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Is that a semiotic weapon you're holding? [Apr. 24th, 2005|05:22 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

According to my browser history, here are my most recent searches for words on Dictionary.com:

capacity
gratuitous
impulse
insipid
manifest
portentious
reciprocal
tenuous
machine
beg the question
banal
covert
evoke
incitement
overused
sweat
straw men
suss out
titular
vapid

And on Thesaurus.com:

catalyst
half-formed
pious
inadvertently
toying
procrastination
guts
even-keeled
impulse
toy
candid
earnest
sex
philander
share
giddy
milestone
blunt
confide
honest
hope
fruition
gratuitous
probability
stable
even keeled
evenkeeled
over the top
overused

Neat.

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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2005-04-24 10:20 pm (UTC)
Interesting... what were some of the context in which you needed to look up these words?

"Suss out" is a lovely expression :)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-04-25 12:02 am (UTC)
A lot of it is probably me trying to be a better writer in this journal. Sometimes I need to go look up the words I'm using, or their synonyms, to figure out if I'm actually saying what I mean to say. =) And sometimes I'm trying to understand other people's writing better.

I like "suss out" too. I think I might have ripped that off from William Gibson, but if I came up with it on my own, I wasn't the first person to do so.
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[User Picture]From: cerulicante
2005-04-25 04:42 am (UTC)
In typing those lists, you made poems that could probably win open-mic night on any college campus.


Heh heh heh. Words be good.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-04-25 05:57 am (UTC)
*snigger*

I was once at an open mic where someone got up and read the list of words that had been added to Webster's in the 90s. Maybe it wasn't poetry, but it was interesting. Heh.
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[User Picture]From: zerbie
2005-04-25 05:51 am (UTC)
Man, no one uses the phrase "begs the question" correctly. Everyone uses it to mean, "implies the question" or "raises the question" when that isn't right at all. Hrmph.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-04-25 06:02 am (UTC)
Yeah! That's why I had to look it up, because the wack usage was confusing me.
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