Tag: Verb

Weird Word: Hippodrome

by on Dec.23, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Hippodrome

Noun

  • A horse racing course.

Verb

  • To stage a baseball game to suit gamblers.

Example Usage:

A hippodrome was not a good place to hippodrome a baseball game, mostly because the horses added extra variables which made it hard to calculate the odds for bets.

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Commentary:

What I don’t understand is why this word doesn’t involve hippos in any way shape or form. What I also don’t understand is how this word has any relation to baseball. I think I just don’t understand this word.

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Weird Word: Palaver

by on Nov.11, 2013, under Articles, Writing

Palaver

Noun

  • Talk, especially unnecessary talk, fuss.
  • A meeting at which there is much talk; a debate.
  • Disagreement

Verb

  • To discuss with much talk.

Other Forms:

  • palavers
  • palavering
  • palavered

Example Usage:

“Shit. Palaver Pila,” he muttered. Pila was called Pila the Palaver because was willing to talk to just about anyone, for the right price, or the right motivation, which meant she was great when you wanted something, and less so when the cops wanted something on you.

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Commentary:

Now he is a weird word and I love it. You need a replacement word for chatter box? Here you go, all in one word. Plus it alliterates nicely with people’s names who start with the letter p, so you can use this uncommon word as part of a name or title to subtly signify personality traits. Or not so subtly in the case of my example above.

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Weird Word: Transfenestrate

by on Sep.23, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Transfenestrate

Verb

  • To eject or throw (someone or something) through a closed window

Other Forms:

  • transfenestrates
  • transfenestrating
  • transfenestrated
  • transfenestration

Example Usage:

As the door continued to swing back and forth, Willa decided she just didn’t feel like the patron had gotten the full experience of visiting Willa’s Bar and Grill while being an asshole, so she walked back out onto the street, marched the man back into the establishment, then proceeded to transfenestrate him, the glass thankfully flying mostly out onto the street.

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Commentary:

You may remember last week’s Weird word was defenestrate. Well now we have its cousin, transfenestrate! Unlike defenestrate, transfenestrate hasn’t had much lingual shifting over the years, keeping its original meaning of throwing and windows. I find it amusing that the English language has a specific word for throwing people through closed windows. I keep picturing western movies, or bar fights.

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Weird Word: Defenestrate

by on Sep.16, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Defenestrate

Verb

  • To eject or throw (someone or something) from a window
  • To throw out.

Other Forms:

  • defenestrates
  • defenestrating
  • defenestrated
  • defenestration

Example Usage:

The defenestration of several of his ribs from his torso did not improve the chances of his surviving but at this point, he was willing to take any chance he had.

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Commentary:

While also being fun to say, defenestrate is one of those words I’ve heard in recent memory and I’m pretty sure it was related to biology in some fashion. Because of this I always believed it meant something along the lines of to rip or shred. It’s actual meaning took me by surprise. I also I neglected to include a slang meaning that Wiktionary informed me of, which involves playing on the first meaning. It is a good pun even if I don’t think that definition is popular enough to warrant an entry in dictionaries, even as slang.

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Weird Word: Extirpate

by on Jun.28, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Extirpate

Verb

  • To clear an area of roots and stumps.
  •  To pull up by the roots; uproot.
  • To destroy completely; to annihilate.
  • To surgically remove.

Noun (extirpation)

  1. The act of extirpating or uprooting.

Used in a sentence:

  • It wasn’t decimation but extirpation as she couldn’t see how any of them would be left alive after the mad man’s device finished.

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Commentary:

Here is a word that is fun to say but very hard to spell. I kept wanting to type excerpt or expatriate or some other word of similar spelling. However its meaning is awesome. A new word for annihilation, specifically involving the removing of something from the ground or hidden place. Great word in today’s (or the future’s) guerrilla warfare wars.

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Weird Word: Shellac

by on Jun.07, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Shellac

Noun

  • A processed secretion of the lac insect used in polishes, varnishes etc.

Verb

  • To coat something with shellac.
  • To inflict a heavy defeat; to drub; to batter. Used primarily in sports and political contexts.

Used in a sentence:

  • “I’m going to shellac you!” the insectoid linebacker growled, clacking its mandibles and making Tony suddenly very worried both for the game but also for his skin, which was sensitive to things like insect goo.

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Commentary:

So obviously the second verb meaning is some kind of slang but I find it hilarious as an extra meaning for a word that is specifically lingo for the makeup industry. The two industries are not well-known for mixing, unless you’re discussing cheerleaders, I suppose. Otherwise this word is just weird but not incredibly useful, less discussing alien habits I suppose.

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Weird Word: Petard

by on Mar.22, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Petard

Noun

  • A small, hat-shaped explosive device, used to blow a hole in a door or wall.
  • Anything potentially explosive, in a non-literal sense.
  • A loud firecracker.

Verb

  1. To attack or blow a hole in (something) with a petard.

Used in a sentence:

  • “No, one does not place a petard on their head and call it the latest fashion!”  he growled, grabbing the explosive from the man’s head and attaching it to the wall. “One uses it to redecorate.”

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Commentary:

Some of us may be familiar with the phrase ”To be hoist by one’s own petard,” which was invented by Shakespeare for his play Hamlet. Shakespeare had it awesome simply because English was in such flux at the time that it was very easy to sneak in new words and so he did it all the time. Petard is actually a french word, if you couldn’t guess, and its historic meaning is the same in French as it is in English: A door or wall breaching explosive. Thanks to Shakespeare, and the above phrase, in English it has its second meaning: To blow one self up with their own bomb. It can easily be assumed that he coined the phrase from a French anecdote about the people who accidentally blew themselves up with their own petard. Not that I”m saying such a thing existed. Vive la résistance!

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Weird Word: Neap

by on Mar.15, 2013, under Articles

Neap

Noun

  • The tongue or pole of a cart or other vehicle drawn by two animals.
  • A neap tide.

Adjective

  • Designating a tide which occurs just after the first and third quarters of the moon, when there is least difference between high tide and low tide.

Verb

  • To trap a ship (or ship and crew) in water too shallow to move, due to the smaller tidal range occurring in a period of neap tides.

Used in a sentence:

  • The neapest tide the sailor had ever seen had in the bay firmly neaped his ship, requiring the tug which consisted of, a cart, neap, and two bulls, to pull it to the dock.

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Commentary:

Do I get a gold star for using all three forms of the word in one sentence? Please? So continuing our weird words with lots of different meanings, here is a word with three different forms, except that the noun form has an extra meaning in no way associated with tides or water. Apparently cart craftsmen and seamen never got around to discussing the technical languages of their professions much. If they did they might be a little confused.

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Weird Word: Fettle

by on Mar.08, 2013, under Articles

Fettle

Noun

  • A state of proper physical condition; kilter or trim.
  • One’s mental state; spirits.
  • Sand used to line a furnace.
  • a seam line left by the meeting of mold pieces.

Verb

  • To line the hearth of a furnace with sand prior to pouring molten metal.
  • To be upset or in bad mood.
  • In ceramics, to remove (as by sanding) the seam lines left by the meeting of two molds.
  • To prepare.

Used in a sentence:

  • The armor was far from fettle, with scrapes and dints covering it like a second skin, but they could fettle it for what they had in mind.

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Commentary:

Here’s a word who has so many different meanings it is rather odd. Context must more or less always be required. The last meaning as a noun is exclusive to ceramic use. The final meaning as a verb is archaic. There are other slang meanings I decided not to include. You’d think with all the letters of the alphabet, we’d come up with new words!

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Weird Word: Matriculate

by on Jan.18, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Matriculate

Verb

  • To enroll as a member of a body, especially of a college or university
  • To be enrolled as a member of a body, especially of a college or university.

Used in a sentence:

  • He told them that he was matriculated at the age of fifteen, to which his uncle patted him on the back and told him that it happens to some guys even into their thirties.

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Commentary: 

Man if I hadn’t already given you the definition I totally would have asked you to guess. Matriculate is another word that I have no idea what it actually means till I look it up. I liken it to masticate but it obviously is nothing like that. This is instead one of those words you use for your underage overachieving genius who needs to sound overly educated in his diction. This word is all but perfect for that.

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