January 10, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm #601574
I know many of these are British but dont they sound great? Post your words also. (They must be in the dictionary).
rambunetiousJanuary 10, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm #843309yentingyentaParticipant
onomatopoeiaJanuary 10, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm #843310WolfishMusingsParticipant
How about words that are only common in the negative?
Ruthless (I got Eeees on this one once while playing Scrabble. We play a cutthroat game where challenge-losers forfeit a turn. One time, I played “ruth” which earned me a challenge. I figured that if you can be ruthless, you can have ruth. Sure enough, it was in the Scrabble Dictionary and she lost a turn.)
The WolfJanuary 10, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm #843311moi aussiMember
floccinaucinihilipilificationJanuary 11, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am #843312OneOfManyParticipant
For Wolf: unkempt (kempt is one of my favorite words :D).January 11, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am #843313ED IT ORParticipant
piffellation!January 11, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am #843314supergirl613Member
supercalifragilisticexpealidoshes(Mary Poppins in case you had a hard time reading the word)January 11, 2012 1:08 am at 1:08 am #843315shuliParticipant
ninconpoop!! i remeber my bus driver calling me that!January 11, 2012 1:21 am at 1:21 am #843316
PneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosisJanuary 11, 2012 1:24 am at 1:24 am #843317
AntidisestablishmentarianismJanuary 11, 2012 3:03 am at 3:03 am #843318OneOfManyParticipant
OccidentJanuary 11, 2012 8:43 am at 8:43 am #843319sem graduateMember
How about if everyone who posts these strange words educates the rest of us by supplying their definitions…January 11, 2012 9:10 am at 9:10 am #843320
wanderingchana your first word is awesome! No wonder its not in the dictionary – it would fill 3 pages!
supergirl613 lol. That sounds quite attrocious! So you cant complain if I include
“well I’ll be Jiggered”
from Little Lord SauntleroyJanuary 11, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am #843321Shticky GuyParticipant
How about the hill in New Zealand called Taumatawhakatangihangakoauawotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu
Or try these official words:
or this word for the day before yesterday: nudiustertianJanuary 11, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am #843322HorrifiedParticipant
gobsmackedJanuary 11, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am #843323HorrifiedParticipant
to ‘bodge’ it up with a bit of ‘bodge’
geordieJanuary 11, 2012 5:06 pm at 5:06 pm #843324HaLeiViParticipant
— otherwise known as Pepper SprayJanuary 11, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm #843325skiaddictMember
haha btw do you know how if you say a normal sounding word for like a minute straight it sounds totally mental? like lets say pumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpunmpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumkinpumpkinpumkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkin ha ha it sounds like the weirdest word ever pumpkin for supperJanuary 12, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am #843326
Ken Zayn – when I was little, that word was supposed to have been the longest in the English language, and our spelling teacher gave us extra credit if we got it right on a test. I think we studied it harder than the rest!January 12, 2012 1:12 am at 1:12 am #843327
i just tried that at supper tonight – picklepicklepicklepicklepicklepicklepickle, ha ha ha ha, I got so many words that I have to try it with!! words like chimney, platypus, or even hiccup!January 12, 2012 2:17 pm at 2:17 pm #843328
or who remembers jabberwockyJanuary 12, 2012 2:36 pm at 2:36 pm #843329
is not a word. neither is brillig, slithy, toves, gyre, gimble, wabe, mimsy, etc…January 12, 2012 3:20 pm at 3:20 pm #843330
mootJanuary 12, 2012 4:15 pm at 4:15 pm #843331tzaddiqMember
how’s this for stange English words
and impignorate.January 12, 2012 4:30 pm at 4:30 pm #843332shmoolik 1Participant
TOLERANCE haven’t heard that word in a long timeJanuary 12, 2012 4:30 pm at 4:30 pm #843333
The correct spelling of a word I posted is “nth”, and not “enth”.
Sorry…January 12, 2012 4:38 pm at 4:38 pm #843334ayshosheeParticipant
one of my favorites is brouhaha (not sure if i spelled it right)January 12, 2012 6:37 pm at 6:37 pm #843335ED IT ORParticipant
Yup you spelt it rightJanuary 12, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm #843336LuvMeMember
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – fear of long words, and NO i didn’t use a dictionary or copy and paste it! LOLJanuary 13, 2012 1:29 pm at 1:29 pm #843337uneeqMember
I’m veering off a bit, but how about some of the most interesting, grammatically valid sentences-
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher.January 13, 2012 2:02 pm at 2:02 pm #843338
Can you please explain those? I’d love to understand themJanuary 13, 2012 2:50 pm at 2:50 pm #843339
you got that wrong.
James, while John had had “had”, had had had “had;” “had had” had had a better effect on the teacher.
the “while” should probably be changed to “whereas,” too.
“while John had had had”
is a subordinate clause. the primary idea being conveyed in that sentence is that john had had “had.” next, your sentence would be a run on without the semicolon (or perhaps an emdash would also be acceptable). You also failed to denote which instances of the word “had” were references to the use of the word and which were verbs.
on to the buffalo sentence.
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
you got that wrong too.
“Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.”
is the correct sentence–minus a bit of punctuation. once again there is a subordinate clause which must be indicated by commas.
Buffalo buffalo, Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
Buffalo (as in the city) buffalo (as in the animal), Buffalo (city) buffalo (animal) buffalo (bully), buffalo (bully) Buffalo (city) buffalo (animal).
in other words:
Those Buffalo buffalo, who, ironically enough, are themselves buffaloed by Buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
now ordinarily i wouldnt nitpick as much, but i know that you got those sentences from wikipedia where the grammar is explained in great detail and you therefore should have known better.January 13, 2012 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm #843340
never mind, just googled them. pretty neat, eh?January 13, 2012 4:32 pm at 4:32 pm #843341
You guys lost me at had…or was it “had”? And then again at Buffalo…or was it buffalo?January 13, 2012 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #843342
there are three definitions of buffalo:
1) the city: Buffalo, NY
2) the animal (bison)
3) to bully
usage 1) the city is a proper noun and therefore must be capitalized; therefore when you see a capitalized “Buffalo” in the sentence assume it is the city.
the next two are a bit more difficult to figure out without punctuation, as the punctuation gives the sentence tone and thus, context.
on to had had and had.
had had is an alternate form of had when referring to the verb in the past tense.
hadpast participle, past tense of have (Verb)
Possess, own, or hold
as per that definition had had should be incorrect, but there are specific instances where each usage is proper. the statement that the teacher was more pleased with had had expresses a thought without context and is therefore misleading.
had on its own is a verb which denotes previous possession.
had had is a pluperfect which denotes both tense, in this case past, and perspective. in other words, whereas had refers to actual possession, where the possession is the focus of the discussion, had had refers instead to the time of possession, or a time frame of possession.
example for had: i once had a dog named scruffy.
example for had had: i had had a root canal before, but this one still seemed like pain beyond anything i had ever experiences.
the focus of had’s use in a sentence is to tell you that the subject is in possession of something.
the focus of had had in a sentence is to tell you that the subject experienced something, be it actual possession (as in i had had dogs before, but this one was particularly rowdy) or a description of a past event (as in the example with the root canal.)
the pluperfect is not exclusive to had had and the second had can usually be replaced with something more specific.
getting back to the example with the dog, “i had owned dogs before, but this one was particularly rowdy” would be a perfect use of the pluperfect (pun intended).
another indication of when to use or how to recognize a pluperfect is the timeline of the sentence.
“i had a dog.” tells a story about a man and a dog and then stops. it fixes on one specific point in time and moves no further.
the pluperfect had had or had (insert participle here) refers back to a fixed point in time and then moves you forward.
let’s examine the man who had owned dogs before. he is telling you that he had owned dogs before, or had had dogs before, however is or was surprised by the dog he acquired either sometime after his previous possession of dogs or the present. a sentence with a pluperfect has a timeline–a sentence with a simple verb does not.
therefore, depending on the message you are trying to convey, you may choose had or had had; however, the terms are NOT interchangeable as implied by that sentence.January 13, 2012 5:48 pm at 5:48 pm #843343ha ha ha haMember
uneeq that sound like the tongue twister
Q:how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?
A: a wood chuck would chuck so much wood if a wood chuck would chuck wood!!January 13, 2012 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #843344
You seemed to cover and explain the tense of words with quite a degree of expertise. Very impressive.
So, if I were to say, “I had a tense lesson,” that would be an accurate statement.
And if I were a writer paid by the word, it might suit me to say, “I had had a tense tense lesson.” that, too, would be valid.
; )January 13, 2012 6:25 pm at 6:25 pm #843345WIYMember
hierarchicalJanuary 14, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm #843346uneeqMember
Soliek: now ordinarily i wouldnt nitpick as much, but i know that you got those sentences from wikipedia where the grammar is explained in great detail and you therefore should have known better.
I did know better. I was going for shock value, so naturally I didn’t put in the punctuation.January 14, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm #843347Shticky GuyParticipant
YaberdaberdooJanuary 14, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm #843348
i teach english, btguy 😀
and yes, that would technically be correct, albeit very confusing 😛 and tense-lesson wold probably be hyphenated in that case to avoid confusion…but tzarich iyun 😀
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