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Unfamiliar Words

I didn't have much in the way of spelling mistakes to work with the last couple of days, and I didn't want to go back and look for them. The real interesting thing about them is the creativity to explain them from me and people I chat with, more than the actual words themselves. Some of them can incur some interesting definitions, so I'll talk on that some other time.

Instead I wanted to share about some words that I had to look up during conversations. A co-worker, Kyle, is the source of both of these, one from a story he was telling me yesterday, and the other from an excuse to go see Shrek 3 he wanted to use today.

The first, from the story yesterday, is fisticuffs. He in this particular story he was telling me about a fight he got into he used that word to start the story. Now, based on just the word "fist" i figured it had to have something to do with fighting, but I still had to go look it up. It's defined as "combat with the fists," so more or less a fist fight. An interesting word, but it's odd enough that I won't find much use for it in writing.

The second word is dysentery. Particularly, he said that he wanted to use that as an excuse to go see that movie, then said he'd consider developing it just so he didn't have to go to the movie. He hadn't actually looked it up, and after I looked it up, and linked him to the Wikipedia article, he changed his mind, stating he'd much rather watch Shrek 3 then have that. I'm not going to replicate the description from the Wikipedia article here, you can go look there if you want to know more about it, but the disease is often known as "Montezuma's Revenge".

I don't think I'll find much use for that word in writings either.


Date posted: 02 06 07 - 23:37
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