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JumpingJack
438.  Tue Oct 21, 2003 9:04 am Reply with quote

Hinton Waldrist n

One who persistently returns to a subject that no one else is interested in.

 
Jenny
440.  Tue Oct 21, 2003 9:37 am Reply with quote

Eorsa n

A pause in the conversation, during which subjects previously under discussion appear to peter out but may be revived by new input. This expression has become incorporated into the language over time. When all hope of revival of a topic of discussion has gone, any further remark upon that subject is known as 'flogging a dead eorsa'.

I don't think we've quite reached that stage yet.

 
Frances
492.  Tue Oct 21, 2003 5:53 pm Reply with quote

Damnaglaur is the area of mud or damp wall below a persistent leak in a gutter or drainpipe, or an outside tap that will not turn off completely.

Derry is the sticky detritus left in the bottom of a fruit bowl; soft apples, mouldy grapes and stalks, etc; from which perry may be made if you're desperate.

Disley is one's astonished exhilaration on waking on a bright, frosty morning, throwing the curtains open on a brilliant sky, and realising that you're actually alert and feeling good an hour earlier than normal. It is very rare.

 
Liebig
1202.  Thu Nov 06, 2003 11:26 am Reply with quote

Stockport, v. (mod): to imply that perhaps we should take a rain-check on this, wihen actually never wanting to discuss the subject now, or at any other time, unless it's in your own interest. A verb easily misused by press commentators, as in " Mr Blunkett [/i]nobly stockported the issue for the time being".

 
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2400.  Sat Nov 29, 2003 7:03 am Reply with quote

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Frances
3410.  Wed Dec 17, 2003 1:50 pm Reply with quote

Not strictly geographical, but an email via my daughter Jenny;
The Washington Post's Style Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and then supply a new definition.

Here are this year's winners:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately,shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

12.. Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The colour you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole

 
Jenny
3422.  Wed Dec 17, 2003 3:35 pm Reply with quote

NB for interested spectators, Frances' daughter Jenny is not the same person as myself...

Those are brilliant Frances - thanks for sharing :-)

 
sunnucks
3813.  Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:36 am Reply with quote

English Bicknor – vb. To fearlessly split infinitives

Frating – n. Fear of making a noise in a public lavatory

Hankerton - n. furtive inspection of the contents of one’s hanky

Hankham - n. One who feels it is necessary to draw others’ attention to the contents of their hanky.

Itchingfield – n. An acute and embarrassing itch which manifests itself at Christmas drinks parties.

Snitter – vb To laugh like Mutley, or at a Graham Norton joke

 
Jenny
3814.  Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:29 am Reply with quote

Those are funny! I think I particularly like Snitter - has that air of a real, usable word, something between a snigger and a titter.

 
Frances
3819.  Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:53 pm Reply with quote

Yes, like snicker. Ever since they changed the name of Marathon bars, I've never ever bought one. I absolutely refuse to go into a shop and ask for a Snicker.

 
Jenny
3823.  Fri Jan 02, 2004 9:25 pm Reply with quote

Yes, the name doesn't have quite the same ring to it as Marathon, does it? I liked Treets better than M&Ms too.

I have had to change my chocolate eating habits over here - and just as well too, probably - because the 'Cadbury's' chocolate here is made by Hershey's, and even though it isn't as revolting as actual Hershey's is still pretty dire. These days I only eat Green and Black's Organic, and since that's expensive not a lot of it - which, as I say, is probably just as well.

 
sunnucks
4196.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 11:52 am Reply with quote

Boxted adj. Descriptive of the satisfaction to be had of finding a box which is exactly fits the thing you want to put in it.

Southerndown n. The first inkling that your socks are going to fall down inside your Wellington Boots.

Spital of Glenmuick n. A kiss from any octogenarian named Morag

Toames n. The first furtive touching of toes in bed after a severe row with your partner.

 
Jenny
4197.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 11:57 am Reply with quote

Oh that last one is sweet! I particularly like the octogenarian Morag too.

Cumberland - the muck that clings to ones wellies after walking across a freshly-ploughed field after a rainstorm.

 
sunnucks
4200.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 12:01 pm Reply with quote

Boxted adj. Descriptive of the satisfaction to be had of finding a box which is exactly fits the thing you want to put in it.

Southerndown n. The first inkling that your socks are going to fall down inside your Wellington Boots.

Spital of Glenmuick n. A kiss from any octogenarian named Morag

Toames n. The first furtive touching of toes in bed after a severe row with your partner.

 
sunnucks
4202.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 12:05 pm Reply with quote

Brilliant Jenny. I was looking for a word for the Cumberland effect myself! Sorry I posted mine twice. I thought the first one had failed. This thing becomes totally obsessive. I can't do anything without looking for the Liff angle!!

 

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