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Old 23rd July 2020, 10:05 AM   #121
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The Pinky and the Brain animated series always had an obscure vocabulary word in the end credits of each episode.

Some examples:

Gharnao- A raft made of inverted ceramic pots
Zumbooruk- A small cannon fired from the back of a camel
Spizzerinctum- The will to succeed
Ultracrepidarianism- Giving opinions outside of one’s knowledge
Palinoia- Compulsive repetition of an act until perfect
Psaphonic- Planning one’s rise to fame
Myomancy- Divination by movements of mice
Trichotillomania- Abnormal urge to pull out one’s hair
Azygous- Appearing as one single being or part
Barophobia- Fear of gravity
Oobar- A dry fog of the upper Nile
Hircismus- Stinky armpits
Cynanthropy- Disorder where sufferer imagines he’s a dog
Spheropygian- Having full and rounded buttocks
Exophagy- Cannibalism outside the tribe
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Old 23rd July 2020, 11:05 AM   #122
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Here is a term that most people* understand and use incorrectly: monsoon


*I was one of them.
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Old 23rd July 2020, 07:35 PM   #123
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Originally Posted by bruto View Post
My regard for "Pippa Passes" has always been pretty contumelious anyway, and that doesn't help.

Speaking of interesting new words, I ran into one the other day, "Amphiboly."

It's a linguistic confusion or fallacy when an ambiguous word or phrase seems to create a contradiction or non-sequitur. Groucho Marx was good at this.

Sometimes it can just be a dangling modifier, such as "I shot an elephant in my pajamas."

More fun is had when it's a word or words that can be used in more than one way. "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana."

Another is the sign on a dumpster : "Empty when full."

A family favorite when I was a kid was the highway sign "Slow Children."
Adam Savage has a sign in his cave that reads "Dressing or Undressing Prohibited" (YouTube link to video about this sign). It isn't quite amphiboly, though.
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Old 23rd July 2020, 09:05 PM   #124
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Originally Posted by bruto View Post
My regard for "Pippa Passes" has always been pretty contumelious anyway, and that doesn't help.

Speaking of interesting new words, I ran into one the other day, "Amphiboly."

It's a linguistic confusion or fallacy when an ambiguous word or phrase seems to create a contradiction or non-sequitur. Groucho Marx was good at this.

Sometimes it can just be a dangling modifier, such as "I shot an elephant in my pajamas."

More fun is had when it's a word or words that can be used in more than one way. "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana."

Another is the sign on a dumpster : "Empty when full."

A family favorite when I was a kid was the highway sign "Slow Children."
My favourite is WATCH FOR CHILDREN. I always told my kids when they were small that I thought it a good deal.
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Old 24th July 2020, 06:02 AM   #125
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Originally Posted by bruto View Post
My regard for "Pippa Passes" has always been pretty contumelious anyway, and that doesn't help.
Oddly enough, before this post I had noted this word to be included in this thread. I came across it in E.E. "Doc" Smith's Skylark series. I also encountered several other words with which I was unfamiliar, but didn't note them at the time because I was enjoying the story so much. That doesn't include any of the dozens of made-up alien words.

Originally Posted by Armitage72 View Post
The Pinky and the Brain animated series always had an obscure vocabulary word in the end credits of each episode.

Some examples:

Gharnao- A raft made of inverted ceramic pots
Zumbooruk- A small cannon fired from the back of a camel
Spizzerinctum- The will to succeed
Ultracrepidarianism- Giving opinions outside of one’s knowledge
Palinoia- Compulsive repetition of an act until perfect
Psaphonic- Planning one’s rise to fame
Myomancy- Divination by movements of mice
Trichotillomania- Abnormal urge to pull out one’s hair
Azygous- Appearing as one single being or part
Barophobia- Fear of gravity
Oobar- A dry fog of the upper Nile
Hircismus- Stinky armpits
Cynanthropy- Disorder where sufferer imagines he’s a dog
Spheropygian- Having full and rounded buttocks
Exophagy- Cannibalism outside the tribe
Assuming these are all real words, I'm surprised that I don't believe I've encountered a single one before. And I read a lot.
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Old 24th July 2020, 07:06 AM   #126
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Originally Posted by alfaniner View Post
Assuming these are all real words, I'm surprised that I don't believe I've encountered a single one before. And I read a lot.

Google has trouble with gharnao, so it may be a very regional word. I'm finding references to ceramic pot rafts being used on the Nile in the 18th Century or earlier, but no specific name for them.

Merriam-Webster has zumbooruk.
a small cannon mounted on a swivel
especially : one fired from a rest on the back of a camel
Arabic zanbūrak, from Persian zanbūrah, from zanbūr hornet
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Old 24th July 2020, 09:09 AM   #127
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https://collections.royalarmouries.o...ect-92939.html

The Royal Armouries has it as "Zamburak". Their experts are top in their field though I still don't understand why they have one chinese sword labeled as "dao" instead of "jian".

The only word I'd seen before was ultracrepidarianism and I think that was via Susie Dent a little while back.
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Old 30th September 2020, 03:52 AM   #128
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Susie Dent again

https://twitter.com/susie_dent/statu...158901248?s=20


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Should you need it, ‘mubble-fubbles’ is a 16th-century term for a feeling of despondency and a sense of impending doom.
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Old 30th September 2020, 08:26 AM   #129
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Here's a topical one I learned an hour ago, thanks to Catsmate over on the "don't use homemade vaccine ya jackass" thread...

"variolating"
As I phrased it (correct me if I'm wrong), it's the pre-vax inoculation (exposure) technique specific to smallpox (variola).
Obscure enough?
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Here's a topical one I learned an hour ago, thanks to Catsmate over on the "don't use homemade vaccine ya jackass" thread...
I must confess I was a bit surprised when I misread the bit about Charles Maitland "variolating the daughters of the Princess of Wales".

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I must confess I was a bit surprised when I misread the bit about Charles Maitland "variolating the daughters of the Princess of Wales".



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Same. Honestly... I couldn't NOT look it up after that.
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I hope somebody comes up with an FPS game than has camels with swivel-mounted cannons. I'd play it!

My contribution: Jabbernowl. Merriam Webster just says "numskull, nincompoop." I first encountered it in the WC Fields movie, the Bank Dick, but I recently saw it on an old episode of the Laurie and Fry version of Bertie and Jeeves. Gussie Fink-Nottle exclaims, "You old jabbernowl!" to Pop Bassett..
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