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I found this word and have used it all my life, but never knew it was hyphenated

in-kind - consisting of something (as goods) other than money
I'd like to know who put the hyphen in.

Benefit in kind, an extra, but non-cash, benefit to a wage. An example is use of the "firm's car" whilst not on the firm's business.
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cre·pus·cu·lar   [kri-puhs-kyuh-ler] Show IPA
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of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.
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Zoology . appearing or active in the twilight, as certain bats and insects.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:38 PM   #428
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Has anyone ever heard this one?

ecdysiast - stripteaser
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Has anyone ever heard this one?

ecdysiast - stripteaser
That's my man Mencken's neologism.




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H.L. Mencken is credited with coining the word "ecdysiast", from "ecdysis", meaning "to molt". He did so in response to a request from Gypsy Rose Lee for a "more dignified" way to refer to her profession.


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I'd like to kn0ow who put the hyphen in.

Benefit in kind, an extra, but non-cash, benefit to a wage. An example is use of the "firm's car" whilst not on the firm's business.
Depends. You'd use hyphens in the adjectival positon ("benefit-in-kind program") but not in the noun position ("We call that program benefit in kind.")
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might already be in here, I didn't read the whole thread, but

callipygian: having a beautiful bum

as in, "The callipygian girl made me fall off my barstool when she leaned across the pool table to make a shot"
 

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Thank you, Trysail, for explaining my last word's origin. Gypsy Rose Lee was ahead of her time.

I am on vacation staying with a friend who has an inferior dictionary to mine at home, so bear with me on this one;

sibyl - prophetess

Anyone know the origin of this one?
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sibyl - prophetess

Anyone know the origin of this one?

IT's purported root is from Attic "theoboule" - "divine wish." It became a name for female Greek oracles.
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This is one I rarely hear;

morass - a marsh, bog; or an entanglement, something that confuses or impedes people
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Would you believe I had a new one hit me just a couple of weeks ago: satyriasis.

Since I have protagonists in more than one book series prone to this, I've been using the term left and right since then.
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Epithalamium (from Greek; epi- upon, and thalamios nuptial chamber, sometimes also spelled "epithalamion") specifically refers to a form of poem that is written for the bride. Or, specifically, written for the bride on the way to her marital chamber.




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amphictyony In the Archaic period of ancient Greece, an amphictyony (ἀμφικτυονία), a "league of neighbors", or Amphictyonic League was an ancient association of Greek tribes formed in the dim past, before the rise of the Greek polis.



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The desert amphictyony of the Israelites— memorialized in the Torah's scenes of Moses in earnest conversation with his people— is the earliest indication in mankind's historical record of a tribal assembly that welcomed debate.

 

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Amphictyony, I like that word. Got some punch to it.
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parti pris - a preconceived opinion: prejudice
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Fujiwhara Effect • n, the tendency of two nearby tropical cyclones to rotate cyclonically about each other.


 

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flinty - 1. composed or covered with flint 2. unyielding, stern
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glossolalia n, repetitive nonmeaningful speech (especially that associated with a trance state or religious fervor); the fluid vocalizing (or, less commonly, the writing) of speech-like syllables, often as part of religious practice. Though some consider these utterances to be meaningless, others consider them to be a holy language



 

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Trysail, would holy language include 'speaking in tongues'? I have a girlfriend who does that on rare occasions.

hearse - 1. a. triangular candelabrum for 15 candles used esp. at Tenebrae b. an elaborate framework erected over a coffin or tomb to which memorial verses or epitaphs are attached 2. a. coffin b.bier 3. a vehicle for conveying the dead to the grave
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glossolalia n, repetitive nonmeaningful speech (especially that associated with a trance state or religious fervor); the fluid vocalizing (or, less commonly, the writing) of speech-like syllables, often as part of religious practice. Though some consider these utterances to be meaningless, others consider them to be a holy language



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Trysail, would holy language include 'speaking in tongues'? I have a girlfriend who does that on rare occasions.

hearse - 1. a. triangular candelabrum for 15 candles used esp. at Tenebrae b. an elaborate framework erected over a coffin or tomb to which memorial verses or epitaphs are attached 2. a. coffin b.bier 3. a vehicle for conveying the dead to the grave

Yes, Allard, Glossolalia is the linguists term for "speaking in tongues." Studies have shown that those who do speak in tongues never violate the phonetic strictures of their native language, suggesting a less-than-divine origin for the phenomenon.

I've spoken in tongues once, quite unexpectedly. I was walking a girlfriend home after an interesting evening at my apartment when I turned to her and attempted to tell her what a great night it had been. A stream of unintelligble sounds came forth. We both cracked up, laughing, and she did comment on how joyous was the sound of my glossolalia.
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fraccing [ fracking ] v, [ Slang ] Hydraulic fracturing is a process that results in the creation of fractures in rocks. Hydraulic fractures may be natural or man-made and are extended by internal fluid pressure which opens the fracture and causes it to grow into the rock.

Hydraulic fracturing n., A stimulation treatment routinely performed on oil and gas wells in low-permeability reservoirs. Specially engineered fluids are pumped at high pressure and rate into the reservoir interval to be treated, causing a vertical fracture to open. The wings of the fracture extend away from the wellbore in opposing directions according to the natural stresses within the formation. Proppant, such as grains of sand of a particular size, is mixed with the treatment fluid to keep the fracture open when the treatment is complete. Hydraulic fracturing creates high-conductivity communication with a large area of formation and bypasses any damage that may exist in the near-wellbore area.

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I suspect that the words "fraccing"/"fracking" ( a standard spelling has yet to be agreed upon; I see both appear ) have yet to make an appearance in dictionaries and, thus— for the moment, remain slang. I am partial to spelling the word as "fraccing."



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Revenue from Marcellus Shale lease payments, royalties, taxes and pipeline and plant construction in Pennsylvania and West Virginia totaled $5.8 billion in 2009, according to the July 14 study prepared for the American Petroleum Institute, a Washington-based group that represents oil companies.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said drilling in the portions of the Marcellus Shale beneath the city’s watershed “must be treated differently.”

The most-populous U.S. city receives 1.3 billion gallons (4.9 billion liters) a day of water through a network of gravity-fed aqueducts from 19 reservoirs as far away as 125 miles (200 kilometers). It’s the largest unfiltered water- delivery system in the U.S.

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Here's an odd one;

tenesmus - a distressing but ineffectual urge to evacuate the bladder or rectum
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Trysail, would holy language include 'speaking in tongues'? I have a girlfriend who does that on rare occasions.

hearse - 1. a. triangular candelabrum for 15 candles used esp. at Tenebrae b. an elaborate framework erected over a coffin or tomb to which memorial verses or epitaphs are attached 2. a. coffin b.bier 3. a vehicle for conveying the dead to the grave

Speaking of obscure words,

• Tenebrae (Latin for 'shadows' or 'darkness') is a Christian religious service celebrated by the Western Church on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, which are the last three days of Holy Week. ...


 

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Yes, in looking up Tenebrae, I found the other word similar to incontinence.

incontinence - the quality or state of being incontinent: as a: failure to restrain sexual appetite, unchastity b: inability of the body to control the evacuative functions
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luxe - the quality or state of being sumptuous; luxury

deluxe - notably luxurious or elegant
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