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Posital
568320.  Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:11 pm Reply with quote

frustrum - truncated cone/pyramid - sadly sounds worse than it is.

frisson - brief thrill

 
mckeonj
568362.  Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:33 pm Reply with quote

Flong is a term in printing which refers to a kind of stereotype used in a rotary press

 
Davini994
568368.  Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:53 pm Reply with quote

I like that John. And stereotype: doesn't necessarily mean what you think it does (especially if you are talking to a printer).

(Wiktionary says: a metal printing plate cast from a matrix moulded from a raised printing surface).

 
Rudolph Hucker
568371.  Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:18 pm Reply with quote

Davini994 wrote:
I like that John. And stereotype: doesn't necessarily mean what you think it does (especially if you are talking to a printer).

(Wiktionary says: a metal printing plate cast from a matrix moulded from a raised printing surface).


See also cliche-plate in printing, whence cliche.

 
soup
568432.  Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:20 am Reply with quote

Is it filtrum or philtrum? The wee denty bit above your top lip but under your nose.

 
mckeonj
568437.  Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:22 am Reply with quote

Flong is actually the name of the 'wet blanket' which was pressed onto the flat type set produced by the 'linotype' machine. The impressed flong (Quoth the Flong: "I'm impressed!") was laid inside a rotating drum, and molten type metal was centrifugally cast into it, This produced a curved replica, or stereoptype, of the original flat type set, which was then placed on the drum of the rotary press.

 
Davini994
568453.  Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:27 am Reply with quote

Rudolph Hucker wrote:
See also cliche-plate in printing, whence cliche.

That's super.

 
soup
568454.  Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:32 am Reply with quote

Rudolph Hucker wrote:
See also cliche-plate in printing, whence cliche.


That information is useless to me as I avoid clichés like the plague.

 
suze
568968.  Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:17 am Reply with quote

soup wrote:
Is it filtrum or philtrum? The wee denty bit above your top lip but under your nose.


It is seen both ways, so is certainly appropriate for inclusion in this thread.

 
Posital
568992.  Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:30 am Reply with quote

Filigree - wire/solder work - but not electrical AFAIK

 
mckeonj
569040.  Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:40 am Reply with quote

Fiddle - not the holder of the record for the greatest number of diferent meanings, but getting on that way.

 
fad460
1166757.  Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:03 am Reply with quote

flummox - Means to become confused.

Example:
"I was completely flummoxed by the whole thing"

 
Spud McLaren
1167208.  Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:07 pm Reply with quote

Surely flummox means to confuse rather than to become confused?

 
'yorz
1167210.  Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:13 pm Reply with quote

Merrion-Webster gives:

an actor who's easily flummoxed by any changes in the script

Cambridge gives:

I have to say that last ​question flummoxed me.
He ​looked ​completely flummoxed.

So it's a verb as well as an adjective

 
Lawton
1311450.  Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:19 pm Reply with quote

Fopdoodle - Victorian era slang meaning "A dumb person constantly making poor choices" See Passing English of the Victorian Era: A Dictionary of Heterodox English, Slang and Phrase by James Redding Ware (Ware also wrote under the pseudonym Andrew Forrester)

 

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