What Useless Words Do You Know?

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  1. andreab35 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys!

    At work we play this game called the "Useless Words" game. It's a game when people throw out these barely unheard English words and others have to try and research or figure out the definition. It's a pretty fun game when you start playing and start hearing these bizzare words.

    So, what words do you know of that are bizzare in the English language, and what does it mean?

    :)
     
  2. Melrose Suspended

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    I'm not so sure about words with no meaning, but I can think of several words that are useless in much of their usage...

    "Like, get real."

    "Dude!"

    etc. And I m guilty of many of these I admit..
     
  3. EV0LUTION macrumors 6502

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    farquar - (Far-kuor) Its an english native american name (professors name) means can't understand or something
     
  4. andreab35 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Haha niceee.
    For example, today we refer to "geeks" as being people who are enfatuated with computers and technology.
    What it also really means is a carnival performer who does disgusting acts. :D
     
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    Embiggen.

    e.g. "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man."


    I think there may even be a Wikipedia article about the word. ;)
     
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    That's a very cromulent word.
     
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    After getting married, I'm pretty sure I won't be needing the word "fellatio" anymore.
     
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    Juxtaposition

    noun; an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast.
     
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    Yep. I'm afraid it's a goner. And after your second anniversary, you'll find your partner has lost all comprehension of the word "intercourse" 95% of the times you bring it up.
     
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    Here are some words I used last week in some of my classes. Not even my teachers knew what they were:

    >jingoism
    >neocon
    >infotainment
     
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    is a state of mind.
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    Actually that word is used quite often if you're interested in literature. It's a common literary term.
     
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    Schadenfreude.

    Which describes perfectly how I feel about dmr727 and TheAnswer's misfortune :p
     
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    Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, the longest word in the dictionary, and it doesn't show up as misspelled in word check!

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it means- "factitious word alleged to mean a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust causing inflammation in the lungs. Occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word."
     
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    And there the other game, find uses for words that don't have any meaning (other than sitting on poles at city limits). The late Douglas Adams has
    written two books about it, together with John Lloyd. The meaning of Liff.
    And the deeper meaning of Liff. I don't know if they're still available in the bookstores but definitely worth checking out.
     
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    Hmm, I thought floccinaucinihilipilification was the longest in the dictionary. Now I need to learn a new one!
     
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    rhetorical (though i use it to throw off some of my friends but not really useful to me)
     
  19. JWest macrumors 6502

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    That's not really a useless word, I've used it before, mostly when talking about literature or writing essays though.
     
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    Antidisestablishmentarianism

    to be honest i forgot what it means, i knew the meaning in School. but at least i spelt it right first go! it is the "longest non-coined and nontechnical word" in the English language.

    Arachnophobia
     
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    My students like to tell me how 'green' I am. Apparently, that means useless.
     
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