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Bag's Word of the Day and Grammar Rodeo! v2

Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Sep 01, 2004 3:11 pm

Today's word is: phrontistery.
phrontistery
n.
an establishment for study and learning (sometimes including modern universities)
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Postby Lobstrosity » Wed Sep 01, 2004 3:52 pm

Harvey Mudd Phrontistery... Nope, it just doesn't quite sound the same.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Thu Sep 02, 2004 2:57 pm

Today's word is: palladian.
Pal·la·di·an¹
adj.
1. Greek Mythology. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Athena.
2. Of, relating to, or characterized by wisdom or study.

Pal·la·di·an²
adj.
1. Of or characteristic of the Renaissance architectural style of Andrea Palladio.
2. Of or characteristic of an architectural style of the mid-18th century derived from that of Andrea Palladio, especially in Britain.

It was probably the ¹2 that I was reading.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:02 pm

Today's word is: petrichor.
petrichor
n.
The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.

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Postby Foo-Byte » Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:44 pm

There's a name for that?!

Awesome!

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Postby Gobo » Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:49 pm

That sounds like something that'd be in the Meaning of Liff or something.... great word Bag

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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Sep 03, 2004 3:39 pm

Petros or petra is greek for stone, and ichor is the name of the fluid that runs through the veins of the gods (blood). So "petrichor" is like the essence of stone.

"Petrichor, the name for the smell of rain on dry ground, is from oils given off by vegetation, absorbed onto neighboring surfaces, and released into the air after a first rain." Matthew Bettelheim; Nature's Laboratory; Shasta Parent (Mt Shasta, California); Jan 2002.

Well, shouldn't the smell be the essence of vegetation or plants? I asked my greek friend, and he said that flowers is lelouthia, trees is thendra, and garden is kipo. Picking the one that sounds best with ichor, the new word is thendrichor.

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Postby SporkAndrew » Fri Sep 03, 2004 4:13 pm

You've just reminded me, I need a favour of your enourmous intellect, Bag... I saw this sign four times whilst in Vegas, attached to the Venetian hotel and always wondered what it actually meant... Knowing me, it probably is just something boring like when the hotel was built and stuff like that, but I'm still curious.

Could you do a quick translation, by any chance...?

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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Sep 03, 2004 4:59 pm

I don't speak Latin, but I'll do some research and give it a shot when I get some time this weekend.

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Postby dogmeat » Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:31 pm

SporkAndrew wrote:You've just reminded me, I need a favour of your enourmous intellect, Bag... I saw this sign four times whilst in Vegas, attached to the Venetian hotel and always wondered what it actually meant... Knowing me, it probably is just something boring like when the hotel was built and stuff like that, but I'm still curious.

Could you do a quick translation, by any chance...?

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From what little I remember of Latin classes, yeah pretty much the architect and year of construction. But it was 15 years ago, I may be way off the mark.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:52 pm

Well, considering MDXCI is 1591 and MCIXX is 1119 (unless I'm horribly mistaken), then unless this is simply a replica of a tablet rather than a new tablet altogether, I don't think dogmeat's quite right on this one.

Basically I think it is a dedication plaque and doesn't really say anything.

Before we discuss, when you see a latin inscription in all caps and there are instances of the letter V, they really mean the letter U. Also, J and I are the same.

I think the first line is a name, then DVCE means "leads/commands, regards/thinks/considers, or prolongs," (change the V to U and think "duke") so we will assume that the guy in the first line, Paschale Ciconia Venehar, was a leader of something in 1591 AD. Maybe he founded a city, because VRBIS means "city" (change the V to U and then think "urban"). CONDITAT may be the name of that city, this latin dictionary does not know it. CVRANTIBVS means that something is being cared for or attended to (change the V to U and think "care" or "curator"). Then it seems to be a list of names again, with some common words between. Don't know what PROC is, and PQ, EI, EQ, and FI are probably abbreviations.

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Postby Square721BT » Fri Sep 03, 2004 10:46 pm

I think 'TACOBO' is Latin for "Taco Bell".

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Postby Bag of Ass » Sat Sep 04, 2004 2:37 pm

Today's word is: sororal.
so·ro·ral
adj.
Of, relating to, or resembling a sister; sisterly.

Because we're only used to hearing "fraternal."

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Postby SporkAndrew » Sun Sep 05, 2004 12:06 pm

Bag of Ass wrote:I think the first line is a name, then DVCE means "leads/commands, regards/thinks/considers, or prolongs," (change the V to U and think "duke") so we will assume that the guy in the first line, Paschale Ciconia Venehar, was a leader of something in 1591 AD. Maybe he founded a city, because VRBIS means "city" (change the V to U and then think "urban"). CONDITAT may be the name of that city, this latin dictionary does not know it. CVRANTIBVS means that something is being cared for or attended to (change the V to U and think "care" or "curator"). Then it seems to be a list of names again, with some common words between. Don't know what PROC is, and PQ, EI, EQ, and FI are probably abbreviations.


Ok, dedication plaque that doesn't actually mean anything then. Curiosity, satisfied.

Thanks, Bag.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Sun Sep 05, 2004 1:34 pm

Today's word is: interrobang.
in·ter·ro·bang also in·ter·a·bang
n.
A punctuation mark in the form of a question mark superimposed on an exclamation point, used to end a simultaneous question and exclamation.

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Postby Kauser » Sun Sep 05, 2004 1:39 pm

Looks like a midget staff of hermes.
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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:39 pm

Today's word is: bulrush.
bul·rush
n.
1. Any of various aquatic or wetland herbs of the genus Scirpus, having grasslike leaves and usually clusters of small, often brown spikelets.
2. Any of several wetland plants of similar aspect, such as the papyrus and the cattail.

Nothing to do with bulls and/or rushing.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Tue Sep 07, 2004 2:55 pm

Today's word is: penna.
pen·na
n. pl. pen·nae
A contour feather of a bird, as distinguished from a down feather or a plume.

This was a word I randomly got points for playing Joggle, online Boggle. Didn't know it was really a word. I am on there as bagofass if you'd like to send me some challenges. I'm not very good though.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:05 pm

Today's word is: callipygian.
cal·li·pyg·i·an, also cal·li·py·gous
adj.
Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

This word makes me think of the first word in this thread. They are happy thoughts.

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Postby dogmeat » Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:15 pm

And hurrah for them both.


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