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roddy

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roddy

Imprest - "a fund used by a business for small items of expenditure and restored to a fixed amount periodically." 

 

Think it's basically the petty cash type of thing. 

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skylee

I know "imprest"! Yeah! (Although I failed in accounting.)

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realmayo

Impressive!

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imron

boustrophedonic - a writing system that alternates reading direction between left-to-right and right-to-left on subsequent lines.

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imron

Someone's been looking up word etymologies :P

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roddy

You underestimate the membership, Imron, they don't need to look this kind of stuff up. They just know it. 

 

Laic - an adjective form of lay, as in secular, not of the clergy. 

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roddy

And another: In archival science, a fonds is the aggregation of documents that originate from the same source.

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liuzhou

I already knew most of the words here, but not all.

 

One I came across recently is 'kakistocracy', meaning "The government of a state by the worst citizens. "

 

Pretty useful in China. 

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fanglu
archival science

And I thought economics was supposed to be the dismal science.

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geraldc

Shroff. An English word I've only found in Hong Kong car parks

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skylee

I think I have read somewhere that the word Shroff originated in India.

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liuzhou

"shroff, n.

 

(ʃrɒf)

 

Also 7 sheroff, -affe, -iffe, sharoffe, sherrafe, shraff, shrofe, 7–8 sheraff.

 

[Anglo-Indian corruption of saraf.]

 

A banker or money-changer in the East; in the Far East, a native expert employed to detect bad coin."

 

-Oxford English Dictionary

 

Why that would be used in a Hong Kong car park, I can't say.

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Shelley

The definition I found for it

 

shroff
ʃrɒf/
noun
noun: shroff; plural noun: shroffs
  1. 1.
    Indian
    a banker or money changer.
  2. 2.
    SE Asian
    a cashier.
     
     
     

I think "cashier" in this context refers to person who collects parking charges.

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Michaelyus

A couple of medical terms:

The Greek-derived icterus for something more commonly described with a certain French-derived term.

h(a)emoptysis 

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roddy

Limnology - the study of freshwater lakes and rivers. 

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tooironic

Bough - pronounced baʊ - meaning a major branch of a tree (as opposed to just a twig).

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geraldc

My generation everyone knows the word "bough", but unless you're a gardener or into trees, rarely use it.

 

The reason why everyone knows the word is this:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock-a-bye_Baby

 

A cautionary tale about why trees are not a suitable substitute for proper childcare arrangements.

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Shelley

Bough - This one is known by kids :) . Verse one of a popular nursery rhyme.

 

Hush-a-by baby

On the tree top,

When the wind blows

The cradle will rock.

When the bough breaks,

The cradle will fall,

And down will fall baby Cradle and all.    

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realmayo

I was taught "cracks carry, boughs break" by my grandfather but that gets no results on google.

 

lit: don't necessarily worry if the beam holding up your house has a crack

fig: (obvs)

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