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New words

In which I kill the board by posting words and other little things that I learn while reading Five Weeks in a Balloon.

Reconnoitre: make a military observation of (a region)
Lake Ukewere: An alternate name for Kenya’s Lake Victoria (although I am hereby going to refer to it in conversation as Nyanza as it is known by the Bantu as a sign of solidarity and defiance of the Queen)
Quitted: leave (a place), usually permanently
Eugene Maizan: 1840s French explorer of Africa. Captured by Manzugera, chief of the Wakamba in present day Kenya. Manzugera, falsely believing that Maizan was carrying treasure, tortured him to find out where it was hidden. His arms were bound around a pole to which his legs and head were secured with rope. Manzugera's son Hembé cut off Maizan's limbs and genitals, then cut his throat and beheaded him, interrupting the throat-cutting to sharpen the knife in front of Maizan before killing him.

That’s all for today.

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I should have some interesting dreams tonight. Thanks. Should be better than last night, though. I had a somewhat sexual dream about Marshall from How I Met Your Mother.

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You do you, Penny! And if you have a sexual dream about a decapitated amputee then we all deserve to know about that one too.

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I’m hopeful that it will occur in a balloon

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A hot air balloon?













That was just a terrible attempt at a joke. I am embarrassed. Good night!

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New words from daniel handler's adverbs

Semaphore -in the context that i read it it's a verb, sending a message by signalling (like with your arms). And signaling with flags

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You crazy kids! Get a broom!

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I performed a reconnoitre of your posting history and decided you should have quitted this place long ago. Unless you want to end up like Eugene Maizan, I suggest you read the semaphores and take a long walk into the Nyanza.

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The only new word I learned this week was "goss," and I got that from Bee. Actually I get all my hipster new words from Bee. Gotta muscle now, babe!

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Lol yasssss

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By the way, stoplight in Spanish is semáforo.

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That's awesome! I'm still practicing but i didn't know that. It's because they're both about signs

Semaphore: from the Greek σῆμα, sema, meaning sign and φέρω, phero, meaning to bear; altogether the sign-bearer

Semaforo: Borrowed from French sémaphore, from Ancient Greek σῆμα (sêma, “sign”) and -φωρος (-phōros, “bearing, bearer”).


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This thread has a lot of potential to upset people who learn words that others already knew. I see great things and fights coming from this thread. Perhaps I underestimated it by thinking it would be boring.

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Well, bentz and corwin will keep reminding us that they already know these words. But i really like this idea -even if i might be embarrassed to post words people already know lol

I was tempted to make fun of you for not knowing 'quitted' but i thought it wouldn't promote the right vibe for this thread. I also figured i only knew it because i read romantic historical fiction and i doubt that's your jam

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I quitted this thread long ago. I'm very offended that I didn't know any of those words.

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stay! I want to know any words you come across that you don't know!

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As the leading academic, I’m sure his pride won’t allow him to reveal he has learned something as pedestrian as a word (other than the gutter slang he picks up from other posters). And imagine if MovieMan sees him post a word that he already knows. All hell will break lose [sic]!

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He'd look like some middle-class wannabe intellectual tryhard!

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He’s such an Emma sometimes!

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Ikr?! Total emma.






















He's probably having a meltdown reading this lol

We love you, bentz!!!

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Have the two of you turned on me???? This is war!!!

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Lol it makes me feel better for not being a rich intellectual. You have to let the little folks do this sometimes, b

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Lol, I'm too humble to feel insulted but to be honest, I was pretty sure I knew what it meant before I looked it up. I was struggling to justify posting anything other than reconnoiter, which is why I also posted random facts about Africa. So there.

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Lol i like the random facts. This is the new words/random facts thread and if it dies I'll accuse everyone of not reading

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Random facts from sex in history

Paleolithic contraception was a thing. Before farming, in the central forests of Paraguay, the plant they used was stevia rebaudiana. They dried, powdered, and boiled it and the woman would drink a cup every day. Whether or not it worked hasn't been attested but it was definitely used for the purpose of contraception.

In the 1960s some Dyirbal tribe in Queensland still believed that a woman could only become pregnant after sitting over a fire while cooking a fish that had been given to her by the prospective father.

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No new words today but a great quote by Dr Ferguson while talking to a captive audience about the thought of taking a hot air balloon to Jupiter.

“When people stay in this world, they learn nothing and keep as ignorant as bears.”

Gotta love the spirit of the adventurers of yesteryear (even the fictional ones).
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