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    "Esquivalience" is a fictitious entry in the New Oxford American Dictionary (NOAD), which was designed and included to protect copyright of the publication. It was purported to mean: "The willful avoidance of one's official responsibilities."[Wiki].

    What seemingly plausible but fictitious words can we come up with that could serve the same purpose as Esquivalience if we needed them?
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    Originally posted by FMF
    "Esquivalience" is a fictitious entry in the New Oxford American Dictionary (NOAD), which was designed and included to protect copyright of the publication. It was purported to mean: "The willful avoidance of one's official responsibilities."[Wiki].

    What seemingly plausible but fictitious words can we come up with that could serve the same purpose as Esquivalience if we needed them?
    There are lots of words that have been rejected by the Oxford English
    Dictionary.

    Here are some examples.

    Sproggering.......meaning faster than a jog but not sprinting.

    Scrax...................the silver foil on lottery cards that you scratch.

    Furgling.................searching around in your pocket for keys or loose change.

    Vidiot............someone who is inept at using video equipment.

    Xenolexica...........confusion when confronted by unusual words.
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    Originally posted by johnnylongwoody
    There are lots of words that have been rejected by the Oxford English
    Dictionary.
    Esquivalience was invented and inserted deliberately by the dictionary's publishers in order to catch plagiarists out. That is perhaps why it is more plausible and less blatant than the rejected words you have listed.
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    Originally posted by FMF
    "Esquivalience" is a fictitious entry in the New Oxford American Dictionary (NOAD), which was designed and included to protect copyright of the publication. It was purported to mean: "The willful avoidance of one's official responsibilities."[Wiki].

    What seemingly plausible but fictitious words can we come up with that could serve the same purpose as Esquivalience if we needed them?
    skrinde

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    The percieved sound of robbie carrobie's emotional gear-crunching, following one of his high-speed mid-debate wagon-wheel ejections.
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    Originally posted by divegeester
    [b]skrinde

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    The percieved sound of robbie carrobie's emotional gear-crunching, following one of his high-speed mid-debate wagon-wheel ejections.[/b]
    WOW!


    What a definition.
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    "[threadid]?[idot]": Someone with above average
    intelligence who strains at gnats
    but is fequently unable
    to see between
    the lines
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    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]"[threadid]?[idot]": Someone with above average
    intelligence who strains at gnats
    but is fequently unable
    to see between
    the lines
    .[/b]
    Are you, by any chance, straining at something yourself here, Grampy Bobby?
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    Originally posted by FMF

    Are you, by any chance, straining at something yourself here, Grampy Bobby?
    Please, FMF not in a public place.Reveal Hidden Content
    Simply send a two-way personal message, if you would like an answer.
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    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    Please, FMF not in a public place.[hidden]Simply send a two-way personal message, if you would like an answer.[/hidden]
    No thanks. Not interested in PMs.

    Your post was on this thread I started. It sounded rather overwrought if you don't mind me saying so. An answer here would seem appropriate.

    Is there, by any chance, something you were straining at yourself?

    Perhaps you are a bit gnatswish, adj., flustered, champing at the bit, having lost one's composure somewhat, as in "straining at gnats"?
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    Six potential Mountweazels emerged. They were:

    earth loop—n. Electrical British term for GROUND LOOP.

    EGD—n. a technology or system that integrates a computer display with a pair of eyeglasses . . . abbreviation of eyeglass display.

    electrofish—v. [trans.] fish (a stretch of water) using electrocution or a weak electric field.

    ELSS—abbr. extravehicular life support system.

    esquivalience—n. the willful avoidance of one’s official responsibilities . . . late 19th cent.: perhaps from French esquiver, “dodge, slink away.”

    eurocreep—n. informal the gradual acceptance of the euro in European Union countries that have not yet officially adopted it as their national currency.


    more here: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/08/29/050829ta_talk_alford
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    Originally posted by FMF

    No thanks. Not interested in PMs.

    Your post was on this thread I started. It sounded rather overwrought if you don't mind me saying so. An answer here would seem appropriate.

    Is there, by any chance, something you were straining at yourself?

    Perhaps you are a bit [b]gnatswish
    , adj., flustered, champing at the bit, having lost one's composure somewhat, as in "straining at gnats"?[/b]
    Please unwind and looosen up. Most posters swing by to see what's going on (or down) and maybe have a few laughs.
    Russ & Chris have provided a variety of other options for the all day long, tightly wound and dead serious members.
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    OMG FantasticManFragrance, yer so tightly wound we might experience oversprungosity...
    into the unwinder with you!!!
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    complicent

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    Uncritically accepting/supporting the flawed arguments/evidence of others simply because it supports your own self-righteous view of the world.
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    Originally posted by FMF
    "Esquivalience" is a fictitious entry in the New Oxford American Dictionary (NOAD), which was designed and included to protect copyright of the publication. It was purported to mean: "The willful avoidance of one's official responsibilities."[Wiki].

    What seemingly plausible but fictitious words can we come up with that could serve the same purpose as Esquivalience if we needed them?
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