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Pamela Therese



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am new to this site. Have visited many times and wondered .... but quirky word "discombobulated" drew me in .... first heard the word last year on tour in Ireland. Made me giggle and it stuck. came home and used it and it made everyone else giggle. so a word with such energy needs a lot of sharing ... Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, Pamela Therese. Do you know madameshawshank? She lives very close to you. In fact there's a certain 'madameness' about your writing.

It's the "....'s", she's famous for 'em.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what a fun topic, so in the "spirit of the times" might I propose Zeitgeist

I also have a fondness for discombobulated as it belongs to that unique class of words that exist only in the negative...when something is working well it is never refered to as being "conbobulated". Also included in this group would be disheveled, nonplussed, and disgrunteled. Although I admit to being quite "gruntled" with this thread
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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jude Darling...madame sure knows Pamela Therese!!!

a delicious and delightful pal who will, I'm sure, add her sweet flavour to C&Z ~

all I have to do is swim across the Nepean River and I'm on her doorstep...
Wink

quodlibet ~ in the Middle Ages in Germany it seems it came to mean a list of words under a quirky heading...I read of one...a list of objects forgotten by women fleeing from a harem ...

welcome on board Pamela Therese Smile a red-letter day methinks!
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Pamela Therese



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! Madame Shawshank is indeed a friend ..... and has often badgered (my word not hers) me into exploring on this sight ..... glad I did now.

Must admit never thought of the word "discombobulated" in the negative category......... just very funny chaos .... with an accent
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Pamela Therese



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As for "quodlibet" .... I didn't know that women actually flee from a harem........ glad I now know that word ...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is my first post ever (though I've been a lurker for a while)!

My favorite words:

tomfoolery
shenanigans
malarkey
brouhaha
cacophony
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

golly gosh!...Pamela Therese's first post..and now Cameron's! the next day...there must be something in the air Wink

isn't this the most scrumptious forum imaginable...merci merci merci Clotilde ~ such a gracious gift you've given us all...

flibbitygibbit
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Pamela Therese



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A word used AT me during school days was "incorrigible"...... Now, the look on teacher's face should have been a clue ....... but I took a liking to the word and thought I was special Cool ....... and then I looked it up Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

said teacher was more than likely cross with herself Wink ..am I right type 'herself'...can't imagine blokes at your school!

difficult or impossible to control or manage...

well, Pamela Therese, that might be because you decided not to be a puppet.

there's an art to being a teacher ~ part being the ability to imagine NOT knowing what you know.

An elderly neighbour of mine used to speak of her father ~ he was a brilliant mathematician. He was also a teacher. It seems the children weren't allowed to learn the piano because he wouldn't have been able to stand the striking of the wrong notes. She also told me he never gave 100% to any student because in his eyes noone was perfect.

I'm glad I had Sr de Sales as my maths teacher! Even though she, at times, must have thought "When oh when will she understand." Wink

now there's a thread idea...school days school days...

might start one...yep...strike while the irons hot!
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Melly



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just have to throw this one into the mix:

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Other good words from the song: diddle, precocious, and atrocious.
I love reading all the words.

For reference purposes:
Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English - Cite This Source
Main Entry: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: a nonsense word meaning fantastic; also called supercalifragilistic
Etymology: popularized by the movie `Mary Poppins'
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julie Andrews comes immediately to mind ~ she sang it as only she could..

imagine writing that song...such a fun mind methinks..
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grrr, every time I tried to reply to this thread yesterday, the computer kept playing up.

I'm trying again... that is so true in so many ways... ahem!

Judy,
You have such a clean mind, unlike an utter disgrace like me!

Madame,
I love spiflicate, tho' I remain to this day, unspiflicated... amazingly now I think about it!

But I absolutely love honorificabilitudinity!! I am going to practice saying it just so I can use it. A lot! Is a honorificabilitudinitatibus the bus you take to get loaded with honours?!

I like Billy Shakespeare's 'thou art easier
swallowed than a flap-dragon.' too. I mean... what is a flap-dragon?!! A flapjack? A snapdragon? A mix of the two?!

You came with honorificabilitudinity and gave us flap-dragon. O madame, what bounty!

Nepean sounds like an Ancient Greek river like Lethean. But I do like quodlibet! The sound of it alone. But I couldn't use it around anyone called Betty... no woman likes to think she's quodli!!

I like scrumptious and it's perfect for this site too! Clotilde's writing is truly scrumptious, she's truly, truly scrumptious...! And a flibbertigibbet is a hobgoblin who hung around Newgate Hill where criminals and the wrongly convicted were hung!


Melly,
Garrulous always reminds me of the low voiced 'chuckle' of a magpie. I wonder if psychologists suffer from Schaden Freud... I also like wonky... mainly because first thing in the morning I usually am wonky!

Thanks for the Usage Note too. I love 'no nevermind'.

precocious and atrocious are definitely goodies... and not in the least er, atrocious! I would like to think that occasionally I could be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-esque!

O mighty Pesto Man!
You have just got to be a superhero! I also like zeitgeist. I suggest that the positives of being discombobulated, disheveled, nonplussed and disgruntled happen in recovery from the negatives. You can go from disheveled to heveled, discombobulated to being combobulated and so on.

I am definitely gruntled with this thread! I love words!

Cameron,
I am so glad you have posted instead of lurking within tent!

tomfoolery - surely name specific as in; bobfoolery, jackfoolery, georgefoolery etc.
shenanigans - unfair! what about he-nanigans, eh?!
malarkey - the head of the family Larkey, obviously.
brouhaha - the fiendish cackle of a screen villain as in: You have failed Meester Bond, brouhahahahaha!
cacophony - the sound of cacao singing? I know euphony is the opposite... when eu are singing!

Pamela T,
I live to be incorrigible... er, I think! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dodgy is one I love but, always forget to use.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

loggerheads
balderdash
nugatory
quisling
sedulous
pugnacious
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