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Davros' Grandad confesses: On visiting my ex-wife's house, I wiped my bum on the toothbrush belonging to the bloke she ran off with. At least, I thought it was his toothbrush.

(, Thu 17 Sep 2009, 14:36)
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I still use the word "oblong"
intead of "rectangle", especially if I'm talking to someone I don't really know.
It makes you feel strangely self-conscious.
(, Tue 22 Sep 2009, 14:55, 4 replies)
As a mathematician I find this a very useful word
It means a rectangle that is specifically not a square. Comes in handy surprisingly often.
(, Tue 22 Sep 2009, 15:01, closed)

(, Tue 22 Sep 2009, 20:19, closed)
You're not a builder are you, by any chance?
I ask because I was discussing something with a builder a while back, and he was about to describe something as being oblong when he apparently had second thoughts about using such a juvenile word. He saved himself from being thought childish by cunningly switching to a more grown-up word halfway through and came out with "oblongular".

I kept a straight face briefly, until his mate keeled over laughing.

"Oblongular" is now a word I try to use whenever possible.
(, Tue 22 Sep 2009, 15:12, closed)
When and why was oblong deemed childish?
I use it in preference to rectangle - if only because it can also serve as an adjective. Although I'll also be using oblongular now.
(, Tue 22 Sep 2009, 15:37, closed)

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