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#197101 - 02/06/11 08:58 PM Re: Discombooberated -Scombussolato [Re: Faldage]
Jackie Offline
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Well--I won't copy the homophonic spelling here, but see what else it has: even if it IS all 'messied up'.

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#197105 - 02/06/11 10:20 PM Re: Discombooberated -Scombussolato [Re: Avy]
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"gesnorgenplatz" - I like this: the place where one snores.
I am looking forward to it this eve: long day.
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#197172 - 02/08/11 03:40 PM Re: Discombooberated [Re: iPox]
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Now see how the back-formation thing can get dangerous? One can only imagine how one (who is capable) might "booberate". Jackie? whistle
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#197173 - 02/08/11 04:15 PM Re: Discombooberated [Re: Aramis]
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this is by no means (I'm sure) the last word on the subject, but here's what The Word Detective had to say back in 2005:

In any case, if your dictionary doesn't list "discombobulate," you definitely need a new dictionary†. However, your search for "combobulate" will come up dry in even the best dictionary, because "combobulate" by itself isn't a word. "Discombobulate," meaning "to throw into a state of confusion, to disturb or disorient," is an invented word apparently formed as a joking alteration of "discompose" or "discomfit," both slightly musty terms for confusing or upsetting a person. "Discombobulate" first appeared around 1834.

† - heh. I often used the word 'smegma' as the criterion for this.


Edited by tsuwm (02/08/11 04:20 PM)

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#197186 - 02/08/11 09:49 PM Re: Discombooberated [Re: tsuwm]
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Originally Posted By: tsuwm


† - heh. I often used the word 'smegma' as the criterion for this.


Mine has always been 'zarf'.

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#197187 - 02/08/11 10:19 PM Re: Discombooberated [Re: Faldage]
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Originally Posted By: tsuwm


† - heh. I often used the word 'smegma' as the criterion for this.


Mine has always been 'zarf'.


oh dear.. that disqualifies MW-CD and W3!!
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#197194 - 02/09/11 07:57 AM Re: Discombooberated [Re: Father Steve]
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smegma!

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