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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:53 am

Shoddyocracy — American slang term used to describe people who get rich selling shoddy merchandise or services. "A lady of the shoddyocracy of Des Moines found, on returning from a walk, some call cards on her table," observed the Harrisburg, Pa., Telegraph of June 30, 1870.

C.M.O.T Dibbler, for example . . .
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:59 pm

I have had some, erm, 'liquid refreshment' over lunch . . . but I do hope this is true, as I've certainly met some F***ebythenaveles in my time . . . :twisted: :lol:

A historian claims to have found the earliest use of the f-word in its current meaning, in court papers from 1310.

Dr Paul Booth, an honorary senior research fellow at Keele University, found references to a man called "Roger F***ebythenavele" who was being outlawed at Chester crown court.

Dr Booth said he stumbled across the name by accident while researching records from the time of Edward II and believes multiple references to the name indicate it was a genuine nickname, rather than just a joke by a court clerk.

. . . He suggested: "Either this refers to an inexperienced copulator, referring to someone trying to have sex with the navel, or its a rather extravagant explanation for a dimwit, someone so stupid they think this that is the way to have sex."

. . . Previously the earliest known use of the f-word was in a poem from 1475.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11861720/Earliest-use-of-f-word-discovered-in-court-records-from-1310.html
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby phalarope » Sun Sep 13, 2015 02:45 pm

Oh, I am so sending this to a select bunch in my email address book. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby SANEAlex » Tue Sep 15, 2015 09:49 pm

This video on Zipf's Law has some eye-watering words involved which I won't spoil by attempting to type

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCn8zs9 ... e=youtu.be

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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Worbleook » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:13 am

Dingthrift
With this wonderful definition: "A spendthrift"
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:24 pm

Worbleook wrote:Dingthrift
With this wonderful definition: "A spendthrift"
A 'dingthrift', I like it! Not heard it before, is it from oop north?
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby chrisboote » Wed Sep 16, 2015 02:21 pm

I'd guess Welsh, based upon the old Welsh word 'Dingie' for a penny
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby steeljam » Wed Sep 16, 2015 07:52 pm

SANEAlex wrote:This video on Zipf's Law has some eye-watering words involved which I won't spoil by attempting to type
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCn8zs9 ... e=youtu.be
I have found quite a few of Vsauce videos interesting over the years
I love the video.
I also like the phrase Hapax Legomenon. Must try and slip it into a talk.
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Oct 02, 2015 06:17 pm

One from or possibly for the Feegles . . .

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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Sat Oct 10, 2015 02:58 pm

Lady Sybil would not approve . . .

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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Whos Wee Dug » Sat Oct 10, 2015 06:01 pm

Aye no it weil, haud it a few times. :lol:
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Sat Oct 10, 2015 07:25 pm

Whos Wee Dug wrote:Aye no it weil, haud it a few times. :lol:
Haven't we all, love! :wink: :roll:
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Jan 17, 2017 09:40 pm

Courtesy of the QI elves on Twitter:

Word of the day: SNOLLYGOSTER (19th century American) - a politician who will go to any lengths to achieve public office.

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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby SANEAlex » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:02 pm

Grace Speaker wrote:Courtesy of the QI elves on Twitter:

Word of the day: SNOLLYGOSTER (19th century American) - a politician who will go to any lengths to achieve public office.



I'd forgotten about this thread but for those who like Eye-Watering Words there were a few on another of the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd creations on this weeks Museum of Curiosity :-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b088f2vz
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby steeljam » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:21 pm

I think this word covers most of the members of this forum
alogotransiphobia - the fear of being caught on public transport without a book to read.
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