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    Synecdoche

    Damned Greeks. It's pronounced "sin-EK-dokee".

    noun, Rhetoric.
    A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special.

    "He bought a new set of wheels." (The "wheels" are a smaller portion of the whole but refer to the whole car.)
     
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    Emacity - desire to spend money, fondness for buying things

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    Not a word I only recently heard, but it's a word I use fairly often...."procrustean."

    The word has two meanings"
    1. Of or relating to Procrustes. (capitalized when this is the intended meaning)
    2. Marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances.
    The most famous use of the word of which I'm aware is William F. Buckley, Jr.'s use of it his 1965 Cambridge debate with James Baldwin (52:20).


    One also finds the words in an essay by Dorothy Williams, "Publish or Perish."

    To be honest, especially given the late 20th century to the present's fractiously competitive political comportment and abundant confirmation-bias-reinforcing blogs and radio programs, I'm quite surprised the word isn't far more often used than it is.
     
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    Without the explanation of the word I would have thought it meant enjoyed crabs and lobsters

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    Couch: a coin holder.
     
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    Word of the day, hmm...

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    A friend of mine was majoring in psychology and one time while she was sitting in front of her computer we started talking about psychological terms and jargon. I threw her the word 'cathexis'. Yet, before telling her the context I first saw it in I made her look it up:

    noun, plural cathexes... Psychoanalysis
    1.the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
    2.the charge of psychic energy so invested.

    After she read the definition aloud, *ahem* I started making gestures of masturbation.

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    Anticathexis or countercathexis - energy used by the ego to bind the primitive impulses of the Id.

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    Polysyndeton - repetition of conjunctions in close succession (as in we have ships and men and arms and money)

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    Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - fear of long words

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