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MacMandoGal
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Did you use any words that your family was unfamiliar with during the past hoiday?

I did. The word was - coracle.

For some reason that caused at least 30 minutes of uproarious laughter and was brought up several times over the next two days.

I'd like to hear what words you befuddled your family with - what was the context, what was the reaction...

(this should be interesting!)

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Not family, but I once used the word caltrop in conversation at work (as a solution to a real problem we were discussing), much to the puzzlement of my workmates. I then had to explain what caltrops were, and how they were used. For the rest of my time in that job, my workmates would jokingly ask if I knew any archaic technology to solve the problem at hand.

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yeah, "r-tard". My cousin and I had just finished watching the South Park episode 'Make Love, not Warcraft'.

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MacMandoGal________________________I once used "Ice Queen Goddess" to discribe a rather snooty coworker. The best was when I went to discribe a coworker as "Vacuuous" meaning that calling that person an airhead would mean that there was at least air molecules in their head.

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Icon 1 posted November 28, 2006 06:47      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
my family got upset when I started talking about serotonin, melonin, tryptophan and pyloric sphincters. (the turkey making you tired thing is a myth, tryptophan only conversts serotonin to melonin when your stomach is empty, etc. etc.)

then when my cousin started playing some rather complicated Christmas carols on the piano for us all, my grandmother looked at me and said "can you do THAT miss smartypants?"

also, I like you MMG, you're a good topic starter.

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I don't have much experience of this phenomenon at home - but at work I am always having to come the defence of innocent words, just minding their own business when bam! someone tries to force that word to do a job it wasn't made to do.
Examples - I had to explain that:
1) oleaginous is not a compliment
2) reciprocity is a good thing
3) infundibuliform simply means funnel-shaped

And when I said that "yes, there is a word which means 'the act of estimating as worthless - it's floccinaucinihilipilification'" they looked at me like I'm weird. [Confused]

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quote:
Originally posted by business attire:
my family got upset when I started talking about serotonin, melonin, tryptophan and pyloric sphincters. (the turkey making you tired thing is a myth, tryptophan only conversts serotonin to melonin when your stomach is empty, etc. etc.)

then when my cousin started playing some rather complicated Christmas carols on the piano for us all, my grandmother looked at me and said "can you do THAT miss smartypants?"

also, I like you MMG, you're a good topic starter.

Ah, well at least your family appreciates the arts! Back in the day when I was still resident, my piano playing was frequently silenced in favor of football and sitcoms.

I get where you're coming from - it's easy for us geeks to leave the non-geek members of our families in the dust!

Like you too, BA - what a splash you made when you joined the board! Are you sure your mother isn't Lara Croft? You seem to have a similar panache (and effect).
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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
I don't have much experience of this phenomenon at home - but at work I am always having to come the defence of innocent words, just minding their own business when bam! someone tries to force that word to do a job it wasn't made to do.
Examples - I had to explain that:
1) oleaginous is not a compliment
2) reciprocity is a good thing
3) infundibuliform simply means funnel-shaped

And when I said that "yes, there is a word which means 'the act of estimating as worthless - it's floccinaucinihilipilification'" they looked at me like I'm weird. [Confused]

Good ones! I had to explain "cogitate" the other day to a co-worker (fellow geek no less). And I think I landed a really geeky job once by using the word "loquacious" in a job interview. The same event made me a "friend-with-benefits" of one of the interviewers down the road (like 1 day after he had left the company)...

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quote:
Originally posted by MacMandoGal:
quote:
Originally posted by business attire:
my family got upset when I started talking about serotonin, melonin, tryptophan and pyloric sphincters. (the turkey making you tired thing is a myth, tryptophan only conversts serotonin to melonin when your stomach is empty, etc. etc.)

then when my cousin started playing some rather complicated Christmas carols on the piano for us all, my grandmother looked at me and said "can you do THAT miss smartypants?"

also, I like you MMG, you're a good topic starter.

Ah, well at least your family appreciates the arts! Back in the day when I was still resident, my piano playing was frequently silenced in favor of football and sitcoms.

I get where you're coming from - it's easy for us geeks to leave the non-geek members of our families in the dust!

Like you too, BA - what a splash you made when you joined the board! Are you sure your mother isn't Lara Croft? You seem to have a similar panache (and effect).
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I made a splash? this is news to me.

and the original Tomb Raider is still one of my favorites. Thats what I play after long stressful weeks when my brain turns to mush.

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Haha, this probably doesn't count, but I make up words all the time. On purpose, of course. Simply because I can't think of the right word and don't want to use a real word incorrectly.

Also, this probably doesn't count either, but I have a horrible issue with mixing up words and pieces of words. For example:

I don't have any phone on my time ( I don't have any time on my phone)

You can't have a raincorn without a unibow ( You can't have a rainbow without a unicorn).

The torner you corned (the corner you turned)

Haha, i get teased alot for it. but I don't mind; I wind up laughing at myself all the time [Smile]

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Yeah, spoonerisms are fun. Like cunning stunt.
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thats a mighty high compliment 'round these parts, max.
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That max is a cunning linguist, is he not?

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quote:
Originally posted by never_ask_why333:
Haha, this probably doesn't count, but I make up words all the time.

And what about Dubya's exhortation to "never mis-underestimate the enemy"? Intentional? - probably not. [Roll Eyes]

On a related note - I have noticed that when Mrs Grummash is tired or stressed, she tends to get her worms wrong.

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Is that just a girl thing, Grummy? I run into that problem, too, when I'm tired. I can't seem to think in a straight line and I tend to stop mid-sentence. It drives Bear batty sometimes.

Accidentally, I combined two phrases, but they stuck and now that's what our family uses:

Never bite a gift horse in the mouth. The result of "Never bite the hand that feeds you" and "Never look a gift horse in the mouth."

Ironically enough, that advice is so true... [crazy]

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quote:
Originally posted by garlicguy:
That max is a cunning linguist, is he not?

oh fsck!

I have to clean my monitor after that one.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Is that just a girl thing, Grummy? I run into that problem, too, when I'm tired. I can't seem to think in a straight line and I tend to stop mid-sentence. It drives Bear batty sometimes.

I do that too. Except instead of getting words turned around and backwards I just stammer. I also tend to stare off into space, which scares people. :/

My approach to big words at family gatherings is to just keep my mouth shut. But this year my sister's girlfriend started grilling me about what I do (she was genuinely interested in my field...I'm still floored). And believe it or not I managed to explain myself in laymen's terms. I knew I was doing a good job because, about halfway through my explanation, I noticed that the entire table was listening. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get my family to shut up and listen??

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Put all that ver bos ity to work!
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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
On a related note - I have noticed that when Mrs Grummash is tired or stressed, she tends to get her worms wrong.

I identify with this malady, Grummy. When really tired, I've been know to announce that "I'm off to hit the log" or "saw the hay". It evokes some strange looks from the clan.

As for vocabulary, none of my family are blessed with an affinity for computing, math, science...
Mrs.gg is a pretty serious grammar/spelling Nazi, having been an editor at various points in her life. So she's fun to kibitz with, at least. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
quote:
Originally posted by garlicguy:
That max is a cunning linguist, is he not?

oh fsck!

I have to clean my monitor after that one.

....and that is different from any other day for you how?


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"A bolt out of left field"

I cannot believe I said that. Steve said that, and years later I ended up saying it in all seriousness.

I tend to try to saying two synonyms at once, I'm too indecisive to be able to pick. But fortunately, as many words as I've tangled, I've never actually enunciated a blend of "filth" and "muck" although I have come close ...

My only real Steveism was "Off the top of my heart".

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quote:
originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Is that just a girl thing, Grummy? I run into that problem, too, when I'm tired. I can't seem to think in a straight line and I tend to stop mid-sentence. It drives Bear batty sometimes.

I think it may be a girl thing...when I get tired or stressed I know exactly which words I want to use, and most of them are not very nice! [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
I do that too. Except instead of getting words turned around and backwards I just stammer. I also tend to stare off into space, which scares people. :/

I don't think it's a girl thing. I get lost mid-sentence and completely forget what I was talking about.

I talk very fast, but my mind still goes faster. I have to actually ask the person I was talking to to tell me what I was saying so I can continue.

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Don't tend to screw up words as much as just use the wrong words, or blank on the word I want to use (it's there, but I just can't quite find it). I also do the staring-into-space thing at times, which has occasionally caused problems when people think I'm looking at something or someone.

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Actually, just having noticed that staring thing you mentioned, Xanthine... Sometimes I just stare at nothing without full conscious awareness of what I'm seeing -- I'll be listening to someone and consequently ignoring my eyes, wherever they were, but I tend to look down a bit. So then girls will get cross for me staring at their chests -- I don't think they really believed the idea of actually ignoring your vision entirely. My mother used to do the same thing -- stare without seeing.

The freakiest person of all was my physics teacher at school, who would stare towards me but his eyes seemed focused elsewhere. But he looked like he was on drugs, it was a very weird thing to behold. David Feldman ... I wonder if he was any relation to Marty? I just guess it was the same as what I do -- simply cease paying attention to what I'm looking at, to save on brain power. Just that with me, I tend to naturally look downwards (oops) and Mr Feldman would be looking straight at you, just, not quite.

I guess you're another one. As long as you don't get put on drug rehab for it ;)

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