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Leviathan [22 Mar 2005|02:53pm]

Leviathan: 1. a large water animal mentioned in the bible

2. anything huge or powerful, as a huge ship.
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[11 Mar 2005|02:45am]

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[10 Mar 2005|11:42pm]

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Perhaps the Longest Word [17 Jan 2005|03:54pm]

[ mood | crazy ]

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis:a pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust

Not to mention volcanic ash.

Etymology: Who knows? Of course there's the pneumon from pneumonia, but i'm guessing that this one was pasted together by a scientist.

Does anyone know any longer words?

And to the creator of this community, what is that picture at the top? It looks like something Da Vinci might have done, but maybe that's just me.

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Nepotism [16 Jan 2005|07:22pm]

[ mood | blah ]

nepotism: favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)

Etymology: [French népotisme, from Italian nepotismo, from nepote, nephew, from Latin neps, nept-. See nept- in Indo-European Roots.]

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Limerence [15 Jan 2005|11:38pm]

Limerence: a state of mind sometimes referred to as "being in love" (as distinct from "loving" someone) and sometimes called "infatuation." However, the term "infatuation" carries connotations of immaturity that "limerence" separates from the emotion.

Etymology:The word "limerence" was coined by Dorothy Tennov while a professor of psychology at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut around 1977, and first published in her 1979 book Love and Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love. "Limerent" is the subjective noun (the limerent person) as well as the adjective form (so the "limerent object" is the person the limerent desires). The coinages are arbitrary; there is no specific etymology. The word is not found in current dictionaries, but is nevertheless in use by psychologists and by others discussing romantic relationships.

"Limerence" is distinguished from "love" in that love (in most of its meanings) involves concern for the loved one's welfare and feelings with little or no expectation of gain in return. In contrast, limerence demands reciprocation.

The info on limerence is courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerence
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[29 Dec 2004|10:16am]

Loquacious: (lo·qua·cious) Very talkative; garrulous

My personal favorite...
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[28 Dec 2004|11:01am]

my word for today: malfeasance

[Anglo-Norman malfaisance, from Old French malfaisant, malfeasant, present participle of malfaire, to do evil, from Latin malefacere. See malefactor.]

mal·feasant adj. & n.

Main Entry: mal·fea·sance
Pronunciation: "mal-'fEz-&ns
Function: noun
Etymology: mal- bad + obsolete English feasance doing, execution, from Old French faisance, from fais-, stem of faire to make, do, from Latin facere
: the commission (as by a public official) of a wrongful or unlawful act involving or affecting the performance of one's duties



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[27 Dec 2004|09:15pm]

For the first word of the group;


(Greek dus- 'bad' + phem- 'speak')

Euphemism: "making something sound better"

Dysphemism: "making something sound worse"

Like euphemisms, there are two kinds of dysphemisms:

Conventional dysphemisms: words whose sole purpose is to make reference to a taboo topic in a "dispreferred" way: "shit" vs. "defecate", "prick" vs. "penis" etc. (Somewhat rarer than euphemisms, but nonetheless high frequency.)
General dysphemisms: ways of describing a situation, event or thing which convey a negative attitude towards it: "terrorist" vs. "freedom fighter", "henchman" vs. "associate" etc.
Dysphemisms often arise through a process called pejorization: a word for a "bad" thing comes to be seen as a "bad" word. This process can be very rapid: witness the change in "PC-ness" in terms for ethnic groups.

Indian - Native American
Negro - Colored (person) - Black - African-American
Jew - Jewish person
In each case a formerly neutral term becomes dysphemistic and has to be replaced.

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