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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby phalarope » Wed Jul 25, 2018 09:52 pm

Grace Speaker wrote:
chrisboote wrote:
Grace Speaker wrote:Feegled from the Tweeting QI Elves, as I am so guilty of this! And not in the least abashed about it :D


MONOLOGOPHOBIA - a fear of using the same word more than once in a single sentence or paragraph.
:D :D :D
:lol: Well played, Mr Boote, well played :wink:


Change the first "the" to "those". :wink: Problem solved.

I share your phobia, especially when writing technical reports and scientific papers. It's probably been exacerbated by my horrible boss, who is verbose in the extreme. He believes that the reader can't make a subject connection from one clause to another, much less a sentence. That's what pronouns are for! Another of his annoying little habits is following the Latin name of a species with its common name (Crassostrea virginica oyster :roll: ). I mean really! Would you say Homo sapiens ape?
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby chrisboote » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:11 pm

Anyway, it should be homologophobia - fear of the same word, not monologophobia - fear of one word
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Sandra » Sun Jul 29, 2018 06:37 pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-44981013

Ok I know we are all confirmed bibliomania victims (after all it's not our fault the books are so good so we must be victims 8) ) but anyone guilty of tsundoku?

(Personally not me - they all got rehomed when we moved :D )
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Squigglyx » Sun Jul 29, 2018 09:02 pm

Sandra wrote:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-44981013

Ok I know we are all confirmed bibliomania victims (after all it's not our fault the books are so good so we must be victims 8) ) but anyone guilty of tsundoku?

(Personally not me - they all got rehomed when we moved :D )



I have lots of unread books, but they are copies of ones that I have read. I like to keep a pristine unopened 1st edition of a book if I can get my hands on one :)
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby SANEAlex » Mon Jul 30, 2018 04:50 pm

Sandra wrote:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-44981013

Ok I know we are all confirmed bibliomania victims (after all it's not our fault the books are so good so we must be victims 8) ) but anyone guilty of tsundoku?

(Personally not me - they all got rehomed when we moved :D )


Guilty as charged. First there was the unread pile, then the unread book shelf, there is actually now an unread bookcase but its only half books the other half is mostly watched DVDs. :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

In my defence i do still read books but it is hard to keep up, so many good books, so little time. Also in the library some of the bookshelf's are two deep along with my amateur and so far unsuccessful attempts to turn some of the read books into neutronium for better information density i mention this as there might be some unread books due to various moves and sortings over the years but i try to keep them segregated from the unread ones in the bookcase in the lounge.
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Jul 31, 2018 08:39 am

Oh, I say! :shock: :oops: Well I never!

I mean, you expect that sort of thing from Chaucer, but dear old Willy? :wink:

Quite Interesting‏@qikipedia · 8h8 hours ago

In Elizabethan England, the word 'Nothing' was slang for female genitalia. The title of the Shakespeare play 'Much Ado About Nothing' is a double entendre.
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby chrisboote » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:22 am

Actually it's a triple entendre

Nothing was pronounced "nutting", which was also a euphemism for horizontally jogging
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Jul 31, 2018 03:01 pm

chrisboote wrote:Actually it's a triple entendre

Nothing was pronounced "nutting", which was also a euphemism for horizontally jogging
My word, was it? Well, I don't remember them mentioning that in A-level English! It would have made the lessons much more, ahem, educational . . . :lol:
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Oct 02, 2018 07:30 pm

Another one Feegled from the QI elves:

KALSARIKÄNNI (Finnish) - to get drunk alone, at home in your underwear with no intention of going out.


Yep, been there, done that :P
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Re: Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words

Postby phazedout » Tue Oct 02, 2018 07:35 pm

that sort of hbit was one of the reasons i ended up "in the rooms" as we call it. Ironically i got sober before moving here so never got to experince that, also they've missed a bit it includes "playing video games or watching tv"
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