I had just read the article about the normalization of euphemistic terminology in reference to neo-naziism in the US. It was a little disappointing since they insist on giving a 'fair spotlight' to 'all sides'
dEhiN wrote:Also, can I post in this thread slang I've learned from other varieties of my mother tongue, even if my own variety doesn't use it?
vijayjohn wrote:I'd say go for it.
Part of me feels kind of impressed that this word is becoming so well-known because it's so obviously from the Romani term for 'vagina' (in Vlax Romani mindž). Just last night, I saw a video with an American guy making reference to this term, too, but I didn't realize it meant the pubic hair.
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I feel as if I never learn new words in English, I prioritize learning words in other languages so much more!
You're thinking of "archaic". Arcane means little-known or mysterious and you often see it in the phrase "arcane knowledge".dEhiN wrote:Huh! I always thought "arcane" meant really old.
mōdgethanc wrote:You're thinking of "archaic".dEhiN wrote:Huh! I always thought "arcane" meant really old.
Huh! I always thought "arcane" meant really old. But then again, I only know the word from any magic-based RPG video game where you might have a paladin versed in arcane magic. And I never bothered to look up the definition; I assumed it from context.
(By the way, yes it does make you a geek, but that's not a bad thing. I just talked about RPGs and paladins!)I feel as if I never learn new words in English, I prioritize learning words in other languages so much more!
That makes sense, plus English is (one of?) your native language(s?). So you're anyway not that likely to come across a new word in English, except maybe in jargon related to a new field you're studying.
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