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Seeking cool words of the month

Here's a chance for all you polyglots to chime in! Simple reply to this post to contribute a potential Cool Word of the Month, and let me know why you think it's cool. This month, I will pick one from among the proposed words.

Edit, 01:00 CST Sun 05 Mar 2006 - I knew I forgot someone!
Lá breithe mhaith agat, thaleias_spirit!

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Banazir

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tears_of_nienna
Feb. 18th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC)
I like "sesquipedalian," because it's a self-fulfilling term. By using it, you become it. Very Zen. ;)
banazir
Feb. 18th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Twenty-five long thoughts, or half a hundred short ones
Very good. I'll take it under advisement. It is true that I don't have enough meta-referent words.

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Banazir
ladycalliope
Feb. 18th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
parallelogram: it sounds cool and has parallel lines in it.
banazir
Feb. 18th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hrm...
I like "rhombus" better.

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Banazir
ankh_f_n_khonsu
Feb. 18th, 2006 08:12 am (UTC)
You might try dictionary_wotd or yahoo_word.

Namaste.
banazir
Feb. 18th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Dictionary Word of the Day
I used to have dictionary_wotd on my RSS feed list here on LJ, and I still have it on GJ, but the only cool word I've ever gotten from it is tmesis.

namaste, OTOH, is way cool.

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Banazir
onieros
Feb. 18th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
query. i've decided it would be beneficial to the world if we all used more words begining with "q" in our vocabulary.
borgseawolf
Feb. 18th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
Szmermel (pron. shmermel) - a type of firework. Also used as name of a flying vehicle in polish translation of PK Dick's books (no idea why)
dorukai
Feb. 18th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
Nifty's the niftiest word ever.
figgylicious
Feb. 18th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
PREPOSTEROUS!
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banazir
Feb. 18th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Jnana?
How is it pronounced, and what does it mean, pray tell?

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Banazir
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poovanna
Feb. 18th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Jnana?
One can also pronounce it as Gyana(Ge-yaa-na), which I think is easier to say.
You're right about it's meaning. It's even entered slang usage among the youth where it means any sort of essential or highly useful knowledge. Example: "I'm gonna give you guys some gyan on how to crack this exam", said Robbie to his students.
dsthenes
Feb. 19th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
Fuckweasel!
auriam
Feb. 19th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
Desuetude...
...because it defines itself. When's the last time you heard - or read - it used?
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banazir
Feb. 19th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
Tres bien!
Not a half-bad idea.

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Banazir
dankamongmen
Feb. 19th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
esemplastic
a) tremendously useful once you know it
b) a delightful concept involving unity and worlds of marble
c) a straight shot from the greeks -- it's exactly the word you'd have predicted. all etymology flows into one.
d) fun to say
e) c) seems almost too good to be true -- it is! coleridge coined the word.

from http://www.willamette.edu/~blong/SpellersDiary/411430.html:

f you really want to use a pretentious-sounding term, try esemplastic. Derived from Greek words meaning "into" and "one" and "mold," and coined by Coleridge in 1817, the word means "having the function of molding into unity; unifying." The picture derived from the word is of someone, probably a poet, taking images and words and feelings from a number of realms of human endeavor and thought and bringing them all together into a poem s/he writes. This requires a huge effort of the imagination, which we might call the "esemplastic power of the poetic imagination." A decade after its first appearance a writer could remark, "Nor I trust will Coleridge's favorite word esemplastic..ever become current." Yet, when Farrar wrote his two volume work on St. Paul a half century later, he says, "The unifying--or if I may use the expression--esemplastic power of the imagination over the many subordinate truths.." One might not only refer to an esemplastic power of the imagination, but why not use the word to describe a person? "No one can ignore the esemplastic ability of great religious leaders to create a powerful movement out of a rag-tag and disheveled band of confused followers." If one is a theologian, one might pray for the esemplastic power of the Spirit to descend upon a schismatic gathering.
prolog
Feb. 20th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Does it have to be modern English?

gebeorscipe (roughly pronounced, "yeh-beership"): West Saxon (Old English), a kind of impromptu drinking party, or get-together involving lots of beer. From Bede's commentary on one of the oldest surviving poems in the English language, "Caedmon's Hymn".

My friends and I still sometimes say, "up for some beership on Friday?" Or we did when we were all undergrads, and not scattered to the four winds.
prolog
Feb. 20th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
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