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Sunday, June 25, 2006

 

Word of the day challenge


Dictionary.com excelled themselves with yesterday's 'word of the day':

Brobdingnagian\brob-ding-NAG-ee-uhn\, adjective:

Of extraordinary size; gigantic; enormous.

The venture capital business has a size problem. A monstrous, staggering, stupefying one. Brobdingnagian even.
-- Russ Mitchell, "Too Much Ventured Nothing Gained", Fortune, November 11, 2002

Any savvy dealer . . . will try to talk you up to one of the latest behemoths, which have bloated to such Brobdingnagian dimensions as to have entered the realm of the absurd.
-- Jack Hitt, "The Hidden Life of SUVs", Mother Jones, July/August 1999

It's a great vocabulary expanding service - word of the day. The best part, is the challenge of remembering the word and it's meaning and attempting to use it in conversation within the 24 hours before recieving the next word of the day. I love my little challenges. The best part of the game though, far from being able to successfully use the word, is the reaction of the person/s in the conversation when you explain how a cockaigne ideal has never seemed so far away.

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Comments:
Clearly you didn't learn the word cockaigne that well if you spelt it wrong ;)
 


Oh the shame! Prolix, go and stand in the dictionary corner.
 


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