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Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 14:13:46


Von Jewburg
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In many languages, there is a word for something oddly specific, so much that it seems pointless to use it.

One of my favorites in the English language is defenestration, or tossing something/one out of a window.

So what other pointless words can you find? How about in other languages?
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 14:15:45


OnlyThePie
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I believe Russian is renowned for having ridiculously specific curse words
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 14:47:45

wct
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German is apparently well-known for rather long and specific compound words, though I can't think of any examples off hand.

In English, one of the longest words is a specific kind of lung disease: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It even passes the spell-check on Firefox. But I guess it's not entirely pointless, just pointlessly long.
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 15:03:15


Zephyrum 
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We have defenestration in Portuguese too, and also Spanish. Probably in french too since "fenestre" (window), the source of the word, is in french.

In English, one of the longest words is a specific kind of lung disease: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It even passes the spell-check on Firefox. But I guess it's not entirely pointless, just pointlessly long.


We have that word too. In every neolatin language.

German has some fun ones... "Schadenfreude" (enjoying someone else's pain).

Portuguese has "saudade" (to miss someone), though it's not quite pointless.
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 15:06:25


Lolicon love 
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enjoying someone's pain so sadism.
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 17:31:26


MightySpeck (a Koala) 
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"what is this cancer?"
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 18:01:25


Cata Cauda 
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Donaudampfschiffsfahrtskapitänskajüte.

Longest German word I can think of.
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 18:22:31


Gen. NumbNuts
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https://translate.google.com/#auto/en/Donaudampfschiffsfahrtskapit%C3%A4nskaj%C3%BCte.

awesome.

"Hey Fritz, thats a nice Donaudampfschiffsfahrtskapitänskajüte!"

Edited 2/16/2016 18:23:11
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 18:23:58

Luna {TJC}
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You
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 18:24:14


Maggie De Block
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hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia - the fear of long words
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 18:46:34


Death 
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Don't you have that long word ending with "verzamelaar", Belgian?
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 18:55:43


Onoma94
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We have defenestration in Portuguese too, and also Spanish. Probably in french too since "fenestre" (window), the source of the word, is in french.
In polish it exists too ("defenestracja"). Appears that most european languages adopted this term.

"To take" and "to have taken" (? basically a finished form of "to take", like "I took the bottle", as opposed to "I'm taking the bottle") are two different words in polish: "brać" and "wziąć".
Also there are more than 10 different words that translate to either "fuck" or "to fuck".
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 18:56:27


Death 
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Also there are more than 10 different words that translate to either "fuck" or "to fuck".


I can confirm that... quite embarrassing, really :P
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 19:40:28


Gen. NumbNuts
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Oh Poland....you naughty, naughty, little nation of love.
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 19:42:38


Bane 
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Hentai is a pointless word
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 19:43:50


Lolicon love 
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not really since what else would they use instead of it.
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 19:46:01


SirSalty
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+1 @Bane.
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 20:43:17


muddleszoom
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SirSalty is a pointless word
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 20:53:23


Lord of Turnips
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I've always like Antidisestablishmentarianism, which is the state of being opposed to the disestablishment of the church of England.
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 21:25:42


Death 
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+1 Muddles

We should stop using the word "SirSalty", it's useless.
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 21:29:40


Maggie De Block
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I agree with all of you
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 21:30:37


Min34 
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"nutteloos" really is a useless word in dutch
Pointless Words: 2/16/2016 21:45:48


Catus Cauda
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In Latin there are:
dozens of words for "to kill",
2 words for "Light",
several words to describe coitus,
3 words for "to cancel"
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Furthermore:
Latin words like "causa" can mean: Reason, because, Apologise, Fact, Interest, Order, Position, Relationship, etc, etc...

The latin language is unbeaten in double meanings/tripple meanings/etc...
Pointless Words: 2/17/2016 01:23:36


Bane 
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theyd use "porn", like adults. @lolinerd
Pointless Words: 2/17/2016 01:26:37


Zephyrum 
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Also there are more than 10 different words that translate to either "fuck" or "to fuck".


LOL only 10? I am proud to say my language has at least 50!

Edit: scratch that shit, make it 100 just for "to fuck"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmfM4wzrSzo

Edited 2/17/2016 01:28:05
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