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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
(llan-vire-pooll-gwin-gill-gore-ger-ih-queern-drorb-ooll-llandy-silio-gore-gore-goch)

A small, quiet town on the island of Angelsey off the northwest coast of North Wales.

Usually shortened to Llanfair-pwll or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, it is a Welsh word that translates roughly as "St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave".............
yup Been there. Very looong sign
 
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pugilist. a boxer,esp a professional one


common word but always seemed like it should be for someone who plays a "pugle"
 
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frisson. free + saw(nasalize "saw" by pushing all air thru your nose when you say it. )
..nostrils should vibrate a little

  1. a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill.
    "a frisson of excitement"
 
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Here are some words people often use incorrectly., I know I am guilty of a few...

Bemused
If you think bemused means the same thing as amused, you’re absolutely wrong. And if you are someone who is reading this for the first time, you might be confused. And that’s exactly what bemused means: confused.

Disinterested
Disinterested does not mean uninterested, at all. So, if you find a movie to be boring and a waste of your time, you are uninterested, not disinterested. Disinterested means that you don’t have any stake in the outcome because you’re not invested in something. The two words are used interchangeably a lot these days that they have become synonymous, but it is a distinction that style guides are keen to maintain.

Electrocute
Ever accidentally stick your finger in an electrical outlet and get electrocuted? Well, you were not electrocuted unless you died after the accident and got buried, you just got a mild electric shock. Because the word electrocute means to kill or execute someone with an electric shock. Remember the electric chair to help you make the distinction.


Factoid
Factoid is not synonymous with fact. The word factoid is a relatively new word that was coined by Norman Mailer in 1973, and unlike most people who use the word today, he meant for it to mean fake news that people believe just because they’ve seen it written somewhere. So, a factoid is not a fun trivia fact, it’s a tabloid.


Nonplussed
This is a word that is often misused because of its deceptive nature. Unlike what most people think, it does not mean ‘not bothered’. Nonplussed means confounded and perplexed and as such derives from the Latin expression non plus which literally means no more. So, if you are nonplussed you may be in a situation in which you are so bewildered and confused that you can’t take no more.

Plethora
Plethora does not mean a ‘lot of‘. Strictly speaking, it means ‘too much of‘ or an ‘overabundance of‘. This makes perfect sense from an etymological point of view as plethora was originally a medical term meaning surplus or imbalance of bodily fluids—and in particular blood—that could be blamed for a period of ill health; in that sense, it literally means “fullness” in Greek.

Peruse
We often hear people saying they are perusing a newspaper or a magazine in the sense that they are browsing it. Please, people, stop saying that! Peruse does not mean browse. In fact, it means the opposite. When you peruse something, you study it thoroughly and in great detail.


Regularly
Regularly is not synonymous with often, nor is it with frequently. If something happens often, it does not mean it happens regularly and vice versa. When something happens regularly, it happens at regular, ordered intervals or in a predictable, uniform way.

Luxuriant
Because it sounds like luxurious, most people assume they mean the same thing, naaah! If something is luxuriant is not necessarily expensive. Instead, it is lush, overblown, or prolifically overabundant.


Refute
Refute and deny are not the same. If you say “I refute that”, you don’t mean that you merely deny or refuse it, it means you can prove it to be false.
 
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Pescetarian: Someone who does not eat meat but does eat fish.

Assbutt: Term often used by the angel Castiel on the tv show Supernatural. NOT a term of endearment
 
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