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To render something difficult

Postby Brazilian dude » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:20 pm

I've realized that English doesn't have a word deriving from the adjective difficult meaning to make things more difficult. I know that other words can be used, but in Portuguese/Spanish/Catalan we have dificultar, from difícil. But don't despair, English is not alone there. Italian and French also don't have a derived verb.

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Postby Brazilian dude » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:25 pm

Well, I'll prove myself wrong. Apparently there are the words difficultate and difficilitate, which I didn't know existed.

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Postby Perry » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:20 pm

Brazilian dude wrote:Well, I'll prove myself wrong. Apparently there are the words difficultate and difficilitate, which I didn't know existed.

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You have now facilitated a situation where I've just learned two new words. Moreover you have rendered difficult the choice between difficulate and difficilitate in any future usage.
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Postby Bailey » Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:54 pm

Is there some schzophrenia going on here? ;)

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Postby Grogie » Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:52 am

BD, many thanks for the two new words. I wasn,t familiar with them.
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Postby gailr » Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:53 pm

"Difficultate" just sounds like something I'd see on someone's gaffe-a-day desk calendar mocking the govenrment. I don't know that I could use this word; however, it's comforting to know that it's out there in case of linguistic emergency... :?
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Postby tcward » Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:41 am

"Difficultate" is one of those words whose meaning is apparent when one tries to say it. I don't think I would ever likely use this word in real life.

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Postby Bailey » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:07 pm

tcward wrote:"Difficultate" is one of those words whose meaning is apparent when one tries to say it. I don't think I would ever likely use this word in real life.

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especially when there's a better more melifluous word to use: exacerbate. I love the way this word feels speaking it.

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