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Monday 16 August 2010 10.25am
Well mine needs improving anyway.

Rapprochement Heard this one used a few times on Radio4 recently.
-noun
A resumption of friendly relations, esp between two countries.
[literally: bringing closer]

Schadenfreude I imagine most people already know this one.
-noun
satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
[ Schaden harm + Freude joy]

Freizeitstress Don't think this one is in the dictionary yet
-noun
Free time stress, as in someone who can't leave his/her work at the office.
Monday 16 August 2010 10.49am
Usufruct - A legal term describing a situation wherein a person or company has a temporary right to use and derive income from someone else's property (provided that it isn't damaged).

D├ęformation professionnelle
Phrase
French phrase, meaning a tendency to look at things from the point of view of one's own profession and forget a broader perspective
Monday 16 August 2010 10.00pm
The first time I came accross an example of 'newspeak' was about twenty years ago on what proved to be my last business trip to New York. We were stuck on the runway at JFK for about fifteen minutes because of a backlog at imigration. When we were finally given permission to taxi to the terminal the stewardess informed us that we would be shortly 'deplaning.'
I'd never heard that one before.
Monday 16 August 2010 10.32pm
I have heard deplane and deplaning frequently on US carriers, but the one that makes me smile is beverage.
It doesn't matter what you want on a US plane, vodka, beer, whisky, bourbon, tea, or coffee, they are not drinks, they are beverages.
Also pepsi, coke, Dr. Pepper, sprite, whatever, they are all under the umbrella of sodas.
Two nations divided by a common language.
Tuesday 17 August 2010 5.27pm
Here's one for you, Tom.

Ecstasy - a former taxi.
Tuesday 17 August 2010 9.06pm
Nice one, Phil. Opens up the opportunity for a new thread. I'll kick one off.
How about 'fraternizing.' = Breaking wind with friends.
Ooh, here's another one. 'Logarithm.' = A lumberjack's form of contraception.
Come on, there must be better ones from all those fertile minds out there.
Friday 20 August 2010 10.17pm
VAT 69........ The Pope's telephone number
Friday 20 August 2010 10.21pm
Prefab. In a time before the Beatles.
Sunday 22 August 2010 2.36pm
Fingerspitzengef├╝hl:

Quote:
...ability of some military commanders, such as Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel, to maintain with great accuracy in attention to detail an ever-changing operational and tactical situation by maintaining a mental map of the battlefield. The term literally means "finger tip feeling"

It's related to a concept of mine which I call "the floppy octopus mind" - a mind with loose, drifting tentacles that allows ideas to drift by, then seizes a choice one with great strength.
Sunday 22 August 2010 10.17pm
Dogma......a bitch with at least one pup.
Cutlass.......Northern girl after accident with knife.
Footloose.....someone with weak ankles.
verbalise.......spoken untruths.
I'll get me coat!
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