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Re: All Things Words

Postby aaRghNAbled on Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:23 pm

pieces o'nine wrote:commensurate
...ever since someone ran and 'told on me' for using this word at work (!)...


When I lived in the DC 'burbs, an aide to DC's mayor got fired for using 'niggardly' - a perfectly good word - in a budget meeting.
He was shunned for a while but eventually got hired back on in another position, after a public vocabulary lesson for the rest of the city government. :roll:
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Re: All Things Words

Postby fueledbycoffee on Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:49 pm

pieces o'nine wrote:commensurate


...ever since someone ran and 'told on me' for using this word at work (!)...


...HUH? How can you be offended by commensurate?
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Re: All Things Words

Postby Elastoman on Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:49 pm

aaRghNAbled wrote:When I lived in the DC 'burbs, an aide to DC's mayor got fired for using 'niggardly' - a perfectly good word - in a budget meeting.
He was shunned for a while but eventually got hired back on in another position, after a public vocabulary lesson for the rest of the city government. :roll:


I remember reading this story, and performing an epic :facepalm: over it. I'd ask some rhetorical question about how people that stupid get elected but that question's been done to death.

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Re: All Things Words

Postby Auntie Blackbeard on Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:03 pm

pieces o'nine wrote:commensurate


...ever since someone ran and 'told on me' for using this word at work (!)...



ARRRRRGH !

OH ! ME EARS !

Oh me deary , how very knotty ove ye , ye mateys arr alla gast ! Thee Captin's all be agree be muss be punish fer thet owt barrst !

Ye muss report to harrbour fer ye spankin' , thee menfolk be lining up roight now .

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Re: All Things Words

Postby pieces o'nine on Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:04 pm

Yarr, Auntee BeBe. Yer alweighs lookin owt fer yer neeces.
:fsm_yarr:



The "commensurate" incident involved an Official Verbal Reprimand on my Permanent Record for "using too big of words".

Afterwards I told my boss that my friends recommended I retain my normal vocabulary, but drop one syllable off each word as the people at [X] wouldn't know the difference. Interestingly, I did *not* get into any trouble for saying *that*.

Months later, I brought an employee to angry, hiccuping tears with the word "appropriate".

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Re: All Things Words

Postby HeathenPastafarian on Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:20 pm

Seriously, "Appropriate"? Is English the Second language where you work? Wow!
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love that word

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I like the Italian word "andiamo" meaning "let's go" or "come on". I say that all the time and people are like "huh"?
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Re: All Things Words

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:07 am

aaRghNAbled wrote:
Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:Blaggard.

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I know, I just like the pirate version better.

I found a pretty awesome word today. I think this is how you spell it; "miname". It's the French word for "my friend."

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Re: All Things Words

Postby aaRghNAbled on Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:20 am

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote: I just like the pirate version better.


:fsm_yarr: The pirate version of anything is always better! :fsm_yarr:
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Re: All Things Words

Postby Rev. Rowan Redbeard on Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:36 am

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:I found a pretty awesome word today. I think this is how you spell it; "miname". It's the French word for "my friend."


mon ami?
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Re: All Things Words

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:12 am

Rev. Rowan Redbeard wrote:
Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:I found a pretty awesome word today. I think this is how you spell it; "miname". It's the French word for "my friend."


mon ami?

That's it! I only heard it spoken, and I don't know any French, so I had to guess.

It sounds pretty cool if you hit someone over the head with a rolled up piece of paper while you say it. Gives it flair.
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Re: All Things Words

Postby Moral Minority on Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:28 am

A completely awesome word in German is Angst, meaning fear, not sadness, you false cognitive lovers!
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Re: All Things Words

Postby aaRghNAbled on Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:13 pm

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Re: All Things Words

Postby pieces o'nine on Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:03 pm

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Re: All Things Words

Postby aaRghNAbled on Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:01 pm

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Re: All Things Words

Postby Capellini on Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:40 pm

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