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#1  Postby hackenslash » Jan 29, 2011 1:43 pm

Goropise: To invent an absurd etymology.

This word was coined by Leibniz, after Johannes Goropius Becanus, a 16th century Dutch linguist and physicist, who suggested that Brabantic was the language spoken in paradise.

This word is going to be useful, I think.


Interestingly, further searching turns up another definition, also attributed to Leibniz: To multiply auxiliary hypotheses unnecessarily. This can be read as ignoring Occam's Razor. It was employed in a paper by Feuer on the Scientific Principle of Simplicity (pdf).


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Re: The 'I learned a new word' Thread

#2  Postby Crocodile Gandhi » Jan 29, 2011 1:45 pm

Vituperate

Verb: Blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language.
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#3  Postby Shuggy » Mar 02, 2011 8:16 am

Lacking a word a few minutes ago, I coined "celebritise" (US: celebritize), to turn someone into a celebrity. The reference was to this: http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/47199.html.
Is there an existing word I should know?
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#4  Postby LucidFlight » Mar 02, 2011 9:01 am

I learned these from an episode of QI:

Stephen wrote:- "Batology" is the study of brambles and blackberries. There are over 1,000 different species of bramble.

- "Batophobia" is the fear of being close to tall buildings. A similar phobia is "Bathophobia", the fear of depth.

- "Battology" means pointlessly repeating the same thing over and over again.

- "Battology" means pointlessly repeating the same thing over and over again.

http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/qi/episodes/2/9/


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Shuggy wrote:Lacking a word a few minutes ago, I coined "celebritise" (US: celebritize), to turn someone into a celebrity. The reference was to this: http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/47199.html.
Is there an existing word I should know?

"Celebritize" seems to fit the bill nicely. It's in the Urban Dictionary:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.p ... elebritize

Google returns about 11,600 results for "celebritize". "Celebritise" appears to return mostly misspellings of "celebrities", unfortunately. Both spellings are valid, though, I'm sure.
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#5  Postby sennekuyl » Mar 02, 2011 9:07 am

@Shuggy: Propaganda, exult, pimp, honour, worship, etc...
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#6  Postby hackenslash » Mar 02, 2011 9:15 am

jactitation [ˌdʒæktɪˈteɪʃən]
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1. the act of boasting
2. (Law) a false boast or claim that tends to harm another person, esp a false assertion that one is married to another, formerly actionable at law
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#7  Postby Shuggy » Mar 05, 2011 1:12 am

sennekuyl wrote:@Shuggy: Propaganda, exult, pimp, honour, worship, etc...

? None of those is a synonym for celebritise. Sorry, did I not make it clear that I mean the verb for turning someone into a celebrity?

Propaganda is a noun (those things which must be propagated)

exult (I think you mean exalt), honour, pimp and worship are all things people do to existing celebrities.

A person or an event that celebritises someone causes people to do those things to that person.
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#8  Postby CookieJon » Mar 05, 2011 1:17 am

Shuggy wrote:A person or an event that celebritises someone causes people to do those things to that person.


I think "celebretise" could asldo be a noun (like "expertise"); the knowledge or skill of a celebrity, or the condition of being a celebrity.
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#9  Postby Animavore » Mar 05, 2011 1:25 am

Apotropaic :smug:
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#10  Postby sennekuyl » Mar 05, 2011 1:27 am

Shuggy wrote:
sennekuyl wrote:@Shuggy: Propaganda, exult, pimp, honour, worship, etc...

? None of those is a synonym for celebritise. Sorry, did I not make it clear that I mean the verb for turning someone into a celebrity?

Propaganda is a noun (those things which must be propagated)

exult (I think you mean exalt), honour, pimp and worship are all things people do to existing celebrities.

A person or an event that celebritises someone causes people to do those things to that person.


Yeah, you're right about exalt. :oops: but wrong that they can only be done to existing celebrities.

Any of the words I provided could be done to a non-famous person in such a way to increase the awareness of that person to the greater society.

King-makers are known for this when it suits them.
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#11  Postby Mac_Guffin » Mar 05, 2011 1:29 am

ter·gi·ver·sate/tərˈjivərˌsāt/Verb
1. Make conflicting or evasive statements; equivocate: "the more she tergiversated, the greater grew the media interest".
2. Change one's loyalties; be apostate.
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#12  Postby Bribase » Mar 05, 2011 3:25 am

I had a friend call me yesterday asking me about a term I used to sum up his position on the existence of god or gods. I told him I honestly had no idea what the hell I said (I was pretty hammered), finally I mined the old memory banks and realised that I used the term Ignostic.

1. The view that a coherent definition of God must be presented before the question of the existence of god can be meaningfully discussed. Furthermore, if that definition is unfalsifiable, the ignostic takes the theological noncognitivist position that the question of the existence of God (per that definition) is meaningless. In this case, the concept of God is not considered meaningless; the term "God" is considered meaningless.
2. The second view is synonymous with theological noncognitivism, and skips the step of first asking "What is meant by 'God'?" before proclaiming the original question "Does God exist?" as meaningless.


I guess that I'm a much more lettered atheist when I'm drunk. I've got a bad feeling that I'm a bit more strident and militant though! :drunk:
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#13  Postby CookieJon » Mar 05, 2011 4:04 am

Bribase wrote:I guess that I'm a much more lettered atheist when I'm drunk. I've got a bad feeling that I'm a bit more strident and militant though! :drunk:


Probably sneering as well, I'd imagine.
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#14  Postby hotshoe » Mar 05, 2011 5:08 am

I'm afraid I'm too old to learn new words and well into the stage of forgetting words I used to know.

A few weeks ago I was talking about taking a trip in the big city, taking public transit and I said, "they have one of those underground, umm, railroad things". The simple word I was looking for - I remembered later - is subway :oops: :(
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#15  Postby Tyrannical » Mar 05, 2011 5:42 am

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#16  Postby Bribase » Mar 05, 2011 3:20 pm

CookieJon wrote:
Bribase wrote:I guess that I'm a much more lettered atheist when I'm drunk. I've got a bad feeling that I'm a bit more strident and militant though! :drunk:


Probably sneering as well, I'd imagine.


Oh yeah, and joyless.
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#17  Postby punter18 » Mar 09, 2011 8:47 am

hackenslash wrote:jactitation [ˌdʒæktɪˈteɪʃən]
n
1. the act of boasting
2. (Law) a false boast or claim that tends to harm another person, esp a false assertion that one is married to another, formerly actionable at law


Got that from Inherit the Wind, didn't you?
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#18  Postby hackenslash » Mar 09, 2011 9:02 am

Indeed. It's not often I have to reach for the trusty OED.
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#19  Postby Wiðercora » Mar 09, 2011 8:56 pm

Mountebank

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1. A person who sells quack medicines, as from a platform in public places, attracting and influencing an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc.
2. Any charlatan or quack.
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#20  Postby Shuggy » Mar 10, 2011 7:05 am

CookieJon wrote:
Shuggy wrote:A person or an event that celebritises someone causes people to do those things to that person.


I think "celebretise" could asldo be a noun (like "expertise"); the knowledge or skill of a celebrity, or the condition of being a celebrity.
Or the jargon used by celebrities. Knowledge and skill? Specific to celebrities, like how to work a room or a crowd, and how to shake many hands without getting injured?
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