There is a lot of commonly used words on BB, and some rare ones that are not used so much in the outside world.
I have noticed that there are also some erudite blitzers, so this is the thread for them. And for the others, a chance to expand their vocabulary.
Rules for this thread:
i) nominate a rarely used word (one per day) WITHOUT recourse to a dictionary/thesaurus/internet.
ii) give a post a like if you have not heard that word before (or at least not in the last X years).
My rarely used word for today:
March 28, 2018, 5:12am
This has nothing on a diggers game thread.
My rarely used word:
As used so eloquently (and in such an incontrovertibly correct manner) by @blob in this post:
I note that Hamish has “left” (been flicked) from SEN allegedly because he has too much work at 7 but in reality because the ratings were worse after his latest sinecure was obtained (he and his brother are seemingly never ending beneficiaries of these parachutes).
One wonders if SEN had had the intestinal fortitude to hire Hird (as they wanted to but were then forced to accepted Gil’s baby brother) whether the ratings may not have gone up rather than tanked.
Anyway, the program cannot but imp…
I had to look up
apostasy the other day.
I personally don’t come across
rubicund that often, nor have I bothered using it as way of describing someone’s skin or face to be rosy and healthy of complexion, kinda like Peter Gordon being immobile after 2x 28oz steaks, chat potatoes and a few clarets.
March 28, 2018, 5:51am
I’m fond of the word
happenstance though it’s not so much a word that describes something different than coincidence, it just sounds better.
Much like using
sardonic in place of sarcastic.
March 28, 2018, 6:00am
(It’s a surgical instrument for scraping bone, and the way I determine if a given dictionary has any merit at all. Use that in Hangman and you win.)
March 28, 2018, 6:02am
Plenty of scrimshankers where I work.
Happenstance is not coincidence, and sardonic does not have the same meaning as sarcastic. The two words in each pair have meanings that are in some respects similar, but they are not synonyms.
I didn’t even know there was a word for it until my daughter put me onto this one a while back: petrichor. Look it up.
March 28, 2018, 8:36am
They are close enough to be only useful to throw into conversation only to flex your vocabulary and make your friends eyes roll.
when is something technical jargon vs part of the greater language? Cos I’d say that is definitely jargon…
The dead giveaway is the first ~10 google results not being for what it apparently is.
Petrichor! Fantastic, coined by the CSIRO and most of us would’ve used another CSIRO invention, wifi, to look it up. Cred to your daughter!
Can we also include new additions to the lexicon?