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  1. #978302016-01-22 00:49:12EvoRulz said:

    I've seen that grG'DAY MATEy one before and as an Australian x,D this is still my favorite joke about australia xD

  2. #951972015-12-09 07:50:00 *Enami said:

    -Enneacontakaienneagon is actually a word in the English language, In fact, the meaning of the word is just as bizarre as the word itself: it’s a shape with 99 sides.

    -Swims will be swims even when turned upside down.

    -Girl used to mean small boy or girl.

  3. #978312016-01-22 00:51:53EvoRulz said:

    Even really good spellers have about 50/50 chance of spellling a word right that they have never seen written before

  4. #994772016-02-20 05:33:35EvoRulz said:

    So i'm studying Literature this year and i was looking for a handy place to dump all the definitions of the words and phrases i previously did not understand, for revision purposes. No doubt i will be doing this more than once throughout the year so I shall dub this segment.. New Words Learned


    New Words Learned - Entry #1


    colloquial

    adjective: (of language) used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary.

    "colloquial and everyday language"

    synonyms: informal, conversational, everyday, casual, non-literary.

    idle hour

    term: a fruitless hour; passing time.

    'there he found occupation for an idle hour.'

    consolation

    noun: the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment.

    "there was consolation in knowing that others were worse off"

    synonyms: comfort, solace.

    faculty

    noun: an inherent mental or physical power.

    "her critical faculties"

    synonyms: power, capability, capacity, facility, potential, potentiality, propensity, wherewithal, means, preparedness.

    contempt

    noun: the feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration.

    "Pam stared at the girl with total contempt"

    synonyms: scorn, disdain, disrespect, deprecation, disparagement, denigration, opprobrium, odium, obloquy, scornfulness

    esquire

    noun: a young nobleman who, in training for knighthood, acted as an attendant to a knight.

    borough

    noun: (historical) a town sending representatives to Parliament.

    duodecimo

    noun: a size of book in which each leaf is one twelfth of the size of the printing sheet.

    valet

    noun: a man's personal male attendant, who is responsible for his clothes and appearance.

    synonyms: manservant, man, personal attendant, gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves;

    amiable

    adjective: having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner.

    "the amiable young man greeted me enthusiastically"

    synonyms: friendly, affable, amicable, cordial.

    infatuation

    noun: an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something.

    "he had developed an infatuation with the girl"

    synonyms: passion for, love for, adoration of, desire for, fondness for, feeling for, regard for, devotion to, penchant for, preoccupation with, obsession with, fixation with, craze for, mania for, addiction to.

    bequeath

    verb: pass (something) on or leave (something) to someone else.

    "he ditched the unpopular policies bequeathed to him"

    synonyms: hand down, hand on, pass on, impart, transmit

    conceited

    adjective: excessively proud of oneself; vain.

    "Fred's so conceited he'd never believe anyone would refuse him"

    synonyms: vain, narcissistic, pleased with oneself, self-loving, in love with oneself, self-admiring, self-regarding, self-centred, egotistic, egotistical, egoistic, egocentric, egomaniac.

    widower

    noun: a man who has lost his spouse by death and has not married again.

    apt

    adjective: appropriate or suitable in the circumstances.

    "the theme could not be more apt"

    synonyms: suitable, fitting, appropriate, befitting, relevant, felicitous, congruous, fit, applicable, judicious, apposite, apropos, to the purpose, to the point;

    bloom

    noun: a flourishing, healthy condition; the time or period of greatest beauty, artistry, etc.

    "the bloom of youth; the bloom of Romanticism."

    esteem

    noun: respect and admiration.

    "he was held in high esteem by colleagues"

    synonyms: respect, admiration, (high) regard, (high/good) opinion, estimation, acclaim, approbation, approval, appreciation, favour, popularity, recognition, veneration, awe, reverence, deference, honour, praise, adulation.

    preside

    verb: be in the position of authority in a meeting or other gathering.

    "the prime minister will preside at an emergency cabinet meeting"

    synonyms: chairman

    overtures

    noun: an introduction to something more substantial.

    "the talks were no more than an overture to a long debate"

    synonyms: preliminary, prelude, curtain-raiser, introduction, lead-in, precursor, forerunner, harbinger, herald, start, beginning;

    disapprobation

    noun: strong disapproval, typically on moral grounds.

    "she braved her mother's disapprobation and slipped out to enjoy herself"

  5. #994902016-02-20 10:27:00Taro_Tanako said:

    @EvoRulz I love this list! As a native English speaker, it is easy to overlook some of these interesting words. I suppose they do not occur in common parlance and so are less frequently used. Good reminder. Also, you can see that a significant number of them have been acquired from non-English languages around Europe (mostly French or Latin).