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 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 9:30 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I can't tell you how many times I've come across the word shibboleth in columns and essays. Nobody seems to use it in conversation.

Other examples of "writers only" words:

exigency

mendacity

insouciant

Do any other "fancy" word choices catch your eye when reading? There must be a million of them.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 10:14 PM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

hubris

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 11:42 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

gobbledegook - make a note of it, Darling, i like it and i want to use it more in conversation! bahhh.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 11:46 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

exacerbates - See that so many times in those papers trying to sound smart but who says that in real life? No one!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 12:21 AM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

Animadversion
Parturition
Rebarbative
Senescent
Meretricious
Bibulous
Saturnine
Epicureanism

I've got tons more. How I love language!! And I dare anyone to use them all in ONE sentence.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 12:48 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

exacerbates - See that so many times in those papers trying to sound smart but who says that in real life? No one!

good juicy english word. And more common than you would think.
used in my house anyway. especially when problems are made worse.


regie - maybe the Op should change the title to words you use from the dictionary to bamboozle students??
ha ha.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 1:42 AM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

Bill, I found most of those words recently in the biography "Hitch 22"!! Christopher Hitchens used those words all the time, would you believe?

I'm just having a bit of fun!!!!

'Bamboozle' is a great word all by itself, isn't it??!!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 2:10 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

exacerbates - See that so many times in those papers trying to sound smart but who says that in real life? No one!

I do. wink

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 3:04 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I can't tell you how many times I've come across the word shibboleth in columns and essays. Nobody seems to use it in conversation.

Other examples of "writers only" words:

exigency

mendacity

insouciant

Do any other "fancy" word choices catch your eye when reading? There must be a million of them.



Sorry - I'm sure I've used all three of the above at some time or another. Probably makes me a pretentious git. Either that or someone who deals with very well educated people. And sometimes for fun. The eyebrows that raise when I mention obloquy, contumelious or refulgent makes their use worthwhile.

If you ask me, anyone who doesn't want to enhance their vocabulary is incorrigibly hebetudinous. smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 3:32 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Sorry - I'm sure I've used all three of the above at some time or another. Probably makes me a pretentious git. Either that or someone who deals with very well educated people. And sometimes for fun. The eyebrows that raise when I mention obloquy, contumelious or refulgent makes their use worthwhile.

If you ask me, anyone who doesn't want to enhance their vocabulary is incorrigibly hebetudinous. smile



All three? But I cited four words. I think you missed shibboleth. And I doubt you've worked it into many conversations, while columnists use it all the time. smile

I might steal refulgent. It's good but sounds bad. [An opposite case is fulsome, which is bad but sounds good (as in "generously supplied"). So many people have mistaken fulsome for a compliment that the mistake has been formalized in dictionaries. To which I object.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


Quite right - my language skills clearly outdo my reading skills. smile

On the other hand shibboleth is such a common word down our way that I just passed over it...

Words that are good but sound bad, or vice versa, are great fun. Enervating sounds good but is bad. Homely should be comforting but is truly passive aggressive. But my current favourite is comely - sounds a bit rude but is really a classic compliment. Use with care when you apply it to a friend's wife or girlfriend.

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Quiescent

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   McMillan & Husband   (Member)

But my current favourite is comely - sounds a bit rude but is really a classic compliment. Use with care when you apply it to a friend's wife or girlfriend.

"...and two comely lasses of virtue true."

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Impavid.

Inbetwixt.

Purview.


Though to be fair, I use writer's word in real life.

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

Discombobulated

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Discombobulated

Two more dis words:

discomfited
disabused

also regularly used.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

im going to look all these up then come back on here and waffle away like i know what wtf im on about.

like, no one else has done that before? awesomecasgorical.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

'Gibbous'.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....Words that are good but sound bad.....are great fun.


True.....except when they are proper words like "niggardly" and "homophone" which were used recently and correctly around here---and caused major political uproars when they were misconstrued by some of our, let's say, less-educated citizens.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

I once upset someone who thought when I mentioned the dinosaur Pachycephalosaurus I was making a racial slur........

 
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