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    Word delusion

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by RachHP, May 30, 2015.

    Today, I fell out with my word processor. The spell checker, thesaurus and dictionary all collaborated to deny my perfectly appropriate and not-at-all-made-up word:
    indignance
    Alas, the internet has also conspired to deny its existence, so having discovered I suffer from Word Delusion I decided to come on here and put the call out for similarly afflicted souls.

    Have you ever been convinced that a word exists, that doesn't? Or that a word was spelt a certain way, only to be quashed by the tyrannical Collins?

    Or is it just me?
     
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    I have, quite a few times, actually. But I can't think of one off the top of my head.
     
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    Honestly, I'm with you on "indignance". How is that not a word?
     
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    when I do I use Google only to find it is a name of a rock group or some small business
     
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    They never fail to induce ingratiation.

    Eta: Talk about being on topic! I looked up "ingratiation" and it is a word and it doesn't have anything to do with thanklessness. What word am I thinking of?
     
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    I would go with indignance being a word

    however, i think you really missed a chance there - to invent a new word

    i reckon word deluded => wordeluded => wordluded.

    And isn't wordluded a lovely word? It just plays on the lips before bouncing off the tongue. I will look for every opportunity to say wordluded today. You just have to say it out loud.
     
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    Relatable isn't supposed to be a word I think.
     
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    ingratitude

    Relatable is perfectly fine. It's in the big fat Collins dictionary I'm presently using as a monitor riser! :)
     
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    But I swear it wasn't there a year or two ago!!? o_O Anyway, it would seem Oxford Dictionary agrees with you lol. Well, all the better :D

    In checking your claim against the online Oxford Dictionary, I came across this word of the day:

    Brobdingnagian

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/Brobdingnagian

    Whaaaaaa?
     
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    It originates from Gulliver's Travels, where the land of the Giants is called "Brobdignag". :)
     
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    I knew I had come across that before, just couldn't remember where. I was sure I hadn't been wordluded.
     
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    Love it. And I like the fact the entry gives you possible rhymes for it as well; feel a Swift fan-poem coming on?!

    I'm not impressed that my offline resources keep denying the existence of 'scooch'!
     
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    @Tim3232 you're a genius. I'm thinking of making wordluded t-shirts and I'll be sure to cut you in on the profits.

    Scooch is an entirely reasonable word! Though I'd previously been spelling it with a k so appreciate the correction ;)

    Today's battle was with the word mysnoma. I'm assured the correct spelling is 'misnomer' but I think it looks better my way. *Grumbles*
     
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    My spellcheck is constantly telling me that I am a dirty, dirty bird. It refuses to help me spell words that offend its prudish nature.
    Yes, and sometimes you just have to ignore the fact that a word with clear meaning and construction simply hasn't been stamped into some book and ratified as "official". I never, ever think of dictionaries as instructive, only historical. Half of any dictionary is a graveyard of long-dead words that exist only within its pages and nowhere else. Indignance (which has just tripped the red dotted line in my screen) might not be my personal choice - I would go with indignation - but the meaning of the word is obvious and clear because the parts of which it is constructed are obvious and intuitive.
     
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    I think with respect to misnoma, you’ll find you’ve moved on from wordluding to worpelling there. If you know the word you want but prefer to spell it how it takes your fancy then you’re just worpelling about.

    Now I know Americans can take any noun and verbalise it by adding a few letters (except they use ‘z’s), but you do have to be careful not to get carried away with worpelling – lest you end up with gobbledygook.
     
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    What on earth is scooch? :D

    I have just discovered that "malarky" should be spelt "malarkey"... :superthink:

    I believe my spelling is better.
     
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    You can also spell it mullarkey! ;)

    Scooch is a particular slang for move. So if someone's sitting on a bench and they've not left quite enough room for you to sit down as well, then you might ask them to 'scooch up a bit'.
     
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    I think that must be a regional one, like Scotch Whisky, or Irish Whiskey...
     
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    Actually now you explain it, I have probably heard it before.

    The Czechs say "shoop!" which I really like :D

    For some reason mullarkey/malarky has now transformed into milarky in my head, and I keep thinking of birds... Wouldn't it be fun if malarky/mullarkey was a type of bird? What would it look like?

    "Hey, look, it's a malarky!"
    "Did you see the malarky in the tree just now?"
    "It's a nest of malarkies!"

    cuckoo-bird.jpg
     
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    It most certainly should be a bird! Perhaps something like Kevin from Pixar's Up?

    It has a ring of Lewis Carroll about it... or the mythical snipe... that I like.
     
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    hehehe - oh I loved Kevin!

     
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    I can't even pronounce "Brobdingnagian" but it's an amazing word, @Mckk!

    Excellent perspective, @Wreybies :)

    Today's question mark was 'fiercesome' but I think I'm just being an idiot (should be 'fearsome' which makes sense when I think about it...)
     
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    As a teen I used to joke about God being aweful :-D would be a funny word to have indeed hehe.
     
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    Except that it would have been those who encountered Him who were full of awe. God is, was and always will be awesome.
     
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