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Old 05-10-2011, 04:40 PM   #21
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For me it is 'ta-da'. Unless you are a magician you never get to use that word...
I use it during sex.
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I like the word "bogus". Because so many things people say are........but I never say it.
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All I can think of is a favorite phrase: confirmation bias.
Luckily, that is actually not a phrase -- it's a word, specifically a compound noun, made from two nouns. If it were a phrase, since "bias" is a noun, the phrase would have to be a noun phrase, but that would make "confirmation" an adjective. Obviously, though, "confirmation" is a noun. Also, compound nouns typically have more stress on the first word, while noun phrases typically have more stress on the second word (if it is the noun). Here, "confirmation" has more stress than "bias", which is additional evidence that "confirmation bias" is a compound noun, and hence a noun.
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Abstemiously is one of the two English words with all the vowels in alphabetical order, he said facetiously.
Might be a tad too subtle for this crowd...
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Conjugal visit.
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Might be a tad too subtle for this crowd...
nah - and, BTW, defenestrate made remembering the French word for window memorable for me. One of the few French words i did remember, along with chocolate and eclair.
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Pusillanimous - but those people always whine when I "make them break out the dictionary."

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I am the go-to person in the office for definitions of odd words. My boss likes to test me. She occasionally sticks her head in and says "I have one for you", and she is good-naturedly pleased when she stumps me. I think her last test was "grosgrain"...which I knew.
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...compound nouns typically have more stress on the first word, while noun phrases typically have more stress on the second word (if it is the noun)...
Cool!

So the standard American pronuciation of BULLsh*t is a compound noun, but the Texas variation of bullSH*T is a noun phrase?
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Defenestrate.
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This is one of those English words I really dislike because it does not mean what it says. How exactly do you castrate someone on a fence by throwing them out a window?

Oh, never mind...I get it.
You can always tell the country folks.... "Defenestrate.. De fin eh strate... verb....origin: Texas. Definition: what a cow does to a bull that doesn't take no for an answer."
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So the standard American pronuciation of BULLsh*t is a compound noun,
Yes, and not just because of the stress on BULL: "bull" and "sh*t" are both nouns, and you can't make a noun phrase by putting together two nouns. So far as I know.
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I don't think it's a noun phrase, but I don't know why stress goes on the second part. There are many exceptions to the rule that compounds have stress on the first part, which is why I included the hedge "typically".
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At least 20 years ago, I was doing a crossword puzzle and had nearly all of the letters in a long word. The word ended up being ENERVATE (def=to deprive of strength) after I filled in the remaining letter or two. A few days later, I played that exact word in a Scrabble game against a friend of mine, scoring a ton of points for the bingo (playing all 7 tiles on one play).

I have never used the word since that time but always wished I could.
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I came across another one I love: portmanteau! It was used in a Wikipedia entry regarding the origins of Spam. Rarely get the chance to use it.
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Masticate, which means to chew food.
I'd love to be having a dinner date and tell her "I love the way you masticate".
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