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Re: Oh boy, this one's a toughie! [Re: jenny jenny] #213001
10/28/13 04:38 PM
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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.

Re: Oh boy, this one's a toughie! [Re: jenny jenny] #213002
10/28/13 05:08 PM
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wonderful! may be a touphie, but you did it.


----please, draw me a sheep----
Re: Oh boy, this one's a toughie! [Re: LukeJavan8] #213003
10/28/13 05:10 PM
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techsniffian computer geek fixing errors


----please, draw me a sheep----
I know it stinks. [Re: LukeJavan8] #213005
10/28/13 08:13 PM
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necksniffian highly effective perfume.

Just can't beat that Dickens for names,can you ?! [Re: Tromboniator] #213008
10/28/13 09:20 PM
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PEEKSNIFFIAN - that'd be your K-9 Corps bomb-searching squad in action, dog and man together...

PIGSNIFFIAN !! [Re: wofahulicodoc] #213035
10/30/13 12:24 AM
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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


Re: PIGSNIFFIAN !! [Re: wofahulicodoc] #213041
10/30/13 11:10 AM
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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)

Re: PIGSNIFFIAN !! [Re: wofahulicodoc] #213045
10/30/13 03:23 PM
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HALSTAFFIAN high school hall monitors with machine guns.


----please, draw me a sheep----
FALSTAFFIAN [Re: wofahulicodoc] #213046
10/30/13 03:48 PM
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FAUSTAFFIAN - a friend of a friend of the devil.

I'll see your two and raise you one more [Re: jenny jenny] #213050
10/30/13 05:54 PM
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...That'd be "a friend of a friend of a fiend"?

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