What new word did you learn today?

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  1. jannert

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    ...all ten fingers at the ready?
     
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    More like you were on your back lying about using your fingers to text, you preeevert. :)

    You gotta use your thumbs in that position.
     
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    Pedagogical - relating to teaching.
     
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    To usher.

    I tried to google if the word sounds more as British or as American but could not see how to tell.
     
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    usher from ''usherette''?
    I think it is american. The idea of selling food in the cinemas is american I believe.
    The same with the word ''launderette''.
     
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    I grew up using that word and I'm American, if that helps?

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    Today I learned the word downwelling. It means "[an] accumulation and sinking of higher density material beneath lower density material, such as cold or saline water beneath warmer or fresher water or cold air beneath warm air," but I picked it up from a phrase in an article.

    "...a downwelling of light..."

    It sorta captivated me.
     
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    Omphaloskepsis.
    Guess I found a new hobby, guys!
     
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    "To usher someone to their seat" = to show them where they're expected to sit. Never heard of katina's "usherette," sounds like an outmoded gendering of the job of usher to me. We had ushers in church when I was growing up, they'd give you the program/schedule of the service. I went to a live music/art show (Blue Man Group) recently with reserved seating and the usher took us to our seats.
     
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    Obsequious - obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.
     
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    Spake - past of speak.

    First time I heard that before...
     
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    bespake?
     
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    Learned a lot of new livestock words today in my Nature of Language class.

    A castrated male horse is a gelding.

    Foal is a young horse of either sex (less than one year's old I believe).

    A castrated male sheep is a wether.

    A female pig is called a gilt if she hasn't had piglets yet (and yes, they're called piglets), or a sow if she has.
     
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    You are correct. My 92 year-old aunt speaks fondly of her first job, as "usherette" at a grand movie palace. She says they wore "nice navy blue uniforms with brass buttons and a cute little hat."
     
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    Verpine - of snake (snake ilk)
    Caprine - goat
    Porcine - pig
     
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    Sounds like Iain in his Marine days.
     
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    I was in one of those weird windows where blues weren't issued though, and just after I graduated they became issue items, making them almost impossible to get normally. Had to buy my set off of a guy who had made some poor financial decisions, wore them maybe twice.

    Damn fine looking uniform though. Those were the days.
     
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    Ash wore a skirt???

    :D

    New word: hamartia (noun): a fatal flaw that often leads to failure, or a critical shortcoming
     
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    Kilt, but not in those days. It was frowned upon.
     
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    That was when he was off-duty.
     
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    Not a new word, but I was happy to see oleaginous pop up in the newspaper the other week.
     
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    For some reason, the word uproarious has been stuck in my head since yesterday. No matter how much I try, I can't stop thinking about it. Pretty nice sounding word though.
     
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    Dog
    • n.
      A domesticated carnivorous mammal (Canis familiaris syn. Canis lupus subsp. familiaris) occurring as a wide variety of breeds, many of which are traditionally used for hunting, herding, drawing sleds, and other tasks, and are kept as pets.
     
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    Flopsicle
    -Frozen treat that lands in your lap when it melts.
     
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    Slow down there, Skippy. Don't strain anything.
     
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