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ian

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that elusive word
« on: 30 June, 2021, 09:14:42 pm »
Last night, as I staggered like the town drunk through the half-lit hypnagogic hinterlands between reading and sleep, I encountered a word and thought to myself, that's excellent, I shall have to use it somewhere tomorrow. I'm convinced it was an awesome word. Now all I remember how certain I was that I had the word for today, but the word? The damn word. It's gone. Stolen from me by bandits on the road somewhere east of Eden. I always lose the last few pages of what I'm reading, it's like my brain announces 'that's it, I'm off to bed' and my eyes say 'oh, we'll be up a bit later' and then start playing Xbox for a bit.

I want you all to check around you, and make sure the elusive word isn't there. Also in your garages and outbuildings, in case it's wandered in there. I want that word back.
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #1 on: 30 June, 2021, 09:21:07 pm »
Good luck, I've been trying to think of a word for two weeks.

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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #2 on: 30 June, 2021, 09:23:22 pm »
There's probably a German word for this phenomenon

Re: that elusive word
« Reply #3 on: 30 June, 2021, 10:03:41 pm »
I feel your pain.  I used to find the word via the thesaurus, but that has joined the other dinosaurs and become extinct due to modern internet.

Re: that elusive word
« Reply #4 on: 30 June, 2021, 10:13:11 pm »
Lethologica - noun: the inability to remember a particular word or name.
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #5 on: 30 June, 2021, 10:14:35 pm »
I highlight the word and click on “Look up”
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #6 on: 30 June, 2021, 10:27:45 pm »
Ha, I spent prolly 15km trying to remember the name of the road we'd just bought a house on, mid bike ride on Monday.
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #7 on: 30 June, 2021, 10:30:11 pm »
There's probably a German word for this phenomenon
Oh yes and if it's less than 15 letters long I'll be disappointed.
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #8 on: 01 July, 2021, 07:33:02 am »
Good luck, I've been trying to think of a word for two weeks.

I think you’ll find it is ‘fortnight’.
Sic transit and all that..

Re: that elusive word
« Reply #9 on: 01 July, 2021, 07:34:47 am »
That's the one. Thanks.

I feel your pain.  I used to find the word via the thesaurus, but that has joined the other dinosaurs and become extinct due to modern internet.

Didn't always work, anyway.

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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #10 on: 01 July, 2021, 07:56:49 am »
Phantasmagoria?  Could be used to describe the next horrific PowerPoint you're made to sit through.  You know, the one with 50 lines of Comic Sans, 1990s clipart of the bald bloke with fistfuls of money, and lots of red text on a blue background so it dances in front of your eyes.
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #11 on: 01 July, 2021, 08:15:58 am »
Good luck, I've been trying to think of a word for two weeks.

I think you’ll find it is ‘fortnight’.

Brilliant

Although they don't understand that teem in the US of A. Immigration started asked questions why we were going to Ohio and why only for four nights till we explained what a fortnight was

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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #12 on: 01 July, 2021, 08:28:22 am »
Try Immigration on "se'ennight twice".
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #13 on: 01 July, 2021, 08:44:40 am »
There's probably a German word for this phenomenon
Oh yes and if it's less than 15 letters long I'll be disappointed.

Will Vorschlafsgedächnisunzuverlässigkeit do?

I started to count the letters but fell asleep halfway through.
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #14 on: 01 July, 2021, 10:12:13 am »
There's probably a German word for this phenomenon
Oh yes and if it's less than 15 letters long I'll be disappointed.

Will Vorschlafsgedächnisunzuverlässigkeit do?

I started to count the letters but fell asleep halfway through.

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ian

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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #15 on: 01 July, 2021, 10:55:59 am »
Lethologica - noun: the inability to remember a particular word or name.

I like that. And I still have it. I try to remember big words to confuse my masters on the upper subdecks whose residual intellect has long since lost the battle against the Titans of Powerpoint and Excel. They can only slobber business gibberish and hope no one notices the unaddressed recruitment crisis behind their eyes.
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ian

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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #16 on: 01 July, 2021, 10:57:44 am »
I highlight the word and click on “Look up”

If you just pop the cursor anywhere in a word and three-finger tap the trackpad, it magics up a definition, which is well cool.
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #17 on: 01 July, 2021, 12:01:55 pm »
Lethologica - noun: the inability to remember a particular word or name.

I like that. And I still have it. I try to remember big words to confuse my masters on the upper subdecks whose residual intellect has long since lost the battle against the Titans of Powerpoint and Excel. They can only slobber business gibberish and hope no one notices the unaddressed recruitment crisis behind their eyes.

Sesquipedalianism for teh LOLz?  People may start mistaking you for Will Self*.  :o :demon:



* Hmmm, now there's an idea for a mini-circle of Hades for persistent perpetrators of business-related mangling of the English language - spending eternity having minor daemons read Self's works at you...
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #18 on: 02 July, 2021, 04:33:20 pm »
Exsanguination is a personal favourite from The X-Files.

Hard to get into a work meeting, but undoubtedly possible.
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #19 on: 02 July, 2021, 05:14:02 pm »
I can think of a few cow-orkers over the years who would have been immeasurably improved by exsanguination.
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #20 on: 03 July, 2021, 06:23:09 am »
Balkanization

fragmentation of a larger region or state into smaller regions or states, which may be hostile or uncooperative with one another. The root causes of Balkanization are usually differences of ethnicity, culture, and religion and some other factors such as past grievances. When sponsored or encouraged by a sovereign third party, the term has been used as an accusation against such third party nations. Controversially, the term is often used by voices for the status quo to underscore the dangers of acrimonious or runaway secessionism.
Sic transit and all that..

Re: that elusive word
« Reply #21 on: 03 July, 2021, 09:43:24 am »
Sounds like where we're heading.... :facepalm:

Jaded

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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #22 on: 03 July, 2021, 09:50:53 am »
Yes, thats what I thought
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Re: that elusive word
« Reply #23 on: 03 July, 2021, 10:06:58 am »
Given that balkanization is generally, or so it seems to me, the reversion to something like the status quo ante when an empire (Roman, Austro-Hungarian, British, Soviet) created and maintained by varying amounts of force fails perhaps it's just one more manifestation of entropy and as such we should probably just shrug our shoulders and keep buggering on as best we can.
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