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What are the last five words you've looked up?

Asked by wildpotato (14903points) May 7th, 2014

One of my favorite things about the internet is that I can instantly look up every single word I don’t know. Check out your browser history if you can’t remember (but you should remember!). Or if you use a dictionary, just put down however many you can recall. I figure this might be a fun way to review and to learn new words.

Here’s my list:

Kenosis – the ‘self-emptying’ of one’s own will and becoming entirely receptive to God’s divine will.

Amphiboly – a situation where a sentence may be interpreted in more than one way due to ambiguous sentence structure.

Prospopoeia – a rhetorical device in which a speaker or writer communicates to the audience by speaking as another person or object.

Heteronomy – action that is influenced by a force outside the individual. Opposite of autonomy.

Superlation – exaltation of anything beyond truth or propriety.

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Blondesjon's avatar

bradycardia – noun – relatively slow heart action

lymphocytosis – noun – an increase in the number of lymphocytes in the blood usually associated with chronic infections or inflammations

lymphocyte – noun – any of the colorless weakly motile cells originating from stem cells and differentiating in lymphoid tissue (as of the thymus or bone marrow) that are the typical cellular elements of lymph, include the cellular mediators of immunity, and constitute 20 to 30 percent of the white blood cells of normal human blood

endocarditis – noun – inflammation of the lining of the heart and its valves

osteitis – noun – inflammation of the bone

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Which ever they were, I can’t remember, so they must not have been that important.

longgone's avatar

I’ve defined them from memory, we’ll see whether I got them right. Also, I didn’t look all of them up – some definitions I learned listening to songs. I decided to read this question as “what are the five words you learned most recently”.

Bdellyum Gum-like tree resin

Extolling High praise (?)

Perspicacious “Quick on the uptake”

Equivocate To overwhelm someone, i.e., when teaching.

Qat Evergreen tree shrub

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Oops, I was horny and really lonely today. My last 5 searches were three porn sites, ESPN, and a site for divorce records for a question here.

gailcalled's avatar

Heuristic: enabling a person to discover or learn something for himself.
Consanguineous: relating to or denoting people descended from the same ancestor.
Internecine: destructive to both sides in a conflict
Ad libitum: more formal term for ad lib

(Actually, I only looked up heurisitic, but I like the other four words.)

Mimishu1995's avatar

Some words that are too technical to ever say…

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Yeah twerking. I saw a mother of a college student that thought this was something illegal.

chyna's avatar

@Blondesjon Your words are troubling. Are you and your loved ones okay?

Blondesjon's avatar

@chyna . . . Everything is great on my end. I was just explaining Typhoid Mary to my daughter.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

carrack: A carrack or nau was a three- or four-masted sailing ship developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese for use in the Atlantic Ocean

Twincest: Incest between twins

Wincest : It’s basically an act of hot sex between family members, which makes it WINcest.

jingoistic hack ???

Some of these are words ragingloli played on the Word Association Game

And lastly Merchandise : to fight a court case (which I won using Black’s Law Dictionary def of the word).

gailcalled's avatar

Just looked up epistemology (for the fiftieth time) after reading @SavoirFaire’s profile.

“The theory of knowledge, esp. with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.”

filmfann's avatar

Ephemeral is the last one I recall.

Berserker's avatar

Definition of Twerking; someone attempting to violently dislodge a chunk of fecal matter stuck up their posterior.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ And I thought it was a new way to disguise “dry humping under the resemblance of dance”.

Berserker's avatar

Well it could easily be that, too.

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