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Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:00 PM

"Brobdingnagian ego"

One of my favorite writers applied this term to Trump.

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Reply "Brobdingnagian ego" (Original post)
Raven Nov 2018 OP
MineralMan Nov 2018 #1
Raven Nov 2018 #2
MineralMan Nov 2018 #4
Turbineguy Nov 2018 #3
MineralMan Nov 2018 #6
3catwoman3 Nov 2018 #9
MineralMan Nov 2018 #16
Liberal In Texas Nov 2018 #22
customerserviceguy Nov 2018 #26
3catwoman3 Nov 2018 #5
MineralMan Nov 2018 #7
3catwoman3 Nov 2018 #10
MineralMan Nov 2018 #11
Gothmog Nov 2018 #8
Oneironaut Nov 2018 #12
Raven Nov 2018 #13
Oneironaut Nov 2018 #15
SMC22307 Nov 2018 #19
Hekate Nov 2018 #14
Raven Nov 2018 #17
ProudLib72 Nov 2018 #18
3catwoman3 Nov 2018 #20
ProudLib72 Nov 2018 #21
Princess Turandot Nov 2018 #23
ProudLib72 Nov 2018 #24
edhopper Nov 2018 #25

Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:01 PM

1. .01 percent of the US population will recognize that word.

Even fewer will know its origin.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:03 PM

2. I know. That's why I liked it.

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Response to Raven (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:06 PM

4. Me, too.

Interestingly enough, people will understand the meaning right away, from the context. Most people who know anything about Gulliver's Travels, will only know the Lilliput story from Swift's satirical book. These days, the number of youngsters exposed to it is probably far smaller than it used to be.

More's the pity.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:05 PM

3. OK. I had to look it up.

Excellent choice.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:08 PM

6. It's a great example of how people learn word meanings from context, though.

Huge, gigantic, oversized. Anyone familiar with Trump would understand the word right away, but not its origin.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:17 PM

9. Sad, but true. The state of vocabulary and literary sophistication is steadily declining.

In my mid-twenties, quite briefly, I dated a guy about whom I was rather uncertain. One time, he said to me, "You've got to stop using them big words." The "them big words" was bad enough. When it turned out the big word was ambivalent , I was no longer ambivalent about him.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:36 PM

16. The size of a person's vocabulary says a lot about how much he or she reads.

I've always been hesitant to form relationships with people who have small vocabularies. Since I've always been a voracious reader, the conflicts about how we spent some of our time would be clear. Donald Trump makes it clear that he has read little. His vocabulary appears to me to be about that of a 10-year-old. I could not have a conversation with him.

Your example of ambivalent is a good one.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 12:26 AM

22. Sadly, I think you are corect.

We are becoming a nation of stupid people. "Idiocracy" seems not only a satire on our times, but strangely prescient.

And yes, I knew it was Jonathan Swift right off.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 25, 2018, 02:52 AM

26. It doesn't trip off the tongue

half as easily as "Lilliputian".

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:07 PM

5. Combined with Lilliputian abilities.

Bad combo.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:08 PM

7. Abilities and, apparently, some body parts.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:18 PM

10. I knew if I did not comment on that, someone...

...else surely would.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:20 PM

11. At your service...

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:09 PM

8. trump thinks that he is a lock for Time Person of the Year

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:23 PM

12. Can you say it again for me?

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Response to Oneironaut (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:25 PM

13. Funny...I know what it means but I can't pronounce it.

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Response to Raven (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:28 PM

15. "One more time. Now, say it three times fast"

“Brobdingnagian, Brobdingna… How did you even get it in here?”

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Response to Oneironaut (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:40 PM

19. Poor Raj and his little bird.

LOL

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:28 PM

14. I caught that swiftly. Good morning all my quick witted friends...

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Response to Hekate (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:37 PM

17. I guess Thanksgiving is a time to think back...

and when I read that this morning I was reminded of my father who took a real delight in words and their origins. He would say to us "here's a wonderful word, look it up." I guess I got the gene and happily passed it on. Makes me want to cry right now.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 12:39 PM

18. Houyhnhnm society is the best

Just live with animals and be done with the people.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 04:13 PM

20. OK - had to look that one up.

Not sure when I will get a chance to use it.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 23, 2018, 11:50 PM

21. That's a tough one for sure

Everyone knows "Lilliputian". Some know "Brobdingnagian". It's extremely rare that anyone remembers the horses.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #21)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 05:42 AM

23. Whoever came up with the name for 'Yahoo' search etc. obviously didn't! nt

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Response to Princess Turandot (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 01:04 PM

24. Do you think Yahoo Serious would have been bigger if he were named Houyhnhnm Serious?

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 01:08 PM

25. Lilipution intellect

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