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Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:59 pm

Had half an hour to kill this evening waiting to Skype with my sister in law in Oz and for some reason the Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words from Guards! Guards! came to mind, so a quick bit of copying and pasting later came up with the following list (all of them are real words) :clown:

Feel free to add any weird, wonderful and eye-watering words to the list :) or if you're feeling fiendish and since we haven't been playing any games on the forum for a while, just give the word and challenge other members to come up with a definition :wink:

A
absquatulate - to leave somewhere abruptly
adscititious - additional
amphisbaena - a mythical serpent with a head at each end
apoptosis - the death of cells which occurs as a normal part of an organism's growth or development

B
blatherskite - a person who talks at great length without making much sense
borborygmus - a rumbling or gurgling noise in the intestines
Brobdingnagian - gigantic, from Brobdingnag, a country in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels

C
callipygian - having shapely buttocks
callithumpian - like a discordant band or a noisy parade
carphology - convulsive or involuntary movements made by delirious patients, such as plucking at the bedclothes
catoptromancy - foretelling the future by means of a mirror
cereology - the study or investigation of crop circles
concinnity - elegance or neatness of literary or artistic style
criticaster - a minor or incompetent critic

D
deglutition - the action of process of swallowing
deipnosophist - a person skilled in the art of dining and dinner-table conversation
doryphore - a pedantic and annoyingly persistent critic of others

E
ecdysiast - a striptease performer
erubescent - reddening or blushing
eucatastrophe - a happy ending to a story

F
floccinaucinihilipilification - the action or habit of estimating something as worthless (a word generally only quoted as a curiosity)
flocculent - having or resembling tufts of wool

G
gobemouche - a gullible or credulous listener

H
humdudgeon - an imaginary illness
hwyl - a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy which is associated with the Welsh people

I
incunabula - books printed before 1501
inspissate - to thicken or congeal
inunct - to apply ointment to someone or something

J
jumentous - resembling horse's urine

K
kinnikinnick - a substance consisting of dried sumac leaves and willow or dogwood bark, smoked by North American Indians
kenspeckle Scottish conspicuous or easily recognizable

L
liripipe - the long dangling tail of a medieval academic hood

M
mumpsimus - a traditional custom or notion that is adhered to although it has been shown to be unreasonable

N
nympholepsy - passion or rapture aroused in men by beautiful young girls

O
obnubilate to darken, dim, or obscure something

P
Pantagruelian - enormous
pneumonoul­tramicrosc­opicsilico­volcanocon­iosis - an invented term said to mean ‘a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust’, but rarely used except for its curiosity value

Q

R
rubiginous - rust-coloured
rubricate - to add elaborate capital letters (typically red ones) or other decorations to a manuscript

S
sesquipedalian - (of a word) having many syllables or (of a piece of writing) using many long words
snollygoster - a shrewd or unprincipled person
spaghettification - the process by which (in some theories) an object would be stretched and ripped apart by gravitational forces on falling into a black hole
splanchnic - having to do with the the viscera or internal organs, especially those of the abdomen
stercoraceous - consisting of or resembling dung or faeces
sternutator - something that causes sneezing

T
thrutch - N. English a narrow gorge or ravine
thurifer - a person carrying a censer, or thurible, of burning incense during religious ceremonies
triskaidekaphobia - extreme superstition about the number thirteen

U
umbriferous - shady

V
vagarious - erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction

W
wabbit - Scottish exhausted or slightly unwell

X

Y
ylem - (in big bang theory) the primordial matter of the universe

Z
zopissa - a medicinal preparation made from wax and pitch scraped from the sides of ships
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby steeljam » Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:54 pm

I like
C
Cymotrichous - Having wavey hair
P
Pentimento - the presence or emergence of earlier images that have been painted over
S
Syzygy - An alignment of three celestial objects
Y
Yestreen - Yesterday evening
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby phalarope » Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:54 am

anaspeptic
frasmotic
pericombobulation
contrafibularities
interphrastically
pendigestatory
interludicule
:wink: 8) :lol:
suggested meanings here
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Wed Jun 10, 2015 08:10 am

phalarope wrote:anaspeptic
frasmotic
pericombobulation
contrafibularities
interphrastically
pendigestatory
interludicule
:wink: 8) :lol:
suggested meanings here

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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Pat » Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:51 am

Palimpsest - a sheet of writing material from which the writing has been scraped off so the (expensive) material can reused.
Dysdiadochokinesis - inability to make quick, alternating contrary movements such as turn your hand palm up/palm down over and over
Psychopomp - a guide for the soul, such as Discworld's Death
Formication - the feeling that ants are crawling on you
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby hansolobiker » Thu Jun 11, 2015 03:28 pm

Tears!
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Thu Jun 11, 2015 04:37 pm

hansolobiker wrote:Tears!
:roll: yer daftie!
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:24 pm

B
Battology - unnecessary and repeated reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas

Battology - unnecessary and repeated reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas

Battology - unnecessary and repeated reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas

Battology - unnecessary and repeated reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas

Battology - unnecessary and repeated reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas

Battology - unnecessary and repeated reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas

Battology - unnecessary and repeated reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas

Battology - unnecessary and repeated reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas

ok, ok, I'll knock it off now :mrgreen:
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Stew d'Apples » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:20 am

Been watching repeats of QI?
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:38 pm

Stew d'Apples wrote:Been watching repeats of QI?
:thumbr: Guilty as charged! That episode was on Dave at the time :wink:
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:02 pm

Shamelessly pinched from DW Monthly on Faceborg, but it was just too damn good not to share!! :wink:


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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Mooresey » Thu Jul 23, 2015 05:38 pm

hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, which is fear of long words :lol:
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby chrisboote » Thu Jul 23, 2015 06:31 pm

Mooresey wrote:hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, which is fear of long words :lol:

Actually, that would be the fear of large hippos using long words
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Jul 24, 2015 09:13 am

chrisboote wrote:
Mooresey wrote:hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, which is fear of long words :lol:

Actually, that would be the fear of large hippos using long words
:lol: the fear of magniloquent Hippos! LOVE it! 8) Next time I write a short story, I'm going to have to get that it somewhere
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby chrisboote » Fri Jul 24, 2015 09:15 am

We discovered at the Oz convention that one of the Australian fans currently living in the UK has jentaculadactylaphobia
Quite a shock, I can tell you!
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