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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:30 pm 
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I am looking for an unsual or uncommon word. It is for a challange I am working on in which I am suppose to find an uncommon word and then create a story focused around that word.

I am having trouble finding any good words, I tried skimming through the dicitionary, so I thought I would ask you, have you any faveorite unique words?

Just please no forigen words becasue that is not quite the same thing.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 4:24 pm 
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My favorite and not so common of a word has to be : Arcane = occulty mysterious. But thats just me :mrgreen: And no, it's not foriegn :D Hope all goes well


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a word that is all too common in today's worlg - ' WRATH '


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subsistent

No, not the common meaning of a subsistent living, poverty and all that.

It's a philosophical term rarely seen today. St. Thomas Aquinas said much about it.

He said the soul is subsistent, meaning that the soul does not depend on anything in the physical universe for its existence. The soul exists by itself. And since it neither depends on anything in the universe, nor can be destroyed by anything in the universe, it is immortal.

How could you write a story about that? Probably a science fiction story.
An astronaut encounters some energy field cloud which disembodies him so that even if his body is destroyed he continues to live as an energy field. Far fetched? Yeah, but anything is allowed in science fiction.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:49 am 
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I have another interesting word for you:

APPERCEPTION

Here’s the beginning of the current Scientific American article: “The Expert Mind”---

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A man walks along the inside of a circle of chess tables, glancing at each for two or three seconds before making his move. On the outer rim, dozens of amateurs sit pondering their replies until he completes the circuit. The year is 1909, the man is José Raúl Capablanca of Cuba, and the result is a whitewash: 28 wins in as many games. The exhibition was part of a tour in which Capablanca won 168 games in a row.
How did he play so well, so quickly? And how far ahead could he calculate under such constraints? "I see only one move ahead," Capablanca is said to have answered, "but it is always the correct one."

He thus put in a nutshell what a century of psychological research has subsequently established: much of the chess master's advantage over the novice derives from the first few seconds of thought. This rapid, knowledge-guided perception, sometimes called apperception, can be seen in experts in other fields as well. Just as a master can recall all the moves in a game he has played, so can an accomplished musician often reconstruct the score to a sonata heard just once. And just as the chess master often finds the best move in a flash, an expert physician can sometimes make an accurate diagnosis within moments of laying eyes on a patient.

END QUOTE

Call your story: “The Appercept”.

It can be about many situations. Somebody acquires a great deal of knowledge about some subject. Opportunity knocks, and he takes advantage to outwit everybody else and gain great wealth or power.

You can write a whole series of stories like that. “The Apperceptors: King of Wall Street”, The Apperceptors: Lord of Latin America”,
The Apperceptors: Supreme Cult Leader”,


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:21 pm 
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Subsistent and Apperception are both good ones.

Arcane is not a bad word, but the challange is part of a writing forum I belong to which happens to be called Arcane Artistry, that is how I first found it, it was by accident, I was in fact researching the occult and that came up because I googled the word Arcane.

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"I was in fact researching the occult"

Well, then, how about INCUBUS ?

An incubus is a human being who was born of a woman but fathered by a devil.

Genesis mentiions, "There were giants in the earth then." Some writers think this refers to incubi.

So your story's hero is someone who discovers he's an incubus. For American audiences you need a happy ending. Make the incubus turn out to be a decent guy despite his parentage.

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 Post subject: Re: Help finding word
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:38 am 
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Romeo wrote:
I am looking for an unsual or uncommon word. It is for a challange I am working on in which I am suppose to find an uncommon word and then create a story focused around that word.

I am having trouble finding any good words, I tried skimming through the dicitionary, so I thought I would ask you, have you any faveorite unique words?

Just please no forigen words becasue that is not quite the same thing.

a word that is almost never uttered.
sets the hearts of wise men aflutter,
one that does back in time,
and timeless in itself.
it give quite the ambiance of fear,
hold the young ones close and dear
because pestilence is here

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:55 pm 
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So your story's hero is someone who discovers he's an incubus. For American audiences you need a happy ending. Make the incubus turn out to be a decent guy despite his parentage.


Haha, please, I cannot recall the last time I wrote something with a happy ending.


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Pestilence
that is a pretty good word

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egress. It means exit. Not sure how much use it will be.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:13 am 
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I like that word, and I could see how it could be incoperated into a story.

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coalesce:
to grow together, to unite or merge into a single body, group, or mass...

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Quiddity: the essence of a thing, or that which differentiates it from other things.

Rogue:...used in the 16th century to describe sturdy beggars and vagrants...

The second one's not exactly unique, but I like the word nonetheless.

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Oryx

it's the name of an antelope like creature that likes in..africa, i think


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