Tag: Phailhaüs

Video: Phailhaüs – Just making sweeping generalizations here

by on May.30, 2011, under Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

I particularly like the photo of the day.

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Weird Words: Obviate

by on Apr.18, 2011, under Weird Words, Writing



  • To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary.

Used in a sentence:

  • With the adamantine axe, the adventurers slew my carefully planned dungeon


  • From Latin obviāre (to block, to hinder)

SourceWikitionary and Phailhaüs


Most people know this word now thanks to Harry Potter and the Latin spell system J.K. Rowling used in it. The latin word and the English word are spelled the same and are the root to the word oblivate, the spell in Harry Potter, which is used to remove memories.

Isn’t the history of words interesting?


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Weird Words: Obstreperous

by on Apr.11, 2011, under Entertainment, Weird Words, Writing



  • Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; boisterous.

  • Noisily and stubbornly defiant.

Used in a sentence:

  • The cat couldn’t help but be obstreperous when presented with everything but the mouse she had fairly caught for her own gastronomical enjoyment.

Derived terms

  • obstreperously
  • obstreperousness
  • stroppy

SourceWikitionary and Phailhaüs


This is an awesome word if only because it is so hard to say which seems to work well in its meaning as well. A word for nosily stubborn that is hard to say. This is also another word that I will never be able to spell and since my spell checker will never be able to guess what I am trying to say. I need smarter spell checkers.


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Weird Words: Contraindicate

by on Apr.04, 2011, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing



  • To make inadvisable; to warn against a specific medicine or treatment.

Used in a sentence:

  • The hobo contraindicate the use of cheese as an antiseptic due to its high lactose content.

SourceWikitionary and Phailhaüs


Note this is not the word contradict. This is contra-indicate. As it, do not indicate. Apparently a medical term. There is no way I’ll ever end up using this word just because it looks like contradict and its meaning is very similar to contradict. It just makes me uncomfortable. Yeah, that’s it.


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Weird Words: Paean

by on Mar.30, 2011, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing



  • Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph.

  • An enthusiastic expression of praise.

Used in a sentence:

  • The paean she lavished upon him felt false, as though she felt required to like the work he had presented her, due to the volume and tone of her voice.


  • apnea

SourceWikitionary and Phailhaüs


This really is a weird word. Very specific. I’m pretty sure it isn’t really an accepted English word so much as a translation perhaps still in use due to some religious text.


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Weird Words: Disparate

by on Mar.27, 2011, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing



  • Composed of inherently different or distinct elements; incongruous.

  • Essentially different; of different species, unlike but not opposed in pairs; also, less properly, utterly unlike; incapable of being compared; having no common genus.

Used in a sentence:

  • Their appearance were so disparate that it made their claims of being twins a supposedly obvious falsehood.

Related terms

  • dispair
  • disparately
  • disparateness
  • disparity

SourceWikitionary and Phailhaüs


I love this word and use it semi-regularly. Unfortunately I avoided using it in my writing as I often misspell it as I often feel like it has multiple silent Es.


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Video: Phailhaüs – Japanese Edition

by on Mar.17, 2011, under Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

Can’t… breath… so… hilarious…

I want a poly sorts of colors offering the options!

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Video: Phailhaüs 10 – Awesome Green Tea

by on Mar.12, 2011, under Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

I couldn’t help but laugh at the end. Freeballing…

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Weird Words: Afflatus

by on Mar.10, 2011, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing



  • A sudden rush of creative impulse or inspiration, often attributed to divine influence.

Used in a sentence:

  • Its was afflatus, which the faculty always said they wanted to cultivate, but still, I was forced to clean my art off the school walls every Saturday for the rest of the year.

Historical Uses:

  • 44 B.C.: Marcus Tullius Cicero
    No man was ever great without a touch of divine afflatus (Nemo igitur vir magnus sine aliquo adflatu divino umquam fuit. De Natura DeorumII.167)
  • 1949: H. L. MenckenThe Divine Afflatus

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It is both amazing what we have managed to recover from Roman times. It is sad how much knowledge and science was reinvented before we rediscovered. Makes you wonder what other cultures, further in the past, invited, that we think is exclusive to the modern age.

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