New Word #51: Recently Learned

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rictus: a fixed grimace or grin.
From DeRicki’s post here.

cryonic: The practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of people who have just died, in the hope that scientific advances may allow them to be revived in the future. I have often wondered if any of the cryonic bodies has been revived on which new medical technology are used. Also what if a storm might knock the power off and make the storage refrigerator nonfunctional. What would happen to the body then?
From Geoff’s post here.

scuttlebutt: rumour, gossip
From Pooja’s post here.

pachyderm: a very large mammal with thick skin, especially an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
From Chris’s post here.

vile: extremely unpleasant.
revile: criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner.
vilify: speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner.
From clayjonz’s post here.

privy: Sharing in the knowledge of (something secret or private).
cloche: a small translucent cover for protecting or forcing outdoor plants.
coiffure: A person’s hairstyle, typically an elaborate one.
ricochet: (of a bullet, shell, or other projectile) rebound one or more times off a surface.
From Bonnywood’s post here.

teleportation: the act or process of moving an object or person by psychokinesis.

cyclone and anticyclone: A cyclone is a storm or system of winds that rotates around a center of low atmospheric pressure. An anticyclone is a system of winds that rotates around a center of high atmospheric pressure.

firenado: a rapidly rotating column of flames above an intense fire. This word is obviously a cousin to tornado, except that tornado is about air while firenado is about fire.

drawdown: a reduction in the size or presence of a military force.

thalassophile: a lover of the sea. The amount of time he spent on a boat, he considered himself a thalassophile.

18 thoughts on “New Word #51: Recently Learned

    1. That’s great. I can imagine you and your sister being privy to each other’s thoughts. I haven’t been able to use it although I often want to. People who are privy to each other’s secrets–that’s a sign of intimacy. LOL.

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    1. That’s so true. I wonder if there should be a word for online friendship like this. I mean pen pal is not sufficient to describe the online relationship that is flourishing on social media right now.

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      1. I think we SHOULD find a word to describe this special relationship. (To be honest, I spend much more time chatting with some of my digital friends than I do with my physical friends.) I’ll put on my thinking cap and see what I can come up with…

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        1. Yes, I am quite introverted. Not the non-talk type, but rather the nerdy type who only knows how to talk about things she’s interested in. So I am not very popular among friends, but I think I am more popular online–I mean not really popular, but rather more popular compared to my own physical circle .

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