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    Growing up, I was constantly told by my peers to "stop using big words and shit," but I would then argue that vapid was only five letters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blank View Post
    Growing up, I was constantly told by my peers to "stop using big words and shit," but I would then argue that vapid was only five letters.
    I hope you told them that their criticisms were vapid too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blank View Post
    Growing up, I was constantly told by my peers to "stop using big words and shit," but I would then argue that vapid was only five letters.
    So is banal, but philistine, alas, is ten.

    My response to such exhortations was to tell said "peers" to expand their vocabulary, and to point out that I would not be using shit until gardening season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    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."

    Makes sense, since the greek work for touch is αφή, which reads like "haphì". It's funny though that there's no such word in Italian, even if our language can be said to be more strongly intertwined with greek.
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    help me with distinctions, lads and ladies:

    cloying

    sentimental

    syrupy

    mawkish

    corny

    sappy

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    ^^ Interesting! I think that "sentimental" is the most acceptable (to my T mind ) and the rest of those terms are almost interchangeable and kind of derogatory. They apply to the kind of sentimentality that's over-the-top and glurgy. I think of "cloying" as the worst, the kind of glurginess it's kind of painful to witness, and I have to admit I had to look up "mawkish" because I'd never heard it before.

    Except, wait-- I wouldn't really lump "corny" in with the others, as I'm unlikely to apply it to sentimental things, more likely to apply it to jokes.

    Would love to hear others' thoughts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blank View Post
    Growing up, I was constantly told by my peers to "stop using big words,"...
    Yes, I was told to stop using big words. At first I thought they were telling me not to be pretentious, but then I realised they didn't understand what I was saying, quite like here.

    Big words are of course delicious, quite like riding a very large surf - sure you can get hurt, but what a wild view from the top of the wave before you plunge towards the shore.

    Vocabulary is one measure of intelligence. But reading, "It Pays to Increase Your Word Power", in the Readers' Digest doesn't help at all. The best way is to read widely and deeply, as context is all.

    I like to roll a big words around in my mouth, then roll them around in my mind - each new big word a delightful discovery and an act of disobedience.

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    Certain people react as if allergic to unfamiliar words, especially in writing -- responses ranging from pleas for simpler language to mockery -- and I've found it a lost cause to convince them that they make communication difficult. So I simply enjoy speaking with or writing to those for whom I don't have to omit vocabulary.

    The unwisdom of rejecting fifty-cent words, though, is that a mot juste makes for a precise statement. I don't have to string phrases together or triangulate between neighboring adjectives; I say what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velocity View Post
    help me with distinctions, lads and ladies:

    cloying

    sentimental

    syrupy

    mawkish

    corny

    sappy
    I prefer saccharine.
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