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Word of the day...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by Saw31, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. Saw31

    Saw31 High Seas Rogue

    castrato (kăsträ´tō) -- a male singer with an artificially created soprano or alto voice, the result of castration in boyhood. The combination of the larynx of a youth and the chest and lungs of a man produced a powerful voice of great range and unique sound. Castrati were especially popular in churches and opera in Europe during the 17th and 18th cent. The most celebrated castrato was Carlo Broschi Farinelli. In 1870 the practice of castrating promising young singers (or castratism) was outlawed in Italy, the last country where it was still in custom.


    The things you learn on the History Channel...:sick1: Unfortunately it was never outlawed in the United States...

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  2. Pheasant

    Pheasant This space for rent.

    I thought douchelozzle was the word of the day?
     
  3. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    I thought it was antidisestablishmentarianism?
     
  4. Saw31

    Saw31 High Seas Rogue

    You've got your word, I've got mine...:biggrin:
     
  5. PrincessPeach

    PrincessPeach I want to ride my bicycle.

    That's so last week...

    My word of the day is godwottery.

    Which is also totally homo, if you ask me... I mean, they're recommending gnomes and fairies...
     
  6. scarletandgrey

    scarletandgrey Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult!

    I second this!
     
  7. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    You're all wrong. The word of the day is "fuck".
     
  8. scarletandgrey

    scarletandgrey Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult!

    Douchenozzle!!!
     
  9. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Teacher: Jimmy, what did you learn from this story?

    Jimmy: Uh, that the things you give away for fame are things you always want most?

    Teacher: Er, uh, no, I mean, I meant that society can advance so that laws are no longer needed.

    Jimmy: Oh, I thought this was about Michael Jackson and those little boys! :slappy:
     
  10. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    The word of the day is: LEGS

    try and spread the word.
     
  11. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go! Staff Member

    Mmm....legs. I made sure to spread them around on my plate.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    English getting its millionth word Wednesday?

    (CNN) -- English contains more words than any other language on the planet and will add its millionth word early Wednesday, according to the Global Language Monitor, a Web site that uses a math formula to estimate how often words are created.
    The site estimates the millionth word will be added Wednesday at 5:22 a.m. Its live ticker counted 999,985 English words as of early Tuesday evening.
    The "Million Word March," however, has made the man who runs this word-counting project somewhat of a pariah in the linguistic community. Some linguists say it's impossible to count the number of words in a language because languages are always changing, and because defining what counts as a word is a fruitless endeavor.
    Paul J.J. Payack, president and chief word analyst for the Global Language Monitor, says, however, that the million-word estimation isn't as important as the idea behind his project, which is to show that English has become a complex, global language.
    "It's a people's language," he said.
    Other languages, like French, Payack said, put big walls around their vocabularies. English brings others in.
    "English has the tradition of swallowing new words whole," he said. "Other languages translate."

    Entire article: English getting its millionth word Wednesday? - CNN.com


    The English Language WordClock: 1,000,001

    Austin, Texas June 10, 2009 - The Global Language Monitor today announced that Web 2.0 has bested Jai Ho, N00b and Slumdog as the 1,000,000th English word or phrase.

    These are the fifteen finalists for the one millionth English word, all of which have met the criteria of a minimum of 25,000 citations with the necessary breadth of geographic distribution, and depth of citations. ​

    1,000,000: Web 2.0 ? The next generation of web products and services, coming soon to a browser near you.

    999,999: Jai Ho! ? The Hindi phrase signifying the joy of victory, used as an exclamation, sometimes rendered as ?It is accomplished?. Achieved English-language popularity through the multiple Academy Award Winning film, ?Slumdog Millionaire?.​

    999,998: N00b ? From the Gamer Community, a neophyte in playing a particular game; used as a disparaging term. ​

    999,997: Slumdog ? a formerly disparaging, now often endearing, comment upon those residing in the slums of India.​

    999,996: Cloud Computing ? The ?cloud? has been technical jargon for the Internet for many years. It is now passing into more general usage. ​

    999,995: Carbon Neutral ? One of the many phrases relating to the effort to stem Climate Change. ​

    999,994: Slow Food ? Food other than the fast-food variety hopefully produced locally (locavores). ​

    999,993: Octomom ? The media phenomenon relating to the travails of the mother of the octuplets.​

    999,992: Greenwashing ? Re-branding an old, often inferior, product as environmentally friendly.​

    999,991: Sexting ? Sending email (or text messages) with sexual content.​

    999,990: Shovel Ready ? Projects are ready to begin immediately upon the release of federal stimulus funds. ​

    999,989: Defriend ? Social networking terminology for cutting the connection with a formal friend.​

    999,988: Chengguan ? Urban management officers, a cross between mayors, sheriff, and city managers.​

    999,987: Recessionista ? Fashion conscious who use the global economic restructuring to their financial benefit.​

    999,986: Zombie Banks ? Banks that would be dead if not for government intervention and cash infusion.​

    Entire article: The Global Language Monitor
     
  13. Apache

    Apache Frank Kremblas wore #22

    Outlawed

    I understand being driven by your art but......OUCH
     
  14. wheres the rest of the list?
     
  15. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    But hardly any of those words are "new"! "Carbon" and "neutral" are already words. :shake:
     

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