Fun word: Exoplanet

I’m reading a book on astrophysics (this makes me sound smarter than I am :)). and one of the words in it (that I had to look up, along, with many, many other words) was exoplanet.

I had no idea what it was. I’ve heard of an exoskeleton, which is like a motorized armour you wear (kinda like a stripped down version of Iron Man.) I figured it was unlikely that an exoplanet was a planet around another planet.

An exoplanet is (drum roll please!) is: an extrasolar planet, that is, is a planet outside our solar system that orbits a star.

Interesting but not as much as picturing a planet like a Kinder Egg that contained another planet inside as the surprise toy.

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Fun phrases: Moral turpitude

Not sure where I hear this one, but I loved it. I had to look it up of course, but you can love a word (or phrase!) without actually knowing what it means.

Definition: Moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States and some other countries that refers to “an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community”.

So yeah..not exactly what I had in mind. I was thinking it meant something like you lacked morals (but not in a superbad way, just a kind of selfish way). Or that your morals were flexible depending on the situation – but again, just in a selfish kind of way, like you might take *two* pennies from the “Take a penny” tray.

And for some reason, it made me think of turpentine.  Perhaps I’ll start a new phrase – Moral turpentine. Nope. I just looked that up. Apparently 272,000 other people have already thought of it or used it.

What would you have thought this phrase meant?

Fun words: Ultracrepidarian

This one is just an awesome one. I think it could have many uses.

1) New supervillian name. BEHOLD – I am the Ultracrepidarian.

2) Heavy metal band

3) A creepy bug with a lot of legs

At a  quick glance, I’d say it means something like a super creepy person (ultra and most of creep). However, it means: one who is presumptuous and offers advice or opinions beyond one’s sphere of knowledge

In other words, a know it all. But think how awesome it’d be to say to someone annoying in a meeting/social gathering/family get together “How great to see you, my favourite ultracrepidarian” and see how they react!

What would you  make the meaning of this word if you could?

Fun words: gubernatorial

I honestly didn’t think this was a real word. I was convinced it was some strange way of referring to “Arnie” when he was a governor. It sounded kinda like “The Terminator” combined with the word governor.

Alas, I was wrong – partly.  Gubernatorial means: relating to a state governor or the office of state governor.

I really, really wished they’d called him that – The Gubernator. Or the Governator. 🙂

Politics are stressful these days – what are some fun words you would use to referred to your elected officials?

Fun words: persnickety

I love this word. It’s defined as: placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy.

And for some reason – when I hear this word – that’s exactly what I think of. It’s the kind of word that somehow sounds exactly like (well, not exactly like – that’s onomatopoeia – and yes, I had to look up how to spell that) what it represents. Or perhaps a better words would be conjures (ooh, another fun word!) up the feeling of what it represents.

Wow, I am a serious word nerd.  But I’m not too persnickety about grammar. 🙂

What’s a word that makes you think about exactly what it represents?

 

 

Fun words: apotheosis

The English language is truly full of fun words – gotta admit I hadn’t encountered this one until recently.

Apotheosis is defined as the perfect form of something or elevation to divine status.

If you could be elevated to divine status and be the god of something (like Thor is the god of thunder), what would you be the god of? I think I’d be the god of naps. I like napping a lot and would prefer not to go outside in the cold if I don’t have to. That could also make me the god of cats.

 

Fun phrases: Fifth columnist

I’ve been reading a great book lately called “The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains” which is all about some very out there comic book villains (e.g. Robotic Nazi T.Rex).

Some of the most colourful villains were invented during WWII. A phrase that kept popping up was “fifth columnist” and I’d never heard of it before, so I looked it up.

It’s defined as: someone who secretly supports and helps the enemies of the country or organization they are in.

Obviously these were not good guys (or gals) to so super heroes such as “Sleepy” and “Nightmare” (yes, seriously) made good work of them.

If you were a supervillain – what would you want your name and super power to be?