questionsweird word of the day?

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tags: . ten-dollar-word . found-it-in-a-comic-strip-today . arcane . language

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Defenestration: the act of throwing someone or something out of a window.

My favorite word.

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@studerc: I love that word, in part because it so totally doesn't mean what it sounds like it should mean.

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Mokita : a word from New Guinea that means "a truth everyone knows but everyone agrees not to openly discuss" - a kind of conspiracy of silence.

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Stop running around discalced, it's not safe here!" I used to say that when I lived in a house w/a very thick high & low pile, predominately brown w/dark tan carpet. ...And owned 2 dogs that weren't fully trained yet. The brown matched perfectly. Then when I moved to Florida, I would never go outside w/out shoes....tiny snakes in the grass. Big ones, too. Discalced: Barefoot, unshod

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Wootizen: I can't think of anything weirder than wootizens.

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What would this list be without...masticate?

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Dandle is one of my old favorites, as in "Quit dandling that little girl!" I always thought it sounded a bit perverted, but dandle = move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way. synonyms: bounce, jiggle, dance, rock

Another old favorite is "cleave". It's the only word in the English language that has two formal definitions in opposition to one another:
1. split or sever (something), esp. along a natural line or grain.
"the large ax his father used to cleave wood for the fire"
2. stick fast to.
"Rose's mouth was dry, her tongue cleaving to the roof of her mouth"

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bowdlerized: Answers at AtC are being indiscriminately bowdlerized.

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@barnabee: Good one! And true, too. (note: the z should be an s, in case you care)

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@gmwhit: Gee, you mean I'm wrong? Hmm, I see it both ways. So, bowdlerised is the preferred way?

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@barnabee: Absolutely NOT saying you're wrong. My dictionary only had s. Doesn't matter how you spell it, the word was perfect. :-D Especially since I thought I was losing my mind on another thread that somehow lost (yeh, that's it) a couple of your answers.

May I use YOUR word? Please? I'll be kind & gentle to it.

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@gmwhit: I would be honored if you use my word, because I know you won't snerk at me. :)

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@barnabee: I am humbled. Thank you. Of note: snerk should be on this list. And you're the one who put it here. Another good, weird word - no matter the original source.

....wandering away sighing, mumbling yabut & wondering if this post will be bowlderized.