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elderorbPosts: 19Joined: Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:07 pm Gender: Male

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nasher168 wrote:Not entirely sure if this fits in... but it's mildly amusing and might make you chuckle a little inside.
Moronic Acid -a carbon based compound (C30H46O3) also called 3-oxoolean-18-en-28-oic acid.

Arsole -C4H5As also referred to as arsacyclopentadiene


Moronic acid is awesome, but I am sad because I can't find any Dutch sources using it, making me unable to use it often...

And for more fun witch chemicals:

Megaphone: a ketone derived from the root of Aniba megaphylla.

Traumatic acid: a substance occurring in plants, with a role in healing damaged tissue.
Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:04 am
Anachronous RexLeague LegendUser avatarPosts: 2008Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:07 pmLocation: Kansas City, MO Gender: Male

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Odious - deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable.

Jejune -without interest or significance; dull; insipid; juvenile; immature; childish.

Vapid - without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious.

Odious, jejune, and vapid - Worldquest.
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Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:27 am
ProlescumWebhamsterUser avatarPosts: 5002Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pmLocation: Peptone-upon-Sores

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Muliebrity: The female equivalent of virility, the quality of being womanly.

Mussitation
: Murmuring, grumbling in a low voice without articulating words. The sort of sound young teenagers make.
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Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:16 am
LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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Loquacious-talking or tending to talk much or frequently.
Concertation-cooperation, as among opposing factions, aimed at effecting a unified proposal or concerted action.
Cahoots-questionable collaboration, secret partnership (okay, maybe not that rare, but c'mon, it deserves more than it gets)
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Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:44 pm
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PatrickTheScienceGuyUser avatarPosts: 150Joined: Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:26 pmLocation: My House Gender: Pinecone

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5810Singer wrote:Numpty: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=numpty

Not sure if it's obscure or rare enough for this thread, but it should definitely be used more often.

we use it all the time here. (East yorkshire)
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nasher168League LegendUser avatarPosts: 2518Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:34 pmLocation: Derby, UK Gender: Male

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Croggy
-The act of riding a bicycle standing up whilst another sits on the seat behind you holding on for dear life.
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ProlescumWebhamsterUser avatarPosts: 5002Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pmLocation: Peptone-upon-Sores

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I cannot believe it's been nearly a year since I posted on this thread...

Palimpsest - a manuscript whose original text has been treated to enable superimposition of a second layer (of writing).

When someone asks you to read their Battlestar Galactica fan fiction, you can say "I think I can see the the basis for a great palimpsest here".
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Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:40 pm
MemeticemeticLeague LegendPosts: 659Joined: Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:33 amLocation: location, location. Gender: Male

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A few words I use regularly in speech because I would hate to see them lost to antiquity:

lugubrious: Depressive or mournful, especially for an extended period or exaggerated for effect.

pulchritudinous: Physically appealing or beautiful

callipygian: Possessing shapely or appealing buttocks.
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Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:19 am
LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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Please-Used to make a polite request.
Epic-Trivially impressive; usually associated with accidents and failure.

:lol: but srsly,

Frottage-A method of making a design by placing a piece of paper on top of an object and then rubbing over it, as with a pencil or charcoal.

Kakistocracy-A nation governed by the worst possible citizens (opposed to aristocrocy, which is governed by the best possible citizens).

Aegrotat-A medical certificate that a student is too ill to complete the course's required materials.
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Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:18 am
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ProlescumWebhamsterUser avatarPosts: 5002Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pmLocation: Peptone-upon-Sores

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Lallapalalable wrote:Frottage-A method of making a design by placing a piece of paper on top of an object and then rubbing over it, as with a pencil or charcoal.


That's not the only meaning for frottage...
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Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:22 am
Duvelthehobbit666User avatarPosts: 1136Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:39 pmLocation: On a pale blue dot Gender: Male

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Lallapalalable wrote:Please-Used to make a polite request.

What is this word? Never heard of it. You must have made it up.
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PulsarUser avatarPosts: 872Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:52 pmLocation: Belgium

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Duvelthehobbit666 wrote:
Lallapalalable wrote:Please-Used to make a polite request.

What is this word? Never heard of it. You must have made it up.

I use it sometimes. For example: a woman should please a man 8-)
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Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:34 pm
RichardMNixonUser avatarPosts: 1047Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:45 pmLocation: USA Gender: Pinecone

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Just saw this today on facebook, seems mildly appropriate here: http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/20-awe ... the-world/

Prozvonit may be unique as a word, but is more common among my European officemates than I'd care for.
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Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:25 pm
LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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Prolescum wrote:That's not the only meaning for frottage...

Yeah...yeah.


YEAH! :P
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Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:45 am
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YfelsungUser avatarPosts: 514Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:26 amLocation: Canada Gender: Male

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Ubiquitous - Existing everywhere, especially at the same time. Synonymous with Omnipresent. Personally used often when dealing with a particularly annoying person whom I refer to as "A ubiquitous fuck" so as to imply that the level of his fuckery is all encompassing and omnipresent.

Homunculus - Latin for "little man". Often personally used to describe someone as petty or insignificant.
Nihilism: turning "fuck it" into a philosophy since 1818.
Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:52 pm
ProlescumWebhamsterUser avatarPosts: 5002Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pmLocation: Peptone-upon-Sores

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Yfelsung wrote:Ubiquitous - Existing everywhere, especially at the same time. Synonymous with Omnipresent. Personally used often when dealing with a particularly annoying person whom I refer to as "A ubiquitous fuck" so as to imply that the level of his fuckery is all encompassing and omnipresent.


Neither rare nor obscure. Ubiquitous, you might say.
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Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:11 pm
YfelsungUser avatarPosts: 514Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:26 amLocation: Canada Gender: Male

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Prolescum wrote:
Yfelsung wrote:Ubiquitous - Existing everywhere, especially at the same time. Synonymous with Omnipresent. Personally used often when dealing with a particularly annoying person whom I refer to as "A ubiquitous fuck" so as to imply that the level of his fuckery is all encompassing and omnipresent.


Neither rare nor obscure. Ubiquitous, you might say.


I'm the only person I've ever seen use the word, personally.
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Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:14 pm
ProlescumWebhamsterUser avatarPosts: 5002Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pmLocation: Peptone-upon-Sores

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Yfelsung wrote:I'm the only person I've ever seen use the word, personally.


I do not believe you.
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Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:56 pm
YfelsungUser avatarPosts: 514Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:26 amLocation: Canada Gender: Male

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Prolescum wrote:
Yfelsung wrote:I'm the only person I've ever seen use the word, personally.


I do not believe you.


Okay, don't believe me.

I first saw the word as it was a song on an Origin album, I looked up the meaning and every time I've ever used the word in speech I've had to explain what it means.

I've never met a person who knew what it meant without me explaining it first.

That would make it rare and obscure, at least in the area I live in.
Nihilism: turning "fuck it" into a philosophy since 1818.
Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:19 pm
WelshidiotPosts: 569Joined: Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:57 pm

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Yfelsung wrote:I've never met a person who knew what it meant without me explaining it first.

That would make it rare and obscure, at least in the area I live in.
Perhaps you need to hang out with a brighter crowd.
BTW homunculus isn't that rare either.
Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:32 pm
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