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Spaghettification - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification
Pythonesque - http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=Pythonesque
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.
1. American bonehead.
2. Pull a Homer --
to succeed despite idiocy.
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.
02-06-06, 05:27 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
niggardly - 1: grudgingly mean about spending or granting; 2: provided in meanly limited supply
02-06-06, 06:33 AM
groak (http://www.answers.com/topic/groak) - one who stands around while others eat, in hopes he will be asked to join
picaresque - of or involving rogues or adventurers
edit: Damn you aura for beating me to callipygian!
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.
Aglet - The piece of your shoelace rolled in plastic so it can go through the eyeholes easily.
02-06-06, 09:38 AM
here ya go: http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/
a whole slew of them!!! :) I found a couple interesting, but no real favorite yet.
02-06-06, 11:28 AM
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. :)
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
02-06-06, 03:31 PM
A long word.
1. Given to the use of long words.
2. Long and ponderous; polysyllabic.
best word ever. the irony is not lost.
02-06-06, 03:37 PM
That was quite enlightening, Darth!
02-06-06, 04:11 PM
Pain localized in one spot without evident organic basis.
So there's a name for that? ****, I have that all the time--usually I call them "growing pains."
02-06-06, 06:34 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?
Haha! Time to get rid of all of those friends!