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#206652 - 08/13/12 03:34 AM some questions to ponder..
tsuwm Offline
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here are two that I've been pondering:

1) "it's the absolute opposite of a no-brainer" - given that a no-brainer is defined (by M-W) as something that requires a minimum of thought, what would the exact opposite word be?

2) consider the lyric for Ill Do Anything by Jason Mraz:
We can cool in the gang if youd rather hang
Aint no thing. I can be lucubrious with you.

Urban Dictionary suggests calm, cool, relaxed; the closest Latin root I can find is lūcubrāre , to work by artificial light [cf. lucubrate] - what's going on here?

2a) or is it related more to luculent, clear in thought or expression: lucid

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#206655 - 08/13/12 06:54 AM Re: some questions to ponder.. [Re: tsuwm]
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1) That's a real poser.

2) Mraz just thought the word sounded good and had no idea what it meant having only seen it in a context from which it was not trivial to understand its meaning. Or either it wasn't Mraz that came upon this word. Lucubrious has an OLI of 1, and that's from Urban Dictionary.

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#206659 - 08/13/12 10:06 AM Re: some questions to ponder.. [Re: tsuwm]
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I can be lucubrious with you.

At first I thought it might be a misspelling and mismeaning of lugubrious, but who knows?
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#206665 - 08/13/12 01:15 PM Re: some questions to ponder.. [Re: tsuwm]
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I guess we can say (at least for now)

lucubrious, adj. chill; relaxed; calm in an upbeat manner. Etym. unknown.

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#206706 - 08/17/12 01:10 PM Re: some questions to ponder.. [Re: Faldage]
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My immediate tought was, "He's got the word wrong - he really means 'lubricious.

I could be wrong - not that I'll usually publicly acknowledge such an event .........
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#206756 - 08/20/12 07:41 PM Re: some questions to ponder.. [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
olly Offline
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this from songmeanings.net

lacubrious is a made up word by hip hop artist bushwalla which means chilled and relaxed

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#206762 - 08/21/12 05:23 AM Re: some questions to ponder.. [Re: olly]
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Going back to tsuwm's original query:

[here are two that I've been pondering:

1) "it's the absolute opposite of a no-brainer" - given that a no-brainer is defined (by M-W) as something that requires a minimum of thought, what would the exact opposite word be?]


Would this be a "full-brainer"? - meaning that the question/problem is difficult and therefore needs the full power of whatever brain you have?

edit
For instance, if you are acknowledging that you have limited experience in solving a particular problem, you might say, "!You might find this easy, but for me, it is a full-brainer."


Edited by Rhubarb Commando (08/21/12 05:25 AM)
Edit Reason: additional thought
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#206763 - 08/21/12 08:16 AM Re: some questions to ponder.. [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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If no-brainer stands for no brains involved the opposite could be all-brainer (all brains involved).

(all hands on deck)

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#206764 - 08/21/12 11:09 AM Re: some questions to ponder.. [Re: BranShea]
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I can live with that one, Bran.
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#206766 - 08/22/12 08:35 AM Re: some questions to ponder.. [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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I can live with full-brainer too. smirk

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