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Postby Dr. Goodword » Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:05 am

Glad you dropped by. We think this forum looks better and works better than the old one. We hope you agree. (Let us know either way.)

This is where you can feed us the best words you know for our Good Word feature. It may take a month or more to consider a word, write it up, prepare the sound file and any graphics it might require. But we will check this section of the forum for your thoughts on a regular basis.

We are looking for words that have any interesting history, any interesting uses, unexpected meanings, or tricks in use. We try to cover as many frequently misspelled and mispronounced words as we can.

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Postby andries » Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:28 am

I want to suggest oxymoron as a Good Word
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Oxymoron

Postby Dr. Goodword » Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:02 am

A good one. We will do it.
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Possible Good Word

Postby n0my » Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:36 am

I'd like to find out if the word
sesquipedalian
is truly a word, what it means and why it isn't used more.
Purposely, no indication is being made as to my current belief, as I don't want to reveal my misunderstanding, if indeed it is.
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sesquipedalian

Postby KatyBr » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:14 pm

I first heard this word on My Three Sons an old b/w TV show, Uncle Charly used it a lot. It means user of large words, (many footed, in sylabyls I believe) I use it, but I use words I make up on the spot, too.!

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Postby tcward » Thu Feb 10, 2005 9:05 pm

The sesqui- means 'half-again as much', in Latin. The -pedalian refers to 'feet'. So these are foot-and-a-half terms... In effect it is calling these terms unmanageable.

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Postby Apoclima » Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:07 am

I like it! Sesquipedalians make better Alpha-Agorists!

Good one, n0my!

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