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#2363 - 05/15/00 08:15 AM Words about words
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It's another of those words that go out of their way not to apply to
themselves. If today's word were to practice what it preaches we would be
seeing a leaner, meaner version of it, one that would be more suitable for
Scrabble, and save two keystrokes. How does haplogy sound? See you in a few
hundred years! In the meanwhile, look for more meta-words or words about
words in AWAD during this week.


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#2364 - 09/16/01 06:43 PM Re: Words about words
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Hellatine Dictionary of Bureaucratese
... haplogy; n., The shortening, abbreviation or intentional slurring or distortion
of a word, phrase or name in order to impart disdain, disrespect or dishonor ...
http://www.home.earthlink.net/~skilton/dictionary.html

Some amusing samples of "haplogy".


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#2365 - 09/17/01 07:55 AM Re: Words about words
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Thanks for that link, Bill - great fun!


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#2366 - 09/17/01 11:30 AM Re: Alpo?
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alpeaux;
n., Boilerplate text passed off as original or unique.
(Fr. alpeaux: horseflesh used for dogfood)



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#2367 - 09/17/01 01:38 PM Re: Alpo?
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Eaux, neaux!


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#2368 - 09/18/01 05:49 AM Re: Words about words
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Many happy returns, Bill - having quoted wwftd extensively, you are now duly referenced


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#2369 - 09/19/01 03:36 PM Re: Words about words
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Loc: this too shall pass
it may be found amusing [or not] that I'm receiving emails from subscribers pointing out that these are not real words(!), or (worse) that I have misspelled them -- particularly so with 'castigrate'.




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#2370 - 09/19/01 05:56 PM Re: Words about words
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You can't joke with some people.


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#2371 - 09/20/01 08:46 AM Re: Words about words
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thanks, tsuwm - that giggle has made my day. You wicked corrupter of the luggage, sir!


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