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    Word of The Day

    An occasional series by anyone who want to chip in, only rules being the word must be outside the normal milieu of everyday international conversation.

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    Doolally

    British
    informal
    1Temporarily deranged or feeble-minded.
    ‘Uncle's gone doolally again’

    1.1 Transported with excitement or pleasure.
    ‘a return on capital that the City would go doolally over’
    Origin
    Early 20th century: originally doolally tap, Indian army slang, from Deolali (the name of a town with a military sanatorium and a transit camp) + Urdu tap ‘fever’.
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    kaylied (ˈKay lied' )

    adjective
    British slang

    intoxicated; drunk

    From the northern name "kali" for sherbet powder
    Last edited by Toby; 03 May 17, at 23:14.

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    schmutz

    North American informal noun...dirt or similar unpleasant substance

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    Codswallop

    Codswallop [cod’s wallop], noun.

    Senseless talk, an expression of disbelief.
    “That’s a load of old codswallop gone bad!”

    Origin unknown.
    Possibily 1959 UK TV series "Hancock’s Half Hour."

    Possibly from cod (scrotum, cf., codpiece) + wallop (beer) = imitation beer.

    Possibly from Hiram Codd’s British soft drinks (ca. 1870s), which were produced in bottles with a glass marble stopper. The marble was “walloped” (hit hard) to open the bottle. “Is that a Codd’s ‘beer’ (ha!) you’re drinking?”


    (The reason I chose this word is because I first heard it from an Irishman who had spent the last 55 years in rural Hong Kong. There’s not much chance he heard it in HK, and only a small possibility he saw / heard the 1959 TV program.)

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    cack
    kak

    BRITISH informal noun
    1.
    excrement; dung.
    "cow cack"
    verb
    1.
    defecate in (one's clothes)."he's cackin his pants"
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    Hubris

    Excessive pride or self-confidence.

    (in Greek tragedy) excessive pride towards or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis.

    overweening presumption that leads a person to disregard the divinely fixed limits on human action in an ordered cosmos

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    Machiavellian

    ˌmakɪəˈvɛlɪən/Submit
    adjective
    1.
    cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics.
    "a whole range of outrageous Machiavellian manoeuvres"
    synonyms: devious, cunning, crafty, artful, wily, sly, scheming, designing, conniving, opportunistic, insidious, treacherous, perfidious, two-faced, Janus-faced, tricky, double-dealing, unscrupulous, deceitful, dishonest; informalfoxy
    "there were press accusations of Machiavellian deception"
    noun
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    a person who schemes in a Machiavellian way.

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