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Academic Word of the Day!

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So I’m going to compile a list of ‘academic’ type words I think should be struck out of the lexicon.   Because it’s fun.

My excessive use of the phrase ‘bang tidy’ is quite masturbatory.

First word to be banned:

Masturbatory (adjective)

Origin: mid 19th century: from Latin masturbat- ‘masturbated’, from the verb masturbari, of unknown origin

Why I Hate It: it’s usually used by an academic who is denigrating someone else, when in fact they are engaging in pointless rhetoric thats more like a simulation of humping a wheelie bin than making a legitimate point.

Let’s blame Lacan for this one.

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Written by universityoflies

June 2, 2012 at 20:08

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