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#20644 - 02/28/01 09:58 AM starting to wind down the week here....
belligerentyouth Offline
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Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 1055
Loc: Berlin
Much in the same vein as Steve Wright's classic..
"What’s is another word for a thesaurus?"
... here are some similar titbits which I've either pinched, invented, or assimilated.

Why is ‘phonetically’ not spelt the way its pronounced?
Is it possible to be totally partial?
Can you give me a description for the word 'dictionary'?
Is there another word for synonym?
Why is dyslexia so hard to spell?
Why is abbreviation such a long word?
How is it that all the most salient abstract nouns are such short words? Love, life, hate etc.
What is acronym short for?
Is using big words like, say pretentious being exactly that?
If the only people who use the word sesquipedalian are, by definition sesquipedalian, what is the point in having the word? (Same goes for lexiphane)
How come the word intonation is hard to intonate?
How does a person with a stutter say 'stutter', never mind 'stammer' or 'spasmodic repetition'?
How come the word lisp is nigh on impossible for someone with one to pronounce?

I know there are many similar... so let's 'ave 'em ...
Fire at will [glee]


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#20645 - 02/28/01 10:00 AM Re: starting to wind down the week here....
Fiberbabe Offline
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Registered: 01/12/01
Posts: 771
Loc: Portland, Oregon
Is using big words like, say pretentious being exactly that?

"The downside of being better than everyone else is that people tend to assume you're pretentious."



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#20646 - 02/28/01 10:13 AM Re: starting to wind down the week here....
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
nice list. But please don't be so belligerent as to fire at this will!


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#20647 - 03/01/01 04:40 AM Re: starting to wind down the week here....
belligerentyouth Offline
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Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 1055
Loc: Berlin
This pastime of punning, is quickly becoming a compulsive preoccupation round here!


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#20648 - 03/01/01 07:21 AM Registrating
Jackie Offline

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Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
by., I was delighted to see this thread, since I have a question, but it's too silly for Q&A.

At the hospital yesterday, I was struck by the thought that the sign I have seen so many times is actually rather odd:
Registration and Admitting.
Why isn't it either: Registrating and Admitting, or
Registration and Admissions? And for that matter, why isn't registrating a word? Or is it, Tsuwm?



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#20649 - 03/01/01 08:00 AM Re: Registrating
belligerentyouth Offline
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Posts: 1055
Loc: Berlin
I'd be very surprised if one could go 'registrating at the towen hall'. 'She hasn't been admitting to much lately' sounds pretty awful too. Your suggestion of using the nouns 'Registration and Admissions' is definitely preferable. My bet is they don't (or didn't) exist :-)


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#20650 - 03/01/01 09:59 AM Re: Registrating
wow Offline
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Registered: 11/25/00
Posts: 3439
Loc: New England, USA
Registration and Admittance.
wow


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#20651 - 03/01/01 10:07 AM Re: Registrating
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
All your Cash in the Register, or no Admission


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#20652 - 03/01/01 07:53 PM Re: Registrating
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Posts: 6511
Loc: lower upstate New York
I admit, it doesn't register.


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#20653 - 03/02/01 02:26 AM Re: Registrating
Bridget Offline
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Registered: 06/27/00
Posts: 444
Loc: Sydney Australia
why isn't registrating a word?
Because we already have 'registering'?


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