Interesting Words (moved from Games)

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Oh, it's actually a familiar thing, but I never knew the name.
 

SpeedPocok5

Active Member
Alternative formsEdit
  • Mißgeburt (pre-1996)
EtymologyEdit
miss- +‎ Geburt
PronunciationEdit
  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪsɡəˌbʊʁt/
  • Audio(file)
NounEdit
Missgeburt f (genitive Missgeburt, plural Missgeburten)
  1. (derogatory) a creature born with severe birth defects / deformities
 

Issacus Divus

King under the heavens

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
"Blighty", especially in the sense of a "wound suffered by a soldier in the First World War which was sufficiently serious to merit being shipped home to Britain".

 

Issacus Divus

King under the heavens
Lol.
 

Issacus Divus

King under the heavens
“Loony” means crazy. But “sunly” means sane!
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
"Faffle", especially in sense c.:

Etymology: Of echoic origin: compare maffle; also dialect faff a puff of wind, faff to blow in sudden gusts.
Previous versions of the OED give the stress as: ˈfaffle.
dialect.

a. To stutter or stammer; to utter incoherent sounds.
1570 P. Levens Manipulus Vocabulorum sig. Aiii v/2 To Faffle, balbutire.
1570 P. Levens Manipulus Vocabulorum sig. Kiv v/2 Faffil.
1574 J. Baret Aluearie F 16 To Faffle, or stammer. Balbutio.
1781 in J. Hutton Tour to Caves Gloss. Faffle, to be inconsistent in speech.
1869 J. C. Atkinson Peacock's Gloss. Dial. Hundred of Lonsdale (at cited word). Faffle, to be inconsiderate in speech.

b. To saunter; to fumble.
1869 J. C. Atkinson Peacock's Gloss. Dial. Hundred of Lonsdale (at cited word). Faffle, to saunter, to fumble.

c. Of a sail: to flap idly in the wind.
1951 W. H. Auden Nones (1952) 21 Impassive, cloaked and great on Horseback under his faffling flag.

d. = faff v.
1965 M. Frayn Tin Men xxi. 113 Faffling away at whatever it was she faffled away at.
 
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