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#119104 - 01/07/04 06:19 PM Words Read But Not Heard
innereye3003 Offline
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Registered: 01/07/04
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Loc: Gatsby's place, old chum!
A definition sorely in need of a word to match it:

"A word or phrase that one has encountered through reading but neither heard nor pronounced aloud."

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

-Carter



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#119105 - 01/07/04 06:30 PM Re: Words Read But Not Heard
maverick Offline
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How about read letter daze? ;)


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#119106 - 01/07/04 06:55 PM Re: Words Read But Not Heard
innereye3003 Offline
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Registered: 01/07/04
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Loc: Gatsby's place, old chum!
Hehe- a worthy pun, but not quite what I was looking for.

Now, we've all experienced this phenomenon (particularly with idiomatic or non-native terms), but I've never heard anyone name it. Don't tell me I've stumped the philologi...


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#119107 - 01/07/04 07:03 PM Re: Words Read But Not Heard
maverick Offline
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indeed, we have all done this. :)

how about mutterence?


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#119108 - 01/07/04 07:33 PM Re: Words Read But Not Heard
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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maybe "sayhow"

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#119109 - 01/07/04 07:42 PM Re: Words Read But Not Heard
wwh Offline
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Autodidactogram


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#119110 - 01/07/04 08:00 PM Dilettante?
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Welcome, 3003. How about "part of my passive vocabulary"?


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#119111 - 01/07/04 11:45 PM Re: Dilettante?
Bingley Offline
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But wouldn't a word you know the meaning of when you hear it but don't use yourself be part of your passive vocabulary?

TV news stories or documentaries, for example, often have words I might recognise in context but never use myself. Since I never use them, I can't give any definite examples.

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#119112 - 01/08/04 04:04 AM Re: Words Read But Not Heard
wsieber Offline
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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 1026
Loc: Switzerland
I suggest eruditism or literatism


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#119113 - 01/08/04 05:34 PM Re: Words Read But Not Heard
dodyskin Offline
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Registered: 04/24/02
Posts: 475
Loc: manchester uk
ignaural? innocclear?


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