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#106418 06/24/03 11:49 PM
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If you haven't looked at Quinion lately, he has a new list
of "Weird Words" some of which might be worth posting.
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/index.htm


#106419 06/25/03 06:44 AM
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Oh dear... it can't be true!
bodacious: the earliest record (actually of the adverb bodaciously, which appeared as body-aciously) is from as long ago as 1832. The adjective is known from the 1840s, often as bowdacious in the early years.

Goodness me - I always thought Bill and Ted had basically coined the phrase! Maybe it is legit after all.


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Maybe I'm fussy, but I think 'Sitooterie' is stretching it a bit! A Scottish portmanteau word!

Sitooterie: - A summerhouse or gazebo.


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"By the name of; called."

This is a word that beckons to be written again and again because of its appearance, which is mystical somehow. Interesting pet name: A cat yclept 'Yclept'. Try saying that out loud--great fun, if you're looking for a diversion.

Edit: Oh, and I wanted to add Quinion's note about the 'y' because it was interesting:

"The initial y was once the standard way of marking the past participle: yclensed, yfastened, ypunched, and dozens of others. It was the Old English equivalent of a form which still exists, for example, as geľ in modern German. Advice to budding writers: best avoided!"

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>new list of "Weird Words"

while certainly worth noting again, it's hardly new--it's one of the sections of Quinion's site which has been indexed for OneLook for quite some time. he does use a "NEW" flag to mark recent additions.



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