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Wayne State University’s Word Warriors have released their top ten words to revive in 2011 . Starting in 2009, the Wayne State Word Warriors have highlighted obscure English words to bring back into common usage. Citing the vast vocabulary available in English – the biggest in the world, in fact — the Word Warriors contend that the depth and elasticity of the language is often disregarded for the quick, easy and accessible word. “Too often we limit ourselves to words that are momentarily popular or broadly applicable, and so rob ourselves of English’s inherent beauty and agility.”

You come to Dictionary.com to find the meaning of a particular word. Okay, so sometimes you come to check the spelling, or the correct usage, or to find a suitable synonym. Here’s a project that focuses on the reverse:  what if you had a list of words that you intended to use regularly, infallibly, and until they became common usage among your circle of friends, family and acquaintances?

Often, students talk about wanting to expand their vocabulary with rich synonyms, but also worry about misusing a less-often used word. We say practice makes perfect. Check out the Word Warrior selection below and start incorporating some of these ten dollar words into your daily speech. Want to practice in the comments below? We eagerly await your samples.

Concupiscence
Draconian
Evanescent

Hornswoggle
Ossify

Paroxysm
Penurious
Schadenfreude

Sibilance
Skullduggery

For more information on the Word Warriors project, click here.

Nuance Unveils Hands-Free Messaging on T-Mobile myTouch 4G

Wireless News November 15, 2010

Wireless News 11-15-2010 Nuance Unveils Hands-Free Messaging on T-Mobile myTouch 4G Type: News

Nuance Communications, Inc. said that its natural language voice technology powers the Genius Button and Hands-Free mode innovations on the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, allowing, the Company noted, consumers to speak, receive and send text messages completely by voice.

Nuance said that users press the Genius Button and say “Turn Hands-Free Mode on,” and from there, the Bluetooth-compatible Hands- Free mode allows consumers to speak to initiate an SMS text message, have text messages read out as they’re received, reply to text messages, and of course, send them. Hands-Free mode offers the read back of dictated messages to confirm accuracy, providing users the option to edit the dictated message as needed. Hands-Free mode also introduces voice-activated caller announcement, allowing users to hear both contact names and numbers without having to look at the phone. go to web site mytouch 4g review

“Our consumers love the Genius Button’s one-shot voice capabilities, as it allows them to simply speak to use the services they access every day. And now that Genius Button includes Hands- Free mode, messaging and multitasking just got easier. Users can listen to, send and reply to text messages even when their hands are busy, working, cooking – you name it. And with Nuance’s innovative technology, the voice interface has never been more natural to use,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA.

Said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile, “T-Mobile’s Genius Button demonstrates how innovative voice capabilities can customize the smartphone experience and add significant consumer value right out of the box – no apps to download, just simple, one-button access to all your favorite apps and services. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G is the world’s first 4G phone to feature Nuance’s full breadth of friendly, natural voice recognition and text-to-speech capabilities, including Hands-Free mode, which is revolutionizing mobile messaging. Working with T- Mobile, we plan to deliver mobile innovation to the consumer market for quite some time.” mytouch4greviewnow.net mytouch 4g review

The Company noted that T-Mobile’s Genius Button is a voice interface that works right out of the box for use of the voice interface. Genius Button and Hands-Free mode is powered by the Nuance Voice Control platform, a platform-agnostic mobile solution that wraps embedded and connected speech capabilities into one mobile solution.

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182 Comments

  1. The Other Jay -  February 19, 2014 - 8:52 am

    No longer able to tolerate the prattle of the unctuous poltroon, I admit that – in a paroxysm of annoyance – I defenestrate him.

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  2. Jared -  April 23, 2013 - 3:05 am

    I have a question… Is the word “indignation” used frequently?

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  3. Kayla -  February 2, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    Schadenfreude runs in my family; if someone gets hurt, we’re thrown into a paroxysm of laughter so violent that we can’t assist the injured person until we have recovered. (Our laughter often causes the person to wonder if we are hornswoggling [?] them.)

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  4. Olivia -  August 12, 2012 - 5:14 pm

    allow me to point out that the reason Hornswoggle and Skullduggery arent used to often, especially among young students, is probably because they aren’t exactly what one would describe as “inherent beauty and agility.” just saying that thats the logic of a 12 yr old.

    but if u want some uncommon synonyms, try:

    misconstue– to misunderstand/misinturpret
    sobriquet– a nickname/ pet name
    kismet– destiny/fate (also my fav. word!)
    equivocal– several awesome meanings (look it up your on a dictionary site!!)
    facetious– not suppose to be taken literally/ humorous (including some other definitions… ive heard this word used before but not often enough!)
    epitome– i cant actually rephrase the def. without quoting dictionary.com, but you know if it was used more im’m sure I’d have a better understanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ive written those words down in a notebook and try to use them as often as possible. not to be facetious, but farewell! may we meet(blog) again if kismet determins it.
    i hope no one will misconstue that……………….

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  5. fabgirl -  July 19, 2012 - 8:45 am

    I just used draconian on a mean boy at school.(I am a 6th grader.)So fun making him look stupid!

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  6. Hank -  June 26, 2012 - 11:13 am

    “disgarded” (in the first paragraph)??? Did the author mean “discarded” or “disregarded”? I suppose there is a certain schadenfreude in seeing a typo on dictionary.com.

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  7. Name not mentioned -  June 5, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    These are some of the weirdest words ever,…. just like concupiscence or schadenfreude. I wish I knew these words earlier,….

    Do you think these words should be added?

    :) Yes, I think they should because…

    :( No, I think they shouldn’t because…

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