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BS: $5 Word Contest...

Bobert 30 Jul 13 - 08:43 PM
Ebbie 31 Jul 13 - 12:44 AM
Rapparee 31 Jul 13 - 12:59 AM
Georgiansilver 31 Jul 13 - 01:40 AM
Ebbie 31 Jul 13 - 02:23 AM
Dave Hanson 31 Jul 13 - 03:14 AM
GUEST,spleen cringe 31 Jul 13 - 03:54 AM
Leadfingers 31 Jul 13 - 05:24 AM
TheSnail 31 Jul 13 - 06:24 AM
Nigel Parsons 31 Jul 13 - 07:21 AM
Musket 31 Jul 13 - 07:32 AM
Becca72 31 Jul 13 - 08:25 AM
Rapparee 31 Jul 13 - 10:00 AM
Pete Jennings 31 Jul 13 - 10:04 AM
GUEST,leeneia 31 Jul 13 - 11:06 AM
Pete Jennings 31 Jul 13 - 11:54 AM
Pete Jennings 31 Jul 13 - 11:56 AM
Bill D 31 Jul 13 - 12:41 PM
Ebbie 31 Jul 13 - 12:53 PM
GUEST,Grishka 31 Jul 13 - 03:06 PM
Rapparee 31 Jul 13 - 07:33 PM
Bobert 31 Jul 13 - 08:09 PM
GUEST 31 Jul 13 - 08:25 PM
McGrath of Harlow 31 Jul 13 - 09:39 PM
Ebbie 31 Jul 13 - 09:56 PM
DMcG 01 Aug 13 - 08:21 AM
Becca72 01 Aug 13 - 09:01 AM
Rapparee 01 Aug 13 - 10:20 AM
Little Hawk 01 Aug 13 - 10:27 AM
Pete Jennings 01 Aug 13 - 10:28 AM
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Bill D 01 Aug 13 - 11:34 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 01 Aug 13 - 11:43 AM
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Subject: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Bobert
Date: 30 Jul 13 - 08:43 PM

My grandmother used to talk about $5 words even though she didn't have much more than 50 cents words...

So, give us your best $5 word...

Rules: no going thru the dictionary or Googling...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 12:44 AM

I quite like 'elucidate'. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 12:59 AM

evisceration
incorporeal
phantasmagoria
erectile
particolored
ampule
syrette
singlestick

For extra credit, use all of these in one meaningful sentence.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 01:40 AM

Inconsequential..........


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 02:23 AM

indubitably


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From: Dave Hanson
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 03:14 AM

wheelbarrow.

Dave H


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From: GUEST,spleen cringe
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 03:54 AM

penultimo.


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From: Leadfingers
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 05:24 AM

Antidisestablishmentarianism


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From: TheSnail
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 06:24 AM

pulchritude
palimpsest
cuspidor
hirsute


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 07:21 AM

"Harold Melvin"
Actually a £5 word.

Slang term for £5- (which is a 'blue note')


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Musket
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 07:32 AM

nipple

Although around here, that would set you back £5.00 which is $7.60 today.

A tenner allows you to increase your vocabulary somewhat....


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Becca72
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 08:25 AM

spondylolisthesis



*medical transcriptionist's mind at work*


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 10:00 AM

rhodophyta
oogonium
saprophytic
mucilaginous
oviparous
ovine
polymorphous


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 10:04 AM

Dialectical.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 11:06 AM

Here's a musical one.

You know that song from "The Messiah,":

And he shall purify-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-y the sons of Levi."

Apparently you can sing all those extra syllables smoothly or by giving each one its own separate little puff of breath. That is called 'melismata.' It's harder to do.

We were going to sing that in choir, and the editor wrote "Melismata are extensional." I asked and was told that means you can do it either way. So that's my $5 word: extensional.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 11:54 AM

No such word, Leeneia.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 11:56 AM

I take it back, Leeneia! Yes there is - I spelt it wrong in the online dictionary! Doh!


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Bill D
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 12:41 PM

Incontinent, retrograde valedictorians simultaneously inhibit anthropomorphic, cretaceous calligraphy.





(some people count sheep late at night to help get to sleep... I have, for the last few years, played this 'game' of constructing sentences of words of 3 syllables or more, in a stream-of-conciousness way. It has to be a complete sentence, it does NOT have to make 'sense', but merely be grammatically correct. In fact, 'making sense' tends to inhibit creativity. If I pause more than 2-3 seconds in coming up with a word, I have to start over. I try not to repeat words in any single 'session'. Sometimes I try in alphabetical order, or using one beginning letter only. Obviously, some letters are easier than others. Some nights I surprise myself with vocabulary I was not aware of.)(I considered allowing myself pronouns and prepositions, but that makes it too easy.)

Bipolar nonentities surreptitiously Gerrymander vacillating, quiescent marauders, eliminating lachrymose constables.


(in my head at night, there's no spell checker looking over my shoulder...here, I occasionally get caught.)


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 12:53 PM

Rap, I would think a five dollar word is a word that one might conceivably find oneself using, even if inadvertently. You use those words??

I can 'hear' Bill D using those words. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 03:06 PM

Dictionaries define: "A fancy word", "A large word, often hard to pronounce". Examples I just googled rather suggest "A word too learned for the context in which it is used" - as if the speaker were overpaying a small service. I guess the expression originated in the time when $5 was real money. (Urban Dictionary mentions "$5 haircut" for "a total mess on the billiard/pool table" - that sounds more contemporary in terms of currency.)

The popular "Show Me the Way to Go Home (Learned Version)", as documented in many Mudcat threads, seems to me a good collection of examples, adding up to quite an amount even by today's value.

For this thread, words are particularly pertinent that are more or less synonymous to simpler and more common words. Scientific or medical terminology does not hit the point either, but manager-speak often does, even without resorting to other languages such as Greek. To serve that clientele, the notion should be rechristened "$5000 word" - a price that may be charged for one day and person in a crowded management training seminar. "Buzz word" is a related notion, but not exactly synonymous.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 07:33 PM

When the occasion calls for it, yes. They simply trip off the tongue in an iatrogenic manner, causing consternation in those who are bereft of the knowledge of the inventory of base morphemes plus their combinations with derivational morphemes in a given language.

Ya see, I'm packin' a vocabulary and I ain't afraid ta use it.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Bobert
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 08:09 PM

Okay, this is a phrase that I have used on occasion to describethe behaviors of some of the folks here:

"polymorphous perverse guilt"...

Look it up...

B;~)


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 08:25 PM

hideobilia


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From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 09:39 PM

The really precious ones are the ones where if they didn't exist it'd be virtually impossible to express them without a lengthy periphrasis. That's an example, but the one that best exemplifies the category perhaps is a more common one - wistful.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 09:56 PM

"They simply trip off the tongue in an iatrogenic manner, causing consternation in those who are bereft of the knowledge of the inventory of base morphemes plus their combinations with derivational morphemes in a given language."

I know what you mean.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: DMcG
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 08:21 AM

spanghew - "to cause a toad to fly into the air".

Clearly a word the world was in desparate need of.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Becca72
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 09:01 AM

sounds more like the sound the toad makes upon lift off...


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 10:20 AM

It's two words, but I kinda like it: "post-electoral coitus." Y'all can probably figger out the meanin' iffen ya puts yer mind to it.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 10:27 AM

swan

As in, "I swan!" (an expression Amos uses quite often)

Yes, it's a short word, but I think it's definitely worth at least 5 dollars.

jejeune (another word Amos is fond of) (it's French)

verisimilitude

concatenacious


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 10:28 AM

Looks like three words to me...


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 10:59 AM

Spreading misspelled or non-existing words costs $5 fine, with a surtax when concatenated. "Jejeune" is a (rare) French family name - Amos's secret lover?


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Bill D
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 11:34 AM

Woke up this morning with Vs running thru my head:

Vivacious, voluptuous vegetarians vicariously validating voluminous velocipedes, voraciously vulcanize various validictorians.






(yes, I know it's weird.)


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 11:43 AM

The socially ambitious wunderkind is oftentimes an egregious ignoramous, whose insubstantial powers of ratiocination precipitate an ineluctable penchant for sesquipedalian communication, in an ineffectual endeavour to accede to the eminence of the erudite pedagogues of academe.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 11:46 AM

And it makes sense.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 11:50 AM

chthonic

means 'deep underground'


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From: bobad
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 02:06 PM

syzygy


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 03:22 PM

Bobert, I realize that you are callipygian and steatopygia is not foreign to your aesthetic, but don't confuse it with adipocere or you might find yourself one of Zenker's degenerates.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Ebbie
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 04:25 PM

Little Hawk, 50 points off for misspelling a $5.00 word.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 05:27 PM

Ditto for Don. Remember that poor furriners like meself may adopt bad habits ...


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 06:08 PM

Which one?


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Bill D
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 06:10 PM

He didn't misspell one... he created one that doesn't exist.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Bill D
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 06:14 PM

concatenate doesn't have an adjectival form.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 06:17 PM

It can have an adverbal form, though. Even a gerundal.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: JennieG
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 06:27 PM

Transmogrify.

Phthisis. Wouldn't want to come down with that; the name probably comes from the breathy sounds one makes as one expires.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 12:11 AM

Blatherskite

Callithumpian


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: JennieG
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 12:14 AM

Above guest was me, the interwebz ate my cookie.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 12:17 AM

A veritable plethora of verbiage!


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Ebbie
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 12:22 AM

I like plethora. Verbiage, not so much.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Ebbie
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 12:23 AM

Sounds like cattle fodder. And mudder too.


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Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 12:34 AM

Walter Whitman, Jr., the poet, wrote about the "scented herbage" of his breast.


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