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religiosity continued [Aug. 30th, 2007|09:16 am]
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A couple of weeks ago (the last post here) questioned whether 'religiosity' was really a word or a new word that came about because of the interwebz. 
I picked up a copy of The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck because it is the next book that my book club has decided to read.  On page 78 the word religiosity is used.  Copyright to this book is 1939, so obviously it has been in use before the internet.  I am still not sure why Oxford doesn't list it.
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Is Religiosity A Word? [Aug. 18th, 2007|06:13 pm]
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[mood |confusedconfused]

Seriously. "Religiosity." Is it actually a word? I hear it cropping up all over the place, especially in anything related to, well, religion. Obviously.
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A ginormous decision in the annals of the English lexicon [Jul. 10th, 2007|02:27 pm]
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Yes, friends and neighbors, the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary has chosen to recognize the word "ginormous" for inclusion into their next edition.

Read the article

Linguistic purists are understandably aghast and I confess that my initial reaction was to curl my lip, Elvis-like, and take the intellectually superior position that a bastard word such as that lacks the pedigree for inclusion in such a volume. I surely have used the word, but as a Southerner I use colloquialisms and homespun one liners for their effect and to set the mood for what I'm trying to communicate. Then I realized that my use of the word, even for mood and effect, is exactly the purpose of any word. Shouldn't all our words be chosen for mood and effect, and to more clearly communicate our own perception of the meaning behind the words? The editor of the dictionary makes just that point, that regardless of a word's etymology we need to classify and define it once it becomes a widely used and generally recognized word.

Of course, now that "ginormous" has entered the mainstream I'll need to find another word to convey the mental image of something extremely large almost to the point of creating awe.
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I Dig Words [Jun. 13th, 2007|01:01 am]
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Hi, folks! queenlyzard pointed me here when I wrote a post on one of the most perfect words ever. She requested that I post it here, but I think it would be better to link to it because the comments section has other people’s favorites, too, and because I enjoy leaving you in suspense. So click here to read my pontifications on a magnificent word!

Just to give y’all a bit of my linguaphilic background: I’m a linguistics major, conlanger (I invent my own languages), aspiring polyglot, and synesthete. The last may not sound familiar, so I'll explain it here: I have an interesting neurological condition* called synesthesia, which in my case causes me to see sounds and graphemes in color and spatial relations, and with personalities. This gives words a whole new meaning for me, and makes my tastes seem a little arbitrary at times. But the point here is that when I refer to the color of a word as the reason I like it now y’all know what I mean.

So now, I’d like to meet you all! Introduce yourselves in the comments! And I’ll dig for words for this community whenever I can.

*We need a word for “condition” that doesn’t make it sound like something’s wrong, because this is just me being different from people.
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I have no idea why the hell I'm posting this... [May. 17th, 2007|04:05 pm]
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[mood |embarrassedembarrassed]

I have no idea why I'm posting this, buuuutttt....

Cremaphilia -- Oh crap, just look at this post for details.
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Here's a word [May. 15th, 2007|04:35 pm]
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One whose head is so far up their rear end it could pass for a hat; used to describe a person who is stubborn, cruel, or otherwise unpleasant to be around.

I'll provide a picture as well.Collapse )

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Schadenfreude [May. 13th, 2007|04:12 pm]
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I don't know why I like this word, and really it's not even an English word but I include it because it is in wide use (loan word), but I do love it anyways.
Pleasure derived from another persons misfortune.
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(no subject) [May. 5th, 2007|11:25 am]
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I joined this group a couple of days ago through
.  I am not sure how interesting this will be to everyone else, but I have a particular passion for  phobias, so I figured that I would use them as my first post here since I cannot think of any overly interesting words right this moment.  Here are a few of them.  I have seen one of the posters on this board has a particular affinity for theistic words, so for this person I will post: Zeusophobia which, as you guess is the fear of god or gods.  There is also Theophobia which is, once again, as you can guess the fear of gods or religion.  And my third on will be stygiophobia, which is the fear of hell.

Thanks for letting me join!!!!
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Word I found yesterday [Apr. 21st, 2007|02:22 pm]
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I saw it on a medical thing and was running the sylables across my tongue delightedly. Of course the doctor took this to mean he needed to tell me it meant "in the canal," if I couldn't have guessed.

It might be a close runner-up to a favorite from college: Poly-ubiquitination (in the US, "poly-ubiquitinylation" across the pond) which refers to marking a protein with many smaller protiens called Ubiquitin.

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boustrophedonically [Apr. 2nd, 2007|09:39 pm]
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[Current Location |couch]
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |Zelda crunching her bone]

Came across this word in a book I read recently, and thought it was just really cool. The book is Envisioning Information and the author is talking about strange bar graphs where the illustrator, instead of making the scale high enough for the tallest bar, just makes that bar snake up and down in the frame, so that the full length of the bar is there, but it's been forced to fit in too small a scale. (I tried to find an example pic, but couldn't.) Anyway, I had to go look this word up, and found out that....
Boustrophedon comes from the greek: βουστροφηδόν: "turning like oxen in ploughing"). Its etymology is from βους, "ox" + στρεφειν, "to turn" where bous is the oxen, and strophos or stropos is the "turning".
I've always liked that root -- tropos. Think plants and phototropism -- turning toward the light. Ever wonder what the TROPic of Cancer and TROPic of Capricorn are? These are the circles on the globe where the sun apparently "turns" (Tropos) at the solstices, and starts its trip back down in the sky as the seasons progress. Cool root.
Anyway, boustrophedon is apparently an ancient style of writing in manuscripts, where instead of starting each line on the left (or the right), the writing goes back and forth, like plowing a field.
Exhibit A:

That is my cool word of the day.
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