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What's your favourite word?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Pete01, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. Pete01

    Pete01 Kilobyte Poster

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    My current favourite word is.....:


    Minutiae

    "mi·nu·ti·ae (-sh-)

    A small or trivial detail: “the minutiae of experimental and mathematical procedure” (Frederick Turner)."

    Curtesy of:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/
     
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  2. moominboy

    moominboy Gigabyte Poster

    kaugummi.

    german for eraser. just sounds cool.....cow-goo-mee
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    supple:

    # lissome: moving and bending with ease
    # limber: (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable; "a supple mind"; "a limber imagination"
    # limber: (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
    # make pliant and flexible; "These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use"
     
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  4. ffreeloader

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    paradigm:

    Pronounced pair-a-dime

    broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind

    a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated;

    an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype

    Definition according to Freddy Freeloader:

    Your paradigm is the lens through which you see the world and everything in it. Your paradigm sets your bounds.

    Usage according to Freddy Freeloader:

    If you can change the paradigm through which you see the world, you can, and will, change your life.
     
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  5. JonnyMX

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    It's actually chewing gum...

    But you're quite right, it is quite cool.
    Some of my favorite words would probably be German, as they have a lovely way of turning an entire sentence into a word.
    They can be quite expressive...

    An eraser is a Radiergummi, and it tastes the same.
     
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  6. JonnyMX

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    Mine has got to be 'borked' at the moment.
    I seem to be using it every day in work at the moment.

    'Sorry guys, you can't log in this morning, active directory is borked again.'

    It's a technical term.

    For those of you who aren't easily offended and would like to swear more in work, check out the ProfaniWiki .
    It will make you look big and clever and impress girls and stuff.
     
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  7. d-Faktor
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    for me the most beautiful word in my language (which is dutch) is desalniettemin, which roughly translated means nevertheless. lichtekooi is a close second, which is an old word for prostitute.

    the most beautiful word in german (since you were talking about german words) in my opinion is habseligkeiten, which means something like possessions.

    as for english, i think i would have to go for lullaby.
     
  8. moominboy

    moominboy Gigabyte Poster


    AHHH!! i knew that as well! i've lived in germany for two years and learnt that it was wrong. my german teacher taught it as eraser, and made a play on how nice it sounded so thats why it stuck!

    danke schon, ich liebe wurst.
     
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  9. damienj3

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    My favourite word is pigeon. I don't know why it just sounds funny. :p
     
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  10. AJ

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    Cottiplod


    Go figure 8)
     
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    Blurple


    It's a combination color blue/purple mix.
     
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  12. moominboy

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    define? google came up with nada for cottiplod so thought i'd ask.
     
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  13. AJ

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    Made up word means absolutely nothing.


    But it sounds like it should tho :twisted:
     
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  14. moominboy

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    it does indeed! lol! :tongue
     
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  15. Arroryn
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    In English it has to be spuriousness. It was on telly a couple of weeks ago, and it just sounds good. Difficult to get in to conversation though!

    In German, there are two contenders:

    Pappilapapp (pappy-la-pap) (sp) ; which I understand means rubbish, and

    Uhu (oo-hoo); Owl
     
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  16. JonnyMX

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    UHU is a type of glue, isn't it?
     
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    It is - they come in yellow packs. The company insignia/logo is an Owl. Clever, eh? :rolleyes:
     
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  18. d-Faktor
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    it is? you sure? i've been using uhu adhesives since i was a little kid, but i've never seen an owl on any of their products. i even have an uhu stic here in my desk drawer. no owl though. :blink
     
  19. Arroryn
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    I remember seeing it when I was a little kid, but it must be on limited products

    http://www.uhu.de/_uk/indexx.html

    Little green owl on the bottom right product with the purple/pink lid.
     
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  20. nugget
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    My word (seeing as I live in Switzerland) would have to be geil.

    You can find the 'official' translation here, but in common useage it's taken to mean cool.

    eg. German -- Das ist mega geil.
    English -- That is really cool.
     
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