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    "Zenith" also known as vertex, and literally "top of the path".Origin in texts of astronomy in medieval Islam. English dates from the late 14th century.
    Its quite a good word which can be used.....

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    My favorite is "eleemosynary" -- referring to charity or philanthropy.

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    There were times I wondered if my college education was just teaching me longer words.

    sphygmomanometer

    The blood pressure thingy

    Back from the days when a column of mercury wasn't thought of as a bad thing.

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    I recently came across the word paraprosdokian, which nicely describes my preferred kind of humor. It's—

    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax.
    OK, it's not the most beautiful word, but Wikipedia provides some nice examples:

    "If I am reading this graph correctly—I'd be very surprised." Stephen Colbert

    "You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else." Winston Churchill

    "If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised." Dorothy Parker

    "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it." Groucho Marx

    "A modest man, who has much to be modest about." Winston Churchill

    "She looks as though she's been poured into her clothes, and forgot to say 'when'." P. G. Wodehouse

    "If I could say a few words, I'd be a better public speaker." Homer Simpson

    "I haven't slept for ten days, because that would be too long." Mitch Hedberg

    "I sleep eight hours a day and at least ten at night." Bill Hicks
    Here's another one that appears lots on the web:

    "I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car."
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    If that wasn't such a hard to remember word I'd probably remember it. =p

    Those were quite funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samanime View Post
    If that wasn't such a hard to remember word I'd probably remember it.
    Yeah, if I didn't keep forgetting things, I'd have a really good memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph.m View Post
    Yeah, if I didn't keep forgetting things, I'd have a really good memory.
    That almost sounds like a "Yogi-ism" Today was Yogi Berra's birthday and it was "like Deju vu all over again!"
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    "indispensable" - not subject to being set aside or neglected

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mreese601 View Post
    "indispensable" - not subject to being set aside or neglected
    Agreed. I find that word indispensable.
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    byzantine - typically used in it's uncapitalized form to describe something overly complex/ornate often with a hint of deception hidden behind all the tricky BS.

    Capitalized it refers to some empire or something, known for it's (overly) ornate stylings (in almost everything; architecture, politics, art, blah blah blah).

    Perhaps one of the single most pretentious and redundant words in the English language; in my opinion, it deserves overusage based on those facts alone.
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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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    Hey....my funny word id "aba"... its meaning is "garment of camel or goat hair; camel or goat-hair fabric ".... have fun....
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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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    Honorificabilitudinitatibus

    I'm not sure if this counts but it appeared when I searched for the longest English word one day. Apparently this is shakespeare's fault.

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    Reading all the above posts made me make a diary of the these fantabulous words.

    Mine is BOONDOGGLE which refers to a project that arguably wastes time and money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susanneholmes View Post
    BOONDOGGLE refers to a project that arguably wastes time and money.
    Finally! a word that encapsulates everything I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph.m View Post
    Finally! a word that encapsulates everything I do.
    There should be an option to like the posts as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susanneholmes View Post
    There should be an option to like the posts as well.
    Stay tuned.
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    Alright i have one for today Acclumsid it means clumsy, numbed or paralyzed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyflower View Post
    Stay tuned.
    Woah. Does that mean sitepoint will become a little more like facebook soon? lol

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    Here's another : conundrum. Its a mystery to me what it means!
    Just kidding....

    (It means mystery, enigma, problem or puzzle.)
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    My good word is fanfaronade which means empty boasting. I love using this word, It makes me kind of genius or something.

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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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    I love 'nefarious'
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    Only a woman can read between the lines of a one word answer.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scallio
    I don't think there is a sound in English that even comes close to the Dutch "g"
    Sure there is. When you sleep in a house of cats, and the hair gets into your throat while you sleep... when you're hacking it out in the morning, that's the sound of the Dutch "g". Getting a hair out of your throat.

    I like using the word thespian because seemingly no matter how commonly it's used, there are still enough people who dunno what it means to have a lot of fun with it (for those who still don't: actor).

    I remember once being told the longest word in the English language was the medical name for "black lung", however I always doubted that being countable as an "English" word.
    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
    (tho most ppl say just pnuemoconiosis)


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