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August 7, 2009 11:45 AM   Subscribe

Do you know what you would see a hypothecary about? Have stared down into a joola? Ever come across a jigget of sheep? Has someone called you a slubberdegullion to your face? Learn these and many more words from blogger Robin Bloor's fun 10 Words You Don't Know series of posts. Perhaps the most entertaining is the one where Bloor provides explanatory limericks with his definitions.
posted by Kattullus (27 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'd love to learn the etymology of kalling if anyone can provide it.
posted by Kattullus at 11:46 AM on August 7, 2009


Bah. No definition/explanation for "ye thrawn, ill-feckit gaberlunzie"?

I am bereft.
posted by elizardbits at 11:58 AM on August 7, 2009


Ha~ Check out the 10 IT Words You Don't Know. Anybody want to go Googlewhacking? We should see if we Mefites can learn them all and use them on Metafiilter. We can become our own subculture! Oh wait . . . already did that. :-)
posted by garnetgirl at 12:06 PM on August 7, 2009


Recipriversexclusons.
posted by Mblue at 12:12 PM on August 7, 2009


The problem with using uncommon (swear) words is that the receiving party doesn't get the full force of your feelings. This is also a problem when swearing in a language not understood by the other party. Sure, you might feel better for it, but they'll be oblivious, confused, or annoyed for not understanding your taunts. But I guess these are great resources for cursing word nerds.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:15 PM on August 7, 2009


Hmm it seems we've broken the thing.
posted by Mister_A at 12:15 PM on August 7, 2009


Hmm... it's working for me.
posted by Kattullus at 12:24 PM on August 7, 2009


Love this! Generally, when I see a "words you probably don't know" post, I can smugly pat myself on the back for recognizing at least a few, but this time I was flummoxed. Yay, new vocabulary words!
posted by misha at 12:41 PM on August 7, 2009


Jentacular -- pertaining to breakfast.

Awesome.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:42 PM on August 7, 2009


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posted by rhapsodie at 12:46 PM on August 7, 2009


Still working fine for me. Though I'm thinking about asking the mods to delete the post if other people report problems.
posted by Kattullus at 1:05 PM on August 7, 2009


It comes and goes, I say we leave it up. It's quite entertaining!
posted by Mister_A at 1:10 PM on August 7, 2009


This blog should provide me with hours of xenobombulation. Thanks!
posted by JeffK at 1:17 PM on August 7, 2009


Slightly unrelated but since the page author's name is Bloor and the post is about word meaning and I miss Toronto...

My undergraduate adviser had a funny story about how one of his cousins, who grew up on a reserve, asking him what was this thing that white people did called "Blooring". This is because he had heard Farley Mowat being interviewed on CBC radio and the announcer asked Farley something like what would you like to right now and Farley answered "I would like to go to the corner of Young and Bloor".
posted by srboisvert at 1:17 PM on August 7, 2009


I'd love to learn the etymology of kalling if anyone can provide it.

I have no cite for this, but I'd be willing to wager it has something to do with the fact that Kale is a type of cabbage.
posted by The World Famous at 2:08 PM on August 7, 2009


Lots of great words in there, but the best word I've learned recently is still lalochezia.
posted by madmethods at 2:10 PM on August 7, 2009


Xenoglossic!! I love this post.
posted by Lutoslawski at 2:10 PM on August 7, 2009


srboisvert:

I'm also missing Toronto right now, so I'm inclined to be forgiving. But it's "Yonge" god dammit.
posted by 256 at 2:15 PM on August 7, 2009


The problem with using uncommon (swear) words is that the receiving party doesn't get the full force of your feelings.

There's a great story that Charlie Murphy tells on one of the extras on one of the Chappelle's Show DVDs: there was a guy in Eddie's entourage that loved to call people "moron", which is a word that black people apparently don't often use. One night, someone had opened a barbecue pit outside a club they were at, and they were in line to get some BBQ sausages. Behind the two of them in line was a really scary gang banger and his crew, and there were only two sausages left, which the gang banger saw and realized he wouldn't get one, so it turned into a confrontation. So "moron" guy lets loose on the gang banger with "FUCK YOU, YOU FUCKIN' MORON!", and the only reason they didn't get shot over it was neither the gang banger nor any of his crew knew what "moron" meant.
posted by DecemberBoy at 3:19 PM on August 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Perfectly cromulent.
posted by Evilspork at 4:03 PM on August 7, 2009


My new goal in life has just become integrating jentacular into my everyday vocabulary. Thank you for that.
posted by SneakyArab at 4:07 PM on August 7, 2009


Well at least that explains why the French for mortgage is "hypotheque". I had always assumed it to be derived from a classically Gallic shrug from a lender, "Oui, monsieur, hypothetically you may own this house one day but the odds are much better that we will. (*sniff*)".
posted by Mike D at 4:09 PM on August 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


No, but I bought some Joola lately
posted by MtDewd at 4:35 PM on August 7, 2009


Is this thread honorificabilitudinitatibus or not honorificabilitudinitatibus?
posted by kldickson at 5:29 PM on August 7, 2009


I looked up "calling" in the OED but it doesn't have it. It did, however, suggest this word:

kallipyg: A person with finely developed buttocks.

a1913 F. ROLFE Desire & Pursuit of Whole (1934) xvii. 178 Some bulgy kallipyg with swung skirts and cardboard waist.

posted by Rumple at 5:51 PM on August 7, 2009


some words deserve to die
posted by litleozy at 6:02 PM on August 7, 2009


Slubberdegullions on squeaky feet . . .
posted by theredpen at 7:52 PM on August 7, 2009


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