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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, January 17th, 2013 10:24 am
My fave's from this list.

8. Tartle (Scots)
The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can't quite remember.

11. Fremdschämen (German); Myötähäpeä (Finnish)
The kinder, gentler cousins of Schadenfreude, both these words mean something akin to "vicarious embarrassment." Or, in other words, that-feeling-you-get-when-you-watch-Meet the Parents.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, May 28th, 2010 08:30 am
Of course there's a word for it...
  • Jacitation: false boasting that harms another e.g. claiming to be married to someone when you're not.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 10:41 am
adjective: dry; withered.
noun: the series of stages in an ecological succession.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, June 1st, 2009 09:37 am
I think a small part of my soul dies every time I read a fic where some manly man 'screams/cries/walks/talks/feels like a girl' and I'm wondering what we could be replacing it with. It always seems to be used to mean things like emotional, vulnerable, available, people oriented etc. with a strong dose of 'wrong.'

I'm eyeing off 'sap,' 'dope,' and 'wuss' with the possible inclusion of 'a bit sad.'

Interestingly the urban dictionary breaks down 'wuss' into terms that are overwhelmingly derogatory to either women or gay men. *sighs* I want a better world.

samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 09:32 pm
I like this one :)
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, September 26th, 2008 02:43 pm
Use "monadnock" in conversation.

PRONUNCIATION:(muh-NAD-nok)
MEANING: (n) An isolated hill or mountain that, having resisted erosion, rises above a plain.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, September 21st, 2008 07:46 pm
Answers for last week updated - you are all too good at this :p

[Poll #1264131]
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, September 8th, 2008 10:35 am
Congratulations on getting almost all of last week correct - answers updated now.

I totally forgot to post the next round yesterday what with OTW and Swancon2009 keeping me a little busy so here's a word definition challenge a friend emailed me!

[Poll #1255546]
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, August 31st, 2008 08:41 pm
Congratulations on some creative answers to Guess the Phrase II! I've updated the poll with my answers if you want the results. [Poll #1251172][Poll #1251172]
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, August 24th, 2008 11:32 am
Congratulations on some creative answers to Guess the Phrase I! I've updated the poll with my answers if you want the results and shall continue to not give you the Definitions unless prompted - Definitions in comments!

[Poll #1247272]
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 06:10 pm
The House of B&D is the proud owner* of Orijinz, a language game where you guess the phrase or word from the description origin. We utterly fail to play it in real life so clearly we should play it on teh internets. Those of you who remember playing what am I back in 2005 may wish to crawl away in terror now. I have Definitions Clues and will hand them out on request. Answers on Sunday.

ETA #2 should read "sold the grease to span soap and candle makers"

[Poll #1245106]
[Poll #1245106]
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 12:25 pm

in a meeting today it occurred to me that with the number of short, deep voiced men we employ, we could film a movie about dwarves without much trouble.

Is it 'one fell swoop' or 'one foul swoop'? I lean towards the former, I think I'm having a Macbeth moment.

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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 01:18 pm
"...so would suggest we ruin the PEC starting on Monday..." 
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, May 2nd, 2008 11:16 am
I am putting my hands on the apple pie to say "No!"

Also: Is 're-initiate' grammatically possible?
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 01:53 pm

'Teh'

Incidentally, HPQC and Word have combined to propose my name is actually 'Mafia Bubonic'

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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 08:18 am

Free Livestock, Poultry and Produce

Also: nocebo (no-SEE-bo) noun
  • A substance producing harmful effects in someone because it is believed to be harmful, but which in reality is harmless.
[From Latin nocebo (I will harm), from nocere (to harm). Modeled after placebo (I will please).]
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, February 29th, 2008 03:07 pm
This is probably an incredibly stupid question but when Americans use the phrase People of Colour does it specifically mean of African origin, or does it mean not Anglo/European?

Wiki has stuff to say on the subject but also says you can go either way which isn't exactly helpful. I'm curious to know where Spanish, Japanese, Chinese etc. fall.

ETA: Breakdown of Character Fates and Race for Supernatural S3
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, February 15th, 2008 06:21 pm
Last night W. proposed the collective noun for Geeks is clearly an Array.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 09:15 am
...post human synergistics analysis...
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, December 23rd, 2007 11:22 pm
...to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction.

I'm just saying is all.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, October 11th, 2007 10:53 am
interpretive signage program
enhanced information mechanisms
managing client relationships

ETA

organisational development intervention 
intermediate outcome scenarios
enriched navigating experience
solution design
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