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What does that mean?
« on: November 05, 2011, 01:00:02 PM »
Okay, this is the intellectual equivalent of a forum game. Essentially someone posts an unusual, little-known or interesting word, the next poster has to find another unusual or interesting word starting with the last letter of the previous one.

Here goes:

Croodle - Verb
Meaning to cower, crouch, draw together for warmth or cling close to someone e.g. "We huddled under the bridge, croodling together helplessly as we struggled for warmth in the bitter weather."

Next person gets E.  :)
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2011, 05:10:32 PM »
Erg - Noun

An erg is the unit of energy and mechanical work in the centimetre-gram-second (CGS) system of units, symbol "erg". Its name is derived from the Greek ergon, meaning "work".[1]

An erg is the amount of work done by a force of one dyne exerted for a distance of one centimeter. In the CGS base units, it is equal to one gram centimeter-squared per second-squared (g·cm2/s2). It is thus equal to 10−7 joules or 100 nanojoules (nJ) in SI units.

1 erg = 10−7 J = 100 nJ

1 erg = 624.15 GeV = 6.2415 ×1011 eV

1 erg = 1 dyne cm = 1 g·cm2/s2

Also the textual expression of a grunting noise I make.

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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2011, 06:47:50 PM »
Gyromancy - Noun
A form of divination by the means of walking around in a circle continually until the walker falls from dizziness: the divination is read from the place in the circle and the manner in which the walker falls.

This sounds rather amusing to try. Particularly if the walker in question was inebriated beforehand...  :P
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011, 12:43:46 PM »
Interesting thread!

Yapok - Noun

A nocturnal, semiaquatic South American marsupial (Chironectes minimus), more properly known as the water opossum. Unlike most opossums, whose hind feet have an opposable digit for climbing trees, the yapok has webbed hind feet instead, and is the marsupial most adapted for aquatic life. It is also the only extant marsupial in which both males and females of the species have a pouch. The female pouch is watertight and is used to protect her young while in the water. However, the male pouch seems not be for protecting young, but is somewhere to put his dingdong while swimming.

The name probably comes from the Oyapok River in French Guyana.

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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2011, 03:08:02 PM »
kakorrhaphiophobia - Noun

The fear of failure or defeat.

In response to Jub's previous word; Mythbusters aired an episode where they found out humans will walk or swim in very tight circles without realising it when their vision is blocked.

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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2011, 03:13:29 PM »
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words.

Poor person when then get told what they are diagnosed with.
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2011, 05:44:00 PM »
Since it's "start with the last letter of the previous word" I'll carry on from CG's.

Agathism - Noun
The doctrine or philosophical idea that all things tend, by nature, towards good.
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2011, 05:58:28 PM »
Nobody?  :(
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2011, 11:06:37 PM »
I was waiting for someone else. :P

Maggotorium - noun
 
1. A place where maggots are stored.

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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2011, 05:41:32 PM »
Mezentian- Adjective
Comparable to the actions of Mezentius, a mythical Etruscan king who tied living men to corpses then left them to die of starvation.

I just hope he didn't put the corpses in the Maggotorium first.  :P
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2012, 09:31:08 PM »
Natricine - Of, like or pertaining to water-snakes.
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2012, 12:03:46 PM »
Eisteddfod - Noun
A congress of (Welsh) bards.
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2012, 07:48:01 PM »
dromestoners - people who remove stones from temporary airfields  :P
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2012, 04:55:11 PM »
Salleeman - Noun
A Moorish pirate ship
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Re: What does that mean?
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2012, 05:02:40 PM »
Nictate - verb
To wink, or blink.