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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
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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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    Twat

    1.a person regarded as stupid or obnoxious.

    2. hit or punch (someone).
    "if my best mate said that I'd twat him"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    Twat

    1.a person regarded as stupid or obnoxious.

    2. hit or punch (someone).
    "if my best mate said that I'd twat him"
    I thouht it was The War Against Terror ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOR View Post
    I thouht it was The War Against Terror ...
    Nah thats TWOT Pal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    This was good, heard an album of his poetry some time ago, couldn't remember his name. Cheers : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Edge View Post
    This was good, heard an album of his poetry some time ago, couldn't remember his name. Cheers : )
    He's known as 'The Bard of Salford'....a very dry Salfordian...like many from the area.

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    Word for today is 'Julian' referring to the Julian Calendar - and yes it was proposed by Julius Gaius Caesar way back in 46BC. That is because in Ukraine we now have two Christmas's - the Catholic Christmas of the Gregorian Calendar having been made a holiday by the Rada this year but still most Ukrainians - Orthodox or Greek Catholic (as my husband is) celebrate Christmas on January 7. So two Christmas Eves and Christmas days! In Polish tradition today is Saint Nicholas Eve (called Mikolaj in Polish) where presents are left under small peoples pillows (bit like the English tooth fairy) but not because it is Christmas Eve whereas in Ukraine it is St Nicholas Eve and Christmas Eve; all damn confusing to be honest and I would fully support sorting out the difference so that we live who live in between as it were do not have to buy two lots of presents every year!

    I wish my Orthodox Brothers and Sisters a Happy Christmas. I pray that one day we may overcome all the human (and calendar) obstacles so that all may rejoin in a single Communion as the true believers we all are. God go with us and guide us all.

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