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It Pays to Increase Your Word Power 
2nd-Nov-2009 03:22 pm
Einstein
So I said to my significant other, in the course of a spat we were having, "you're so truculent!" He smiles at me, replies "thank you" and give me a kiss. And that gave me the idea for this poll. If you don't know the definition of any of the answers, don't look them up, just go with your first intinct. Links to definitions appear at the end of the poll.



My significant other (real or imaginary) is

trucluent
0(0.0%)
bellicose
3(7.1%)
ebullient
3(7.1%)
antediluvian
1(2.4%)
pusillanimous
0(0.0%)
soporific
1(2.4%)
ambulatory
9(21.4%)
obsequious
3(7.1%)
myopic
2(4.8%)
niggardly
1(2.4%)

I, on the other hand, am

avuncular
1(2.2%)
rococo
1(2.2%)
quintessential
6(13.0%)
veracious
1(2.2%)
intrepid
2(4.3%)
lugubrious
0(0.0%)
ostentatious
4(8.7%)
stultifying
0(0.0%)
pedantic
7(15.2%)
parsimonious
0(0.0%)

Okay, be honest, how many of those words did you know the meaning of, without having to look them up?

None
8(13.8%)
One or two
6(10.3%)
Three or four
8(13.8%)
Five or six
10(17.2%)
Seven or eight
7(12.1%)
Nine or ten
5(8.6%)
Eleven or twelve
1(1.7%)
Thirteen or fourteen
5(8.6%)
Fifteen, sixteen or seventeen
2(3.4%)
All but one or two
4(6.9%)
All of them, the entirety, the totality!
2(3.4%)


Links to the definitions:

Truculent, bellicose, ebullient, antediluvian, pusillanimous, soporific, ambulatory, obsequious, myopic, niggardly, avuncular, rococo, quintessential, veracious, intrepid, lugubrious, ostentatious, stultifying, pedantic, parsimonious.
Comments 
3rd-Nov-2009 12:08 am (UTC)
For the last question, did you mean how many of the words you listed, or how many we selected? I put the number for all of the ones I selected that I knew (which were all of the ones I chose). There were some I didn't select that I knew the meaning of, but didn't include them in the count.

Btw, my SO is myopic, as in the eye condition, not the personality trait. XD

Edited at 2009-11-03 12:09 am (UTC)
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3rd-Nov-2009 01:10 am (UTC)
It's the fifth definition in the link (ornate or florid in speech, style, etc.) that I thought should have actually been first.
3rd-Nov-2009 05:14 am (UTC)
I've never heard rococo used in this context - it has (and probably always will have) an architectural context for me.
3rd-Nov-2009 12:44 am (UTC)
I probably know about 2/3 of the words. Too lazy to actually count ;) Truculent is not one of them but I do like your SO's reaction - partly because it is my policy to take things as compliments whenever possible. Annoys the heck out of the person trying to insult you.
3rd-Nov-2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Agreed. How can you stay mad at someone like that?
3rd-Nov-2009 12:55 am (UTC)
It's nice to see that I'm not the only pedantic in here :)
3rd-Nov-2009 01:11 am (UTC)
I was under the impression that most everyone on the internet was pedantic.

Oh wait, this isn't slashdot, is it? ;-)
3rd-Nov-2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Pedants of a feather...
3rd-Nov-2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh! I meant to click lugubrious and instead clicked stultifying. Oh well, you got me with both of those words anyway. =)
3rd-Nov-2009 01:18 am (UTC)
You can change is by clicking on the poll name and then vote.
3rd-Nov-2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Oh wow, can you?

*tries it*

OMG I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Thank you! ♥
3rd-Nov-2009 01:54 am (UTC)
I love this poll because I love to learn new words. I knew all but three, but still, three new words! Yay! Thanks!
3rd-Nov-2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Isn't new vocabulary the greatest? This poll fills me with great joy ^_^
3rd-Nov-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
I didn't see the links at the bottom until after I'd already looked up all the words.

I said I knew about 3 or 4 without looking them up and that's true, but there were maybe 3 or 4 others that I thought I knew and I few others I think I think I would have understood in context, but was lost without context.

That said, I looked up every word, just in case I was wrong. Lugubrious wasn't in either of the dictionaries that I keep on my desk. I had to look it up at Dictionary.com.
3rd-Nov-2009 06:35 am (UTC)
I have a bit of a "fuzzy sense" of what several of the words mean, but would definitely look a word up to confirm its exact meaning (and connotation) before using it to describe someone or something.
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