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Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Captain Kremmen, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Better say Explicit, people can understand.
     
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  3. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Confutation,
    means refutation.
     
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  5. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    I always thought that word meant "shiny" in a "skinny" way as "pelle" does mean skin in Italian and Latin.

    I always thought of it in some kind of a Mia Farrow way as she was noted for that kind of a physical beauty(shiny ,smooth face).

    But it seems to break down into per(through) and luce (light) and so " clear in meaning, expression or style" as you said.
     
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  7. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I can't see using it, to be honest. It doesn't flow smoothly, in my opinion. Kind of a clumsy word.
     
  8. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    You can have a pellucid brook (they flow a bit)

    And "une pellicule" means "a film " ** in french(also "dandruff")

    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/pellicule

    **eg in the movies or a film of oil on the water.
     
  9. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    You may have been joking, but my use of the word “flow” meant that it doesn’t flow well when spoken, imo.
     
  10. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Dam (sic) it. My joke was clearly not pellucid enough

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  11. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    This word has been useful, after all. lol
     
  12. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    Truth.

    A word that may finally lose all meaning the day after tomorrow.

    Best to look at it one last time and remember when.
     
  13. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 71 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Milquetoast

    NORTH AMERICAN

    noun

    a timid or feeble person.

    "Jennings plays him as something of a milquetoast"

    adjective

    feeble, insipid, or bland.

    "a soppy, milquetoast composer"

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  14. foghorn Registered Senior Member

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    Toast.

    Especially when used by cannibals.

    "Let us toast the birthday girl!"
     
  15. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Risible - capable of laughing, rousing or provoking laughter

    Interesting to note that “ludicrous” is listed as a suitable synonym.

    Used in an example: “Their suggestion was downright risible!”

    Risible in that sense, suggests that one may not be laughing due to finding something genuinely comical, instead it seems it’s used when you find something nonsensical and you can’t help but laugh.
     
  16. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 71 years old Valued Senior Member

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  17. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 71 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Opprobrium
    /əˈprōbrēəm/

    noun

    harsh criticism or censure.

    "his films and the critical opprobrium they have generated"

    Similar:

    vilification
    abuse
    vituperation
    condemnation
    criticism
    censure
    castigation
    denunciation
    defamation
    denigration
    disparagement
    obloquy
    derogation
    slander
    revilement
    reviling
    calumny
    calumniation
    execration
    excoriation
    lambasting
    upbraiding
    bad press
    character assassination
    attack
    invective
    libel
    insults
    aspersions
    flak
    mudslinging
    bad-mouthing
    tongue-lashing
    stick
    verbal
    slagging off
    contumely
    animadversion
    objurgation

    Opposite:

    praise

    the public disgrace arising from someone's shameful conduct.

    "the opprobrium of being closely associated with thugs and gangsters"

    Similar:

    disgrace
    shame
    dishonor
    discredit
    stigma
    humiliation
    loss of face
    ignominy
    odium
    obloquy
    disfavor
    disrepute
    ill repute
    infamy
    notoriety
    scandal
    stain
    disesteem

    Opposite:

    honor

    ARCHAIC

    an occasion or cause of reproach or disgrace.

    plural noun: opprobriums

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  18. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 71 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Opsimath

    noun

    RARE

    a person who begins to learn or study only late in life.

    Definitions from Oxford Languages

    I try (not overly strenuous) to keep up. Being in lockdown with a great Trusted Assistant has given me a LOT of free time to indulge reading ✓ learning ?

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    I can make a observation a few posters in some threads might benefit from a little opsimath

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  19. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Pardon me for butting in ,but should that rather be "a few posters in some threads might benefit from a little opsimathy"?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opsimath

    I rather doubt the stature or size of any "optimath" could have any practical bearing on this question.

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  20. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 71 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Agree - see I am learning -

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    . I only took the definition I posted and looked no further

    I found this feature I think from the last upgrade where if I select a word, long press, apart from options CUT, COPY ETC I now have DEFINE

    Select this goes to definition of word. Minion like

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  21. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Actually ,I would expect there might well be a local American variant "optimath" for "optimathy" along the lines of "math" for the English english "maths/mathematics" but that is a guess and it would perhaps be a neologism.

    Does your "define " option work on a desktop computer? Smartphone?
     
  22. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 71 years old Valued Senior Member

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    I work on a smart phone and this is a screenshot of the selection options when I highlight a word

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    Sorry no idea about desktop

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    You can see from the options on the second screenshot they are not always the same and sometimes Define is not there

    The two dots at the right side of the options black bar bring up more options

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  23. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    I don't get it on my smart phone.Maybe the OS needs to be updated.Something I am averse to. I am addicted to outdated technology.
     

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