to go to work.
4. The dint in your child's head from where you hit them with a rolling pin for leaving the house in such a state.