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#119104 - 01/07/04 11:19 PM Words Read But Not Heard  
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Gatsby's place, old chum!
A definition sorely in need of a word to match it:

"A word or phrase that one has encountered through reading but neither heard nor pronounced aloud."

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

-Carter



#119105 - 01/07/04 11:30 PM Re: Words Read But Not Heard  
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How about read letter daze? ;)


#119106 - 01/07/04 11:55 PM Re: Words Read But Not Heard  
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Gatsby's place, old chum!
Hehe- a worthy pun, but not quite what I was looking for.

Now, we've all experienced this phenomenon (particularly with idiomatic or non-native terms), but I've never heard anyone name it. Don't tell me I've stumped the philologi...


#119107 - 01/08/04 12:03 AM Re: Words Read But Not Heard  
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indeed, we have all done this. :)

how about mutterence?


#119108 - 01/08/04 12:33 AM Re: Words Read But Not Heard  
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maybe "sayhow"



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#119109 - 01/08/04 12:42 AM Re: Words Read But Not Heard  
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Autodidactogram


#119110 - 01/08/04 01:00 AM Dilettante?  
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Welcome, 3003. How about "part of my passive vocabulary"?


#119111 - 01/08/04 04:45 AM Re: Dilettante?  
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But wouldn't a word you know the meaning of when you hear it but don't use yourself be part of your passive vocabulary?

TV news stories or documentaries, for example, often have words I might recognise in context but never use myself. Since I never use them, I can't give any definite examples.

Bingley


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#119112 - 01/08/04 09:04 AM Re: Words Read But Not Heard  
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I suggest eruditism or literatism


#119113 - 01/08/04 10:34 PM Re: Words Read But Not Heard  
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ignaural? innocclear?


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