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Play of Words

...a romper room for those of us who delight in playing and running away with words.

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OXYMORONS 10 Replies

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What You Thought It Meant 4 Replies

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WHAT'S THE WORD? 3 Replies

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What are your favorite words? 10 Replies

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Word of the Day 103 Replies

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"Just for Fun" Spellcasting- Play the Conjurer 34 Replies

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Communicate in Flower Language

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Sniglets-Words that don't appear in the dictionary, but should 1 Reply

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FREERICE.com- get the right answer and feed the HUNGRY

Started by Maricel Evasco May 6, 2010.

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Comment by Maricel Evasco on February 9, 2010 at 4:26pm

Comment by Maricel Evasco on January 16, 2010 at 6:21am
FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION estimating things as worthless and belittling other's achievements
Comment by Maricel Evasco on January 16, 2010 at 6:20am
"If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur." -- Doug Larson
Comment by Maricel Evasco on December 31, 2009 at 5:59am

Comment by Nick Danger on November 18, 2009 at 5:57am
Oxford Word of the Year 2009: Unfriend

Birds are singing, the sun is shining and I am joyful first thing in the morning without caffeine. Why you ask? Because it is Word of the Year time (or WOTY as we refer to it around the office). Every year the New Oxford American Dictionary prepares for the holidays by making its biggest announcement of the year. This announcement is usually applauded by some and derided by others and the ongoing conversation it sparks is always a lot of fun, so I encourage you to let us know what you think in the comments.

Without further ado, the 2009 Word of the Year is: unfriend.

unfriend – verb – To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.

As in, “I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.”

“It has both currency and potential longevity,” notes Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford’s US dictionary program. “In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year. Most “un-” prefixed words are adjectives (unacceptable, unpleasant), and there are certainly some familiar “un-” verbs (uncap, unpack), but “unfriend” is different from the norm. It assumes a verb sense of “friend” that is really not used (at least not since maybe the 17th century!). Unfriend has real lex-appeal.”

Wondering what other new words were considered for the New Oxford American Dictionary 2009 Word of the Year? Check out the list below.


hashtag – a # [hash] sign added to a word or phrase that enables Twitter users to search for tweets (postings on the Twitter site) that contain similarly tagged items and view thematic sets

intexticated – distracted because texting on a cellphone while driving a vehicle

netbook – a small, very portable laptop computer with limited memory

paywall – a way of blocking access to a part of a website which is only available to paying subscribers

sexting – the sending of sexually explicit texts and pictures by cellphone


freemium – a business model in which some basic services are provided for free, with the aim of enticing users to pay for additional, premium features or content

funemployed – taking advantage of one’s newly unemployed status to have fun or pursue other interests

zombie bank – a financial institution whose liabilities are greater than its assets, but which continues to operate because of government support

Politics and Current Affairs

Ardi – (Ardipithecus ramidus) oldest known hominid, discovered in Ethiopia during the 1990s and announced to the public in 2009

birther – a conspiracy theorist who challenges President Obama’s birth certificate

choice mom – a person who chooses to be a single mother

death panel – a theoretical body that determines which patients deserve to live, when care is rationed


brown state – a US state that does not have strict environmental regulations

green state – a US state that has strict environmental regulations

ecotown - a town built and run on eco-friendly principles

Novelty Words

deleb – a dead celebrity

tramp stamp – a tattoo on the lower back, usually on a woman

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Frankly, this is a pretty lame choice
Comment by Thomas William Farquhar on November 16, 2009 at 12:24am
Chaucer "A Complaint to my Purse"; John Donne "Batter My Heart Ye Three-Personed God"; William Blake "Jerusalem"
Comment by Maricel Evasco on November 15, 2009 at 7:04am
1 a : white, glowing, or luminous with intense heat b : strikingly bright, radiant, or clear c : marked by brilliance especially of expression

Do some poetry ignite your incandescent passions? Name a few.
Comment by Apposite on November 8, 2009 at 4:25pm
Running, running, dictionary wrapped in arms
Player with the America's words,
Strunk and White in the coat pocket.
Laughing, gloating, condescending,
A bold illuminated force
master of parody
stacker of superlatives
Shoveling, digging for truth
Proud to be the nation's literati.
Stacker of the nation's books
Player with words.
Comment by Lily Roth on November 8, 2009 at 9:34am
ooooohhh...Here is a lil blurb about him from Wikipedia, Maricel

Kerouac is generally considered to be the father of the Beat movement, although he actively disliked such labels, and, in particular, regarded the subsequent Hippie movement with some disdain. Kerouac's method was heavily influenced by the prolific explosion of Jazz, especially the Bebop genre established by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and others. Later, Kerouac would include ideas he developed in his Buddhist studies, beginning with Gary Snyder. He called this style Spontaneous Prose, a literary technique akin to stream of consciousness. Although Kerouac’s prose was spontaneous and purportedly without edits, he primarily wrote autobiographical novels (or Roman à clef) based upon actual events from his life and the people with whom he interacted.

Most famous work? ....On The Road,Dharma Bums,Big Sur,The Subterraneans
Comment by Maricel Evasco on November 8, 2009 at 7:46am
lol Lily
k dumb question: Who is Jack Kerouac?

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