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Vocab dump 3

07/12/2009

It’s thundering and lightning-ing outside, but my library slip is now completely stuffed with words that need defining, if only for my own benefit.

thanatopic: thanatosis – The act of feigning death (wiki)

advertorial: an advertisement that is written and presented in the style of an editorial or journalistic report (Princeton Word Net, PWN…the irony of which I think just hit me)

microcephalic: having an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain; “a nanocephalic dwarf” (PWN)

finski: a five dollar bill (urbandictionary.com)

eminence grise: (French) a secret or unofficial decision-maker ; the power behind the throne (wiki)

Kertwang: A term used in the novel Infinite Jest roughly meaning to insult or mess with someone. It can be used as a noun, e.g. Bobby felt his third nipple was an existential kertwang. Or a verb, e.g. God enjoyed kertwanging Bobby by sending gusts of wind to blow up his shirt to reveal his third nipple. (thank you AllExperts.com)

solander: A box, in the form of a book, used for keeping botanical specimens etc (wiki)

imbricate: place so as to overlap; “imbricate the roof tiles” (PWN)

peritonitis: is an inflammation of the lining of the body cavity and the surface of organs within it. Ruptured ulcers lead to peritonitis when the gut wall is no longer intact. There is seepage from the gut into the body cavity and adhesions may form. (www2.dpi.qld.gov.au/pigs/4449.html)

nephritis: an inflammation of the kidney (PWN)

Balaclavan: A wool hood covering the head and neck, first worn by troops in the Crimean War. Balaclava (or Balaklava) was the focal point of the “Charge of the Light Brigade.”
(thank you http://www.civilwarhome.com)

prognathous: having a projecting lower jaw (PWN)

enuresis: inability to control the flow of urine and involuntary urination (PWN)

onanism:

  • masturbation: manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure
  • coitus interruptus: a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation
    (PWN; this brings whole new levels of irony to the organization O.N.A.N.)

coprophilia: a marked interest in excrement; especially the use of feces or filth for sexual excitement (wiki)
coprophagia: eating feces; in human a symptom of some kinds of insanity (PWN)

fremitic: fremitus – a sensation felt by a hand placed on a part of the body (as the chest) that vibrates during speech (thank you www.history.navy.mil/library/online/influenza_terms.htm)

magisculed: Majiscule- uppercase (www.reference.com)

cunctations: procrastination: the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time (PWN. … That sounds so dirty.)

venulated: ?

aphasiac: someone who has: Partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from damage to the brain caused by injury or disease. (thefreedictionary.com)

schlep:

  • schlepper: (Yiddish) an awkward and stupid person
  • shlep: pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance; (PWN)

The end. FOR NOW.


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