Author Topic: Word of the day  (Read 22016 times)

hellymedic

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #350 on: October 03, 2020, 01:01:04 am »
Dehiscent

T42

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #351 on: October 03, 2020, 08:36:25 am »
I could have told you what that meant if I hadn't read it first.
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #352 on: October 03, 2020, 09:07:37 pm »
thixotropic

e.g. ketchup, something I always remember my father mentioning.

[thread awakening alert]

Thixotropic is one of the (few!) things I recall from my fluid dynamics lectures, but Google tells me there's an opposite term 'rheopectic' (i.e. time-dependent shear-thickening) I didn't know. Custard and Oobleck are shear-thickening but apparently not time-dependent, and so are 'dilatant'.

Giraffe

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #353 on: October 04, 2020, 07:33:36 am »
Polyfilla is (was?) dilatant - it can be too stiff when mixing then too soft when in use. Damned nuisance as it's the opposite of what's needed.
2x4: thick plank; 4x4: 2 of 'em.

ian

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #354 on: October 05, 2020, 10:16:49 am »
Deliquescent is a word I quite like, suitably onomatopoetic.
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Wowbagger

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #355 on: October 05, 2020, 10:21:27 am »
Heather honey is an excellent example of a thixotropic gel. It presents practical problems for the beekeeper in that the honey cannot be extracted from the comb by means of a centrifugal extractor. It's usually sold in chunks of cut comb, which accounts in part for the high price: bees have to consume about 4lb of sugar for every 1lb of beeswax they produce.
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Giraffe

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #356 on: October 06, 2020, 09:50:59 am »
Deliquescent is a word I quite like, suitably onomatopoetic.
As in juvenile deliquescent?
2x4: thick plank; 4x4: 2 of 'em.

Re: Word of the day
« Reply #357 on: October 06, 2020, 11:05:59 am »
Verisimilitude
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #358 on: October 06, 2020, 11:12:11 am »
Deliquescent is a word I quite like, suitably onomatopoetic.
As in juvenile deliquescent?

That's one way to describe a child having a tearful meltdown in a supermarket...  :demon:
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T42

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #359 on: October 06, 2020, 01:48:38 pm »
My school dictionary used to fall open with porbeagle at the top of the left-hand page and probang opposite.  The one's a fish; the other isn't. The usage they gave only mentioned the oesophagus, though.  The Inlaw Paw, having served on the medical side of the RN during WW2, spoke of other channels.
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #360 on: October 06, 2020, 04:16:11 pm »
Palimpsest.
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #361 on: October 06, 2020, 04:35:43 pm »
Thagomizer - the spiky business end of a stegosaurid dinosaur's tail.

(Coined in 1982 by Gary Larson in his comic The Far Side)
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citoyen

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #362 on: October 06, 2020, 05:03:01 pm »
Palimpsest.

adj. Superlative form of palimps. "He was the palimpsest dude in the whole of our year at school."

Also the name of Gore Vidal's autobiography, which I think is probably where I first came across the word.
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T42

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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #363 on: October 06, 2020, 05:09:57 pm »
Palimpsest.

adj. Superlative form of palimps. "He was the palimpsest dude in the whole of our year at school."

Also the name of Gore Vidal's autobiography, which I think is probably where I first came across the word.

Someone once told me that he had thrown up in a piano, but it turned out to have been Eddie Grundy.  :-\
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Re: Word of the day
« Reply #364 on: October 08, 2020, 08:46:29 am »
Twatspertise, c/o Mr Larrington in the Super Twat thread.
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