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    What's the good word?

    This thread is for posting fun and unusual words and what they mean. Mine is "ninnyhammer". (Thanks to ScallioXTX) It means "basket case" or "someone who is overly nervous".

    What's your good word? (Don't forget to post what it means.)
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    I know it's pretty common but the word never ceases to amuse me : gobbledygook which means gibberish.

    A bit rarer one is 'doohickey' which means any object (especially a gadget) whose name you don't recall sort of like 'thingy'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kailash Badu View Post
    A bit rarer one is 'doohickey' which means any object (especially a gadget) whose name you don't recall sort of like 'thingy'.
    doohickey, gadget, thingy...

    here are a few more:

    bric-a-brac, contraption, dingbat, dingus, doodad, folderol, gewgaw, gimmick, gizmo, jigger, knickknack, thingamabob, thingamajig, thingum, whatchamacallit, whatnot, whatsis, widget
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    Quote Originally Posted by r937 View Post
    doohickey, gadget, thingy...

    here are a few more:

    bric-a-brac, contraption, dingbat, dingus, doodad, folderol, gewgaw, gimmick, gizmo, jigger, knickknack, thingamabob, thingamajig, thingum, whatchamacallit, whatnot, whatsis, widget
    You forgot 'wossname'.

    My current favourite word is interregnum, meaning the period between one ruler/leader finishing and the next one starting (lit. between kings). Mainly because someone at work got very cross with me today for correctly guessing it and knowing what it meant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie D View Post
    My current favourite word is interregnum, meaning the period between one ruler/leader finishing and the next one starting (lit. between kings).
    Sounds like the word interbellum, the period between the two world wars.

    I like the word paradigm.
    I like to use it when explaining something difficult, so it sounds a lot more difficult.

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    Gamut is the word i use often and the meaning is entire set or range of..

    lullaby is song to make children sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulevardi View Post
    I like the word paradigm.
    I like to use it when explaining something difficult, so it sounds a lot more difficult.
    I actually dislike that one. It's overused and not always properly.
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    "Defenestrate": to throw out of or jump from a window. Useful for those in high-stress positions. ;-)

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    How about this one?
    K.M.A.P.S.I -<snip>
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    hemidemisemiquaver: In musical notation, it's a 64th note (or, 1/64th of a whole note)

    I got that as a bonus vocab word way back in elementary school, and it's stuck with me ever since. I can't say I've ever used it in a sentence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    hemidemisemiquaver: In musical notation, it's a 64th note (or, 1/64th of a whole note)

    I got that as a bonus vocab word way back in elementary school, and it's stuck with me ever since. I can't say I've ever used it in a sentence.
    I remember that one from piano lessons. Sheesh... like anyone could ever play that fast anyway!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyflower View Post
    I remember that one from piano lessons. Sheesh... like anyone could ever play that fast anyway!
    There must be folks who can...I just poked around on wikipedia and found semihemidemisemiquaver...a 128th note

    I would think noting a trill would be more appropriate, though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    There must be folks who can...I just poked around on wikipedia and found semihemidemisemiquaver...a 128th note

    I would think noting a trill would be more appropriate, though
    Oh I agree! Did you take a look at how those notes look when placed in music? They are almost impossible to read!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyflower View Post
    Oh I agree! Did you take a look at how those notes look when placed in music? They are almost impossible to read!
    Yep.

    I've only seen up to 32nd notes (demisemiquaver ) in music I've played...and those can be quite fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    There must be folks who can...I just poked around on wikipedia and found semihemidemisemiquaver...a 128th note
    Fun bit on "semihemidemisemiquaver:" Someone wrote out the bass line for John Entwistle's somewhat-improvised playing on "The Real Me," based on the recording that had already been released.

    YouTube - The Who - The Real Me

    Full of hemis and semihemis and whatnot. Entwistle glanced at it and said, "Man, I can't play that!"

    Kudos, Ralph, I love the quotes in that list. Add to it this Winston Churchillism:

    Lady Astor: Sir, if you were my husband, I'd put poison in your tea.
    Winston: Madame, if you were my wife, I'd drink it.
    Well, it might not be a perfect fit, but fun anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    There must be folks who can...I just poked around on wikipedia and found semihemidemisemiquaver...a 128th note

    I would think noting a trill would be more appropriate, though
    You all have obviously never listened to any Charlie Parker (or bebop and post-bop) recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    hemidemisemiquaver: In musical notation, it's a 64th note (or, 1/64th of a whole note)

    I got that as a bonus vocab word way back in elementary school, and it's stuck with me ever since. I can't say I've ever used it in a sentence.
    hehe - that's lovely!....I've said it out loud thrice now! - can't seem to say it without cracking up

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabelle07 View Post
    hehe - that's lovely!....I've said it out loud thrice now! - can't seem to say it without cracking up
    Did the word sound like music to your ears? Did it fall trippingly from your tongue?
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    Here's one I've got to one of my friends on fb - Olly
    - a friend you know only online.

    it took me almost 30 mins to search for that word. lol! really sounds new to me.

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    Backword; to give backword is to call off a previous arrangement.

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    The good word is Never give up. Very inspiring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yesica View Post
    The good word is ...
    inspirational, yes, but neither fun nor unusual, sorry
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    A word I've been overusing lately for some real reason: awesome - to inspire awe.

    I also happen to be a fan of antidisestablishmentarianism, the often quoted "longest word in the English language" (though there are longer) which means - a political position that originated in 19th-century Britain in opposition to proposals for the disestablishment of the Church of England, that is, to remove the Anglican Church's status as the state church of England, Ireland, and Wales.

    =p

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    Quote Originally Posted by samanime View Post

    I also happen to be a fan of antidisestablishmentarianism, the often quoted "longest word in the English language" (though there are longer) which means - a political position that originated in 19th-century Britain in opposition to proposals for the disestablishment of the Church of England, that is, to remove the Anglican Church's status as the state church of England, Ireland, and Wales.

    =p
    Well that is a very supercalifrailisticexpealidocious word samanime!
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    Alright here is my word!!! I came across this last week
    floccinaucinihilipilification- it means estimation that something is valueless.

    Couldn't they have come up with something simpler??


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