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    Ineffable - too great to be expressed in words
     
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    Incorporeal hereditament, an example would be an easement. Without a physical body and yet it can be inherited.
     
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    slog it out = to fight or compete until one side wins
     
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    Campanologists

    Church bell ringers - Mr Google

    Inspired to look bell ringing up from the Training Animals thread

    Campanologists then tripped first girlfriend neurone

    First crush girlfriend was a Campanologists. Never got to ring her bell though

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    Isn't the brain wonderfully weird?

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    Weltanschauung
    noun

    Welt·an·schau·ung | \ ˈvelt-ˌän-ˌshau̇-əŋ \
    variants: or less commonly weltanschauung
    plural Weltanschauungen\ ˈvelt-ˌän-ˌshau̇-əŋ-ən \ also Weltanschauungs\ ˈvelt-ˌän-ˌshau̇-əŋz \

    Definition of Weltanschauung

    : a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint : WORLDVIEW

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Weltanschauung
     
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    Maelstrom - disorder, turmoil, turbulence

    A strong whirlpool is called a maelstrom, but I haven't really heard this word used much (possibly never?) in everyday conversation. It seems better suited for literature.
     
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    20,000 Leagues. My favorite book.
     
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    It is used a lot in literature, but many ocean whirlpools have "maelstrom" in their name.

    There is a Canadian movie named Maelstrom. It is disturbing.
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    sesquipedalian (a.) - (1) given to the overuse of long words; (2) (of words) long and ponderous having many syllables.

    Interestingly, "sesquipedalian" is arguably a sesquipedalian term.
     
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    Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia has always been one of my favourites.
    It means "the fear of long words", although is really just a linguistic exaggeration of sesquippedaliophobia, which means the same thing.
    As well as being ironic, it is also one of those rare words for a condition that the sufferer wouldn't be able to pronounce because of that condition.
    (Of course, the sufferer could still use the alternative "fear of long words".)
    Another condition would be mutism, or any other preventing someone from speaking.

    I told Sarkus this word many years ago, and I believe he still uses it in his "description".
    It will slowly catch on!

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    I may have to watch it; sounds like it would fall under the “psychological thriller” genre. Although, the “talking fish” sounds like it may be silly.
     
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    No, it's a dark thriller. The fish is a symbolic narrator.
     
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    Boustrophedonic: a word my wife and I encountered when visiting la Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. It was in the description of how the scenes in the stories in the stained glass windows were arranged, going from left to right in one row, then from right to left in the row below, and so on.

    It means in the manner of an ox ploughing a field, from βοῦς, ox, + στροφή, turn. We thought we had a pretty good English vocabulary, but this one brought us up short.

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    Did you turn into the nearest bistro to calm your nerves?
     
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  23. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Had to wait until he and wife had turned back and forth and plowed through all the streets

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