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Inky Petrel
Inky Petrel
Posts: 370

12/18/2013
I could have sworn I saw a thread like this somewhere before, but I can't find it, so I'm starting another one.

This is a thread in which to celebrate and enthuse over the delightful language in Fallen London! One of the things I love most about this world is that it often sends me searching for the meaning of a new word. Usually more than one or two a day. I LOVE learning them (even though I invariably forget them again in about an hour) and they are always such delicious, gnawable words.

Gnawable is a word, even though the spellcheck refuses to admit it. Amusingly, it also objects to "spellcheck", but I digress.

New (or very, very old) words are exciting! I'm sure I can't be the only one who enjoys stumbling across them. What new thing has delighted you today?

(I hate to include this, but I feel I must: Please, do not mock anyone for posting a new word you already knew the meaning of. Your disdain will not make you look clever. Rather, share in their delight! ♥)

I'll start

Today I was delighted by:
"syncretic animism" (click them for definitions)

After I found the definitions, I spent a delightful hour or so following interesting related threads through wikipedia. I traveled through religions, and naming traditions, and ended up in the fairytale section. ♥
edited by Inky Petrel on 12/18/2013

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Alexander Feld
Alexander Feld
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12/18/2013
Threnody. Esquivalience. Coruscate. Lagniappe. Ophidian.

So many delicious words. Such, dare I say, magnumient tomeration?

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Catherine Raymond
Catherine Raymond
Posts: 2468

12/18/2013
Alexander Feld wrote:
Threnody. Esquivalience. Coruscate. Lagniappe. Ophidian.

So many delicious words. Such, dare I say, magnumient tomeration?



And the best part is that most of these words are actual words, and not mere "fabularities" of the Masters:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threnody
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coruscate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagniappe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophidian

In some ways the most interesting case is "esquivaliance", which is a real-world fake word.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esquivalience

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Inky Petrel
Inky Petrel
Posts: 370

12/18/2013
That is absolutely wonderful Big Grin *rolls in the delicious wordplay as though it were autumn leaves*

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babelfishwars
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Posts: 1149

12/18/2013
I've bookmarked this post, so you must now fill it with tigrine glory. MUST.

Even simple things: vitrified sheen
edited by babelfishwars on 12/20/2013

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Blackleaf
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Posts: 552

12/18/2013
Ive found that im now using the words Nadir and Irrigo way to much. "Literate hooligan" is also high on my list.

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Sackville
Sackville
Posts: 295

12/18/2013
The real words are okay, but Mr. Pages adorattractable vocabulocutions are some of my favorite parts of the game.
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Blackleaf
Blackleaf
Posts: 552

12/18/2013
Sackville wrote:
The real words are okay, but Mr. Pages adorattractable vocabulocutions are some of my favorite parts of the game.

The text for getting Mr.Pages as the "Snow remover" master is pure comedy gold. Sadly its apperently really rare.


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    No cats or investigations of photographers please.
    Same goes for Sparring,Loitering,Suppers and Games of chess! Sure I'll accept them occasionaly but I wont help you grind them most of the time.
    But calling cards are highly welcome! (Got too much influence for cards at the moment. Sorry!)
    Character profile can be found here: http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/Blackleaf
    Ware serpents and know spires.
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    Karaeir
    Karaeir
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    12/18/2013
    Blackleaf wrote:
    Sackville wrote:
    The real words are okay, but Mr. Pages adorattractable vocabulocutions are some of my favorite parts of the game.

    The text for getting Mr.Pages as the "Snow remover" master is pure comedy gold. Sadly its apperently really rare.

    It's amazing. I just got it today. I actually hoped to get Mr Fires, as he is my favourite Master, but Pages is fine in this case. I don't think I'll ever learn how to pronounce "purificaceous", and I'm usually very good at pronouncing strange things.

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    Blackleaf
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    12/18/2013
    Check Karaeirs profile then. Big Grin Pages is quite awesome. He's the somewhat cynical,neutral and generarly not dickish master.

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    Same goes for Sparring,Loitering,Suppers and Games of chess! Sure I'll accept them occasionaly but I wont help you grind them most of the time.
    But calling cards are highly welcome! (Got too much influence for cards at the moment. Sorry!)
    Character profile can be found here: http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/Blackleaf
    Ware serpents and know spires.
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    Alexander Feld
    Alexander Feld
    Posts: 347

    12/18/2013
    Karaeir wrote:
    Blackleaf wrote:
    Sackville wrote:
    The real words are okay, but Mr. Pages adorattractable vocabulocutions are some of my favorite parts of the game.

    The text for getting Mr.Pages as the "Snow remover" master is pure comedy gold. Sadly its apperently really rare.

    It's amazing. I just got it today. I actually hoped to get Mr Fires, as he is my favourite Master, but Pages is fine in this case. I don't think I'll ever learn how to pronounce "purificaceous", and I'm usually very good at pronouncing strange things.

    ...That is truly spectacular. Such a magnificent snarl of linguistic contortions. Mr Pages is truly the most fabuloquacious master.

    And I think I know how to pronounce purificaceous. Try 'purification' mixed with 'efficacious.' Although etymological examination indicates that it means... resembling pure cheese.

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    Alexander Feld, the mad, damned, lord of seekers.
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    theodor_gylden
    theodor_gylden
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    12/18/2013
    Cryptophilology remains dear to my heart.


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    jonanlsh
    jonanlsh
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    12/19/2013
    Obstacudent. I'd love to acquire tomes of eldritch vocabulary within FL. Uncanny Incunabulums were the first top-tier items I processed, so they're also precious to me. My One Brass Ring too, though its my presciousssssss for other reasons~


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    hwoosh
    hwoosh
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    12/19/2013
    I think my favourite is "Foul chiropterophage!"

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    Jenson Shepherd
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    Posts: 44

    12/19/2013
    Sackville wrote:
    The real words are okay, but Mr. Pages adorattractable vocabulocutions are some of my favorite parts of the game.



  • Next time we're asked for merchandising ideas - a quote of the day calender where every quote is from Mr. Pages.

    Wish I'd thought of that earlier.

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    Inky Petrel
    Inky Petrel
    Posts: 370

    12/19/2013
    Found another one that's new to me: Lorgnette. I never knew the proper name for those smile
    edited by Inky Petrel on 12/20/2013

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    Scarlet Fenwick
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    12/20/2013
    Today I got "intemperate mountebankery" in the "a disgraceful spectacle" card

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    KatarinaNavane
    KatarinaNavane
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    12/20/2013
    Too lazy to find the original thread, but I'm the one who started it.
    Also learned "coruscating" "palimpsest" and "oubliette" on top of the ones Alexander Feld already mentioned.

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    Inky Petrel
    Inky Petrel
    Posts: 370

    12/20/2013
    KatarinaNavane wrote:
    Too lazy to find the original thread, but I'm the one who started it.
    Also learned "coruscating" "palimpsest" and "oubliette" on top of the ones Alexander Feld already mentioned.


    Ah! I thought I'd seen one! Big Grin I do hope you don't mind me starting it again. ♥

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    Rook Crofton
    Rook Crofton
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    12/20/2013
    Cheers to both KatarinaNavane and InkyPetrel for starting these word threads.

    My words: catafalque, marmoreal, whatever that word that means the outermost layer of a mushroom is, and everything having to do with Victorian transportation, like "sedan chair," "hansom," "phaeton."

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