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#213001 - 10/28/13 12:38 PM Re: Oh boy, this one's a toughie! [Re: jenny jenny]
jenny jenny Offline
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Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1554
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
pecksniffian

PRONUNCIATION:(pek-SNIF-ee-uhn)
MEANING:
adjective: Pretending to have high moral principles; sanctimonious, hypocritical.
ETYMOLOGY:
After Seth Pecksniff, a character in Charles Dickens's novel Martin Chuzzlewit. Earliest documented use: 1844
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sniff a S
SPECKSNIFFIAN - a mother-in-law on her first visit to her daughter-in-law's house.

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#213002 - 10/28/13 01:08 PM Re: Oh boy, this one's a toughie! [Re: jenny jenny]
LukeJavan8 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6695
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
wonderful! may be a touphie, but you did it.
_________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----

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#213003 - 10/28/13 01:10 PM Re: Oh boy, this one's a toughie! [Re: LukeJavan8]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6695
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
techsniffian computer geek fixing errors
_________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----

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#213005 - 10/28/13 04:13 PM I know it stinks. [Re: LukeJavan8]
Tromboniator Offline
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Registered: 05/10/10
Posts: 844
Loc: Alaska
necksniffian highly effective perfume.

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#213008 - 10/28/13 05:20 PM Just can't beat that Dickens for names,can you ?! [Re: Tromboniator]
wofahulicodoc Online   content
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Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 5107
Loc: Worcester, MA

PEEKSNIFFIAN - that'd be your K-9 Corps bomb-searching squad in action, dog and man together...

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#213035 - 10/29/13 08:24 PM PIGSNIFFIAN !! [Re: wofahulicodoc]
wofahulicodoc Online   content
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Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 5107
Loc: Worcester, MA

SMELLFUNGUS

PRONUNCIATION:
(smel-FUNG-uhs)

MEANING:
noun: A habitual faultfinder or complainer.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Smelfungus, a hypercritical character in Laurence Sterne's 1768 novel, A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy. Earliest documented use: 1807.

NOTES:
Novelist Laurence Sterne modeled his character Smelfungus after traveler and author Tobias Smollett who complained about almost everything in his 1766 travel book Travels through France and Italy. Here's how Sterne describes Smelfungus:
"The learned Smelfungus travelled from Boulogne to Paris, from Paris to Rome, and so on; but he set out with the spleen and jaundice, and every object he pass'd by was discoloured or distorted. He wrote an account of them, but 'twas nothing but the account of his miserable feelings."

USAGE:
"And a couple of smellfungus from the Official Paper ... carped that Issel chose to jump when the schedule reached its toughest stretch."
Woody Paige; Issel is the Wrong Scapegoat in Nuggets' Mess; Denver Post; Feb 13, 1995.

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SWELLFUNGUS - growing bigger truffles


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#213041 - 10/30/13 07:10 AM Re: PIGSNIFFIAN !! [Re: wofahulicodoc]
wofahulicodoc Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 5107
Loc: Worcester, MA

FALSTAFFIAN

PRONUNCIATION:
(fal-STAF-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Fat, jolly, and convivial.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Sir John Falstaff, a character in Shakespeare's plays Henry IV (parts 1 & 2) and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Earliest documented use: 1809.

USAGE:
"His hair was long and scruffy, his ties ludicrous and his manner jovial bordering on Falstaffian; a board meeting, for him, was a debate, punctuated by gales of his maniacal laughter."
John Harvey-Jones; The Economist (London, UK); Jan 17, 2008.


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FALLSTAFFIAN

happily hiring extra help to rake up the leaves

(don't you just pine for a backyard full of evergreens)

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#213045 - 10/30/13 11:23 AM Re: PIGSNIFFIAN !! [Re: wofahulicodoc]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6695
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
HALSTAFFIAN high school hall monitors with machine guns.
_________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----

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#213046 - 10/30/13 11:48 AM FALSTAFFIAN [Re: wofahulicodoc]
jenny jenny Offline
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Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1554
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi

[ L -> U ]

FAUSTAFFIAN - a friend of a friend of the devil.

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#213050 - 10/30/13 01:54 PM I'll see your two and raise you one more [Re: jenny jenny]
wofahulicodoc Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 5107
Loc: Worcester, MA

...That'd be "a friend of a friend of a fiend"?

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