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    IRL is not real Cimarron's Avatar
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    When is word length excessive?

    Tintinnabulation (noun) = The ringing of bells.

    Sounds nice though.
    You can't spell "justice" without ISTJ.

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    I always loved/been a sponge for words. Here are some of my all time favorite words:

    Apoplectic

    Belligerent

    Flabbergasted

    Thwart

    Suffice

    Predicate

    Tenuous

    Dubious

    Stint

    Parenthetically

    loathing

    fester

    feckless

    nugatory

    Corrigibility

    Mushroom...as in, grassroots organizations mushroomed in the 1990s.

    Balloon...as in, the perpetual printing of money caused the economy to balloon in the 1990s.

    Proliferation

    Desecrate

    Sanguine

    Afflict...as in, to be afflicted by poverty.

    Ruminate

    Contemplate

    Interject

    Interpose

    Vilify

    Memorabilia

    Intellectualize

    Intuit

    Denigrate

    Verbose

    Sheepish

    Plight

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    Numinous - otherworldy

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    Obnubilate - Latin - "to obscure with clouds" - All this talk about health care reform obnubilates the fact that we're really talking about insurance reform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel De Mazarin View Post
    I don't even know how to respond... I'm waiting for a moderator to swoop in and split this thread directly from (and including) post #2 into a new thread entitled "BIG WORDS: what are they good for?" <hint hint>... but I'll answer this in this way...


    hubris...

    supercilious(ness)...

    arrogance...

    haughtiness...

    pride...

    pompousness...

    These words have similar denotations but occasionally slightly different connotations...
    hubris - suggest impetus/initative/guts/gall - more willing or than most / more confident or determined than any other / sense of - willing to step out of the normal realm of expectations and go for it - say or do something unexpected or feared

    supercilious - more subtle form of arrogance / impression of superiority in demeanor but implied rather than displayed outwardly

    arrogance - an attitude/state of mind/quality or trait - overly confident in sense of rightness or correctness about a topic/person/issue

    haughtiness - reaching high above everyone - placing self at utmost importance / associated with a sense of self importance usually based on privilege / appears or feels deserving of attention/favor because of privilege or self imposed feelings of deserved credit/entitlement

    pride - belief in ability/competence and feeling good about this - demonstration in attitude or demeanor of belief in competence/accomplishment (can be negative or positive) / feeling positive about accomplishments or merits / sense of merit earned

    pompousness - haughtiness to the next level. Obvious display of someone's sense of self importance / appears


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    Haptic: relating to or based on the sense of touch.

    "The accident had left him without sensation below the middle of his chest, so he looked forward to his daughter's 4 o'clock visits, and the haptic euphoria that came with such a small thing as her kiss against his unshaven face."



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    It bugs me to use simple language, and I get really pissed off when I know there's a perfect word to describe what I want to say, but can't recall it. Biggest pet peeve.

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    This thread makes me
    concupiscent
    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Gosh, the world looks so small from up here on my high horse of menstruation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Le Fay View Post
    This thread makes me
    concupiscent
    For you, this represents a quintesential response to reading the threads here...
    Look into my avatar. Look deep into my avatar...

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    this dude i know-- he thought i was into way big words.
    and he'd read his little manuals to me, annunciating
    on the penta-syllabic words....

    i didn't have the heart to say 'not hot' since he still
    needed to fix my computer.
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
    h.l. mencken

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