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enrich your vocabulary and make news juicy reading again:

An appropriate investigation in the Congress would soon be able to cast light on how the beelzebubian head of the actual U.S. government, G. W. Bush, proves to be a ding-dong, clinging, due to most nubigenous reasoning, to his limpsy course of action in Iraq after the war.

sounds ding-donged? the heritage of contemporary American English allows for it at least:


not in the Webster’s New International Dictionary anymore, but it was in 1936


…Slang. An empty-headed person; a fool.

intr.v. ding-donged, ding-donging, ding-dongs

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


\Limp”sy\ (-s[y^]), Limsy \Lim”sy\ (l[i^]m”s[y^]), a. [See Limp, a., and cf. W. llymsi having a fickle motion, weak. Cf. Flimsy.] Limp; flexible; flimsy. [Local, U. S.]

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


\Nu*big”e*nous\, a. [L. nubes cloud + -genous.] Born of, or produced from, clouds. [R.]

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

(The above mentioned words have been categorised as “ambiguous” by Allport, Odbert and Norman resp. while trying to extract an exhaustive, precise and well-structured taxonomy of personality trait names from “all terms in contemporary American English”.

Allport GW, Odbert HS: Trait-names: a psycho-lecical stuy. Psychol Monogr 47(I):1-17, 1936.

Norman WT: 2800 personality trait descriptors: normative operating characteristics for a university population. Dpt. of Psychology, University of Michigan, 1967.)

Written by huehueteotl

November 16, 2006 at 4:48 pm

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