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Old Apr 24th 2020, 7:47 am
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Originally Posted by Red Eric View Post
Boustrophedon.
Good word. I know now what my writing style is boustrophedon.I thought i was dyslexic
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Originally Posted by el collado kid View Post
Good word. I know now what my writing style is boustrophedon.I thought i was dyslexic
So long as it’s not otiose, you’re good.
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"there were occasions when I felt my efforts were rather otiose"
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Originally Posted by el collado kid View Post
"there were occasions when I felt my efforts were rather otiose"
it's a new one for me. I'd try to define it as well, but that would be redundant.
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Originally Posted by caretaker View Post
it's a new one for me. I'd try to define it as well, but that would be redundant.
Hardly seems worth defining words when american business will always find new uses....... as in using leverage as a verb.
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SWIMS. If you turn it upside down and back to front, it still says SWIMS. My OH pointed this out to me last night.

Are there any other words like this?
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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter View Post
SWIMS. If you turn it upside down and back to front, it still says SWIMS. My OH pointed this out to me last night.

Are there any other words like this?
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Originally Posted by Sugarmooma View Post
Is the person still on BE that was called a seminiferous tubule? I don't remember this incident.
I think this all happened in the Sand Pit back when it was hotbed of infidelity and wife swapping . . . .

https://britishexpats.com/forum/take...thread-742656/
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I think this all happened in the Sand Pit back when it was hotbed of infidelity and wife swapping . . . .

https://britishexpats.com/forum/take...thread-742656/

I guess I didn't venture enough around the world of BE!
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Bookkeeper has three sets of double letters in a row.
If a bookkeeper's assistant could be called a subbookkeeper, that'd be four sets of double letters.
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Originally Posted by Sugarmooma View Post
I guess I didn't venture enough around the world of BE!
Who knows what's in all those sub-forums? There's no guarantee they're safe, and just the name Sand Pit, really, makes me think blazing hot, full of flies, probably smells of urine.. Nope, too foreign.
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And if we're into bizarre word factoids, rather than bizarre words themselves, then both "catchphrase" and "latchstring" (a wire or string that passes through a gate or door allowing a latch to be opened from the "wrong" side) have six consonants in a row. There are some words with seven consonants (e.g. rhythms, strychnine) but each includes a "y" acting as a pseudo-vowel so they don't really count.
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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter View Post
SWIMS. If you turn it upside down and back to front, it still says SWIMS. My OH pointed this out to me last night.

Are there any other words like this?
there are a few in lower case. pod, suns and dollop are ones that I know.

These words are called ambigrams. There are all sorts of clever calligraphic tricks that can make many words into ambigrams. There's a guy called John Langdon who created book-cover art for some of Dan Brown's (dreadful) novels, whose website is worth a look Ambigrams, Logos, & Word Art. | John Langdon | Ambigrams, Logos, & Word Art.
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"Cleave" has two meanings, one of which is the opposite of the other. You can cleave to someone (stick like glue), or it can mean splitting something.
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Originally Posted by Oakvillian View Post
there are a few in lower case. pod, suns and dollop are ones that I know.

These words are called ambigrams. There are all sorts of clever calligraphic tricks that can make many words into ambigrams. There's a guy called John Langdon who created book-cover art for some of Dan Brown's (dreadful) novels, whose website is worth a look Ambigrams, Logos, & Word Art. | John Langdon | Ambigrams, Logos, & Word Art.

That webpage gave me vertigo.
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