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Toprem
02-05-06, 10:54 PM
Spaghettification - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification

Pythonesque - http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=Pythonesque

Jaesin
02-05-06, 11:17 PM
Defenestration - The Act of Throwing Someone out a Window.

I learned about this in my european history class, the Defenestration of Prague... which contributed heavily to the onset of the 30 years war in 1618, as it turns out prague has had two defenestrations, one in the 1400s too.

Pearll
02-06-06, 03:01 AM
Homer
\noun\
1. American bonehead.
2. Pull a Homer --
to succeed despite idiocy.

Aura
02-06-06, 03:45 AM
callipygian - having shapely buttocks

fustigate - 1. to criticize 2.to beat with a stick

brachiate - to progress by swinging from one hold to another by the arms (i.e. a monkey swinging by tree limbs)

decimate - to select a lot and kill every tenth man

vituperative - of or characterized by excessive verbal abuse... you sons of bitches

off to class, more coming as I remember them.

Jhani Vandolay
02-06-06, 04:27 AM
I was going to predict that by the time this thread had run its course, someone would've said defenestration, because someone always says defenestration... Guess I wasn't IbtD. :pulid

FarSky
02-06-06, 04:41 AM
niggardly - 1: grudgingly mean about spending or granting; 2: provided in meanly limited supply

Cantatus
02-06-06, 05:33 AM
groak (http://www.answers.com/topic/groak) - one who stands around while others eat, in hopes he will be asked to join

ciba
02-06-06, 06:39 AM
picaresque - of or involving rogues or adventurers

edit: Damn you aura for beating me to callipygian!

Meddik
02-06-06, 07:05 AM
Brobdingnagian-Of or relating to a gigantic person or thing.

Antidisestablishmentarianism - the doctrine or political position that opposes the withdrawal of state recognition of an established church; - used especially concerning the Anglican Church in England. Opposed to disestablishmentarianism

And I was going to use Defenestration as well.

Thwick
02-06-06, 08:22 AM
Aglet - The piece of your shoelace rolled in plastic so it can go through the eyeholes easily.

Loreleli
02-06-06, 08:38 AM
here ya go: http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/

a whole slew of them!!! :) I found a couple interesting, but no real favorite yet.

Telurinon
02-06-06, 10:28 AM
Syzygy (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=syzygy)
1. The association of gregarine protozoa end-to-end or in lateral pairing without sexual fusion.
2. The pairing of chromosomes in meiosis.

Edit: Hey! It's on the "Weird Word" site above. :)

Trolo
02-06-06, 10:38 AM
I've always thought that flagellum was a particularly interesting word.

I suppose I'll give Merriam-Webster's definition:

Main Entry: fla·gel·lum

: any of various elongated filiform appendages of plants or animals: as a : the slender distal part of an antenna b : a long tapering process that projects singly or in groups from a cell and is the primary organ of motion of many microorganisms

Pratell
02-06-06, 02:31 PM
sesquipedalian:
n.

A long word.


adj.

1. Given to the use of long words.
2. Long and ponderous; polysyllabic.

best word ever. the irony is not lost.

DarthEnderX
02-06-06, 02:37 PM
Truthiness

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truthiness

Trolo
02-06-06, 02:56 PM
That was quite enlightening, Darth!

Berdusk
02-06-06, 03:11 PM
to·pal·gi·a
n.

Pain localized in one spot without evident organic basis.

Trolo
02-06-06, 03:17 PM
So there's a name for that? ****, I have that all the time--usually I call them "growing pains."

Llabak Tharr
02-06-06, 05:34 PM
Dacryphila (http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Dacryphilia) - a form of paraphilia where pleasure is derived from tears and/or emotional situations. It is most often associated with sexual arousal, though the term covers all forms of pleasure from the tears of others. The arousal is achieved when viewing a person in emotional distress. It carries the theme where a person (often a dominant in a BDSM relationship) induces another (the submissive) to cry, or otherwise show a strong emotion.

A friend of a friend of a friend on Yahoo360 listed that as an interest. WTMF?

Trolo
02-06-06, 06:53 PM
Haha! Time to get rid of all of those friends!