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Thu Jun 26, 2014, 09:27 AM

What was the last word you had to look up?

I read a lot and have for decades, from pulp fantasy to postmodernist essays. I play Scrabble at a fairly good albeit not world class level. Also, I have a decent grasp of Latin and Greek and a smattering of other ancient languages which are the roots of many of our words. I'm no genius by any means, but my vocabulary is not a small one. So it's rare indeed these days I come across a word I need to look up. It happened just yesterday though. The one that stumped me was "welkin" meaning the firmament of the sky.

I can even remember the last one I looked up a couple of weeks ago, although I could get close enough to the gist from Latin. A "sodality" is a fraternal club or group, often religious in nature.

Two fairly short, non-technical words that had somehow escaped an avid reader for 40 years before this month. Before those I think it had been years since I came across one.

So what strange but non-technical words were new to you lately?

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Reply What was the last word you had to look up? (Original post)
Jaime Espinoza Jun 2014 OP
JoeHill Jun 2014 #1
Sushihammer Jun 2014 #2
Benevolus Jun 2014 #3
Feldspar Green Jun 2014 #4
Jaime Espinoza Jun 2014 #5
Frederick55 Jun 2014 #6
JacoBukowski Jun 2014 #7
Trainman95630 Jun 2014 #8
JacoBukowski Jun 2014 #9
unbridled Jun 2014 #10
HeartlessBastard Jun 2014 #11

Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 09:34 AM

1. Sybaritic

 

luxurious, pleasure seeking, self-indulgent

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Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 09:41 AM

2. Bracteate

A thin coin, struck only on one face, the pattern of which shows through on the reverse face.

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Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 10:43 AM

3. cypherpunk

Appeared in a book I'm reading. Seems fairly obvious what it might mean, but I didn't know if it was real or made up by the author.

A cypherpunk is any activist advocating widespread use of strong cryptography as a route to social and political change.

Edit to add: I have to look up words pretty often because I often read a little above my pay grade because I like learning new stuff. I also have a bad memory!

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Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 11:30 AM

4. Recondite

Abstruse, arcane or little known..

Ironic, I know.

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Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 11:35 AM

5. Good list of words so far thanks!

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Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:36 PM

6. Pulchritudinous

 

Means beautiful, alluring.

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Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:45 PM

7. Fulvous

adjective meaning reddish yellow; tawny.

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Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 01:28 PM

8. Look up words all the time on kindle

 

Love that feature

san·guine/ˈsæŋgwɪn/ Show Spelled Show IPA
adjective
1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.

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Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 04:20 PM

9. Here's a good one: strabismic

- noun
a disorder of vision due to a deviation from normal orientation of one or both eyes so that both cannot be directed at the same object at the same time; cross eyed.

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Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 09:28 PM

10. I can't remember.



There was one, recently, but it's left my brain. I'm sure if I ever run into it again, I'll remember.

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Response to Jaime Espinoza (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 10:11 PM

11. Dictionary n/t

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