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Words Read But Not Heard #119104
01/07/04 11:19 PM
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Gatsby's place, old chum!
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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



Re: Words Read But Not Heard #119105
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How about read letter daze? ;)


Re: Words Read But Not Heard #119106
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Gatsby's place, old chum!
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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...


Re: Words Read But Not Heard #119107
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indeed, we have all done this. :)

how about mutterence?


Re: Words Read But Not Heard #119108
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maybe "sayhow"



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Re: Words Read But Not Heard #119109
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Autodidactogram


Dilettante? #119110
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Welcome, 3003. How about "part of my passive vocabulary"?


Re: Dilettante? #119111
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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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Re: Words Read But Not Heard #119112
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I suggest eruditism or literatism


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


Re: Words Read But Not Heard #119114
01/09/04 07:38 AM
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Guessays? Could be a verb too. "Interstices", he said, guessaying the word.

Compounded from 'guess', 'say' and 'essay' (as in: to attempt).


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