Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Whimsical Word of the Week



Clishmaclaver -

Gossip: casual chat or gossip.

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  1. Now there's one I've never heard, but I love the sound of it. I can almost hear the chatter of gossip in the word itself.

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    1. Joanne - I believe this one's used primarily by the Brits - it's new to me too!

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  2. I've never heard this word before...but love it! Sounds Irish.

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  3. Okay, now you have to tell me how to pronounce it because I can't find this one in the dictionary. :)

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    1. It is pronounced pretty much like it is writtern, Linda. However, I'm not certain if the "a" in the last syllable is long or short. Thanks!

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  4. Clishmaclaver sort of sounds like gossip or chat--or someone who gossips or chats. I've never heard this word before, but now I'll have to use it. : )

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    1. I discovered this word in Diana Gabaldon's novel, "The Scottish Prisoner." I loved it as soon as I read it. Thanks, Cynthia.

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  5. Hadn't heard of that one, but it's very onomatopoeic! Sounds like the meaning. :)

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  6. Wow, that's a great word! Never heard of it, but I simply must try to use it. :)

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  7. Okay, so all excited, I tried it out. Nope, I sound like a moron using this word, maybe I didn't do it right. It's just so hard to toss it in my daily clishmaclaver. lol

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  8. Never heard of this word, but it sounds great. Clishmaclaver sounds like a Scottish detective.

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  9. Yep, this is a British one, I believe, but only very rarely heard!

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