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Friday, 31 July 2015

Word To Use Today But Probably Not Out Loud: chalcenteric.

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Saying this word out loud probably isn't a good idea.

It'll make you look stuck-up; disdainful; a show-off...and it might get you killed.

Still, never mind, it can be thought without any danger at all. 

Apparently chalcenteric has an older form, chalcenterous (you pronounce both words with a k sound at the beginning). 

And what do they both mean? 

Well, they describe someone who's really very tough indeed.

On reflection, it might be wisest to avoid describing one of those in any way at all. 

Especially if they're listening.

Word To Use Today But Probably Not Out Loud: chalcenteric. This word comes from the Greek khalkenteros, from khalkos copper or brass, and enteros, intestine. 



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